4 things to know about GPS and telematics


You may not have heard of accelerometers but they are now very common in everyday devices. Originally used in rockets and aeroplanes, accelerometers are sensors now found in tablets and mobile phones. They are what rotates the screen when you turn the phone and switches modes using the camera.

4 things to know about GPS and telematics

Accelerometers are used in telematics devices to sense braking and acceleration in a vehicle. The severity of braking and acceleration are also logged and the resulting data can indicate a collision or over-speeding incident. This can alert managers to serious incidents and also provide information about driving habits that can be useful when arranging motor trade insurance.

Event triggered photos

Telematics devices can be linked with cameras that are triggered when certain events occur or a sensor is activated. Their most common use is to prove that employees have been present at a certain site or work has been completed. They can be helpful for managers wishing to check on employees’ productivity.

4 things to know about GPS and telematics

Monitoring driver behaviour

Data from telematics devices also helps with assessment of how drivers are performing and can be used by managers to monitor their employees’ driving habits. The data can be used to create reports about each driver’s driving habits and if risky behaviours such as speeding and harsh braking can be reduced, this could possibly lead to lower motor trade insurance premiums. It can also improve safety and efficiency in the fleet.

Better GPS tracking

According to the Institute of Physics website a minimum of four GPS satellites are “visible” wherever in the world you are. This system is the most advanced tracking system there is and its geolocation capabilities mean it is crucial to telematics systems. Vehicles can be located in real time, meaning that businesses are able to increase productivity and improve the service they provide to their customers. Telematics also helps businesses to reduce their operating costs and increase profits.

Since the GPS satellite system was conceived, it has been operated and owned by the US military. It forms the basis of telematics technology and is used today for real-time vehicle tracking by millions of people.

A new generation of satellites is currently being launched and will soon be in orbit. Their introduction will enhance the capabilities of existing telematics systems significantly.