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April 16 2018

Mercedes-Benz Details 2019 Sprinter's Telematics Offering

<p><em>Photo of 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans by Paul Clinton.</em></p>

Mercedes-Benz will offer eight factory telematics packages with its third-generation 2019 Sprinter that allow fleet managers to better track preventive maintenance, routing, and driver behavior with the full-size van, the company has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2019-MY

March 21 2018

Ford Offers Wi-Fi, Connected Services on Older Vehicles

<p><em>Photo of dealer technician installing FordPass SmartLink OBD-II device courtesy of Ford.</em></p>

Ford is enabling owners of 2010 to 2017 model-year vehicles to add a Wi-Fi hotspot and telematics features through FordPass SmartLink, an OBD-II dongle available from dealers.

Tags: Wi-Fi, Ford, 2017-MY, 4G LTE, OBD-II Device

March 16 2018

Tampa Files Lawsuit Against Routing Software Provider

<p><em>File photo of Tampa refuse trucks by Thi Dao</em></p>

The City of Tampa (Fla.) signed a $1.2 million contract with a routing software provider in 2013 for what it believed was an off-the-shelf software. Instead, several modifications were needed, leading to additional time and expense.

Tags: Software, Lawsuits, Routing, City of Tampa

March 07 2018

Ram to Offer Verizon Connect-Powered Factory Telematics

<p><em>Photo courtesy of FCA.</em></p>

Ram Commercial will offer a comprehensive telematics package from Verizon Connect on select Ram commercial vehicles as part of a partnership with the connected vehicle provider announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Telematics, Ram Truck, Verizon, Verizon Connect

March 05 2018

Verizon Connect Combines Three Mobile Workforce Solutions

<p><em>Photo courtesy of Verizon Connect.</em></p>

Verizon Connect has launched as the integrated business entity that's the product of $5 billion in investments, including acquisitions of several connected vehicle providers, Verizon has announced.

Tags: Telematics, Branding, Verizon, Verizon Connect

January 25 2018

Geotab Awarded NJPA Contract for Fleet Services

Geotab has been awarded a National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) four-year contract for the procurement of fleet management and related technology solutions, which offers streamlined purchasing for NJPA members.

Tags: Geotab, NJPA, Cooperative Procurement

January 17 2018

N.Y. Town Renews Fleet Tracking Contract

Vehicle Tracking Solutions (VTS) announced that the Town of Riverhead, N.Y., has renewed its fleet tracking contract and is continuing to see an increase in savings.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Tracking Solutions

January 10 2018

New York City Deploys Magellan GPS in 700 Salting Trucks

<p><em>Photo via <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrishamby/12312335335/in/photolist-jKZWkH-jL1oNR/" target="_blank">Chris Hamby</a>/Flickr</em></p>

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to deploy Magellan's latest navigation product: Return to Route. Magellan worked with the agency to accommodate a large library of maps

Tags: gps, New York City, Snow Removal, Salt Spreader, Magellan, Telematics

January 03 2018

Trimble Partners with CalAmp to Deliver Fleet Management Solutions

Trimble has announced that CalAmp is supplying customized telematics tracking devices and systems management technology for Trimble’s Field Service Management (FSM) vehicle and asset monitoring solutions.

Tags: Telematics, Trimble, CalAmp

December 12 2017

Homeland Security Awards Additional Purchase Agreement for Telematics

Geotab, a provider of telematics technology, announced it has been awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement to provide secure telematics solutions for the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Tags: Telematics, Geotab, Procurement, Federal Fleet

October 19 2017

N.Y. State to Install GPS in Plows

<p><em>Photo via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Snow_plow_outside_of_Northeast_Entrance_(13784599493).jpg" target="_blank">Yellowstone National Park</a>/Wikimedia</em></p>

The New York State Thruway Authority will install enhanced GPS units across its fleet of 235 heavy-duty plows. The purchase will allow for real-time monitoring during plowing operations.

Tags: New York, Snow Plow, Telematics, AT&T, Procurement

September 27 2017

Data From Vehicle Tracking Devices Leaked

<p>Kromtech Security Center also discovered 339 log files containing maintenance records, pictures, and more through improperly configured Amazon S3 cloud storage. Photo: Pixabay</p>

Kromtech Security Center discovered a cache of about 540,000 exposed records from vehicle tracking devices. The discovered records contained user information such as email addresses, passwords, license plate numbers, and VINs.

Tags: Telematics, gps, Security, Tracking, Data Security

September 19 2017

N.C. City Begins Tracking City, Police Vehicles with GPS

City staff can use the GPS system to help get in contact with public works employees who are out of the office. The software can also be set up to alert when a service such as an oil change is needed.

Tags: Fleet Tracking, Police, gps

September 11 2017

T-Mobile to Offer Geotab-Sourced Telematics Product

<p><em>Photo courtesy of T-Mobile.</em></p>

T-Mobile will offer a cloud-based fleet management telematics system called SyncUP FLEET this fall under a partnership with Geotab, the wireless provider announced.

Tags: Geotab, T-Mobile, Cloud-Based Technology, OBD-II Device, Telematics

July 11 2017

Toyota Invests in Distracted Driving Tech for Fleets

<p><em>Screenshot via Nauto.</em></p>

Toyota has invested in Nauto, a Palo Alto-based company that has developed a distracted driving system for commercial fleets that monitors drivers and the road environment to increase safe driving.

Tags: Toyota, Distracted Driving, Video Event Recorders, In-Car Video, Nauto

June 29 2017

GM, MapAnything Partner to Increase Fleet Productivity

<p><em>Photo courtesy of GM.</em></p>

General Motors will offer a connectivity service powered by MapAnything, Inc. that combines telematics fleet management and customer relationship management to fleets in a subscription service, GM has announced.

Tags: OnStar, Productivity, Customer Service, General Motors, Sales Fleets

June 19 2017

GPS Insight Awarded NJPA Contract

GPS Insight, a technology provider of tailored telematics solutions for government fleets, announced it has been awarded a contract to provide its telematics solutions to government agencies by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA).

Tags: Telematics, GPS Insight, NJPA, NJPA Contract, Cooperative Procurement

June 14 2017

Michelin Moves into Telematics with NexTraq Acquisition

<p><strong>Michelin's acquisition of NexTraq will enhance the company's solutions for driver safety, fuel management and enhancing fleet productivity.</strong> <em>Photo: Michelin</em></p>

Michelin has announced its pending acquisition of NexTraq, an Atlanta-based provider of commercial fleet communications systems.

Tags: Michelin, Fleetcor, NexTraq, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 23 2017

N.M. Reduces Fleet, Turns Off GPS Devices to Cut Costs

Faced with budget cuts, the State of New Mexico has cut 50 vehicles from its fleet and turned off all GPS units in its fleet vehicles

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Reduction, New Mexico

April 25 2017

WEX Adds Driver Messaging to ClearView Platform

WEX Inc. of South Portland, Maine, has introduced its next-generation platform as ClearView Advanced, which adds features that help fleet managers better identify drivers who purchase expensive gasoline and send them messages.

Tags: Telematics, NAFA Institute & Expo, WEX, Big Data, Fleet Management Software, Drivers

March 21 2017

Wyoming DOT Pilots Connected Vehicles

<p><em>Photo courtesy of Lear</em></p>

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is purchasing vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure roadside units and on-board units for its connected vehicle pilot program.

Tags: Pilot Program, Lear, Wyoming DOT, Connected Vehicles, Telematics

March 10 2017

W.Va. County Considers GPS Purchase

Fayette County (W.Va.) is considering purchasing GPS systems in its fleet vehicles shortly after the Sheriff’s Department added GPS and WiFi services to 20 of its vehicles.

Tags: Telematics, Procurement, Elected Leaders

March 07 2017

GPS Insight Wins Customer Service Awards

<p><em>Photo courtesy of GPS Insight</em></p>

GPS Insight won the People’s Choice Stevie Award for Favorite Customer Service, Bronze for Customer Service Department of the Year, and Bronze for Font-Line Customer Service Team of the Year.

Tags: Telematics, GPS Insight, Customer Service

February 28 2017

Mack Launches Wireless Software Updates

<p><em>Photo: Mack Trucks</em></p>

Mack Trucks has launched Over The Air, which lets customers update software wirelessly to minimize scheduling disruptions and increase efficiency and uptime. The company is also offering a 30-day trial of Mack Fleet Management services with Telogis Fleet.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Software, Telogis, Mack Trucks

February 24 2017

Spireon Grows Profit 150% in 2nd Half of 2016

During the second half of 2016, Spireon Inc. experienced solid revenue growth while increasing profitability by 150%, the company announced.

Tags: Telematics, Spireon

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