Press Release

DriverNet on the road to success

5th September 2019

St Helens tech start up wins 2019 Merseyside Innovation Award and £10,000 for research and commercial potential

Pilot with St Helens Council is a success in improving passenger transport safeguarding and efficiency

DriverNet is now launching new operations across security, couriers, Dial A Ride, bus operations and health and social care mobile workers

St Helens tech start up DriverNet is growing from strength to strength after recently winning the prestigious Merseyside Innovation Award, beating some tough competition to win the £10,000 prize for its innovative features and commercial potential.

DriverNet provides transport and mobile workforce management systems to improve the speed, safety and security of a wide range of operations, from passenger transport and security teams to couriers, healthcare professionals and housing associations.

The company was founded in 2017 by Ant Chisnall, who grew up in Eccleston, St Helens. After selling his property and putting his life savings into DriverNet, they have since received over £100,000 of funding from Innovate UK and the DfT, as well as seed funding from a local Angel Investor.

The app was originally developed for commercial logistics, but has now gained traction in passenger operations, security, healthcare and beyond. Following a successful pilot with St Helens Council in early 2019, DriverNet’s smartphone app is now being used on their passenger operations for Adult Social Care, Special Educational Needs pupils and NHS patient transfers. DriverNet is now scheduled to roll out with a Dial A Ride operation with a local bus operator.

Chief Executive, Ant Chisnall, said: “It’s ten times more difficult to find a team, launch an app and find an investor in Sankey Valley than it is in Silicon Valley, so the award means a lot to us. Everyone across the region has really got behind what we are doing.”

“Winning the competition has led to developments with local NHS trusts, CCGs and one of the largest private healthcare providers in the UK. Aside from coordinating logistics in smarter ways, they recognise our app significantly increases the security of highly sensitive personal data of vulnerable clients and patients, removing the need for deploying staff with paper print outs or diaries containing these details.

“DriverNet provide business users with channels for messaging and reporting, lone worker safety alerts, journey information, client profiles, navigation and vehicle safety. In ways similar to Uber, we also let passengers, patients, customers or families know precisely when vehicles or mobile workers are scheduled to arrive. We remove a major pain point faced daily by millions of people.

“We’ve now been named in the finals of the national TRANSTech Awards 2019 for improving transport safety and security, and have been selected to pitch to Volvo, Ford and Honda at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Future Mobility Challenge in October - a massive opportunity. So far customer and industry feedback has been extremely positive, and we look forward to working with more partners in 2020.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. DriverNet is a digital platform that increases the safety and efficiency of operations that use paper-based print outs or legacy systems for cross sector transport and mobile worker operations.
  2. The DriverNet platform is comprised of a smartphone app for mobile operatives and clients, and a cloud management system to control and monitor events at base.
  3. The driver app provides vehicle checks, client information, journey guidance, messaging and reporting channels, expense trackers, lone worker safety systems and more, whilst connecting users to customers via SMS or app.
  4. Winner of the Merseyside Innovation Award, £10,000 –
  5. Participated in the Wayra Intelligent Mobility Accelerator with the Transport Systems Catapult start up programme in 2018 and are forming a reseller agreement with 02 Telefonica.

Interviews available on request.

Please contact: Ant Chisnall on 0844 248 0724 or 07722 667592.