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Understanding Telematics and Fleet Management System

Though telematics and fleet management may look like almost the same thing, a deeper

understanding might clear the difference. Undoubtedly they circle around the same principles and functioning, but telematics looks pretty traditional and basic when it stands in comparison against fleet management systems. This article will let you understand the connection between the two and what special features make them stand apart.

Understanding Telematics Telematics, as the name suggests, is a combination of telecommunication and informatics. To be precise, it gathers data on your vehicle with the help of various sensors and electrical circuits to finally transfer it to a secure server (remote) by using cellular networks. It is implemented with the sole purpose of monitoring and controlling vehicles on the move.

In practice, telematics uses an intelligent computer system known as telematics devices (black box) installed in your vehicle to report all that is happening in real-time. It helps provide accurate positioning and monitors in-vehicle activities such as door opening, trailer temperature, raising the tail lifts, vehicle odometer readings, fuel efficiency, harsh breaking, over acceleration, panic alerts, and many more in real-time. In application, insurance companies can use this to study the owner's behaviour and manage their insurance plans effectively as telematics will provide them with detailed information about the vehicle parameters.

Fleet Management system Moving on to the fleet management system, it won't be wrong to say that telematics is just a part of it or fleet management is a broader aspect of telematics. Fleet management is an advanced telematics system in which an entire fleet of vehicles can be monitored. This is usually used in commercial vehicles where the health of vehicles results in better business.

In its advanced functionality, fleet management provides detailed reports on driving/vehicle behaviour and support predictive analysis along with all the features a telematics system can provide. It becomes beneficial in-vehicle testing, vehicle R&D, vehicle performance tests, vehicle validations, vehicle leasing, financing, maintenance, licensing, compliance, supply chain management, accident management, subrogation, vehicle telematics (tracking and diagnostics), driver management, speed management, fuel management, health and safety management, and vehicle re-marketing. It finds application in road vehicles and ships, aircraft, railcars, and other equipment that can't run on its power, such as generators, tanks, gearboxes, dumpsters, shipping containers, trailers, and excavators many more.

How it benefits businesses? Fleet management provides a wide range of advantage to aid and benefit businesses.