Netstar wins eThekwini Municipality vehicle tracking contract

Johannesburg, 20 Jul 2018
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JSE-listed Altron subsidiary, Netstar, has been awarded a three-year contract by the eThekwini Municipality for the supply, integration and maintenance of a vehicle tracking technology solution for 7 000 vehicles.

The multimillion-rand deal, which will involve technology being deployed across the entire fleet, enables the municipality to track, monitor, communicate and respond in real-time.

Commenting on the win, Pierre Bruwer, Netstar Managing Director, said: "Our innovative and world-class technology solutions will be used to assist the eThekwini Municipality in providing a seamless transport service to the citizens of eThekwini. This includes the provision and maintenance of tracking and transport management.

"Partnering with our customers to empower them is part of the Altron fabric, particularly with regard to skills development and service delivery," Bruwer added.

Skills transfer forms part of the contract, and Netstar has committed to ensuring both skills development and female empowerment. Netstar runs an 18-month technician apprenticeship programme, which entails training eThekwini's female employees as technicians within the Fleet Systems and Monitoring division. They have studied Electrical Engineering with support from the City, Altech Netstar and on-site mentors.

Senior Manager at the Municipality's City Fleet, Suben Govender, said the Unit is passionate about ensuring employment equity and the transfer of skills. "In our previous model, we had appointed a service provider to handle the maintenance of our tracking systems, but there was little to no skills transfer. It is imperative that the youth are empowered so that they become employable."

In conclusion, Bruwer had the following to say: "Netstar has been a leader in the safety and security industry in South Africa and is proud to have been selected by the eThekwini Municipality to provide a critical service. Government is a key customer for us, as we continue our journey to provide citizens with innovative solutions that matter."

Allied Electronics Corporation

South African listed Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron), through its principal subsidiaries, Allied Technologies (Altech) and Bytes Technology Group (Bytes), is invested in telecommunications and IT. The Altron Group employs more than 8 000 employees globally.

Founded in 1965, Altron has a direct presence in eight countries, including South Africa, the UK and Australia, on four continents through its various businesses. In addition, the group's strategic partnerships with leading international technology companies give it access to leading technology capabilities and products from across the world, including Asia, Europe and North America.

The majority of the group's revenue and headcount are derived from the local market in South Africa, where the group is headquartered.

The group's primary focus is in providing innovative solutions in the fintech, health tech, safety and security, and learning and development verticals that have a meaningful impact on society by addressing challenges facing communities in South Africa, the continent and beyond, while delivering shared value for all its stakeholders.

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