Export success of ACTIA's technical inspection solutions
July 2017 News
France regularly applies measures to restrict traffic in order to combat fine particle pollution peaks. In an effort to fight pollution generated by automobile activity, ACTIA's centralised technical inspection solutions via the Vehicle Inspection Management System (VIMS) are being successfully exported, particularly to countries heavily affected by this issue.
ACTIA describes its experience in a country where the anti-pollution policy is among the most draconian and secure in the world.
Chile wants to drastically reduce its fine particle emissions. The capital, Santiago de Chile, is one of the most polluted cities in Latin America. The geographical location of this city (home to 7 million people), between the Andes mountain range, hinders air renewal. For years, the local authorities have been fighting to limit atmospheric pollution.
In Chile, technical inspections are conducted every year, or even every 9 months. The flow into centres is spectacularly high: one centre can accommodate up to 400 cars per day, with three vehicles examined simultaneously on the lines, for an average inspection time of 20 minutes per vehicle. And because time is money in Chile, if the inspection takes longer than 1 hour, the customer must be refunded! In this highly demanding context, ACTIA's equipment is really put to the test by intensive usage. ACTIA ensures a good operational level of its lines and software solutions for its customers, guaranteeing a reliable and stable system for the manager. The simple ergonomics and well-designed interface are products of ACTIA's long history of expertise in technical inspection and diagnostic tools. The solution continues to evolve, to adapt to changing legislation imposed by the Chilean government.
Technical inspection in Chile is based on a centralised operational system. There are anti-corruption and anti-fraud systems at each stage of the inspection: plate recognition and digital fingerprint recognition for the inspector on each line. The data are recorded and directly transmitted to governmental authorities thanks to the interconnectivity of all of ACTIA's equipment. The inspector does not have access to the vehicle's results. ACTIA's VIMS manages the entire centre: intake, inspection and check out. ACTIA provides a 24-hour service from an operational team who can intervene if there is the slightest anomaly, to reduce the operating losses of equipment.
The rollout of ACTIA's VIMS in Chile, with 40 active centres (equivalent to 2 out of 4 centres), is not an isolated case. The solution also interests European countries, as well as Qatar, Cameroon, Tunisia and Uganda, via local partnerships with global leaders in automotive inspection and certification such as SGS, OPUS, TUV Rheinland, and UTAC, among others.