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Iveco Telematics System Hits Australia

Iveco Telematics offers fleet operators access to information-rich data (up to 70 channels), which is designed to assist with efficiency, and reduce running costs and unforeseen downtime – including an extensive range of tracking, driver monitoring, safety, theft, maintenance and vehicle performance data.

“As a standard package, Iveco Telematics provides logistics operators and other road transport businesses with a comprehensive, full suite of services that many other manufacturers charge additional for,” said Iveco Australia Product Manager – Telematics, Marco Stiffler.

“In developing the program, we consulted the industry and designed features and functionality to best suit the requirements of our local markets, both in Australia and New Zealand.”

Tracking and routing provides live GPS tracking, geo-fencing of operating areas and/or restricted zones, and trip information including trip details and trip reports.

The system’s driver monitoring capabilities include harsh braking and acceleration alerts, moving and stationary over-revving alerts, over-speed, over-speed limit and over-idling alerts. From here, the software can provide driver scorecard and productivity reports to help improve driving techniques and overall efficiency.

Iveco Telematics can also mitigate the risk of vehicle theft through tracking and providing notification if a breaching of geo-fenced areas occurs, or if the vehicle is moved without the ignition being actuated.

To assist in minimising vehicle downtime and to better schedule maintenance work, Iveco Telematics provides detailed insights into vehicle operating data including odometer and engine hour readings, scheduled maintenance reporting, ‘tell-tale’ activity reporting, battery voltage level and engine coolant, engine oil and transmission fluid alerts.

“As well as providing extremely useful information to the end user to increase their efficiency, buyers who allow their Iveco dealer to have some visibility into their data can enjoy a range of servicing, maintenance and preventative maintenance benefits that will minimise downtime by ensuring correct parts are in stock prior to servicing,” added Stiffler.

In addition to being fitted as standard on some models built from September 2020, some existing heavy duty Iveco models can also have the system retrofitted through Iveco dealerships – with some variances in the program features depending on the vehicle.

The telematics components of the system (a small telematics module and GPS antenna) are fitted to the trucks at Iveco’s Melbourne manufacturing facility and connected to the vehicle CANBUS interface via a secure, standardised and data-rich FMS (Fleet Management System) output, and the ignition.

Once the system is linked and activated for the customer, it can transmit information via the high-speed Telstra Machine-to-Machine (M2M) 4G network, to the database server, which is housed in Australia. The data can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

All data from IVECO Telematics is accessed through a secure portal, where a profile page and dashboard allows users to customise their account details and settings, manage users and access information covering map page and areas, asset trails, live tracking, management of vehicles, groups, drivers and services, alerts, reporting, vehicle transfer and help. The data can then be organised via on-demand and scheduled customisable reports and downloaded in a variety of formats.

This information is also accessible through a mobile app which is available for both Apple and Android devices. For transport companies and fleet operators using their own telemetry programs, Iveco Telematics can be integrated with their current portal via the Applicable Program Interface (API).