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What is Fleet Telematics?

September 09, 2016 by Andrew Mead

What is Telematics

Telematics is literally a combination of the words Telecommunications and Informatics. Telematics, in a broad sense, is any integrated use of telecommunications with information and communications technology. It is the technology of sending, receiving and storing information relating to remote objects, such as vehicles, via telecommunication devices.

How Telematics Relates to GPS Technology

Under the "telematics" umbrella is the integration of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and computers and mobile devices. The term “telematics” has even evolved to refer specifically to GPS vehicle tracking, and, at no coincidence, inspired the name for Fleetmatics. Fleetmatics is drawn from the mobile assets of which the software tracks and the term “informatics.”

The Benefits of Vehicle Telematics

Vehicle Telematics is a way of monitoring the location, movements, status and behaviour of a vehicle or fleet of vehicles. This is achieved through a combination of a GPS receiver and an electronic GPRS or 3G device installed in each vehicle, which then communicates with the user and web-based software.

In addition to location data, a telematics system provides a list of your vehicles showing the status of each. You’ll know when a vehicle is started up and shut down, as well as its idling status, location and speed (see list of features here). This information gives you complete, up-to-the-minute knowledge of your fleet activities in one centralised, web-based interface. All of this information helps you:

Keep in Mind…

There are very few telematics solutions that offer the right combination of the features you need to achieve the maximum benefits of a GPS tracking system. These features include: useability, technology development and financial stability.

The best GPS tracking solutions solutions provide the information securely over the Internet. As long as you know the login and password, you can access your system from any Internet-enabled computer or mobile device. The flexibility and 24/7 accessibility of an Internet based solution makes it the far superior choice when deciding on a specific telematics company.

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