Terry Ashwin has a proprietary air when he demonstrates the new Traveller on board Recorder – and well he might.
He invented this electronic tachograph. Costing under R2000 and marketed in South Africa by Hampo Systems, the device verifies any activity of the vehicle while it’s away from the depot, including distance travelled, starts and stops, maximum speed and engine revolutions, distance covered per trip and per day. It also provides warning signals to the driver to prevent misuse of the vehicle.
The tachograph is designed to enable vehicles to be utilized in the most economical way, with savings on tyre wear, engine wear and fuel consumption. The system is provided with its own low-cost reader, obviating the need for a microcomputer.
Simply put, it stores information on a memory chip and at the end of the day, this is extracted or transferred by radio to the reader to give managers access to all the information they need on each vehicle.
Driver self-management is achieved with a series of warning lights which indicate to the driver that he has overstepped limits set for the safety and economy and keeps him in line. If he does not confirm, a horn blasts off.
The unit effects great savings. But Ashwin is adamant that the machine has to be used to motivate drivers, not police them.
“Drivers must know the machine is there, that it is there to help them and how it works. A driver gets on-the- spot correction to which he has to react instead of his manager finding a mistake days after it has happened and complaining about a forgotten incident”: said Ashwin.
The display can be used as clock, kilometre, trip-meter, can be used to record details of a trip or check on parameters. It is an exception reporter, obviating tedious hours of data collection. It can give full detail reports on an individual, daily, weekly and monthly basis.