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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:11 am    Post subject: Navman Wireless Qube - UK's 1st Tracker for PetroChem Fleets Reply with quote

pocketgpsworld.comVehicle Tracking and Fleet Management have always been important but, for safety reasons, not possible for certain vehicles such as petrol tankers. However, Navman Wireless's Qube Vehicle Tracking device has recently been declared 'suitable for installation in vehicles transporting hazardous materials or operating in “potentially explosive atmospheres”'. VOSA have always recommended that the petro-chemical industry encorporate vehicle tracking systems but, until now, no safe systems have been available in the UK.


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Vehicle tracking first for UK petrochem companies

Navman Wireless’s vehicle tracking device, the Qube, has been declared suitable for installation in vehicles transporting hazardous materials or operating in “potentially explosive atmospheres” – a UK first for the telematics industry.


Navman Wireless’s vehicle tracking device, the Qube, has been declared suitable for installation in vehicles transporting hazardous materials or operating in “potentially explosive atmospheres” – a UK first for the telematics industry.

The Qube meets the Essential Health and Safety Requirements for Category 3G of the ATEX directive, the fundamental legal requirement relating to the safety, health and welfare of workers in areas where explosive atmospheres may occur.

“This is landmark certification for Navman Wireless and UK vehicle tracking,” said Tony Neill, Executive Vice President, Navman Wireless.

“It has particular significance for companies operating within the petrochem industry, which have been largely excluded from enjoying the security and business benefits of telematics and fleet management technologies.

“Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has recommended that petrochem companies operate vehicle tracking but until now, no system has been shown to meet the required safety standards.”

Furthermore, Navman Wireless engineers are qualified to install the technology in accordance with all the necessary conditions for its safe use.

Certification has been granted by Baseefa, the world-renowned certification body, principally concerned with electrical and mechanical equipment.

Baseefa Managing Director, Ron Sinclair, said: “Gaining ATEX Certification for one of their products demonstrates the company’s commitment to safety and opens up additional market opportunities.

“The fact that this is an industry first for vehicle tracking makes it all the more valuable.”

Navman Wireless is the UK’s largest manufacturer of vehicle tracking equipment that allows businesses to locate, track, monitor and communicate with their fleet anywhere at anytime to improve security and efficiency, increase productivity and reduce costs. It has offices across the world and supplies more than 5,000 companies nationwide.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are tanker drivers required to switch off their mobile phones when driving? If not, why can't a standard GPRS tracker be used?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim Buxton wrote:
Are tanker drivers required to switch off their mobile phones when driving? If not, why can't a standard GPRS tracker be used?


as far as i'm aware, yes they do need to switch off mobiles. maybe alix(?) could confirm?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I work for a major Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Company.

All our Gas Tankers, which also come under the Petroleum Transport Regulations, have mobile phones. They have to be the fitted permanently version like we used to have in cars, they are on at all times whilst the vehicle is not in the home depot i.e. in the refinery. Hand helds phones are not allowed to be switched on at any time in or near the vehicle.

We have also been using a vehicle tracking system for the last few months which I believe is GPRS based but can not confirm that until I ask a few questions next week. We use GPRS to transmit customer names and addresses to the onboard computer which also relays the exact grid reference of each customer's tank, derived from the Tom Tom on board, back to the depot for future location purposes.

I have seen the tracking system in action. The screen shows each vehicle on a map, the data is live and the level of detail includes exact location including street name and post code, vehicle speed, direction and if the vehicle is stationary whether the ignition is on or off. This is useful for determining if the vehicle is pumping the load off or parked in a layby. Full historical reports are available to see where he has been and what he has been doing or not as the case may be.

I think Navmans claims to be first may not be strictly correct
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your correct Navman are way behind with their claim I work in the vehicle tracking industry and have installed systems in these type of vehicles 6+ years ago
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

did the older systems meet "the Essential Health and Safety Requirements for Category 3G of the ATEX directive" ? i'm wondering if it is just the certificate that is a first, not the actual functioning system...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I understand it the regulations were drafted by the EU in 1994, 1996 and 1999 and came into British Law in 2002. Here is a quote from the HSE website.

"In Great Britain the requirements of Directive 99/92/EC were put into effect through regulations 7 and 11 of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR).

Equipment and protective systems intended for use in explosive atmospheres

The aim of Directive 94/9/EC is to allow the free trade of ‘ATEX’ equipment and protective systems within the EU by removing the need for separate testing and documentation for each Member State.

In Great Britain, the requirements of the Directive were put into effect through the DTI’s Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 1996 (SI 1996/192).

The Regulations apply to all equipment intended for use in explosive atmospheres, whether electrical or mechanical, and also to protective systems.

Certification ensures that the equipment or protective system is fit for its intended purpose and that adequate information is supplied with it to ensure that it can be used safely.

The DTI has policy responsibility for the Regulations (although HSE enforces them). More information on the 1996 Regulations and the ATEX EU Directive 94/9/EC can be found on the DTI’s website."

Category 3G of the ATEX directive (1994) refers to what is known as "Zone 2" in UK. Zone 1 is for areas where gas, vapour or liquid is in the atmosphere, Zone 2 is where these may be present if they escape e.g. a leak.

We have been using fixed mobile phones in our vehicles since their inception, the key to safety is the fact that they are hard wired into the vehicles insulated earth return system and also the cab is less hazardous than outside.
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