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Unlimited Historical Telematics Data

Historical Telematics Data

A misconception about GPS providers is that all of them offer unlimited historical telematics data.

This is not the case.

How far back GPS providers offer telematics data varies anywhere from 90 days, six months, one year, two years, etc. While it may not seem important initially to choose a provider that offers open access to unlimited historical telematics data, there are a few reasons it is.

Access on-demand information to protect your business

Avoid additional charges from providers to access your data

Cut out the middleman to retrieve the data ASAP

If these three reasons are important to you, then read this article to find out how having open access to unlimited historical telematics data can help prevent these challenges.

Protect Your Business from Liability

The most important reason to choose a GPS provider that allows you to access unlimited historical telematics data is that it can free your business from being held liable for speeding tickets, accidents, etc. and vindicate your drivers when they are not at fault. If you find yourself in this position and do not have the ability to access historical telematics data directly from the system, you and your drivers could be unjustly held responsible.

Protect Your Business from Liability

The most important reason to choose a GPS provider that offers open access to unlimited historical telematics data is that it can free your business from being held liable for speeding tickets, accidents, etc. and vindicate your drivers when they are not at fault. If you find yourself in this position and do not have the ability to access your fleet’s historical telematics data directly from the system, you and your drivers could be unjustly held responsible.

Use Case

A city was sued when two civilian vehicles were involved in an accident. A person from one of the vehicles claims negligence in the plowing and salting of the streets, which made the intersection of where the accident took place, hazardous. The lawsuit didn’t take place for over a year after the accident occurred. When the city went to their GPS provider to retrieve the data, the provider told them that they do not keep the data past a year. The city was found to be in the wrong with the lawsuit and was held liable because they did not have the telematics data to refute the claim.

As mentioned above, GPS providers differ in how long they hold their data for customers, which could leave you stranded in a time of need. Having open access to unlimited historical telematics data on all of your vehicles will give you the peace of mind that any information you may need in the future will never be purged and you can access it when you need it.

As mentioned above, GPS providers differ in how long they hold their data for customers, which could leave you stranded in a time of need. Having open access to unlimited historical telematics data on all of your vehicles will give you the peace of mind that any information you may need in the future will never be purged and you can access it when you need it.

No Additional Charges

If a GPS provider doesn’t include unlimited historical telematics data as part of their service, then there are two things that can happen. The first is that the data is completely purged from the system because they hidden data 2do not want to house the information past a certain amount of time. The second is that the data is still technically there but hidden from view. If the second option is the case, then the GPS vendor will, most likely, charge you an additional fee to access the data which is now “no longer available.” Now you are paying extra money to retrieve the information you once had and will only be able to access for a certain period of time before it is hidden from view again. Choosing a GPS provider that offers unlimited historical telematics data will prevent any potential nickel and diming that can take place without it.

No Additional Charges

If a GPS provider doesn’t include unlimited historical telematics data as part of their service, then there are two things that can happen. The first is that the data is completely purged from the system because they do not want to house the information past a certain amount of time. The second is that the data is still technically there but hidden from view.

GPS PROVIDERS WILL CHARGE YOU EXTRA MONEY TO RETRIEVE DATA THAT IS “NO LONGER AVAILABLE”

If the second option is the case, then the GPS vendor will, most likely, charge you an additional fee to access the data which is now “no longer available.” Now you are paying extra money to retrieve the information you once had and will only be able to access for a certain period of time before it is hidden from view again. Choosing a GPS provider that offers unlimited historical telematics data will prevent any potential nickel and diming that can take place without it.

Remove the Middleman

Another challenge that arises from limited historical telematics data is that even if you can retrieve data that is hidden from view and for a price, it’s not a task that you can complete on your own. Most likely, you will have to go through someone at the GPS provider to request access to that information. Open access to unlimited historical telematics data means removing the middleman from the equation and pulling the information you need when you need it without having to wait for someone else to do it for you.

Unlimited Possibilities

Unlimited historical telematics data prevents many things from happening such as being liable for an accident, getting nickel and dimed by a GPS provider, and removing the middleman from the equation solely to access important data. If these challenges are important for you to avoid, then it’s important to find a telematics provider that offers unlimited historical telematics data.

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