Today, a vehicle is more than a mass of steel and engineering.
It's become an intelligent computer on wheels.
And it's all thanks to technologies like satellite navigation or on-board services like crash notification and emergency assistance, which automatically notifies emergency services in the event of an accident.
Or in short, it's all thanks to IoT-enabled fleet telematics, which is changing the face of the fleet industry.
Fleet telematics with IoT is simply a method of monitoring vehicles remotely. The telematics unit in the vehicle is first connected to an IoT platform over a mobile network. Once this unit is installed, data of the vehicle can be carried over the network for the concerned teams to record and take necessary actions.
These actions can follow a range of complexities.
Baghirathi Travels, a company that manages fleets of various types, uses geo-fencing enabled connections to channel their vehicles through safe and approved routes. These connections send alerts whenever fleets travel on unapproved or unsafe routes.
Tata Motors uses IoT-enabled telematics to track their fleets which included email/SMS alerts for over-speeding, stoppage, harsh braking, harsh acceleration, and more.
Construction equipment manufacturer JCB uses this technology to send users its machine's real-time data and alerts to remotely manage the efficiency, maintenance and health of their equipment, and reduce down-time.
Fleet managers are always looking for ways to reduce costs, eliminate risks, and manage their assets more effectively. These smart analytics tools are putting them back in the driver's seat, and can potentially lead to significant savings of around 30%.*
The benefits of telematics don't end with the business itself.
- Lower fuel consumption due to effective route management can lead to enabling the reduction of a fleet's carbon footprint.
- Prevention of dangerous driving habits and cases of fatigue at the wheel through regular remote monitoring can keep drivers safe.
- Location of assets can be tracked through the technology, making assets easier to recover in the event of theft.
Due to all of these reasons, more and more businesses are adopting fleet telematics. This market is expected to grow more than five-fold over the next four years, with an expected 28 million telematics users by 2019.
Implications for IT
A typical business would have a number of existing information systems already running within it. This means the customisable solutions that allow fleet data to integrate into fleet management and legacy systems is essential. The solution must also be scalable to adapt to a growing organisation and a larger number of fleets.
While keeping an eye on your vehicles and drivers is essential, there is a fine line which separates it from intrusion of privacy. That's why it is essential that businesses use a solution that is primarily compliant with local regulations, but also allows drivers to set a privacy block that prevents their data being gathered when off duty.
Making sure that the fleets have a reliable, secure mobile network connectivity is essential to ensure that remote-monitoring occurs without any interruptions.
Vodafone Business Services provides IoT-enabled
Automotive Telematics, supported by its
Managed IoTConnectivity platform, to ensure that fleet companies are always connected to their assets.
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