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Telematics is in for an explosion in use according to ABI Research. It allows business van managers to see exactly where their vans are located

IF you’re not using telematic systems with your small van fleet, you soon will be.

New research suggests that there will be an explosion in use.

ABI Research reckons that subscriber units will rise from 1.06 million in 2012 to 16.8 million globally by the end of 2018.

Telematics can help SME van fleet operators run a more efficient fleet of vans.

Telematics can identify where all your vans are – and who can reach a customer more quickly – plan more efficient delivery routes depending on real-time traffic conditions, and identify fuel-guzzling drivers, among other functionality benefits.

ABI Research said that the telematics growth would be of Software-as-a-Service or SaaS-based subscriber units.

These telematic systems use cloud computing software applications, where the intelligence or data is processed in the cloud rather locally in a unit residing in the van.

Gareth Owen, principal analyst at ABI Research warned that there remained issues with telematics, such as data privacy and the security of ‘over the air’ firmware updates.

However, he continued: “Virtually all major commercial fleet telematics providers have moved to some form of cloud-based system, and are offering SaaS-based services,” he said, “although there are wide differences in the types of services offered by these companies.”

Not convinced by the need for telematics?

Read this: Can telmatics make it easier and cheaper to manage your business vans?

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