Access Management Firm Traka Secures Second Queen's Award

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A Buckinghamshire-based company that received the Queen's Award four years ago for its innovative technology, has now won the UK's most prestigious business award again, this time for its international sales.

I'm absolutely delighted that our continued efforts have been recognised and rewarded - this is a wonderful achievement and reflects more than 12 years' investment in technical innovation, customer understanding and international sales development.

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A Buckinghamshire-based company that received the Queen's Award four years ago for its innovative technology, has now won the UK's most prestigious business award again, this time for its international sales.

Traka plc, has won The Queen's Award for Enterprise - International Trade 2008, in recognition of its commercial success and substantial growth in overseas earnings.

Today, 50 per cent of Traka's annual turnover comes from overseas, the company selling its intelligent access management systems to over 22 countries worldwide, to customers as diverse as the Vatican, casinos across the world, parliamentary buildings and international telecoms operators.

The company's clever, key-based systems are relevant to a huge range of organisations, enabling them to control, monitor and record access to their property, facilities, vehicles and equipment.

The ability to manage and protect their resources more effectively reduces operating costs, improves safety and often results in significant improvements in productivity - many customers enjoying a return on their investment in a matter of months.

The Awards are made each year by The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an advisory committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions.

Traka's Managing Director, John Kent said the company's 39 employees were enormously proud of their achievement. He added: "I'm absolutely delighted that our continued efforts have been recognised and rewarded - this is a wonderful achievement and reflects more than 12 years' investment in technical innovation, customer understanding and international sales development."

The idea was founded by John Kent in 1990 when British Airways asked him to develop a system to safeguard its airside ground support vehicles.

Since then, Traka has become a world leader in intelligent access management solutions. Its UK customers include police forces, museums, prisons, hospitals, hotels and numerous commercial organisations. Its unique fork truck management system is used by over 9,000 fork trucks in the UK alone.

Marketing Development Manager, Martyn Baker, said: "Four years ago, we received recognition for our innovation. Four years on, it's our success overseas that has been recognised. It's no coincidence. Traka systems are now widely acknowledged to be at the forefront of intelligent access management. Our second Queen's Award will reinforce customer confidence, as we seek to enter new overseas markets during the next phase of our company's development."

About Traka plc

For more information please contact Martyn Baker (Training & Marketing Development Manager) at Traka plc +44(0)1234 712345 or email:- info @ traka.com

The Traka website is at http://www.traka.com

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the UK's most prestigious awards for business performance. They recognise and reward outstanding achievement by UK companies. They are presented in three separate categories: International Trade - recognising companies that have demonstrated growth in overseas earnings, Innovation and Sustainable Development.
For more information visit http://www.queensawards.gov.uk

About Traka systems:

  •     The Traka system operates by securely attaching each key or key-set to a special iFob using a security seal where it locks into the Traka electronic cabinet. From there on Traka ensures that only authorised staff with the correct access privileges can gain access to the cabinet and each individual key is independently restricted. The use of each key and every key taken is recorded automatically into a central PC database, showing the key user's name as well as the date and time taken, and equally importantly, when it was returned. Once users are accountable, they take more care of the keys and the equipment they access.
  •     If a key is not in the cabinet when it should be, there's no need to ask around the office who has taken it - the Traka system will have logged the user automatically when they took the iFob.
  •     Traka holds all the information on powerful networked software so that long-term records may be stored and maintained to analyse equipment use, identify faulty equipment, show late returns of keys and to prove key usage.
  •     With Traka there is no argument about who has damaged a vehicle, taken a piece of equipment, received a speeding fine or lost a key. Access to Traka managed keys can be via PIN code, swipe card or fingerprint recognition.
  •     Traka can incorporate an alcohol testing facility to ensure keys aren't released to operatives of dangerous equipment prior to taking a breath test.
  •     Traka can help to plan the usage and value of company assets: how long a vehicle has been used for; how often certain files are accessed; and how many times a year a lift motor room has been accessed for maintenance.
  •     As every iFob has a built-in electronic tag, it doesn't need a label, so anyone finding a lost one won't know what it opens or starts.
  •     Every Traka system can now give instructions to each user in their native language - so if a worker is Polish, Czech, Spanish or Japanese, they will be able to follow the instructions.
  •     The iFob, which can be used to operate fork lift trucks, can also collect and store information. It can record that a driver accepts the condition of a fork truck before using it each morning. Its shock sensor can even record if the truck has been in a collision. When an iFob is returned to the Traka cabinet, faults can be reported, ensuring that the equipment is locked out of use until the repair is made.
  •     iFobs not only grant access to authorised personnel, but they can be programmed to work only at certain hours, or for specific lengths of time. Traka systems can also ensure that any faulty equipment is locked out of general use until repaired, whilst still allowing the service manager access.
  •     Keys can be reserved in advance for later use, and a reminder is shown on the key display if anyone else tries to take a key when it needs to remain in place for the 'booking'.

New features recently developed by Traka include intelligent electronic lockers. These are being widely adopted for managing equipment used in businesses that are attractive to steal or are prone to being lost or damaged by users. Items such as security radio handsets, personal alarm systems, radio data terminals, PDA's and laptop computers can all be RFID tagged and managed centrally. They can be pre-booked, perhaps remotely, for an operator to use at a specific time and date. Administered from a single PC, assets across an entire organisation can be monitored to see who took them and when, when they were returned, including logging any damage to the equipment.

Martyn Baker
Training & Marketing Development Manager

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