Use Cases Automotive Vehicle Telematics

Vehicle Telematics

Vehicle Telematics enables the monitoring of location, movement, status, and behavior of a vehicle within a fleet. This is achieved through a combination of a GPS receiver and an electronic GSM device that is installed in each vehicle, which then communicates with the user and cloud-based software. Additional sensors and Actuators may be added to the system to enable additional functionality, such as vehicle remote control and driver status Tracking. Telematics systems provide analytics to determine the optimal route based on location and traffic information, the vehicle's condition, and operational cost prediction.
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Intelligent Telematics uses IoT to improve fleet safety and cut insurance costs
Intelligent Telematics uses IoT to improve fleet safety and cut insurance costs
“IoT plays a critical role in keeping costs down. If a third party takes hold of a claim, costs spiral out of control,” says Sam Footer, Head of International Business and Strategic Development at Intelligent Telematics. Typically, corporate trucks and taxis are blamed for crashes involving consumer cars, prompting companies to often settle claims to avoid going to court.
Telematic Solutions to Improve Fleet Management for Leasing Companies
Telematic Solutions to Improve Fleet Management for Leasing Companies
TBI Leasing was looking to develop a telematic system to control driver's activity and reduce operational costs.
Tracking Vehicles in a Snap
Tracking Vehicles in a Snap
Fiat Chrysler Automobile needed to keep track of their powered industrial vehicles (PIVs) throughout the 560 acres of the Chrysler Technology Center and World Headquarters. The Chrysler facilities team wanted an easy way to know where all of the PIVS were located at any given time. The team had been encountering issues with the PIVs rented to third-parties not being returned to the designated areas promptly, so they wanted an asset tracking system to help them find the missing PIVs. Unfortunately, all of the commercial systems they looked at would cost nearly a million dollars. The facilities team needed a more cost-effective way to track the PIVs. So they decided to create their own.

The global market for telematics is predicted to grow from USD 20.0 billion in 2015 to USD 49.12 billion in 2020. IoT technologies enable more robust telematics systems than were previously possible.

Source: Allied Market Research


What is the business value of this IoT use case and how is it measured?
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What is the business value of Vehicle Telematics?

A telematics solution provides the status of vehicles in a fleet. Businesses use telematics systems to monitor when a vehicle starts, shuts down or idles, as well as location and speed. This information can provide a complete, near real-time understanding of fleet activities in one centralized, cloud-based interface. The expected benefits of a telematics solution include increased productivity, more accurate fleet routing, reduced labor and fuel costs, improved delivery visibility and customer service, and control over unauthorized vehicle use.

Typical system performance factors include location accuracy, optimization of fuel consumption, high uptime, and reliable connectivity, which is the foundation for all data-driven value creation.


What data is obtained by the system and what are the critical data management decision points?
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How is data acquired in a Vehicle Telematics system?

Traditionally telematics has relied heavily on GPS. Today, a wider range of sensors and transceivers can be used to track a vehicle's location and operational status at a more granular level. Important data points include location coordinates, motion patterns, and vehicle condition data. These data can be transmitted via the Internet or, if Internet access is either prohibitively expensive or unavailable when the vehicle docks at a station with WiFi or other localized connectivity. Real-time data is required for many of the most valuable functions of the telematics system, such as the ability to calculate the best route under changing conditions.


What business, integration, or regulatory challenges could impact deployment?
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What are the main challenges in deploying or installing a Vehicle Telematics system?

Integrating satellite-based technologies into your business can present a host of issues, ranging from failures caused by improper hardware installation to inadequate training of the workforce in the new technology. Integration issues can also arise when harmonizing business operations and contract documents with the new system.

The use of GPS/satellite technology raises regulatory issues. Several countries, such as China, impose special taxes or restrictions on GPS equipment in addition to the usual import tariffs required by other types of electronic equipment. The use of local technologies or databases may be required or encouraged.

There are emerging regulatory and legal issues at stake for businesses as tracking of driver status becomes technically feasible. There is obvious value in identifying if a driver is tired or may be intoxicated. However, the legal boundaries around the tracking of employee data remain unclear. Many companies are not willing to disclose their data through a completely liberal GPS tracking approach in fear of data breach and/or personal privacy of the drivers. This restraint, while understandable, can limit the value of the data. 

The are no major challenges during system installation. However, large fleets may require a significant investment in order to ensure seamless real-time data transfer. This is particularly true if IoT sensors are installed on vehicles that are already in operation. 


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