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The ins and outs of telematics fleet management systems

Dec 17, 2019 11:14:33 AM

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The transport and logistics industry has changed a lot over the past few decades. From using expensive telephones in the ’90s to advanced fleet management telematics in 2020. These so-called fleet management telematics systems are indispensable if you want to optimise your fleet’s efficiency and profitability. In this blog, we will discuss what these fleet management telematics systems are and what they consist of.

What are fleet management telematics systems? 

Telematics is a combination of telecommunication (phone. sensors, ...) and informatics-based solutions (multimedia, internet, ...). In short, this means that fleet management telematics systems consist of a communication port and a software port. These telematics systems gather vehicle and communication data on a server platform. This server is office- or internet-based. To break it down, fleet telematics systems gather a range of data to provide fleet operators with the information they need to manage their fleet.

Advanced telematics systems consist of 3 parts: a black box, wired smartphone or tablet, and in some cases, extra apps.

The 3 essential parts of telematics systems in 2020 

Part #1: Black box 

The black box is a device within the vehicle that is getting data from the driver, vehicle, and environment. After gathering the data, it sends that data to a portal or website solution to make the data available for the back office. Most companies are familiar with this black box because this basic telematics system was introduced many years ago. 

Part #2: Wired communication hardware 

Advanced telematics consists of a combination of the black box and a wired smartphone or tablet. This provides the office with structured communication with each driver. It enables the driver to receive order information or process information directly on his screen. For example, the office can send address information with a code, which sends the driver to a specific location with a precise route. 

With a combination of both the black box and wired communication hardware, the office receives a mix of data from the driver and the vehicle. Everything comes together and enables fleet managers with full insight into the process. It provides them with tools to gain insight into driver hours, fuel efficiency, ETA and much more to optimise their fleet. 

Part #3: Telematics applications

With very advanced telematics systems, fleet managers have the possibility to download all sorts of applications on the wired smartphone or tablet. These apps are an innovative way to check driver behaviour, GPS information and enable communication between the office and driver. 

Want to learn more about the possibilities of fleet management telematics?

This blog will help you to understand what fleet management telematics systems currently consists of. Now that you are aware of the different parts of telematics systems, you’ll probably want to know how you can use them to improve your fleet’s efficiency and profitability. In our free and non-binding fleet efficiency audit, our expert will analyse your logistic process step by step and by doing so, he will identify hidden costs and opportunities. Claim your free audit here

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Achim Wostracky

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