Telematics for Commercial Fleet Management

What is Telematics for Commercial Fleet Management?

Telematics is the joining of two very distinct areas of technology – telecommunications (the transmission of information by various technologies) and informatics (the processing of data for storage and retrieval).

When referring to fleet telematics specifically, information about the driver and vehicle — such as vehicle location, fuel usage and more —  can provide valuable data for fleet management to improve different areas of their operations.

Vehicle Telematics Components

The basic telematics system setup consists of a fleet tracking device installed in a vehicle through either the ODBII (on-board diagnostics) port or a 3-wire engine install. Once the vehicle is in operation, the vehicle tracking device will collect telematics data via 4G cellular or satellite services and organize / display this information to end users through a fleet management application on desktop, tablet or mobile devices.

GPS fleet tracking data can include a vehicle’s real-time location, speed travelled, idle engine time, hard braking alerts, and other metrics which can be used to improve a fleet’s overall productivity and safety.

Below are the different components of a telematics system and what type of vehicle tracking data is collected from each:

The Benefits of a Telematics System for Fleet Management

There are numerous advantages to having a vehicle tracking system in place. From fuel savings to improved vehicle safety, fleet tracking has been a long proven method for optimizing productivity and increasing your bottom line.

Benefits include, but are not limited to: