What is Telematics?
February 13, 2012 by Andrew Mead
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 behavior of a vehicle or fleet of vehicles. This is achieved through a combination of a GPS receiver and an electronic GSM 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. 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:
Reduce Labour Costs
Control Fuel Costs
Improve Customer Service
Increase Fleet Safety and Security
Reduce Operating Expenses
Reduce Unauthorised Vehicle Use
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: usability, technology development and financial stability.
The best GPS tracking 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 companies.
Fleetmatics is one of the fastest growing GPS tracking systems in the industry. We provide the best solutions to your biggest fleet management challenges. If you have more questions about GPS Tracking in general, or would like to learn more about our specific product, please call 01 499 6200 or schedule a demo today!