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New appointments at Quartix

January 31, 2017

Quartix Ltd., one of the UK’s leading suppliers of vehicle tracking systems, software and services, is pleased to announce the appointment of two directors to its board: Ed Ralph is appointed as chief operating officer and Lynne Austin is appointed as director with responsibility for the company’s UK fleet operations. Both appointments are effective as of 1st February 2017, and background information on both of them is provided below.

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Quartix shortlisted for Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards

November 21, 2016

Quartix Vehicle Tracking is honoured to be shortlisted in the technology category of the Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards.

Now in their 12th year, the awards were established to recognise the contribution of talented companies within the “mid and smaller cap sector,” described as “playing a central role in the economy,” by Philip Secrett, Head of Company Advisory, Grant Thornton.

During the last 12 months, Quartix has received awards for the research and development of its telematics technology, particularly with the emphasis on speed and driver behaviour, known as the SafeSpeed Database, for the benefit of all users of the system.

Quartix has also expanded its markets in France and the USA. Over 8,000 fleet customers now rely on the Quartix system. Quartix also serves the insurance sector with 12 major insurance brands using its black box technology to reduce risk for younger drivers.

 

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Quartix’s Daily Driver Briefing reports are enhanced by providing a Relative Speed Score for each driver, which is a product of the information gathered from the innovative SafeSpeed Database.

Quartix Sales and Marketing Director Andy Kirk commented, “It is an honour to be included on the Grant Thornton Quoted Company’s shortlist. Quartix has a team of dedicated technical specialist who support our customers, deliver our continuous development programme and keep us at the forefront of telematics technology.”

 

Third Growth Award win for Quartix

October 14, 2016

Quartix staff at Dering Lines, Brecon, celebrating a third win in the Growth Category of the Powys Business Awards

Quartix staff at Dering Lines, Brecon, celebrating a third win in the Growth Category of the Powys Business Awards

Vehicle tracking specialists, Quartix, recently attended The Powys Business Awards and were honoured to win the Growth Award category for the third time. The business, which recently celebrated its’ 15 Year Anniversary has seen consistent growth and was delighted with the recognition from the Powys Business Award judges.

Since its formation in 2001 Quartix has grown to become one of the UK’s most respected vehicle tracking companies with 127 staff members most of whom are based at the offices in Newtown. Quartix now supplies its product to the UK, France and the USA and installs one of its tracking systems every 1 minute and 40 seconds of the working day.

“Vehicle-tracking is a competitive industry but by designing everything ourselves we can focus on customer needs and react quickly to changes in the sector,” commented Andy Kirk, Sales and Marketing Director. “Constant innovation is the key to continued growth, recent developments such as the Quartix SafeSpeed Database enable our customers to play a part in making our roads safer.

The award is significant when you consider the standard of entrants so I am delight to receive this on behalf of our entire team, it reflects their continued hard work and dedication.”

Quartix vehicle tracking solutions are used by over 8,000 fleets of all sizes to improve operational efficiency, reduce fuel usage and improve the safety of their mobile workforce. Quartix technology is also used by 12 major insurance brands for their young driver insurance programmes.

 

 

Quartix ranked #1 of the UK’s top 50 quoted tech companies

June 2, 2016

Quartix Ltd, an AIM-listed vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions supplier, is proud to have been ranked as #1 of the 50 top performing technology businesses in the UK by Megabuyte in May 2016. The ranking provides an independent measure of companies’ financial performance, by criteria other than share price.

Megabuyte is a highly respected independent research provider that tracks the corporate and financial affairs of around 1,500 of Europe’s key public and private companies in the ICT Services and Software sectors.  Their Scorecard is a proprietary methodology for assessing the financial performance of technology companies.  It uses a combination of seven key measures incorporating growth, margins, cashflow and overall size. The report on which the results appear is sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank and more information can be found here.

“The Megabuyte Scorecard was developed to identify what a ‘good’ tech company looks like, pooling over 50 years’ collective analyst experience,” says Ian Spence, founder and CEO of Megabuyte. “It’s our view that once companies’ formative years have passed, high growth, high margin, cash generative businesses will always provide better long term results for investors, whether in public or private markets.”

“We are delighted to have reached first position on the Megabuyte Scorecard this month, having also reached 2nd position at this time last year “, said Andy Walters, Managing Director and co-founder of Quartix.  “Together with the prestigious Fleet World Award for Innovation in Telematics we received in April this is testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone at Quartix.”

Founded in 2001 by four industry professionals, Quartix has enjoyed growth every year since their formation and have become one of the UK’s leading vehicle tracking suppliers. Quartix’s tracking systems, which are designed in-house, have been installed in over 250,000 vehicles, for more than 8,000 clients. In 2010 Quartix expanded into France and, in 2014, it began operations in the USA.  Quartix floated on the AIM stock exchange in November of 2014 and has been named as one of the 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain by the LSE for both 2015 and 2016.

 

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.’’

 

Quartix becomes Van Excellence recognised partner

May 26, 2016

Van Excellence mem grades blkQuartix is proud to be associated with the industry-respected organisation Van Excellence.

Achieving Van Excellence accreditation means that a company adheres to the guidelines of the Van Excellence Code.  The Code outlines principles and standards for van operators and drivers, and strives to tackle the issues and criticisms that the industry faces. Van Excellence independently reviews companies seeking accreditation and oversees annual audits of its partners, to ensure that the standards of the Code are maintained.

For Quartix, becoming a recognised partner with Van Excellence means a great deal, as many of our customers operate LCV fleets. We’re honoured to be part the initiative that celebrates and promotes best practices within the van industry.

For more information on Van Excellence, please visit them at www.vanexcellence.co.uk.  To learn more about how Quartix can help your business, please contact our Sales team today at 01686 806663 or sales@quartix.net.

 

Fleet World honours Quartix with Innovation in Telematics award

April 21, 2016

Quartix has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Fleet World Honour for Innovation in Telematics. We are delighted to be recognised for our continued technology enhancements, in particular the development of our Safe Speed Database, following 15 years driving telematics innovation.

Andy Kirk, who received the award on behalf of the Quartix team said, “We are extremely proud to have won this award, as the company as a whole is dedicated to innovation both within our daily activities and especially product development.”

The Quartix Safe Speed Database is continually updated from the 30 million vehicle movements per day that are captured by Quartix Vehicle Tracking. It is designed to give customers a complete speed profile for their drivers, as compared to how other drivers are taking to the same roads.  For example, a driver going 60 mph might be driving under the speed limit of 70 mph, but the majority of drivers on the same stretch of road drive around 50 mph.  This indicates that although the employee is driving legally, their driving style puts them at increased risk of harm to themselves and other road users.

As the Fleet World judges said, “Good driving isn’t just about slavishly sticking to the speed limit. Quartix’s clever use of the Safe Speed database tracks drivers and shows when they are above the average speeds for some road sections, even if they are below the legal speed limit. The result is a far more granular understanding of driver risk and behaviour, rather than just box ticking speed limit compliance.”

Integrated with our popular Daily Driving Reports, the Safe Speed Database is the latest way that Quartix Vehicle Tracking is helping our customers maintain a safer fleet and we are grateful to be recognised by Fleet World.

Andy Kirk adds, “Quartix’s continued innovation does not stop at the win of this honour, and we are extremely excited about our further product developments which are planned for release this year”.

 

Fleet World Honours 2016 . . London, UK . . 19.04.2016 The Fleet World Honours 2016 took place at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London. © Paul Marriott Photography

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The Fleet World Honours 2016 took place at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London.
© Paul Marriott Photography

 

Quartix looks back at 15 years with their very first customer

February 17, 2016

In 2001, Wikipedia was launched, the first generation of the iPod was unveiled, and four industry professionals founded what would go on to become one of the UK’s most respected vehicle tracking companies.

On February 14th, Quartix celebrates its birthday, marking 15 years of quality, service and innovation. We have grown from just those four founders with a dream into an international business with offices in the UK, France and the US, employing over 100 team members. In that time, we’ve installed almost 250,000 units for more than 7,000 customers and we have supplied telematics systems for 12 young-driver insurance products.

Over the years, we’ve won numerous awards, including the Cambridge Business Award’s Business of the Year in 2015, been named one of the 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain, and we’ve even floated on the AIM.

But it all started with a single sale.

These days we have a Sales team of almost a dozen dedicated people, but back in the fall of 2001, it was up to founding director, Andy Walters, to seek out our first customer. He found them the old-fashioned way, in the phonebook, after he called every security company that was listed. Many of them took our number, but in the end, only one, Broadland Guarding Services Ltd, called him back.

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For 25 years, Broadland Guarding has been providing the public 24/7 manned guarding, public space surveillance, mobile response and key holding from their head office in Norwich, as well as full on-site security training.  Just a few short weeks after making contact with them, Andy Walters himself went out to their site and personally installed their test units. They must have been impressed by what we had to offer because a month later, on January 11, 2002, they received Quartix invoice #1. It was a one month trial that has become a 15-year partnership.

They even introduced us to other clients. In fact, we have installed 200+ units based on their introductions. The technology has evolved, but some of our oldest units are still installed in their fleet and still working hard.

‘We have stayed with Quartix for fifteen years because the system provides us with everything we require it to do,’ says Phil House, Director of Broadland Guarding. ‘We have always found the units to be efficient and reliable and the company to be customer-focused and approachable. Our founder, the late Brian Geary, was always very proactive in giving local companies with innovative ideas a chance, and Quartix proved to be one of the success stories. He was proud that we were their first customer. We look forward to continuing our partnership for the next 15 years. Congratulations to everyone at Quartix. ’

Heading towards our next milestone anniversary, we have every expectation that our customers, be they established, current or future, will still be with us to celebrate in 2031.

 

Quartix celebrates 15 years

February 15, 2016

To celebrate our milestone anniversary, Sales Manager Nia Davies and Sales and Marketing Director Andy Kirk are looking back at some of our favourite memories from the past 15 years, but are also looking ahead to the future, with details on our current, limited-time offer.