In the age of standard connected trucks, telematics providers turn to the processing and then the centralization of data. They reinforce interfaces with TMS and transport information systems. Focus on the latest changes in the market.
In the telematics market, system interoperability efforts are increasing. Leaving aside the on-board boxes now factory-installed on board connected trucks, fleet management specialists are focusing on opening their data portals to VI manufacturer telematics. Last November, MAN and RIO, for example, announced their partnership with Transics to interface their respective systems and process data via one or other of the software platforms.
A few months earlier, Scania launched the Data Access solution allowing the brand’s truck data to be aggregated (positions, route tracking, social data) in various fleet management software. To interconnect the systems, the suppliers use webservices to integrate data from third-party on-board units into a web portal or use the rFMS protocol which gives access to this same information on the Cloud.
Thus, the Volvo Connect, Scania One or Iveco On portals may also collect or share their data with third-party systems. In addition, telematics data aggregators transform the data from the various boxes on the market in order to centralize them on a single portal. Alongside the pioneer S3Pweb, which offers the Map&Truck platform, the competitors Infinity by Ekolis or Kivio from TruckOnline appeared in 2021. With these tools, fleets using different telematics solutions, manufacturers or aftermarket, can standardize management on the same software and reduce subscription costs with multiple suppliers. It should be added that tractor fleet management systems are also opening up to telematics for trailers in order to centralize data in the same software.
Merger of FMS and TMS
In addition to the emerging interoperability of telematics systems, there is a growing openness of TMS to fleet management systems (FMS), or even a merger between the two software. AddSecure, for example, launched in 2021 the Logic TMS software in duo with its Co-Driver portal, the result of the acquisition in 2019 of the Polish publisher Framelogic. Fleetboard offers carriers the TMS of its subsidiary Habbl.
The publisher OMP, a subsidiary of Sinari, launched the OMP Communication gateway in 2021 in order to connect a multitude of digital tools to its TMS without interfering directly in the carriers’ information system and thus reducing IT risks.
Overall, the interfaces between FMS and TMS are going well, like Trimble connected with GPI, Astrata with OMP or Transics with Power I, for example. The challenge for carriers is to improve the performance of their TMS, which is enriched with data reported by connected trucks and thus makes it possible to provide ordering parties with continuous monitoring of operations or proof of delivery and transport documents. dematerialized.
Always more of suppliers
A rather paradoxical phenomenon if we consider the factory equipment of vehicles with telematics boxes, the French market has seen the arrival of new suppliers over the period 2020-2021. With the growing demands of shippers for delivery tracking and ETA calculation services, supported by specialized platforms such as project44 or Shippeo which are developing interfaces with telematics, equipping fleets with on-board computing is becoming a contractual necessity. With an estimate of 20 to 30% of fleets equipped with telematics, everyone wants their share of the cake and is targeting VSEs-SMEs that have not yet taken the plunge.
Thus the British Microlise or the American Geotab have decided to target French carriers with heavy goods vehicle fleet management offers combining telematics box and web data processing platform. Last November, Michelin decided to expand its range of digital services with the launch of Connected Fleet. The offer, which follows the successive takeovers of suppliers Masternaut, NexTraq and Sascar, includes on-board equipment as well as a portal for geolocation, social data analysis, eco-driving, maintenance and trailer tracking services. , invoiced between fifteen euros per month and more than €60 depending on the options.
Above all, Michelin claims direct support for transporters to help them make the most of their fleet management system. It should also be noted that telematics continues to improve, for example via artificial intelligence processing of technical remote diagnostics data or the addition of video recording services of the road or driver behavior associated with virtual coaching functions.
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