Telematics is the combination of telecommunications and informatics or information technology to allow the sending, receiving and storing of information related to remote objects. Today, telematics is most commonly used to track commercial vehicles and equipment.
Telematics and GPS
Telematics and GPS, or global positioning systems, are complementary technologies in the sense that telematics solutions usually rely on GPS for their most important data. In the case of a fleet of vehicles, the GPS receivers are installed in the vehicles to collect real-time data about the vehicle’s location, status, diagnostics, and any number of other factors. The telematics solution then extracts that information and uses the cellular network to send it to a centralized database where it can be processed and analyzed.
The Value of Telematics and GPS for Fleet Analysis
Today’s GPS technology can measure just about anything that can be digitally synced up with the Internet. As such, just about any vehicle metric connected to the electronic system can be monitored by a GPS device, including:
- Fuel usage
- Driving time
- Engine idle time
If you think about how much just the four factors above could you tell you about your drivers' habits and how each vehicle in your fleet is being used, you will realize that the value of telematics in regards to fleet efficiency and productivity is almost unbounded.
No matter the size of your fleet, telematics can help you:
- Cut fuel costs
- Improve safety
- Reduce operating expenses
- Increase route efficiency and productivity
- Improve customer service
In the end, the ultimate beneficiary of a good telematics system is your customer. They don’t see what’s going with your fleet but you do, and that insight makes all the difference.