Vehicle Tracking Saves Money



Wireless Week says technology companies such as TeleNav and WebTech Wireless have seen a jump in revenue because of enterprise interest in using location-based services (LBS) and telematics services.

WebTech, which has headquarters in Vancouver, Canada, reported a 36% increase in year-over-year revenue through July.

Home Depot is using TeleNav Track to monitor its home inspection line of business and has seen a 300% increase in productivity by using wireless forms on BlackBerry devices, said Sal Dhanani, co-founder and senior marketing director of TeleNav (right).

WebTech Wireless recently partnered with Canada’s Rogers Communications, NetTech Logistics and Foster Park Baskett Insurance to offer LBS/fleet telematics services called NelTrak. The offering includes an oilfield services package for fleet management in the oil and gas industry.

Motorola’s Mobile Computing unit, the former Symbol computing company, has had great success with its GPS and wireless wide-area networking (WWAN) computers for vehicles. Motorola recently announced a new VC6096, a fixed-mount mobile computer, aimed at improving driver productivity, reducing costs and improving customer service for transportation and logistics companies.

Motorola recently surveyed more than 255 IT and telecom executives from transportation and trucking companies and found that enterprises using GPS for the field workers saw a labor savings of about 54 minutes a day. That time savings amounted to a dollar savings of $5,484 per employee annually.

Other benefits of using GPS, according to the study, included a 53% reduction in travel downtime, 26% increase in employee accountability, and a 7% reduction in overtime. But the main benefit of using LBS was a reduction in fuel consumption because of an average reduction in weekly travel of 231.2 miles, accounting for $51,582 annual fuel savings per employee.

Machine-to-machine technology is gaining traction among businesses across all industries, reports RCR Wireless News. According to a recent survey conducted by Beecham Research, 82% of businesses responding consider M2M as “imperative” and “very important” for their future. KORE Telematics sponsored the survey along with Anywhere Technologies, Maingate, M2M Alliance, ORBCOMM, Sierra Wireless, Telefonica O2, Tridium, Wavecom and Wyless. RCR News has more on M2M telemetry.

The future of automotive telematics is on display this week at the 15th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems which features 10,000 transportation and technology experts.

Ford will build telematics systems into vehicles at the factory next year. The telematics system called Crew Chief supplied by Microlise, allows fleet controllers to get information about the vehicle’s location and aspects of the vehicle and driver’s performance. Ford will ramp up production to 20,000 the following year and up to 45,000 in 2011.

Collision-mitigation systems and “greenwave” traffic-monitoring technology are still being tested, but there are other cutting-edge technologies and conveniences available today. Forbes Magazine reviews some of the “smartest” cars on the road today.

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