Telematics is a term that combines the words telecommunications and informatics to broadly describe the integrated use of communications and information technology to transmit, store and receive information from telecommunications devices to remote objects over a network.
In terms of its origin, telematics refers broadly to the convergence of telecommunications and information processing. While telematics are primarily used in in the automotive industry, other industries have developed uses for telematics, as well.
How telematics works
The field of telematics can include telecommunications, wireless communications, electrical engineering, computer science, vehicular technologies and road transportation.
Using communications-enabled devices, telematics can store, send and receive information that helps control remote objects, specifically in moving vehicles using navigation systems. The integration of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology into mobile devices and computers enables telematics to mark the location and communicate with a wide range of vehicles
Fuel Telematics provides exact information about real fuel consumption and prevents fuel draining, fuel fraud and fuel over consumption.
Vehicle Tracking System
A vehicle tracking system combines the use of automatic vehicle location in individual vehicles with software that collects these fleet data for a comprehensive picture of vehicle locations. Modern vehicle tracking systems commonly use GPS or GLONASS technology for locating the vehicle, but other types of automatic vehicle location technology can also be used. Vehicle information can be viewed on electronic maps via the Internet or specialized software. Urban public transit authorities are an increasingly common user of vehicle tracking systems, particularly in large cities.
Real Time Tracking
Most GPS Tracking devices are enabled with real-time monitoring. Location of the vehicles is tracked on the map as it moves from point to point. The GPS location of your vehicle is displayed on a map along with vehicle speed if the vehicle is moving. The current state of the vehicle like moving, parked since or idle is shown using map markers. Multiple vehicles can be grouped and managed simultaneously using simple to use interface.
You can track all the trips made by the vehicle graphically on the map. Information such as kilometers traveled, stoppages, idling, engine time and average speed is displayed. Over speeding and overdrive stretches are highlighted on the map. Some systems also come with and option to replay the entire trip. This feature brings in value for both business owners and chauffeur driven car owners.
Using vehicle tracking system features like over speeding alert, start of day alert, route deviation alert and excessive stoppage alert, one can analyze driver behavior and optimize fuel usage and optimizing workforce. Depending on your need there are several alerts that can be configured: Idling Alert, Stoppage Alert, Tampering Alert, Over-speeding Alert etc. For consumers looking for vehicle tracking system for personal use features like maintenance alerts and fuel pilferage alerts prove to be useful.
Anytime Anywhere Access
In today’s connected world where any and every information is available at your fingertips, it is imperative invest in a vehicle tracking system that is accessible on web and on smart phone. This is especially useful when the car tracking device is used by discerning parents to track school bus or chauffeur driven cars carrying children. The easy anytime, anywhere access with user friendly app keeps you abreast with your vehicles movement in real time no matter where you are.
Geo-fencing takes alert customization to the next level. You can create geographical boundaries called Geo fences on the map around a landmark. An alert is sent out every time the vehicle enters or exits the Geo fence. This opens up immense possibilities in different ways of using the monitoring information that can translate into increased operational efficiency, workforce optimization and elevated security and safety levels for the user.
Reports and Dashboard
For most businesses where medium to large fleets are involved, access to location and event reports provides high ROI. Fleet managers can track and analyze information on their vehicles up to 90 days in the past and make informed decisions that could positively impact their business. GPS Tracking Solution that come with enterprise dashboard has a comprehensive set of graphical reports. This gives you an overall view of the metrics that matter for your business performance. There are reports for total distance traveled, idling time, over speeding, stoppages and utilization. You can see the metrics for different groups of vehicles and for different time periods.