Novadata, the Essex based tachograph supply and driver training group says 1982 was a great year for technology. The much loved BBC Micro was launched, the first CD player was sold, Time's Man of the Year was THE COMPUTER and Novadata started reading tachograph charts. MD, Derek Broomfield explains:
"We lived through the big sea change that occurred in the logistics landscape caused by massive leaps in computer technology. The early eighties were a pivotal point. Few recognised back then just how much computer technology would impact on the transport industry. We did and our longevity in the industry has enriched our knowledge and experience in ways that just can't be learned. It is this understanding that informs all our training and support services."
By 1985 new technology was changing buying habits with smaller, cheaper electronic gadgets appearing everywhere. The first mobile phone call was made in the UK, the first .com website name was registered, Microsoft launched Windows Version 1.0, Sir Clive Sinclair unveiled the Sinclair C5 and the EEC set into motion legislation that would radically reshape the freight industry and, to howls of protest in some quarters, EEC regulation 3821/85  made tachographs mandatory throughout the European Union.