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Bell – BeWhere Case Study: Delivering full visibility for Musket Transport


Two trucks leveraging Bell’s automated fleet telematics solutions.

“If we can’t see one of our drivers and where the equipment is at all times, that’s a big safety concern. With Bell, we always know where our equipment and our people are.”

Jaime Rosa, Director of Operations and General Manager, Musket Transport

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Precise tracking of trucks and trailers is critical to the effectiveness of Musket Transport’s operations, the security of their cargo, and the safety of the drivers. Before switching to Bell, Musket’s previous fleet tracking solution could run only on 3G. So, as networks were upgraded, there was an increasing number of dead zones where trucks couldn’t be tracked, making it harder for Musket to make key decisions in real time.

When they started losing the ability to track trucks as they drove into the United States, Director of Operations and General Manager Jaime Rosa knew the company needed a new vehicle-tracking solution. Musket had already established a great working relationship with Bell for its phone and internet services, as well as in-cab monitoring of its drivers. So Bell’s fleet management solution was an obvious choice with a trusted partner.

No running on empty

Reducing “empty miles” – the distance between a drop-off and the next pick-up – is one of the best ways for a trucking company to cut fuel costs and improve efficiency.

“Most trucking companies average an empty-mile percentage of 6-8%,” says Rosa. “I think of that as just throwing 7% of your fuel out the window. With the Bell solutions on board, it helps us to move towards reducing and improving the overall empty miles from approximately 7% to our ultimate goal of between 3-5% empty miles”

By making it easier to coordinate pick-ups as close as possible to drop-offs, vehicle tracking is critical to reducing those empty miles – especially for long-haul trips outside Ontario. Even when empty miles are unavoidable, precise tracking allows Rosa’s team to remotely reroute newly empty trucks to accommodate last-minute requests – which is much more efficient than dispatching a vehicle from their depot, and which opens new opportunities for revenue. Tracking also helps keep deliveries on schedule and ensure the safety of drivers.

Better planning, fewer delays, happier drivers

Simplify driver and vehicle monitoring with Bell’s automated fleet telematics solutions.

Thanks to Bell’s fleet management solution, Musket is getting closer to achieving their ambitious empty-mile target, which is having a significant impact on their bottom line. Knowing where each trailer is also allows dispatchers to inform drivers of any road conditions so that they can plan or reroute as necessary. Advance warning of potential delays, like long wait times at the border, gives drivers the opportunity to get the paperwork started ahead of time to streamline the crossing. This also manages customer expectations, resulting in an overall positive experience.

“Reducing the amount of needless driving back and forth is also huge for us,” says Rosa. “Our drivers are less frustrated when they don’t have to make their way through dense Toronto-area traffic for no reason; the customers get more responsive service and faster deliveries; and we spend less on fuel and maintenance.”

Keeping customers happy

With precise, up-to-the-minute tracking, Musket can keep customers fully in the loop so that they know where their deliveries are and when they can expect them. In case of delay, the company can notify customers immediately so that they can plan accordingly.

For local business within the Greater Toronto Area, knowing where each truck is at all times helps Musket adjust for same-day requests with optimized routes that get loads delivered faster. It also reduces losses related to misplaced assets and helps improve overall utilization.

The solution effectively completes Musket’s suite of monitoring and tracking solutions. The in-cab monitoring solution provides alerts of anomalous behaviour, such as a driver’s attention being diverted from the road for too long. The asset tracking solution ensures that they know where every cab, trailer, chassis, and other piece of equipment is at all times, improving inventory management and delivering cost savings that Musket can pass on to its customers.

Combined, these solutions offer a complete view of each driver’s location, how long they’ve been on the road, and other key indicators that the company can use to run their operations more safely and efficiently.

Staged deployment for a smooth rollout

Musket started with a pilot deployment of BeWhere tracking devices on 20 of their trailers, and then expanded incrementally as each stage of the rollout was successful. Bell worked with Musket to determine the best places on the trailer to install the trackers, and then coordinated the installation schedules to ensure minimal disruption to operations.

“The installation itself was very easy – basically plug and play,” says Rosa. “And Bell was there to support us any time we needed it.”

Once installed, the devices are unobtrusive, hard to remove, and continuously connected to Musket’s BeWhere dashboard via Bell’s highly reliable network.

Today, BeWhere is installed in 640 of Musket’s trailers, and will be installed in all new trailers going forward – including 125 trailers that they added to their fleet at the end of 2023.

What’s next

Thanks to Bell’s reliable solutions and stellar support, Rosa says the company rarely even considers other providers when looking for new technology upgrades, and he doesn’t anticipate that changing in the future.

“We have such a good relationship with Bell that we always go there first,” he says. “As long as we keep helping each other succeed, I’m happy.”

BeWhere Inc. Launches its Next Generation of IoT Trackers

TORONTO, ON. May 25, 2023 – BeWhere (TSX-V: BEW, OTCQB: BEWFF) (“BeWhere” or the “Company”), a Mobile Internet of Things (M-IoT) company, is pleased to announce the launch of its next generation of asset trackers, the BeSol+ and BeTen+.

The BeSol+ is the evolution of the Company’s most successful trailer and equipment tracking product, the BeSol. The BeSol+ incorporates Solar recharging, Low-Power 5G and 2G communications, GPS / GLONASS / GNSS / Wi-Fi / BLE indoor and outdoor location technologies, a 7-amp rechargeable battery and a larger solar panel enabling an industry leading 5-minute live reporting frequency without an external power source. Additionally, the BeSol+ improves to an IP68 water and dust-proof rating and maintains all the existing onboard environmental sensors (temperature, air pressure, humidity, light exposure, and an accelerometer). The BeSol+ also provides new and advanced features such as hub-odometer level accuracy for monitoring trailer mileage and Tamper-proof sensors that provide immediate notifications if a tracker is removed from the asset.

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BeWhere announces Canadian launch of BeMini on LTE-M exclusively through Bell

TORONTO, ON. March 7th, 2022 – BeWhere (TSX-V: BEW, OTCQB: BEWFF), a Mobile Internet of Things (“M-IoT”) company, is excited to announce the official North American launch of its miniaturized low-power 5G tracker, the BeMini, and its exclusive availability through Bell Canada.

The BeMini is a miniaturized GPS tracker with indoor location that works on Bell’s LTE-M (low-power 5G) network.  It combines all the sensors (temperature, humidity, light exposure, motion) and functionality of our existing asset trackers but at 1/4 of the size. 

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Bell introduces Smart Supply Chain powered by Bell IoT Smart Connect for fleet and supply chain operators


Oct 28, 2021, 08:00 ET

  • Providing a unified view of trucks, trailers, drivers and cargo on one dashboard, Smart Supply Chain leverages Bell’s LTE network for extensive coverage in Canada and the U.S.

MONTRÉAL, Oct. 28, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – Bell Business Markets today announced the launch of Smart Supply Chain powered by Bell IoT Smart Connect, an “as-a-service” IoT aggregation solution designed for fleet and supply chain operators. The new platform aggregates multiple IoT data sources and operational data sets into a single dashboard accessible through Bell’s Self Serve Centre. 

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BeWhere Holdings Inc. Reports 2020 Fiscal year-end Financial Results

TORONTO, ON. April 22, 2021 – BeWhere  (TSX-V: BEW, OTCQB: BEWFF) (“BeWhere” or the “Company”), a MobileInternet of Things (M-IoT) company, is pleased to announce its financial results for twelve months ended December 31, 2020.

Owen Moore, CEO and Co-Founder stated, “The Company progressed well during fiscal 2020, demonstrating improvement in all key performance indicators despite Covid-19 related challenging year.” He further noted that “Moreover, there are signs that the municipal government sector is beginning to recover with a significant order received from New York City”.

Chris Panczuk, COO and Co-Founder stated “We are very pleased with the results of fiscal 2020. The Company showed year-over-year growth of 95% in gross profit as its M-IoT device production reached maturity despite the crisis conditions. The Company remains focused on maintain a healthy gross margin on its products”.

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Bell Sales Rally 2021

BeWhere has the pleasure to be one of Bell’s sponsors for the #2021BellSalesRally #ConnectingTheFutureTogether #BetterWithBell!

Bell and BeWhere have been deploying Low-Power 5G IoT solutions to help governments and businesses monitor and secure supply chains and distributed assets.

The #2021BellSalesRally is a unique opportunity to get all of the #Canada wide Bell reps up to date with our latest solutions and uses cases. the Rally is on-going over three days (January 26-28) and BeWhere will be presenting to the Bell’s sales representative on Thursday. The event is not accessible to the public.

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BeWhere Holdings Inc. Reports Second Quarter Financial Results of Fiscal 2020

TORONTO, ON. August 24, 2020 – BeWhere  (TSX-V: BEW, OTCQB: BEWFF)  (“BeWhere” or the “Company”), a Mobile Internet of Things (M-IoT) solutions provider, is pleased to announce its financial results for three months ended June 30, 2020.

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City of Markham and Bell partner for Smart City initiative

Research pilot program integrates IBM data and analytics technology into IoT systems for City operational insights

MARKHAM, ON, Feb. 6, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – The City of Markham today announced the launch of the Smart City Accelerator Research Program, a new partnership with Bell. The program will deploy Bell’s Smart City platform, an advanced solution of interconnected Internet of Things (IoT) applications, to improve the efficiency of municipal operations and enhance City services for residents.

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