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Masternaut gains Thatcham Category 5

16 July, 2007

Leeds, UK, 23 July 2007 - Masternaut has achieved Thatcham Category 5 for its vehicle tracking system.  Category 5 ensures the highest level of Police response in the case of vehicle theft.  Masternaut is the first commercial vehicle telematics supplier to secure Category 5 for a full range of vehicles including vans, HGV's and plant.  Masternaut is also the first online fleet management solution to offer what is regarded as the highest security rating available. 
Masternaut is the leading telematics supplier offering a unique over-the-Internet vehicle tracking and activity reporting service to 70,000 subscribers. 
Masternaut has already led to the retrieval of hundreds of stolen vehicles and with Thatcham Category 5 any stolen Masternaut-equipped vehicle will automatically receive the quickest Police response available at the time.  As well as minimising any operational difficulties through quick retrieval of any stolen vehicle, Masternaut customers can benefit from favourable insurance premiums.
"There has been a 100% recovery rate amongst vehicles fitted with Thatcham Category 5 tracking systems and all but one vehicle was recovered within two hours" says Mike Briggs, Vehicle Security Manager at Thatcham.  "For us Masterrnaut is very important as it will open up a very significant commercial vehicle market and fleet operators and their insurers can be assured that vehicles will have the ultimate in vehicle security".     
The Masternaut Thatcham Category 5 system comprises a covert telematics unit with an automated arm and disarm system linked to an electronic ID key that identifies authorised drivers.   The system automatically detects any illegal vehicle movement and drivers are informed immediately.  UK and European tracking and Police liaison is handled by dedicated Category 5 approved control rooms.  Only with a Category 5 system can a vehicle be legally immobilised by remotely disabling the starter motor.
"Achieving Thatcham Category 5 is an important milestone for Masternaut and is part of our commitment to our customers to be the leader in telematics for commercial fleet operators.  It adds real value to our fleet management solution and by assuring the rapid recovery of stolen vehicles.  As a result the disruption to business is limited, losses minimised and insurance costs reduced" says Martin Port, Managing Director of Masternaut.              
Masternaut provides a complete mobile resource management solution.  Easily accessible from any PC or web-enabled device, the service gives managers complete visibility with unsurpassed levels of control over fleet-based operations.  A host of advanced features include full mobile communications, e-mail activity reports, PDA navigation, geo-fencing and automatic alerts, connections to onboard sensors and personal safety alarms.
About Thatcham
The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, or 'Thatcham' as it is widely known was formed in 1969 by British Insurers.
Employing over 130 members of staff, the Centre is independently operated and has its own Board of Directors. Its main aim is to carry out research targeted at containing or reducing the cost of motor insurance claims, whilst maintaining safety standards.  Thatcham provides products and services for a number of functional areas within the collision repair industry: Insurers; Motor Manufacturers; Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers.


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