Leading local telematics, GPS tracking and fleet management specialist HandsOn Systems today announces the appointment of Simon Bugeja as Chief Commercial Office. This will enable HandsOn Systems to take on more ambitious projects and roll out a range of exciting new services both in Malta and internationally. Mr Bugeja is a former Operations Manager with a medical supplies company and a project co-ordinator focusing on renewables. He is highly active in radio broadcasting and has a passion for working with emergency rescue services, including importing and custom building emergency vehicle lighting and equipment. He has a telecommunications and electronics engineering background and was at school with HandsOn Systems CEO Geoffrey Farrugia. Commenting on Mr Bugeja’s appointment, Mr Farrugia said: “I have known Simon since our childhood and have been looking for an opportunity to work with him for a number of years. I am confident that, as a result of this new appointment, HandsOn Systems will be able to accelerate its growth, secure new contracts and make a quality leap, taking it into new markets, both geographically and in terms of product development.” Mr Bugeja said: “I am looking forward to this new, exciting challenge, working closely with Geoff to continue to build a professional structure at HandsOn Systems. Apart from my responsibilities for HR, operations and business development, I want to make sure that the company continues to retain its focus and leading edge position in technology.”
Opportunity to pitch to potential investors
Venture capital firms and high-profile tech companies including Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook will be given the inside track on local technology start-up HandsOn Systems during Web Summit, in Dublin, Ireland, from 3-5 November, 2015. HandsOn Systems is one of 25 technology start-ups from around the world that has been given the opportunity to put up a stand at Web Summit, termed “the best technology conference on the planet” that is anticipated to attract over 30,000 attendees from 110 countries. Geoffrey Farrugia, HandsOn Systems CEO, who is given prominence in the conference website https://websummit.net as a “featured attendee”, commented: “Although technically still a start-up, we have now been in operation for five years and have built up a suite of proven technology and services with a focus on vehicle tracking and fleet management. “The fact that, after five years we are still around and still investing in our technology speaks volumes. We have developed a portfolio of top notch clients, both locally and internationally, who rely on our 24×7 support and share our vision to take our products global.” The focus of HandsOn Systems is on telematics, GPS tracking and fleet management. It is also diversifying into other closely related sectors, including ticketing, UBI (usage-based insurance) and task management software for logistics and transport companies, apart from having an interest in asset tracking and tagging (RFID). According to Mr Farrugia, since being featured on the conference website, HandsOn Systems has already attracted attention from other start-ups, potential investors and international media agencies. With Malta being considered a good testing ground for technology, HandsOn Systems have the track record to show that its technology works and can compete with the best in its field. The company is also gearing up for the Internet of Things revolution, with the move away from stand-alone devices to everything being connected to the Internet envisaged to grow exponentially in the very near future.
Celebrating enthusiasm, commitment and sheer hard work
HandsOn Systems has received the Translog Award for Best Technology Solution Provider. The winners in 12 categories of the first edition of these awards, organised by Support and Supply Management Group (SSM) and BPC, and supported by HSBC Bank Malta, were announced earlier this month. The Translog Awards showcased companies and individuals who made remarkable efforts and commitments in the transport, logistics or supply chain industry during 2013. According to HandsOn Managing Director Geoffrey Farrugia, the award is a clear demonstration that its clients, suppliers, partners and employees believe in the company’s enthusiasm and commitment. “Enthusiasm is often neglected as a force. Yet without it there would be few achievements since it sets fire to the imagination,” he said. “It asks ‘What if?’ and ‘If I did?’ and the results depend on the answer to those questions.” HandsOn is celebrating those who asked these questions and the Translog Award is a demonstration of the company’s commitment to finding the right answers. “We are also honouring those who in our company worked late into the evening and early in the morning so that all of you can work better the next day; those of you who were dissatisfied from our mistakes and failures and thus complained or criticised us. We have learnt so much from you too!” Mr Farrugia added. In the world of technology it will always be impossible to say that you have all the answers, but he said HandsOn will continue to seek better solutions in the years to come, a renewed commitment towards shaping its future. “HandsOn is committed to continue to deliver innovative and reliable systems to the transport sector and to improve the local economy by maximising the efficiency of all companies operating in this sector,” he concluded. The very first edition of the Translog Award Winners came to a successful conclusion during a prestigious presentation ceremony and dinner, held at the InterContinental Hotel, St Julian’s, during which the winners were announced. The other award-winning companies are: VJ Salomone Marketing, Falcotrans, Aurobindo, Sullivan Maritime, MaltaPost, Emirates SkyCargo and Express Trailers. Also honoured were Noel Ellul and Caroline Chircop, with two companies receiving special mentions: Liquigas Malta and Cyber Pass. These awards are based on international benchmarks and values, and are geared towards performance excellence, using industry norms and standards. Nominations were judged by a panel of distinguished transport and logistics practitioners, academics and business leaders.