INNOVATORS VS COVID 19
AI Collision Management, Making your Drivers Safer and More Efficient
We talked to Andrew Fleury of Transpoco on how AI Collision management makes drivers safer and more efficient and this is what he had to say.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Andrew Fleury: We are all doing well after adjusting to all being at home during the first lockdown. Luckily Transpoco has been able to operate efficiently by meeting virtually, and the kids are back at school now, which makes working from home somewhat easier!
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Transpoco.
Andrew Fleury: I founded the company back in 2004 while at Dublin City University, where I met my two friends who also became directors of the company. We developed a piece of technology that could provide accurate vehicle tracking data. We have gone from strength to strength to become a leading telematics provider to many customers across Europe.
How does Transpoco innovate?
Andrew Fleury: Our innovation comes from creating bespoke solutions based on the specific needs of our clients. As our customers range from public sector organizations to aviation operators with such different requirements, we tailor the technology to provide the most comprehensive solution for whatever the situation dictates. I don’t think there is a day that goes by when we are not innovating – it’s what Transpoco is all about as a company.
How has the coronavirus pandemic affected your business, and how are you coping?
Andrew Fleury: As a significant part of our business is providing telematics to the public sector. In many cases, key workers, the company was less affected by coronavirus than many others. We have managed to increase our client base by creating a new collision management camera system that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect driver fatigue and behavior. It has proven popular for companies looking to improve safety and cut the costs incurred due to accidents within their fleets of vehicles. The need to increase the security of drivers for work is even more critical during these times. We are active in the Aviation sector, which inevitably saw a downturn during the pandemic. However, we are already starting to see this business area improve as airlines and airports begin to carry more passengers.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Andrew Fleury: We have always believed that maintaining a diverse sector client base is essential, and it has been highlighted more during this time. Remaining flexible with your team and your clients has been another critical attribute that has continued success during the most challenging months Transpoco has ever experienced.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety? How do you project yourself Transpoco in the future?
Andrew Fleury: Staying busy and talking with the Transpoco team to come up with solutions to challenges has kept the stress level down, in addition to ensuring they have everything they need to be able to work effectively from home. Retaining a diverse client base and keeping current with the market and what it needs from our technology will ensure continued success.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Andrew Fleury: Other companies provide telematics platforms. However, we believe our recent use of AI and our product development’s bespoke nature separates us as a leading provider of technology solutions.
Your final thoughts?
Andrew Fleury: We are incredibly excited about what the next year will bring and look forward to launching even more innovative products to the broadest range of customers.
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