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Monday 14 May, 2012

21st Century Tech

Arriva CrossCountry select 21st Century

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21st Century Technology PLC
14 May 2012

14 May 2012

21st Century Technology plc


("21st Century" or "the Company" or "the Group")


Arriva CrossCountry select 21st Century for contract with potential value in excess of £1m


Supplying on board forward facing CCTV cameras for the UK's most extensive rail franchise


21st Century, the supplier and installation service provider of public transport CCTV and vehicle monitoring systems, today announces that it has been awarded a contract, potentially worth in excess of £1m by XC Trains Limited, which operates Arriva UK's CrossCountry franchise ("the Franchise") to supply forward facing CCTV cameras for deployment in the 182 drivers cabs in its fleet of trains operating on the CrossCountry network.


The CCTV camera equipment, with a sales value of £0.8m, will be delivered in the current year and thereafter Arriva have the option to take up on-going on-site warranty and maintenance.  If this option is taken up to the end of the Franchise, which is expected to run to March 2016, this revenue stream could add over £0.2m to the contract value.


The CrossCountry network is the most extensive rail franchise in the UK.  Stretching from Aberdeen to Penzance and from Stanstead to Cardiff, it covers around 1,500 miles and calls at over 100 stations.


Commenting on the decision to install the forward facing cameras across its fleet, XC Trains' Head of Procurement, Philip Brown said: "Our investment in this technology underpins our commitment to the safety and security of our customers. These cameras will be invaluable in helping us understand any operational problems the driver experiences and in pursuing convictions against anyone seen committing crimes or trespassing on the railway."


Commenting on the contract win 21st Century's Chief Executive, Nick Grimond, said:  "We are particularly pleased to have been awarded this business which we are fulfilling in partnership with a leading on train CCTV supplier.  The train CCTV market complements our existing bus CCTV business and represents a significant new growth opportunity for the Group." 





For Further Information: 


21st Century Technology plc

Wilson Jennings 

020 8710 4016 

Finance Director 

Daniel Stewart & Co plc

Nominated Adviser

Noelle Greenaway

Paul Shackleton

020 7776 6550 

Corporate Broking

Colin Rowbury

MHP Communications Ltd

Barnaby Fry 

020 3128 8100 

Vicky Watkins




Notes to editors:


21st Century Technology plc (AIM: C21), a leading supplier of public transport CCTV and other monitoring systems, was admitted to trading on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange, in 2005.


21st Century is the preferred supplier of on-board CCTV systems for Arriva UK Bus, the Go-Ahead Group, FirstGroup UK Bus and Keolis Sverige AB in Stockholm.  


The Company has pioneered the use of WiFi with on-board CCTV systems and Transport for London commissioned the Company to undertake a trial of 'LiveView' - a system which transmits live CCTV pictures from on board the bus to a public transport and police control centre.  21st Century was also the first company to successfully launch Automatic Video Downloads and a bus CCTV monitoring system (HeartbeatTM) which allow the CCTV manager to remotely download CCTV footage from the bus to his computer and check that all the CCTV systems fitted to his buses are fully operational, without leaving his desk.   The company's passenger counting systems utilise active infrared sensors at every exit/entry point or overhead cameras linked to the ticket machine to enable bus operators to analyse specific bus route ticket sales and passenger numbers.


21st Century's EcoManager product has made a significant contribution to sales since its launch in July 2008. The EcoManager black-box system is aimed at reducing fuel and maintenance costs, reducing emissions and improving safety for bus operators by monitoring individual driving styles. Following a successful trial in 2009, Arriva UK committed to install the device on all their new buses and to retrofit a large proportion of their existing fleet. Later that year Arriva North West and Merseytravel won the industry recognised Alexander Dennis Award for Innovation following their installation of the EcoManager system which yielded fuel savings of up to 12%, associated CO2 emission reductions and a 62% reduction in accidents. This was followed in 2010 with a driver safety award for EcoManager presented by the road safety charity, Brake and in 2011; Arriva Wirral was presented with the Environmental Award by Wirral Investment Network in recognition of the environmental benefits achieved by the company as a result of the installation of EcoManager to its fleet of buses.  For further information go to



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