NEWTOWN based Quartix, a global vehicle tracking and telematics services company have been awarded the 2018 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Innovation.

They were handed the award on behalf of the Queen by Dame Shân Legge-Bourke, Lord Lieutenant of Powys ,who visited their offices in Newtown .

The award is in recognition of demonstrating innovation and outstanding results in the development of the Quartix SafeSpeed Database. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards, recognising and celebrating business excellence across the UK.

Andy Walters, Quartix CEO said: “We are delighted and honoured to receive this prestigious award in recognition of the development of the Quartix SafeSpeed Database.

"For several years, Quartix has been gathering data on the average speed on over 1 million road segments in the UK.

"The data led to the development of the SafeSpeed Database which helps identify risky driving behaviour based on ‘safe’ speeds as opposed to ‘legal’ speeds. This information is available to our UK vehicle tracking customers to help improve road safety and manage risks.”

When first developed, the SafeSpeed Database allowed insurance providers to identify ‘risky driving behaviour’ in young drivers.

This information was consequently used to educate the young drivers how to improve and drive more safely.

Quartix now uses this information to provide a ‘Driver Score’ as part of the Driver Monitoring Reports for their vehicle tracking customers. The ‘Driver Score’ is based on the driver’s actual speed on a particular stretch of road, compared with the average speed of other professional road users.

The company has delivered real-time vehicle tracking and telematics solutions to mobile fleets for over 17 years. and over 10,000 companies use their expertise to gain insight into vehicle movements, engine usage, driver behaviour, and fuel consumption.