What other are saying about Plant i

Machynlleth firm lands fleet telematics contract worth £2m

Machynlleth-based Plant-i Ltd, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, expects to  create three new jobs by the end of this year as a result of  the additional work and other  new contracts secured by the company.

Telematics refers to any  device which merges  telecommunications and infomatics such as GPS  navigation.

Plant i Ltd provides vehicle  tracking, fleet telematics, risk management and security solutions for all fleet vehicles including plant, assets, trailers,  staff, HGV’s, and vans.

Since December, the  company has tripled the size of its offices on Dyfi Eco Park  and has also taken on six new  staff, growing the workforce to  14.

The company has also recently invested £100,000, aided by a £20,000 Welsh Government grant, to develop its own new database and website portal using the latest generation technology.

“Having our own database will improve overheads and control, enable us to deliver bespoke applications very quickly and open up new  markets for the company,” said managing director Sam  Browne.

Plant-i is soon to launch a new consumer product that will enable the purchaser to track their vehicle, asset or even a person.

The company plans to sell  the new product, which is ideal for motorhomes, touring  caravans, powerboats and quad  bikes, with a competitive one off cost of £200 fitted and no monthly follow on fee for the first year.

See Daily Post article Here.


Insurance costs

Whilst many companies are feeling the pinch when it comes to their Fleet Insurance, Insurers are now turning to the experience of Telematic Solutions Providers to help them help their customers

Plant-i has deployed many Insurance focussed solutions over recent months aimed at the early detection of incidents using a process known as FNOL Alerting (First Notification of Loss) and  Driver Scoring to ensure that vehicles are driven to a high standard whilst out on the roads. Sam  Browne Plant-i’s MD says “ The improved standards of driving we see from Insurance monitored fleets not only reduces premiums it saves money on fuel, maintenance and prolongs the viable life of any vehicle” Whilst the Insurance companies interests are unobtrusive within the process, leading Insurance bodies are hailing the technology as a major breakthrough with claims down by over 20% and the value of claims down by 30%.

For more information on how you can reduce premiums look under our product page under “risk management” or get in touch

What is GPS Tracking?

The Brains and Cogs behind GPS

The Global Positioning System (GPS) consists of 27 satellites that transmit signals to GPS receiver’s world wide

By accurately measuring the time in which a signal is relayed from a receiver to a satellite, the distance from a satellite and the GPS device.

By doing this with this with 3 or 4 satellites, in different orbits the location, direction; speed of the GPS device can be identified.

This Location Data is useful when a fleet operator has all their vehicles displayed live on a screen or the data is sent in the form of reports.



Active: the data from the GPS receiver is transmitted over seconds to a user at regular intervals. This gives you real-time location information.

Passive: all the GPS tracking data is stored and must be downloaded to get the data off of the device.

Real time tracking is by far the most popular choice as it allows the user to see where their assets are in real time giving them many more benefits in the field so they can make informed decisions.


To show or not to show?

Some trackers are able to be discreetly installed in a vehicle so the only the installer and operator know that the vehicle has been installed with a tracking device the plus side to this is that the operator has a better picture of how his/her drivers operate on a day to day basis and its harder for thieves to detect.

Another option is to display the tracking device in the open for all to see, this lets the drivers know that they are being kept in check and can act as a deterrent for potential thieves.

Either way we can offer some tips on how to accept tracking with your team.


Where GPS can be used in Fleet tracking

Construction/Landscaping, Plumbers/Electricians, Wholesaler/Supplier/Distributors, Emergency Services, Transportation, Roofing/Garage Installation, Taxi Cabs, Ambulances, Buses, Boats, Trains, Lawn Mowers, Heavy Equipment, Mobile Medical Units, Street sweepers, HGV, Plant Machinery, Trailers, Vans, Cars, Semis, Forklifts, Cranes, Tractors, Harvesters, Lorries, Campervans, Motor bikes, Quad bikes the list goes on.

They All can experience the same benefits:

Overtime Reduction, Improved Customer Service, Timesheet Verification, Increased Productivity, Fuel Reduction, Vehicle Mileage Reduction and increased security.

with literally hundreds on configurations and tracking possibilities its sometimes best to have an informal conversation with us, so that we can let you know what may be useful for you and so that you are not buying a solution that’s not catered to your industry like any off the shelf tracking providers.

Our tracking platform provides the data securely over the Internet. As long as you know the login and password, you can access your system from computer or Smartphone. This is accessible day and night and no matter where you are located in the world.


What is GPS fleet tracking? 

GPS fleet tracking is a way to monitor and track vehicles; normally a GPS device is installed in each vehicle to track the vehicles exact location in real time.

The devices can also monitor other information relating to the vehicle including speed, engine start up and shut down, impact detection and mileage completed.

The information from each and every vehicle is then transmitted to a remote user.

Depending on the GPS tracking platform used, remote users can view maps with vehicle locations, access specific reports on vehicles or set security parameters.

Fleet operators can use GPS fleet tracking to improve overall performance of a fleet by monitoring unwanted driver behavior, reducing fuel consumption, preventing thefts and provide other improvements.

Many operators can save by using the system effectively and out way the initial cost very quickly

GPS tracking is gaining traction in many industry from protecting 1/2 million pound plant machinery to lowering insurance premiums, we understand this at Plant-i and have developed many unique and bespoke solutions in order to cater for clients from temperature reports to knowing when a vehicle has a flat battery, giving you the operator the ability to make informed management level decisions to drive productivity.


Reducing breakdowns with GPS Tracking 

Hang on one sec you might be thinking, how can GPS tracker prevent my vehicle from breaking down?

At Plant-i we know (from experience) break downs cost, but it costs much more than just a repair bill. You have to take into account lost vehicle time, lost driver hours, upset customers, overtime pay needed to compensate for the broken down vehicle, plus extras.

How to reduce the risk

one proven way to reduce the risk of a vehicle breaking down is to make sure that a vehicle is serviced and maintained, but we know this is no easy feat with some fleets being 300+ strong it’s likely services will get missed as it can be a operation nightmare to organize and keep on top of.

However what if you could have your GPS tracking device remind you of when a vehicle needs a service?

The Plant-i telematics can send alerts when a vehicle is due for a service based on calender time, engine hour’s on-time, or mileage depending on what is best suited for that vehicle ensuring that services are kept in order, improving the reliability of the fleet.

In the event a breakdown, live GPS tracking can help decrease the time spent recovering the vehicle, by knowing exactly where the vehicle is, this information can be shared with the relevant party and if using the app a colleague can even get sat nav directions to the broken down vehicle.

So with all this included in the Plant-i telematics system can effectively maintain your fleets vehicles, making it more reliable, improving productively and even improving the resale value of a vehicle whilst avoiding hefty repair bills.

One new feature we can also include is with the scrapping of the paper tax disc we can now set reminder for each vehicle, notifying you when the tax is due to be renewed.


So what is telematics?

“The branch of information technology which deals with the long-distance transmission of computerized information as defined by Google”

Telematics combines the use of information and communication to give users accurate usable data that is that can be used in many different scenarios. The data is often transmitted using GSM, GPRS and 3G data, the same technology that is used in mobile phones.

How do telematics and GPS work together?

Under the term “telematics” includes the integration of GPS technology and computers and mobile devices.

Telematics has realistically become the known word for the integration of GPS and information in the vehicle industry across all sectors

The perks of vehicle telematics

Using telematics gives the user an extensive array of useful data; including vehicle location, the driver’s behavior, and current speed even show all your fleet on one map in real time. You’ll know when a vehicle is this information gives you a perfect overview of what your fleet is doing in real time allowing you to make crucial decisions when they arise.

Some of the perks a user may benefit for also include.

Fleet and asset security, Better time management of staff, Reduce and control fuel costs, improved workforce productivity, reduced paperwork, customer service improvements, monitoring of CO2 emissions.

Plant-i provides the information securely over the Internet. As long as you know the login and password, you can access your system whether you are at the office of in the middle of a construction site on your Smartphone.

Why choose fleet tracking? 

Do you remember when you were learning to drive, and how correctly you did every maneuver to ensure you passed your test and if you didn’t you were told off?

What if there was a way for you to be the driver instructor in every single vehicle in your business.

well using a GPS tracking device is just like that, it lets your drivers that you are in the car with them at all times but also with the added security that once they have finished driving you are keeping a watchful eye on the vehicle while its unattended.

How time flies in Sunny Powys!

We have celebrated our 10th year anniversary this year (happy birthday to us) weve come a long way since our MD was trading off his kitchen counter,  and to celebrate here we ran a few promotions, where we said hello to many new customers and got some great feedback.

“Due to our rapid growth, and subsequent increase in the number of vans that we operate, we decided to have trackers fitted to our vans. We work throughout the UK and felt it necessary to gain control of our vehicle movements. Plant i offered an extremely flexible and affordable package, which suited our requirements.

Since having trackers fitted we have seen a noticeable improvement in journey planning, and subsequently related to this a reduction in wasted journeys. We are now able to remotely plan journeys, and effectively plan trips. The added bonus to all of this is that our carbon emissions have reduced, which has helped us in part attain the BS 8555 standard.

We are also able to monitor individual driving standards/ patterns, and provide constructive feedback to our drivers to enable them to improve upon their weaknesses. This ultimately improves fuel efficiency, whilst improving “wear and tear” on vehicles, therefore saving on maintenance costs”

Nick Evans Managing Director of Evabuild in Newtown Powys


The feedback received has been overwhelming and we are proud to say that we have been able to help every new company get the most from their fleet with the data we’ve gathered from the tracking system.

Use Plant i hardware to stop drivers speeding

Plant-i have developed a solution to prevent excessive speeding in vans are cars tracked with our Hardware.

With guidance from the customer we can configure a top speed that they allow their drivers to reach before alerting them with an in cab alarm.

Paired with our intelligent driver scoring system this allows fleet managers to clamp down on erratic driving.

Not only does this dramatically increase MPG it saves on wear and tear of the vehicles and more importantly highlights drivers who are at higher risk of being involved in a collision.

Plant i have a range of fleet and risk management features that can bring huge benefits to any fleet.

Don’t take our word for it, get in touch and we’ll put you in touch with a customer in your industry.

All tracker software written in house and can be customized to suit your needs.


Get it touch and find out how we can stop drivers speeding in your vehicles.

Local Council Reduce Co2

The cost of keeping Ceredigion County Council’s fleet of vehicles moving has increased by over 40% in just five years, according to figures released by the County Council this week.

With a fleet of 270 vehicles  (including Refuse Vehicles)  rising fuel prices have had a significant  impact on Council spending in recent years. In 2006/07, it cost just £573,178 to keep the Council’s vehicles on the road, yet in just five years the figures has risen dramatically to £812,817.

A spokesman for the Council said “ A couple of measures were being introduced to improve efficiency, including replacing 10 per cent of the fleet annually and introducing Plant-i’s on-board CANbus Telematics to aid the improvement of fuel consumption in the Refuse Vehicles”


Plant i work closely with many companies helping them reduce Co2 and increase MPG figures.



Machynlleth telematics company wins Powys Business Awards

Plant-i, Machynlleth – winner of the Small Business Award 2014 for less than 25 employees sponsored by RWE Innogy UK.

Machynlleth telematics company wins Powys Business Award

A fast growing Machynlleth telematics company was on track to win the Small Business Award for less than 25 employees sponsored by RWE Innogy UK.

Plant-i is an inspiring success story of entrepreneurship, innovation and business growth from humble beginnings. Managing director Sam Browne began the business from a kitchen table at his home in 2004.

A decade later, Plant-i is delivering market leading vehicle and boat tracking, fleet telematics, fuel management and asset security solutions to one of the UK’s largest insurance providers and a growing list of other major companies across the UK.

Plant-i has increased turnover from £30,000 in 2004 to £1.5 million this year and is forecast to reach £2.8 million within three years.

Growing demand for vehicle telematic solutions continues to create other diverse business opportunities, which the company is embracing due to Mr Browne’s vision, innovation and detailed knowledge of the market.

Since last December, the company has tripled the size of its offices on Dyfi Eco Park and taken on six new staff, growing the workforce to 16. Four more staff, including two engineers, will be recruited by the end of 2015.

Sam Browne said: “Six years ago I would have been here by myself and tonight the company is winning the award for the best small business of under 25 employees. This award is a pat on the back for me and a big thank you to all my staff.

“It’s going to help massively because it means that we are recognised in Powys as a real company that is making a difference.”

Shane Perkins, a Powys Business Awards judge, said: “Sam Browne impressed the judges with how he had grown the business since its inception 10 years ago, without external investment or funding. Significant increases in turnover have largely been secured through word of mouth and, with the adoption of a marketing strategy for the future, the judges see this local company’s success going from strength to strength.”

We have 100% coverage – Satellite Tracking

Constantly looking to stay ahead of the market we’re proud to announce that we are now able to offer our customers 100% coverage using satellite tracking.

We are able to provide Intelligent sim cards that switch across all EU networks, so if your fleet are driving around the UK and work in areas of poor Network coverage our sims will automatically switch to the strongest Network available.

We also offer the option that if there is No Network coverage at all the Tracking devices switch to sending your data via Low Orbit Satellites giving you full confidece that you know exactly where your assets are regardless of its location.

Finalist in the 2013 Powys Business Awards

Plant i are proud to be shortlisted to the final three for the 2013 Business Awards in the Growth section.

This is the 4th consecutive year Plant i have been finalists in the Powys Business awards.

The Powys Business Awards are designed to showcase the extent of business talent and the quality of companies and individuals that we have here in the county. Powys is home to so many exciting and diverse businesses, a number are well known, some with market leading credentials, but the majority are unsung heroes that given the opportunity have the skills and ability to rival anyone in their sector.


Machynlleth friends tackle Everest

Having conquered the Three Peaks Challenge, Andrew Ellis, Peter Kenny and Ian Byrne of Machynlleth tackled one of the most challenging climbs, Base Camp at Mount Everest.

The group  challenged 17,500ft to Base Camp, followed by a Final Climb to Kala Patthar (Black Rock) at 18,200ft.

The group set had initially set a fundraising target of £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation, This Target has been exceeded by at least 100% which is absolutely fantastic news.

Andrew said: “We decided to do the trek for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Martin Morgan, a player and committee man for the rugby club in Machynlleth, who died of a heart attack out on his bike at the age of 48; and for Mike Evans, known as Mike Darowen, who was chairman of Machynlleth FC for a number of years, who died of a heart attack playing squash.