ABS Bodyshop Services is piloting system for collecting and analysing management information from its 220 repair centres.

The system allows the company, which will be renamed ABS Accident Solutions, to send and receive repair images and notifications of when work starts and finishes and when parts have been ordered and delivered.

ABS business development manager Colin Thomson said that the system would allow it to make its process more efficient and offer direct savings in terms of inspections, which can be done by image analysis rather than engineer visits.

Thomson added that the system is in use for its fleet repairs and is piloting with six repair centres for private motor cases. He said that the system would be rolled out in May, depending upon the results of the pilot exercise.