A BUSINESS which helps the road transport industry to keep track of lorries and drivers around the country is expanding on the back of new technology.
Chartwise (UK) was founded 25 years ago to analyse tachograph data but has experienced strong growth since being taken over by Paul King and his father David in 2010.
The Kings have utilised new technology, added clients and grown turnover and now have plans for further expansion at the Team Valley business.
Paul King, who is managing director, is well versed in the latest technology because he also runs digital consultancy WSI, which aims to simplify the internet.
He said: “It was traditional tacograph analysis of drivers hours in Heavy Goods Vehicles. Before we came in, that was done by hand and the analysts would run it through a handheld machine.
“We have brought in new technology and incorporated it into the scanning machines and we are now getting into GPS. Any vehicle manufactured after 2006 has a digital tachograph and they use a smart card that identifies the driver.
“The data can be downloaded from the card at the end of shift and we can cross-reference this with the GPS to ensure they are where they should be.”
HGV operators whose drivers break the rules risk losing their licence.
King said: “The technology we use to track vehicle movements is giving employers and fleet owners the right data to manage their transport fleet more effectively. In short, our detailed data analysis is allowing any business with a vehicle to manage it with the minimum of effort at the same time as saving on fuel, manpower costs and increasing the safety of the vehicle and its occupants.”
The technology allows users to track their vehicle mileage, pinpoint locations to building level and receive alerts when services or MOTs are due.
King said: “I’ve seen the technology move in leaps and bounds since I joined the business just two years ago but compared with 25 years ago, it’s a totally different world.
“We’re looking forward to seeing what the next 25 years will bring Chartwise and the haulage industry.”
Chartwise, which employs six people, counts national companies Harveys the Furniture Store and bakers Warburtons among its clients.
The company has grown both its client list and turnover by around 40% in the last two years. Current revenues stand at the £160,000 mark.
“We are growing and hoping to expand and take on more staff,” said King.