The term “telematics” derives from the combination of telecommunications and informatics.
What is Telematics
By definition, Telematics is the blending of computers and wireless telecommunications technologies, ostensibly with the goal of efficiently conveying information over vast networks to improve a host of business functions or government-related public services. It is the technology of sending, receiving and storing information relating to remote objects, such as vehicles, via telecommunication devices.
The term has evolved to refer to automobile systems that combine global positioning satellite (GPS) tracking and other wireless communications for things like remote diagnostics. Whether it’s on a truck driving through the most remote part of Norway or a delivery van in Mexico, GPS units with onboard computers can use either GPRS (cell phone networks) or GPS (satellite constellations) to transfer real-time data to central offices for effective fleet management.
Now that we know what Telematics actually is, what can it do and how does Telematics help your company and fleet management?
Fleet Telematics is a way of monitoring the location, movements, status and behavior of a vehicle or fleet of vehicles. This is achieved through a combination of a GPS receiver and an electronic GSM device installed in each vehicle, which then communicates with the user and web-based software.
Everything from fuel consumption to current speed and location can be viewed on a central dashboard. Fleet managers or any other company employee can get a birds-eye view of the entire fleet, checking the overall health, profitability and productivity of the fleet.
The list is almost endless in terms of the information and data you can collect on your fleet. All this information helps you:
- Increase Productivity
- Reduce Labor Costs
- Control Fuel Costs
- Improve Customer Service
- Increase Fleet Safety and Security
- Reduce Operating Expenses
- Go Green
- Reduce Unauthorized Vehicle Use