Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North Vehicle Trackers to Be Sold across India

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North Vehicle Trackers to Be Sold across India

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Byline: Andrew Mernin

A SCIENTIST whose invention saved him from a speeding ticket and a campaigner for motorists' rights have joined forces to commercialise a new tracking system which will now be sold across India.

North East inventor Dr Phillip Tann and Neil Herron - a well-known regional campaigner for motorists hit by questionable parking and speeding fines - launched a business on the back of Dr Tann's groundbreaking vehicle-tracking system.

And yesterday the South Tyneside business, FleetM8, announced a deal with India's SLN Technologies which will see the technology marketed throughout the Indian sub-continent.

SLN specialises in telemetric, tracking and communications technology and is involved in the Indian lunar satellite project Chandrayaan and worked on the control system for India's moon mission.

Initially FleetM8 will market its products as vehicle tracking devices which can either be used via a mobile phone or attached to the vehicle to track speed and location.

However the company is currently working on a number of other applications for the technology including a child safety device and a mobile golf course-mapping device for golfers.

The technology first gained recognition last year when Dr Tann received a speeding ticket from Northumbria Police which claimed he was doing 42 mph in a 30 mph zone.

However, Dr Tann's vehicle was fitted with a prototype GPS tracking device which not only recorded the vehicle's position it also recorded a speed, to six decimal places, of 29.177196mph.

Today's commercialisation of that device follows the sourcing of around pounds 250,000 of investment by directors Dr Tann, campaigner Neil Herron and financial adviser Byron Longstaff.

In recent years Neil Herron has become a well known campaigner for the successful Metric Martyr's fight - to be allowed to sell fruit and vegetables in imperial weights - and is also a champion for the motorist in parking and speeding disputes. …

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