ACFO Spring Seminar 2017: Big Data - Big Seminar
connected car and the generation of so-called ‘big data’ is set to change the
long-established fleet management model and spaces remain available to discover
how the future will look at ACFO’s spring seminar.
Data - Big Seminar’ takes place on 18th May at Whittlebury Hall,
Northamptonshire, with the event sponsored by Audi and Lex Autolease, the UK’s
largest vehicle leasing and fleet management company.
seminar will hear from Nick Mitchell, service and technical manager, Audi UK,
on a manufacturer’s view of ‘big data’ and how it plans to use information from
in-vehicle devices. Additionally, Craig McNaughton, corporate
director, Lex Autolease,
will deliver a leasing company’s perspective.
of ‘big data’ point to benefits that include reduced fleet vehicle downtime,
safety and duty of care improvements and the early detection of faults and wear
and tear before components ‘break’ thus reducing fleet service, maintenance and
repair costs so aiding improved budgeting.
concerns have been expressed by fleet decision-makers surrounding potential
‘cyber attacks’ and data protection, notably with the 25th May, 2018 introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation,
which builds on existing data protection legislation with a particular focus on
digitalisation and technology. It also introduces new “principles” of
transparency and accountability with the ability to “prove consent” a
significant pillar of the new regulations.
Tackling legal issues at the ACFO
seminar will be Alex Ktorides, head of ethics and risk and a partner in the
regulatory solutions team at legal and professional services firm Gordon Dadds,
while ACFO member Ken Needham, director fleet and logistics at London-based
estate agency Foxtons, which operates a 1,200 vehicles, will deliver the view
on ‘big data’ from a fleet decision-maker’s perspective. The seminar will
conclude with a question and answer panel session.
Pryor, chairman of ACFO, the UK’s premier fleet
decision-makers’ organisation, said: “We are currently at the tip of an iceberg. The arrival of
‘big data’ will have a major impact on fleet operations and company car
connectivity is the start of the journey towards the autonomous car and while
the secure exchange of data builds the foundations for new business activities
and applications, there are significant risks and challenges regarding safety,
security and privacy that need to be addressed.”
Mr Pryor added: “The relationship
between motor manufacturers, the vehicle leasing and fleet management industry,
fleet decision-makers and company car drivers is set to change with the advent
of ‘big data’ and connected vehicles.
managers want clarity on what the issues are; they want to understand how
suppliers such as vehicle manufacturers and contract hire and leasing companies
will access and use ‘big data’; and, critically, they want to know what the law
is in respect of managing and using ‘big data’ sourced directly from ‘intelligent’
fleet is unique and how user-chooser and job-need fleets use and interpret ‘big
data’ will potentially be different. But the seminar will see experts deliver
independent views on the impact of ‘big data’ on fleet operations. It is then
up to managers to analyse how ‘big data’ will then impact on their own vehicle
operations and employees.”
During the day Matt Rance, product manager,
Audi UK, will highlight key current and future fleet models in the