Since the internet came into existence, we have seen an explosion of technological advancement. Businesses are using smart phones, laptops and desktop computers to make business transactions and data storage more convenient. When GPS (Global Positioning System) is added to the mix, you have the birth of telematics. This information technology involves transmitting computerized data about vehicles using the internet.
What is Telematics?
Though “telematics” encompasses a very broad subject, we specifically focus on vehicle telematics. Basically, the technology known as telematics allows people to monitor where drivers and their vehicles go. It stores vehicle data like the engine performance, fuel consumption and even something as specific as how long the engine was idling. Daily routes and their stops can be reported for easy measuring of productivity.
But how does it work?
It all starts with the GPS vehicle tracking system that was born from the combined technologies of mobile telecommunications, internet, GPS and personal computing.
The vehicle is fitted with a GPS Location Tracking Device (LynxSafe). It is simply plugged into the vehicle’s OBD port, which is the computer diagnostic port located typically under the steering wheel of any vehicle manufactured in 1996 and newer, foreign or domestic. The device then monitors the engine and location of the vehicle, and transmits the data to a satellite. The satellite sends the data to the internet – directly to a secured account. The account holder can run reports, view vehicle routes via breadcrumb trails, see the exact location of the vehicle in real time – and much more.
What are the benefits of using telematics?
Some of the benefits that telematics offers businesses are productivity improvement, inventory management and fuel savings. Drivers are held accountable for the safe operation of the company vehicles and maintenance is streamlined.
In the personal use sector, the benefits are numerous. Clients have the peace of mind of knowing when a family member has been in an accident, and that help is already on the way.
By setting up a GeoFence, an alert can be sent via text when the vehicle leaves or enters a specific area.
Both businesses and private clients are usually offered insurance discounts, since they can show safe driving records. And companies that use telematics are joining the “green” movement by reducing their carbon footprint.
Telematics gives people real time knowledge in a fast paced world. Get in on it today!