The types of data collected by telematics infrastructure might include asset location (useful for tracking moving vehicles), staff credentials (useful for tracking access to restricted areas and who is permitted to use different vehicles and machines), weight of load, time an asset has been running, environmental factors like temperature and air pollution levels, and whether any faults are developing with electrical or mechanical equipment.

Though small, these data can be extremely pertinent once consolidated and analysed. They be harnessed in a wide variety of ways, but the benefits can be broadly understood as falling into two categories: business improvement, and security and compliance. How these are applied in particular settings varies according to the operations, legal and regulatory requirements of that business – the possibilities are vast.

  • Business improvement: data such as engine wear and tear can enable managers to make both immediate, real-time decisions such as where to direct a vehicle, and longer-term, strategic choices such as when to schedule maintenance and repairs.
  • Security and compliance: data such as driver credentials and geo-fencing of restricted areas can ascertain which staff are able to operate which assets and which areas – and provide a clear historical record of past activity for inspection and audit purposes.

Together, the data collected by telematics provide a comprehensive, real-time overview – and long-term analysis – of how important factors within your organisation are operating, depending on what is most significant to you.