Transformational Telematics a Key Topic at this Year’s IRTE Conference

The opportunities and challenges of next generation telematics will take centre-stage at this year’s IRTE Conference on 28th September 2017 in Warwickshire.

Microlise will be speaking in the conference’s technology stream, alongside manufacturer Renault Trucks and vehicle operator VPS UK.

Matt Hague, Executive Director – Product Strategy, will be delivering a presentation during the afternoon session looking at how next generation telematics is being used to transform fuel economy and manage risk.

Matt will discuss the opportunities, challenges and the breadth of next generation tools available to fleet operators, including the role of Big Data in delivering route information and mitigating risk.

Telematics provides the opportunity to reduce fuel costs by between 5% and 15% when implemented and engaged with successfully. An outline of the next generation tools available to address these challenges will be delivered with questions posed by audience members afterwards.

Conference Topics

Away from Matt’s session, the conference will cover the latest innovations making the transport industry safer and fleet operations more efficient. Delegates will get a chance to learn how to make immediate savings with practical advice, and investigate new advances in truck technology from leading manufacturers. Attendees will also receive CPD points from the IRTE. Here’s how the main points of the agenda stack up.


Dr Phil Green, a professor at The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight will deliver the keynote presentation talking about  alternative fuels, the spread of the internet of things and the increasing role of data.

Alternative fuels

Expanding on the topic of alternative fuels a panel of experts from Cenex, Gasrec and the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership will look at Dual Fuel technology and the potential for a sea change in gas trucks’ popularity.

Euro VII

Ricardo UK’s chief engineer will focus on what we know about Euro VII and what the likely price impacts will be for engineers to consider relating to price, weight, performance, maintenance and duty cycles.


An expert panel from FORS, Transport for London and the Freight Transport Association will discuss the changing picture of compliance. They’ll be asked how the move towards voluntary and mandatory audits is impacting operators.

Dramatisation of a public inquiry

As incidents involving heavy commercial vehicles continue to make the headlines, with links to lapses in inspection and maintenance regimes, the Traffic Commissioners, Backhouse Jones and IRTE will also stage a mock Public Inquiry. Delegates will learn about the formal processes up to and including the court hearing – and hear first-hand about the importance of compliance, including in terms of driver management defect reporting and inspection and maintenance audits.

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