The differences between software and telematics
28 August 2014
Author: Jack Carfrae
Fleet management software
A fleet management system is a programme that displays your vehicles' vitals in an attempt to improve efficiency and to make sure vehicles and drivers comply with the law.
"The way I describe it is that if I'm the head of a household and I've got two or three cars - mine, my wife's and maybe my son or daughter's, I need to know they're adequately insured, the tyres are okay etc.," says software firm Jaama's managing director Martin Evans.
"That's okay over two or three vehicles, but not for a fleet manager who looks after a lot more. I'm also going to get to the stage where my wife's car is breaking down, it's costing us money - a fleet manager is doing that on a larger scale, and that's what they'd use software for."
There's no connection between the car and the fleet operator's computer with software, as there is with telematics, as Chevin's managing director, Ashley Sowerby explains: "The clearest difference is mapping. If it's a system with a map and it can tell you where the vehicle is then it's telematics. Ours is about managing the asset, staying legal and running the fleet efficiently."