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Get yourself connected - Part two

In part one of this guide, we examined the benefits of telematics with the ability to communicate diagnostic trouble codes and evaluate car battery health. Part two looks at further innovations which create a unique value-add proposition for fleet management, leasing and hire companies.

One of the main issues faced by businesses is that their drivers don’t always communicate issues such as dashboard lights in a timely manner, if they communicate them at all. A telematics device with the ability to read and communicate dashboard warning lights back to head office can therefore be extremely valuable. This helps to minimise unplanned vehicle downtime for your clients, and also provides additional revenue opportunities in service, maintenance and repair (SMR) as well as spare parts.

Many telematics solutions offer GPS-based odometer estimates, however these rely on a constant GPS signal, which is a highly unlikely scenario. A true reading from the odometer, via telematics connectivity, delivers the most accurate possible information on mileage, helping to inform service schedules. For fleet management and leasing companies, it also enables you to pro-actively manage issues where a vehicle user is probably going to exceed their agreed mileage limit.

With fuel theft a growing concern for many businesses, the ability to read the actual fuel level in the tank is a big bonus. And for fleets containing vehicles which use the AdBlue additive, it is vital to monitor AdBlue levels to help ensure those vehicles don’t break down or go into limp mode.

Connectivity with the tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) also brings added safety and productivity benefits. Over-inflated tyres have reduced contact with the road surface, which impacts braking and handling, and increases the risk of aquaplaning when driving in wet weather. Conversely, under-inflated tyres impact fuel economy, increase the rate of wear on a tyre, and increase the risk of a blowout.

Having access to real-time data on all of these issues would place a leasing or fleet management company at the cutting edge of telematics and connected car technology. If you would like to gain that competitive edge over your peers, Trakm8 Connectedcare is the solution for you.

Trakm8 Connectedcare provides all of the features above, including:

• Real-time battery status reports and alerts on poor batteries

• Alerts on diagnostic trouble codes

• Push notifications on dashboard warning lights

• Detection of a rapid decrease in fuel levels caused by siphoning off fuel

• Providing alerts if the AdBlue level falls below a predetermined point

• Real-time tyre pressure data from the TPMS

• True ODO readings to enable condition-based servicing

Trakm8 Connectedcare enables fleet management and vehicle leasing companies to develop even stronger, more sustainable relationships with their customers. For further information on Connectedcare, visit www.trakm8.com/automotive/connectedcare. Alternatively email us at info@trakm8.com, or call 0330 311 5157.

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