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Overtec to bring visibility to managing mobile workforces

23 June 2011

How do you know that mobile workers and remote assets are safe, compliant and efficient when you can’t see them? A new company has set up in Sutton Weaver, Cheshire, to provide that visibility. Called Overtec, it uses eye in the sky technology to show what is happening on the ground.

The aim is to make it easy for managers to spot waste and increase responsiveness and easier for employees to show automatically what a good job they are doing.

Joint managing directors David Armstrong and David Thomas are behind the new venture. The duo were previously directors at an alarm receiving centre on the Wirral that specialised in lone worker monitoring.

Solutions can pay for themselves by eliminating waste. One that monitors driving behaviour can save a minimum of 15% on fuel and can reduce fleet insurance premiums by around 10%. A brand-new van driven on a Sunday morning was reported to have poor fuel economy. However, Dave Thomas says, when they checked online records, they saw why. The vehicle had been driven erratically at speeds of more than 85 miles an hour.

Joint managing director David Thomas

The solutions also help staff working remotely to clock on and off, reschedule and automatically report things like mileage expenses. The data can be fed directly to invoicing, payroll software and management information systems. BS8484 lone worker protection can be added for 24/7 operator responses in emergencies.


For a business’s customers, it provides an audit trail to show that jobs have been done efficiently and that vehicles have been driven responsibly to minimise effects on the environment and to maximise safety. Remote assets too can be monitored 24/7 to report all kinds of information such as fire, theft, overheating, toxicity, exact locations, arrivals and departures.

Joint managing director David Armstrong

Dave Armstrong says: “Using some of the country’s best monitoring facilities we can take lean management principles out of the workplace and on to the road and into remote locations, so that businesses can deliver the highest value to their customers. For anyone who is looking to help mobile workforces be more efficient and safe or has remote assets, static or on the move, we can help. Our philosophy is if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”, tel:0844 811 7070

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