What is Integrated Telematics? Everything You Need to Know

July 2, 2021 Published by

If the safety of your fleet is your primary operational concern, you need an integrated telematics system from GPS Technologies.

Safety is essential whether you operate one vehicle or thousands

Safe vehicles, safe drivers, and safe driving make the difference between the life and death of your driver and other people on the road. In a time of ever-shrinking operating margins and ever-increasing competition from new technologies, safety can make the difference between the life and death of your company.

Every year about 20 percent of long-haul drivers experience a crash. The more miles your people drive, and the longer the hours they put in trying to earn themselves and your company a living, the greater the likelihood of a mishap on the road.

Integrated telematics systems empower field service providers to respond to crashes, breakdowns, and other road incidents faster. They give fleet managers visibility into vehicle performance and operator behaviors. They create a connection between HQ and their fleet on the road and off.

What is integrated telematics?

Integrated telematics is an enhanced real-time connection between fleet management and their vehicles.

The telematics system for trucking in recent years consists of two parts. There is original equipment (OE) installed at the factory, and a telematics service provider (TSP) device that can be customer ordered to be installed at the factory or retrofitted to the truck. The two devices upload information to separate locations in the cloud.

Fleet owners using traditional telematics have to pay for and maintain two pieces of hardware. They have to make sure that both devices are using the same frequency to send information to separate databases.

Integrated telematics offers possibilities for enhanced fleet management

A gateway integrated telematics solution integrates the hardware into a single device. There is one less device to buy and maintain. The hassle of using two cloud databases is eliminated. 

What Does Traditional Telematics Provide?

Traditional telematics provides well-known basic functionalities such as asset position tracking and remote diagnostics. The technical advances provided by integrated telematics augment these basic functions in new ways:

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality. Integrated telematics present data through a phone app. It connects equipment in the truck to the Internet of Things.
  • Remote lockout response. Integrated telematics gives fleet headquarters the ability to let operators into their trucks.
    Remote programming. With integrated telematics, fleet management can update calibration and parameters without visiting a dealership. For instance, an international trucking concern can program trucks over the air for changes in their governors to account for changes in speed limits as they cross from the US to Canada.
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Tire pressure of all assets in a fleet can be monitored in the same database.
    Fleet health monitoring. With integrated telematics, fleet headquarters get a readout of operational readiness and upcoming maintenance issues of every vehicle in their fleet by VIN number.

These functions are just a small part of future functionalities. But the goal of all of these features is to make fleet management easier, not to inundate companies with floods of data.

GPS Technologies can tailor data flow to the unique needs of every company

Not every company needs the same information on their fleet. And no single company needs the same flow of data on every vehicle.

Trucking companies operate different vehicles in different environments with different drivers. While information for scheduling repairs is a given across an entire fleet, your integrated telematics providers like GPS Technologies can help you set the parameters for reporting data to your headquarters that you really need.

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