A Guide To TomTom Telematics Devices
Founded in 1991 in Holland, TomTom is an international company which started by making personal digital assistants (PDAs) for non-commercial customers and mobile apps for businesses. The famous TomTom Navigator launched in 2002, followed by the TomTom Go in 2004. While still making navigation devices for non-business use, TomTom now also provides a wide range of fleet tracking and telematics products and has recently moved into GPS sports watches.
TomTom’s range of fleet tracking products can increase efficiency, save fuel and track vehicle locations.
Read on for our guide to the TomTom range of products.
1. What are telematics devices?
A telematics device is simply another name for a fleet tracking or vehicle tracking system, which can provide a wide range of real time data on the vehicles in your fleet to help you improve the performance of your drivers, diagnose problems and also pinpoint a vehicle’s location via GPS (global positioning systems).
2. Who uses telematics devices?
Fleet tracking services can be used in a variety of industries, such as logistics, public transport, home shopping delivery, touring bands, orchestras and theatre companies, security and more. Basically, any company which delivers anything from point A to point B, whether as part of its daily functions or as part of its service to customers, can benefit from fitting vehicle trackers.
It’s not only businesses that can make use of vehicle trackers, though. Insurance companies are now offering apps which can show how good your driving is and help to reduce your payments and worried parents can track their new driver teens to make sure no disasters have happened!
3. The benefits of telematics devices
Fleet and vehicle trackers use GPS to real time track the location of every vehicle on the system, which is great news if one of your vehicles is stolen. There’s not much chance of one of your vehicles going missing if you always know exactly where it is. Call the police, sit back and they’ll soon apprehend the thieves!
If your business relies heavily on transport, one of the biggest bills you’ll have every month is obviously fuel. Fitting a telematics tracker can track your drivers’ bad habits, such as over braking or over revving, so you can re-educate them, improve your fuel efficiency, save money and help save the environment.
Save more money on fuel and add to your efficiency by tracking your route and finding the best, and quickest way through traffic congestion, while adding to your list of happy customers who didn’t get a late delivery that day!
When your drivers are out on the road, they are representing your company, and poor driving or speeding can reflect poorly on your business’ reputation. Track how they’re doing and you could protect your reputation. And improving your drivers’ habits can also reduce your insurance costs.
Collect data on throttle position, fuel use, and engine diagnostics to catch potential problems and prevent breakdown of your vehicles. While regular maintenance will be part of your standard way of working, the tracking systems can tell you where to look if there’s a problem.
4. Types of device
TomTom WEBFLEET is the software that powers and collates all the tracking data from the telematics devices. It is browser-based, so you can easily log in from anywhere and see how your fleet is doing, and because it’s hosted by TomTom, it’s a completely scalable solution. No matter how big your fleet of vehicles is, and with WEBFLEET Mobile you can keep track of everything on your tablet or mobile.
TomTom’s WEBFLEET Tachograph Manager gives you scheduled and automatic download of your tachograph data, and shows you how much driving time each driver has left, so you can pick the best driver to take the next job. Keep up-to-date with legislation changes and any fines through the same system.
TomTom LINK 410
The TomTom Link 410 device is perfect for tracking light commercial vehicles and connects quickly into the WEBFLEET system.
As well as real time tracking, this system connects to the TomTom Pro driver terminal and includes automated mileage tracking and a logbook to save on both driver and office admin.
One other great function is that you can connect third party hardware via Bluetooth, so you can also track tyre pressure and temperature.
TomTom LINK 510
The TomTom LINK 510 is for tracking coaches and trucks and is the top of the range system. As well as the features of the LINK 410, the LINK 510 will also integrate with digital tachographs and has top of the line security protection for your vehicles with a door lock and driver identity confirmation.
TomTom Link 105
The TomTom Link 105 is a small device that works with the LINK 410 and 510, and provides driver feedback, fuel monitoring, carbon footprint information and diagnostics, all in real time.
TomTom PRO range
The 5250, the 7250 and the 8275 provide navigation and fleet management for smaller vehicles, and the 8275 even has a built-in camera, lifetime access to TomTom Traffic and Speed Cameras, and a 3G modem, or choose from the TomTom PRO Truck range for truck specific routeing and tachograph data.