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One of our recent news articles covered the subject of Telematics – explaining just what telematics is and how this new industry covers several areas: •    Vehicular technologies•    Telecommunications•    Road safety and transportation•    Electrical engineering•    Computer science An NHS ambulance provider here in the UK has recently reported that since installing telematics in its ambulances, there has been a dramatic improvement in safety.  In fact, Arrive Transport Solutions’ ambulance fleet has reduced unsafe driving patterns by a massive 92% in the space of about six months!  That...
Here at Interactive Communications, we want to provide our readers with a website that offers a wealth of information on the Telematics sector – we believe that providing you with useful and relevant information is the best way to give you some added value on a regular basis.  As part of our offerings, we’ve decided to publish a monthly News Roundup for the Telematics industry so our readers can keep up to speed with what’s going on in this sector in one convenient place.  Let us know what you think about this News Roundup by email and if there is anything you’d like us to cover, then please...
Those of you who drive for a living may have noticed new road markings on the motorways and dual carriageways in some parts of the UK.  Chevron shaped road markings are being added in an effort to improve road safety.  The chevrons are designed to enable drivers to judge the gap between their vehicle and the car in front more accurately.  They are painted on the roads to warn drivers that they need to leave at least a two second gap to the vehicle ahead.  It is hoped that this will reduce the number of accidents cause by vehicles driving too close to each other. When you’re driving at 70 mph...
Those of you who drive for a living may have noticed new road markings on the motorways and dual carriageways in some parts of the UK.  Chevron shaped road markings are being added in an effort to improve road safety.  The chevrons are designed to enable drivers to judge the gap between their vehicle and the car in front more accurately.  They are painted on the roads to warn drivers that they need to leave at least a two second gap to the vehicle ahead.  It is hoped that this will reduce the number of accidents cause by vehicles driving too close to each other. When you’re driving at 70 mph...
We’ve had some great weather earlier this autumn, fab sunny days that extended this year’s brilliant summer well into September.  However, October arrived bringing storms in its wake and plenty of greyer days just to make sure we don’t forget we live in rainy old Blighty.  As the nights get longer, dusk is falling earlier and earlier, meaning many of us go to work and come home in the dark.  The clocks went back this weekend and this is likely to have implications for workers the length and breadth of the UK, especially those working as drivers.  Fleet owners and drivers will need to ensure...
We’re hearing the term more and more often these days – telematics – but how many people know what it actually is?  The word is derived from the Greek “tele” (meaning far away, especially in the context of producing or recording) and “matos” (from the Greek “machinari” which means contrivance and in this context of automation it means “of its own accord”).  The word basically describes the3 process of long distance transmission of computer based information.  It’s actually an interdisciplinary field that covers several areas: Telecommunications Vehicular technologies Road transportation Road...
Lone working is on the increase here in the UK as more and more processes are automated and an increasing amount of work is outsourced.  Lone workers are an especially vulnerable group and employers may find it more challenging to crease a healthy and safe working environment for these employees. Employers are legally required to think about and deal with any health and safety risks before people are allowed to work alone on premises.  Employers are responsible for the health, safety and welfare at work of all of their employees.  They also have a similar responsibility for the health and...
With winter on its way to us in the UK, and whether it's a cold one or not this year, if you drive for a living, winter brings with it some extra risks.  It's not just about driving in the rain and snow, there is ice to worry about, sleet and fog, to say nothing of the shorter days which lead to more driving in the dark.We've looked at some popular driving tips for winter and sorted out the fact from the fiction to give you the edge on driving safely through the coming winter.If you start to skid you should steer into it.  FACT:  If you start to skid, focus on the direction in which you wish...
Conferences, exhibitions and events that are aimed at you particular industry can be really useful for those working in the sector.  These events represent a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and services to a specialised audience who have a vested interest in learning as much as possible about the industry in which they work.  If you've been invited to an event of this type, then catch yourself wondering if it's actually worth going or whether it would be a waste of your time that would be better spent on your business.  Some people may see these events as a bit of...
We're all aware that some jobs are more dangerous than others - for example, the construction industry is responsible for the majority of work related injuries in the UK.  Working for the emergency services or the armed forces is likely to present more of a risk than working at a desk in an office.  However, it's not just the sector that determines the level of risk, it's also the occupational group in which you work and exposure to violence at work also depends on the situations and circumstances under which a person works.  Working alone increases the risk and has added vulnerabilities.The...

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