Quartix is proud to support the Banger Run

August 30, 2017

Quartix is proud to once again support The Banger Run charity event. The aim of the run is to help the following charities: The Royal British Legion; The Royal Air Forces Association, Help for Heroes, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, The Armed Forces Charity and the Royal AirForce Benevolent Fund.

Each year, racers in The Banger Run choose a new route for their road trip. The rules are simple: each team must drive the route in a car which cost £500 or less. The teams can have as many members as they wish (depending on the size of the car). The aim of each team is to raise a minimum of £500 for any of the above military charities.

If you wish to donate, please visit:

Quartix will support the Banger Run by providing one of our trackers to a vehicle participating in the event. From the 9th September to the 12th September, just go to where you will be able to follow the tracked vehicle by looking at its position, speed and ignition event.

Last year, the final destination was Lake Como in Italy, but this year brings a bigger challenge as the drivers will tackle 8 countries in just 4 days! To follow them on this adventure, please go to or follow Quartix on Facebook for updates.

Quartix wishes all the best of luck to all the teams competing in this fun and worthwhile race!



Come and Meet us at the Utility Fleet Forum!

August 25, 2017

Quartix is delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Utility Fleet Forum. This event will take place on Wednesday 27th September at the Mythe Barn in Leicestershire. Please visit our stand, number A10.

This event is dedicated to all the professionals involved with the Fleet Management, Utilities and Construction Sector. If you are around, come and ask for a free demo of the system to find out how you can save time and money!

For more information about this event, please see the full details of how to register on (Some FREE tickets are still available!)

If you wish to book an appointment with us during the event, please contact Sean Maher at


Is the legal speed limit too high on UK country roads?

July 26, 2017

Exposing the gap between the legal speed limit and safe driver speedIf you’ve ever been cautiously driving on a bending, twisting stretch of country road, only to see a sign reminding you that the speed limit is 60mph, you’re not alone in your surprise that such a high speed could be considered safe for that area. In fact, new research from Quartix has proven that experienced motorists are driving considerably lower than the legal speed limit on Britain’s roads, specifically those rural, single lane carriageways.

On roads such as Buckinghamshire’s A40, Surrey’s A217, and Shropshire’s A529, while the speed limit is 60mph, the majority of Quartix drivers are averaging speeds between 49 and 44mph. In the matter of the A44 in west Wales, the average goes all the way down to 40mph, a full twenty miles per hour lower than the legal speed limit.

“This research shows that experienced drivers are ditching the statutory speed limit and driving at what they consider to be a safe speed on rural roads,” says Quartix CEO Andy Walters. “The problem is young drivers are often taught to drive ‘to the limit’ and this, put simply, is dangerous and often life threatening.”

According to the Department for Transport, four in five young driver deaths occur on rural roads.*  Younger drivers don’t always have the knowledge to drive at the lower speeds being taken by more practised drivers. In fact, insurance companies increasingly require that younger drivers fit a telematics device into their vehicle, so their driving style can be monitored. When the speed limit is broken, the insurer can intervene.

However, as previously shown, adhering to the speed limit isn’t always a guaranteed indicator of safe driving. So Quartix uses ‘contextual speed scoring’ to measure a driver’s speed against the other drivers who have taken the same roads. These numbers are gathered from the 30 million anonymous vehicle events that Quartix trackers record every day. While this unique data is appreciated by all our customers, insurers of young drivers find it increasingly valuable in the struggle to keep the young and inexperienced safe during their first year behind the wheel.

“In an ideal world, parents would be in the car alongside their children at all times to advise them on when to slow down and when it’s safe to go faster,” Andy Walters goes on. “We know that’s impossible and that’s why Quartix is deploying virtual parents to fill that gap.’’

“We’ve now insured around 4,500 drivers whose vehicles are fitted with Quartix devices. Every time a young driver goes above the average free-flow speed we call them to discuss their driving style and remind them about how to be safe,” says Jae Pearce, Director of Sky Insurance Brokers. “The first two thousand miles of a young driver’s career are the most dangerous, accounting for 80% of all claims. But we believe this new technology based on the average flow rate of rural roads rather than the technical speed limit is genuinely saving lives. Since we’ve been using contextual speed scoring we’ve had no serious accidents.”

Still, there is no technological advance that can take the place of education, and considering these revelations, Quartix is calling for new drivers to be made better aware of the gap between what’s legal and what’s safe when it comes to road speed.


*Facts on young car drivers. Department for Transport, National Statistics, June 2015


Quartix Tracks “Roundabouts to Ausfahrts” as Blind Veterans UK aim for 24 countries in 5 days!

May 5, 2017

In the latest exciting fundraiser from Blind Veterans UK, Chief of Staff, Nathan Muirhead and Head of Transport, Chris Kirk are setting off on the 8th May to drive through 24 countries in 5 days!

Departing from Brighton on 8th May, the trip covers, on average, one country every 5 hours over 5 days! Chris Kirk asked Quartix for their help in tracking the progress of the challenge because of the reliability of the units and their extremely good track record with tracking for the charity vehicles.

Blind Veterans UK currently support more vision-impaired veterans than ever before in the charity’s history and have set an ambitious target to double the number of blind veterans receiving life-changing support by 2022. The blind veteran population is aging and in five years, more than 40% of the blind veterans we support will be over 90. As well as blindness, they are also likely to have other complex needs, some of which will impact both their desire and ability to travel and stay away from home. Blind Veterans UK is investing in community-based teams of social care and rehabilitation professionals so that beneficiaries continue to receive the high standard of support that has always provided and to bring services closer to them.

This is a fantastic level of ambition but will require more staff, more volunteers and more money to make it happen, and Nathan/Chris would like to help make a difference.  They will be setting a personal challenge of crossing through 24 countries in just 5 days! That is up to 16 hours of driving and covering up to 1000 miles a day!

Get involved and follow their journey through 24 countries. The current plan will see them visit: France, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Luxembourg. Phew!



To find out more and support them see or text the following “BVUK70 £5” to 70070 (you can change the amount to give any amount)

You can track progress live! Just go to and enter the following details:

Subscriber ID – Blind Veterans

User Name – GV58 MDX

Password – bve963mdX

Click on Live Tracking (top left of menu) , then OK






Quartix tracks charity drive

September 22, 2016

charity-picLast month Mr. David Berry successfully completed a charity drive all the way from John O’Groats to Lands-End, raising money for The Mary Stevens Hospice. The entire journey was tracked using a portable Quartix unit, which was provided especially for the occasion.

Mr. Berry, who heard of Quartix through Shire Consulting, led a team of three who drove the entire distance in a classic Rolls Royce, making scheduled stops along the way.

He explains,

“We zig-zagged our way down the country stopping off at various clients and suppliers my company has used for the last 50 years. It was great for them to be able to follow us on the interactive map and chart our progress.”

It wasn’t all plain sailing however, with one incident threatening to bring the journey to a halt. Within the first few days, David and his team found themselves almost without fuel and with no petrol station in sight. After having no luck searching with their satnav, David had an idea:

“I suddenly had a eureka moment, called the office, and on the tracker they could see exactly where we were and that we were thankfully only a stone’s throw away from a back of beyond one man filling station. Tragedy averted!”

Back on the road again they completed their challenge safely and in good time.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all concerned at Quartix for providing us with one of your vehicle trackers during our charity drive. For so many reasons, all-in-all a resounding success for your system.”

Mary Stevens Hospice provides free specialist care for people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses in Dudley Borough and the surrounding area, as well as dedicated support for their families and carers.




Quartix appoints head of French operations

June 1, 2016

Donato Quagliariello 01Quartix Ltd, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of vehicle tracking systems, software, and services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Donato Quagliariello as a director of the company responsible for operations in France.

Donato brings to Quartix an extensive track record of success in international business development. He spent the first decade of his career with ExxonMobil where he worked in a succession of management positions and national/global account management roles.

From ExxonMobil he joined CeDo, a manufacturer of household products serving Europe’s leading retailers and wholesalers, as Country Manager for France and Iberia. Under his leadership, the unit experienced sustained and profitable growth to become a leading contributor to the overall performance of the company.

He was appointed to the role of Group Sales and Marketing Director in 2012, based in the UK, with responsibility for CeDo’s international business.

Donato graduated from the ESLSCA Business School, based in Paris, and is a fluent speaker of French, English, Italian and Spanish.  He will start his new role with Quartix on July 1st.

Commenting on the appointment, Andy Walters, Managing Director of Quartix Ltd., said: “We are delighted to welcome Donato to the company. His education and background in international sales and marketing are a perfect fit with the requirements of our operations in France, which have been steadily growing since 2010.’’


Tracking Quartix’s 250,000th tracker

February 22, 2016

Just in time for the celebrations around our 15th anniversary on 14 February 2016, we at Quartix have produced our 250,000th tracking unit, a milestone achievement of which we are immensely proud.

In honour of this, we’re taking a closer look at unit 250,000, by tracing the first few months of what will be a long life of service and highlighting the different departments within Quartix that have played a part in getting this unit up and running.


Development – Unit 250,000 was designed and assembled in Cambridge by our in-house technology team.  If any future software updates are required for the tracker itself, our telematics team will be able to coordinate these over-the-air, without the need to physically access an installed unit.



Sales – The Quartix Sales team is the first point of contact between us and our customers.  The customer who will eventually have unit 250,000 was brought to us by the efforts of our Sales team and it’s through their dedication to our product, not to mention the benefits, features and affordable price of the system itself, that they arrived at the decision to choose us as their vehicle tracking provider.



Admin – The Sales Administration team are charged with the follow-through of a sale. Once the Sales team takes an order, Admin takes over, raising the appropriate paperwork. Their attention to detail gives our customers peace of mind.

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Four easy steps to help maximise your telematics system experience

December 7, 2015

The decision to start tracking your vehicles requires thought and research and, in the end, may come down to the availability and variety of features provided by the supplier. But once your choice is made, the tracking units are installed, and data begins to come through, your management of that data ultimately decides whether or not you see savings.

In other words, although installing a tracking system is a fantastic step towards fleet efficiency, it’s just the beginning. Not only is it important that you understand how to analyse the information you will receive, but you must have a plan in place for how to apply it to your current practises to effect changes for the better.

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Here are a few steps you can take to ensure that you find the right system for your company:

  • Before purchasing or renting, demo the system. Quartix provides a free demonstration of our award-winning vehicle tracking that can take as little as ten minutes, or as long as a customer needs. One of our experienced sales team members can guide you through the demo or you can choose to explore the site on your own. Having a complete understanding of the system before you decide to rent or buy will ensure that you’ll be able to take full advantage of its features when your own vehicles begin to be tracked.
  • Provide training for any and all employees who will be monitoring and/or utilising the tracking information. To this end, Quartix offers a variety of free training opportunities, including sessions conducted in-person, over the phone or even online, that are all designed to make our user-friendly system even easier. Since the sessions are live, our team will be there to answer any questions you or your employees might have. Our goal is to make certain that you are comfortable with every aspect of our system.

Still, having telematics in place and even having them monitored isn’t enough. Here are a few further steps you can take to ensure that you see results:

  • Encourage your drivers to perform better through rewards. There could potentially be instances where information captured by your telematics system warrants immediate disciplinary action, but many customers find that rewarding good driver performance, rather than penalising poor performance, is a great motivator towards improvement. Quartix Driving Style can help you identify which drivers are performing well and which drivers need attention, which will make your fleet safer and could even reduce fuel costs.
  • Ensure that any necessary actions are taken and documented. The Quartix system has comprehensive reporting features that are easily read and understood, ensuring that you are always aware of your fleet’s activities. In the case of reckless or illegal behaviours that are recorded via tracking, it is imperative that appropriate actions are taken to avoid liabilities, and with the Quartix system, you have the tools needed to react to any situation rapidly, with a complete understanding of the circumstances.

There’s no doubt that the wealth of information provided by a system such as Quartix Vehicle Tracking can seem potentially overwhelming, but with a plan in place and with the right training needed to implement it, you can get the absolute most out of your telematics system and the best returns on your investment.


Quartix Telematics, data protection and human rights

October 26, 2015


Andy Walters founded Quartix in 2001 with three colleagues. All four founders are still associated with the company, which now has more than 7,000 fleet clients, and operations in the UK, France and USA. Quartix has also carried out more than 110,000 installations for telematics-based insurance policies. Prior to Quartix, Andy held senior positions in technology and communications businesses within Schlumberger and Spectris.


In my last blog article, I looked at the introduction of vehicle tracking into a mobile workforce, focusing in particular on the impact on employment contracts and implementation issues.

In this article, I will concentrate on the implications of vehicle monitoring with respect to the Data Protection Act and Article 8 of the Human Rights Act. A good guide to this is published by the Information Commissioner’s Office, or ICO. Part 3 of their guide specifically covers “Monitoring at work,” including vehicle tracking. It lists the following core principles:

  • It will usually be intrusive to monitor your workers.
  • Workers have legitimate expectations that they can keep their personal lives private and that they are also entitled to a degree of privacy in the work environment.
  • If employers wish to monitor their workers, they should be clear about the purpose and be satisfied that the particular monitoring arrangement is justified by real benefits which will be delivered.
  • Workers should be aware of the nature, extent and reasons for any monitoring unless (exceptionally) covert monitoring is justified.
  • In any event, workers’ awareness will influence their expectations.

It is useful to start with the third of these principles. Can vehicle monitoring be justified by real benefits which will be delivered? The overwhelming answer from our customers is yes, but despite this, it remains essential to manage this telematics technology in a way which respects the rest of the core principles and the Acts themselves. Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, which states that “everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence” is also covered by these principles, and so what follows here is a short guide concerning the impact of both Acts on the use of vehicle telematics tracking:

shutterstock_99310907_smallPersonal data. In the context of vehicle telematics tracking this is mainly the storage and processing of information related to places visited and routes driven by an employee in his or her own personal time. If the employee is allowed to use the vehicle for private purposes, he must, as a minimum, be aware of this practice and must have consented to it freely. The vehicle tracking system should preferably be set to maintain complete privacy for the driver’s personal time (see below).

‘Covert’ installations. The guide makes it clear that installing a monitoring telematics box without the employee’s knowledge will rarely be justified. It is also difficult to justify in management terms – as the user would be able to do nothing useful with the data. An example of this in our customer base concerned a worker and co-worker claiming 8 hours each at double time for a job carried out on a Sunday. The vehicle tracking system, which had been installed without their knowledge, showed that they had been present on site for just 2.5 hours. Unfortunately, the workers’ timesheets could not be challenged because they had been unaware of the presence of the vehicle tracking system, and the employer had to pay for 27 unwarranted hours of labour. Had the workers been aware of the vehicle tracking system they would not have filed a fraudulent timesheet in the first place and the discrepancy would not have arisen.

Maintaining worker privacy. One of the unique features of the Quartix vehicle tracking system is that privacy settings for personal time can be customized and maintained via our website or the driver’s mobile phone. The employer can set up standard working hours profiles for each vehicle (covering Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday), and the system will not record vehicle movements outside of these periods. The user can, however, override this using his or her mobile phone, by sending a coded text message. Similarly, bank holidays and annual vacation periods can be ignored by the vehicle tracking system simply by changing the configuration on the website. The telematics system still maintains the ability to locate the vehicle in the case of theft.

Access to data. It is important that workers are aware of what information is being recorded, and why. It is also important that they should have free access to the data stored and be allowed to challenge it. Some systems dispatch vehicle tracking reports by e-mail to the employer and can also dispatch the same reports directly to the user of the vehicle – so that he or she is aware of the data at the same time as the HR department.

Control of data. The provisions of the Data Protection Act apply to the control, storage and processing of personal data recorded by a vehicle tracking system, although it would be impossible to cover these in enough depth in this article. Breaches of the Data Protection Act fall under the purview of the ICO, as do the subsequent investigations.  For breaches that are deemed serious, heavy penalties can apply. It is recommended that use of the vehicle tracking system is placed under the control and management of those responsible for compliance with the Act within the organisation.

In my next post, I will bring together the various topics covered in the first three articles by presenting a case study of the implementation of vehicle tracking in a large fleet – looking at the financial benefits, implementation issues and management of the telematics system.