How does telematics work

In general, telematics combines two sciences – telecommunications and informatics. It is frequently defined as “the integration of computer and Wi-Fi information and communication technologies to effectively communicate across vast systems to bolster a range of services.”

These days telematics is associated more with vehicle tracking, cost reduction for the small or big park of vehicles, fleet management, drivers behavior monitoring, and improvement, etc.

How does it work?

It’s not as hard to understand the basis of telematics as it looks at first sight. A telematics system integrates a machine into an asset, including a tracking device or other real-time monitoring tools. The device then gathers critical asset performance information. Once the information is collected, the device sends it to a computer system, where it will be compiled, interpreted, and reviewed. This process included a few steps:

  • Transports telematics device with a working SIM card is configured according to the client’s needs and installed into the vehicle.
  • The device acquires its position from one of the GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) constellations (types), for example, GPS (US), GALILEO (EU), BEIDOU (China), QZSS (Japan);
  • Now, as the device (vehicle) knows its position, it can be sent to the transport telematics software to see it for the fleet manager;
  • The device uses a SIM card to connect LTE network to transmit encrypted data that the device is gathering into the secured server;
  • Secured server decrypts the data and shows it on the fleet management software;
  • Fleet manager not only sees position data of the vehicle but can also analyze various other parameters: for example, vehicle ignition status, speed, mileage, fuel level, driver, various harsh events like overspeeding, extreme acceleration, excessive idling, and much more.

How does GPS tracker installation look?

Many modern commercial vehicle manufacturers directly install embedded GPS tracking and telematics technologies in their fleet vehicles. If a vehicle does not have this technology pre-installed, aftermarket GPS devices are available for installation.

For better understanding, we have a few video tutorials where you can see how one or other features are installed:

How telematics helps business and why is it so important?

The 21st century requires businesses to find different solutions and think creatively about growing efficiency and improving cost reduction. It affects fleet management too. Telematics plays one of the most critical roles from the perspective that GPS tracking is one of the ways to grow your business and save time, cost, environment, and even driver behavior monitoring at one time.

Benefits of Telematics

Key benefits why your business needs to use telematics solutions and GPS tracking devices:

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Real-time vehicle tracking is a proven way to improve fleet performance. Optimise operating costs, increase efficiency and save time.

Always know what is happening with your vehicles and improve overall fleet performance. Real-time information enables fleet managers and operators to react to any changes and make better-informed decisions.

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Add extra safety and security measures to the vehicle and trailer. Improve cargo, driver, vehicle, and trailer protection.

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Fuel costs can amount to up to one-third of all fleet operating costs. An accurate fuel monitoring and control system is one of the main ways to cut operating costs and increase efficiency. GPS tracking device collects fuel level and consumption data from the vehicle’s onboard computer (CANbus) or a fuel level sensor installed into the fuel tank. Collected data is sent to the TrustTrack platform, where the fleet manager can view and use it

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Use driver behavior information to set up internal education and motivation systems for drivers to accelerate their interest in improved fleet performance. Recognize and reward drivers with the highest scores to keep them motivated! You can monitor and analyze drivers’ harsh braking, speeding, unsafe driving habits, etc., and help your employees improve them