BT Fleet to Offer Telematics System for Better Fleet Management

By CIOReview | Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: BT Fleet, a part of BT Group and a provider of fleet management services, is all set to leverage the power of vehicle telematics to provide fleet managers the ability to remotely monitor the location, status, health and activity of vehicles, tracks risky driving behaviors and increase fuel savings, reports Tom Seymour for FleetNews.

Telematics in the field of automobiles refers to the integrated use of telecommunications and informatics for application in vehicles. By collecting and transmitting data on vehicle use, maintenance requirements or automotive servicing in real-time, it provides information back to the organization about their fleet status. Systems like GPS navigation, integrated hands-free cell phones, wireless safety communications and automatic driving assistance all are part of the telematics technology.

BT Fleet’s telematics offering will be integrated into its fleet, accident and servicing systems to  provide location tracking, information on driver behaviour and score carding, data on geo fencing as well as accident and diagnostic details. The Fleet owners leveraging BT Fleet’s telematics system will be able to decide which elements they want to incorporate in their vehicle from a list ranging from hardwired or plug-and-play option, dash cameras and real-time driver feedback.

Besides providing vehicle status to organizations, telematics also serves as the podium for insurance companies on their policies like usage-based insurance, pay-per-use insurance and other programs. Featuring the same functionality, BT Fleet’s telematics system is also capable of recording real-time accident information and third party details in order to reduce claims. By performing diagnostics functions, the system can detect breakdowns and other underlying vehicle issues to reduce vehicle downtime by up to 12 percent.

Taking telematics a step further is the intervention of mobile technology. In the recent times, it has been observed that the demand for mobile applications to better monitor driver behaviour is increasing. Fleet managers are looking for advanced fleet management solutions that can offer functionality beyond the basic tracking.

Telematics has proved to be a useful asset for fleet managers across wide range of industries. For instance, a construction company leveraged its telematics system to monitor fuel consumption and tracks carbon emissions which shows that telematics has moved beyond just being a tracking and monitoring system.