The Right Fit
Telematics are on the increase worldwide and here in the UK there’s been a dramatic rise in the number of telematics systems fitted in vehicles. Fleet owners have been reaping the benefits of using data garnered via telematics systems in order to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs while private motorists often opt for a telematics system to reap the benefits of lower insurance premiums. Whoever you are and whatever your reason for opting to have a telematics system fitted to your vehicle/s, getting everything installed properly by professional installation engineers is absolutely essential.
We’ve heard some real horror stories about telematics systems being installed by untrained fitters – it can lead to product failure but, even worse, it can make your vehicle unsafe if the telematics system is not properly fitted. Poor quality installation jobs include:
- Cameras that have been mounted upside down
- Cameras not correctly positioned to view the blind spot
- Reversing alarms facing the wrong way
- Sensors fitted in unsuitable positions
- Cables left exposed
- Cut connectors and taped joints
- Holes in bodywork left unsealed and at risk of rusting
This is why you need to choose your telematics provider carefully if you opt to have a system installed in your vehicle or fleet.
If you’re a fleet owner, then telematics systems are becoming an essential part of fleet management nowadays. According to recent statistics from the Department of Transport, on in four road casualties involved a business or professional driver of some sort in 2012. For employers and fleet owner looking to minimise costs and protect their employees on the road, telematics is the key. A comprehensive telematics system allows fleet managers and drivers to increase safety and cut operating costs.
Telematics allows fleet managers to enforce stringent safety standards and the data received from in vehicle telematics systems enables easy identification of drivers who may need further instruction and information. The responsibility of implementing driver training rests with the fleet manager and it’s essential that company drivers do not adopt bad driving habits that would reduce road safety and increase the risk of accidents.
However, opting to have a telematics system installed in your vehicles is not going to have the desired effect unless the system is correctly installed by expert technicians who have been fully trained to undertake the installation work. Once the systems have been correctly installed in your vehicles, then you’ll need to make sure that your telematics provider offers the level of support necessary for your business needs.
Here at Interactive Communications, we know that it’s good business to make sure that our customers are happy with the service they receive for us. We’ll work closely with you to ensure that the telematics system you choose is tailored to your specific business requirements. All of our installation engineers are fully trained to deliver a great service and we provide ongoing support following installation to make sure that your telematics solution carries on providing you with the solution you need, leaving you free to do what you do best – grow your business.