For service companies, vehicle fleets represent both an asset and a cost. Swisscom is now offering a new M2M-based (machine-to-machine) fleet telematics solution, which will allow customers to optimally manage their vehicles and reduce both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, among other benefits.
Swisscom is expanding its range of M2M solutions and will now operate in Switzerland as the exclusive partner of Masternaut – Europe’s provider of telematics solutions. «Thanks to our partnership with Masternaut, we can now offer our customers a comprehensive fleet telematics solution and help them to optimise their logistics and service processes,» says Gerhard Schedler, head of Swisscom M2M Centre of Competence.
M2M fleet telematics creates transparency
The telematics box in each vehicle transmits vehicle data, such as location, direction, speed or fuel consumption, in real time over the mobile network to the central platform. This makes it possible to respond swiftly to customer needs or external circumstances such as accidents or traffic jams. Drivers also stand to benefit, as the solution helps them to drive in a cost-effective manner and promotes safer driving. For example, they receive visual and audible signals as soon as preconfigured threshold values relating to rapid acceleration, sudden breaking or sharp turns are exceeded. «With the M2M telematics solution, fleet managers have all the tools at hand to centrally manage and optimally utilise vehicles,» comments Gerhard Schedler. «This leads to lower fuel consumption, fewer CO2 emissions and less wear and tear of vehicles. On average, vehicle efficiency can be increased by 10–15%.» In an ideal scenario, optimal fleet usage could even result in the size of the fleet being reduced. The M2M fleet telematics solution comes in a number of variants and has a modular structure.