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Masternaut on track for more utility contracts

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FOLLOWING THE FLEET: Martin Port, Masternaut's managing director, said a large number of utility outfits have chosen the company's vehicle tracking technology.
10 February, 2011

Firm signs big deal with Scottish Water

VEHICLE tracking firm Masternaut is poised to win more contracts with major utility firms after signing a deal with Scottish Water. Leeds-based Masternaut's tracking systems enable companies to know where their vehicles are all the time. Instead ofhaving to scratch their heads and stare at a map, fleet managers can find their cars and vans with the touch of a button.

Scottish Water yesterday revealed that it had selected Masternaut's satellite vehicle tracking system to improve the management of its 1,400 service vehicles. It is hoped the contract will improve customer service while reducing
running costs. Scottish Water's 110 scientific vehicles are also equipped with Masternaut's temperature monitoring system, Mastercold. John Tripp, the supply chain manager of Scottish Water, said:

"Masternaut is a comprehensive fleet management system that provides a clear view of the fleet in a 'real time' environment. "It gives a detailed profile of vehicle activity and it will help with our business decisions. We can see whether we are making full use of our fleet assets and it helps our teams to plan activities.
"The system gives us accurate data on mileage, fuel usage and emissions, which is important to managing and reducing the impact of the fleet on the environment. "Our team leaders 'use the system to manage their vehicles on a daily basis, allowing them to act quickly and re-enforce compliance and safety messages when necessary."

The vehicle tracking system will also help Scottish Water to respond to emergencies. It can pinpoint the nearest and most appropriate operator to deal with any incident. Vehicles are also fitted with panic buttons that send alerts via the tracking system to the control centres. It also makes it easier to keep track ofemergency planning vehicles as they travel to incidents, allowing them to provide accurate estimated arrival times to those already on site. Mr Tripp said: "Our business partners have access to the system to help them plan and organise the work they do for us. "For vehicle maintenance, this is an effective tool that not only ensures that vehicles are serviced on schedule but also saves on vehicle maintenance costs."

Scottish Water has around five million customers in 2.4 million households. The company performs around 1,000 tests every day on samples taken from water treatment works, service reservoirs and customers' taps. Samples are taken to the laboratories under strict temperature control in refrigerated vehicles. The Masternaut system ensures that the samples are kept at the right temperature.

Martin Port, the managing director of Masternaut, said: "Scottish Water is one of a large number of utility companies that have chosen Masternaut, which includes Scottish Power, National Grid and UK Power Networks formerly EDF. "Our service doesn't just involve providing the technology; we also ensure our customers are achieving return on investment through our customer growth team. We look forward to making further inroads into this sector." Masternaut's tracking technology, which is fitted to more than 100,000 vehicles in the UK and Europe, helps managers to keep an eye on their drivers. It can help them spot bad driving, and reduces the chances of drivers getting lost.

In December 2009, Masternaut UK was bought by Masternaut International, a subsidiary of Hub Telecom which is owned by Europe's second largest Airport group, aéroports de Paris. Mr Port, who founded the UK business in 2002, remained managing director following the completion of the deal. Masternaut scooped the award for companies with turnover of between £10m and £50m at the 2008 Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards.
The firm has been expanding rapidly with a number of acquisitions over the last four years. In 2006, the firm acquired GE Mobile Solutions, now known as Three X Mobile Solutions, from US industrial giant General Electric. In 2008, Masternaut bought Leeds-based internet service provider Fibre City, in a deal believed to be worth £6m, and Microsoft Gold Partner ICM Business Solutions.

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Masternaut UK Ltd, Priory Park, Great North Road, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3DF
Telephone: 08444 150 150
Fax: 0113 281 4009
e-mail: info@masternaut.co.uk

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