So this is for fleets that buy GM vehicles, and want the OnStar system to be used in a more rigorous telematics way.
Using the OnStar 4G LTE hardware embedded in GM vehicles, Spireon will offer a customized version of its FleetLocate fleet management system on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles. The new system will be available in May 2017.
Spireon is an aftermarket telematics provider that claims 3.75 million subscribers. 350 “data events” a month. Spireon offers three types of service, and its main focus is data collection and presentation.
Spireon’s FleetLocate system joins other GM Fleet business solutions that include a version of Telogis Fleet for GM and GM’s proprietary Commercial Link tool.
Spireon is a private company and as such faces no requirement to publicize its financials, however, its growth in recent years has been strong.
…solar-harvesting technology with a powerful processor that maintains its pulse on trailer activity with minimal current. The FL Solar provides quick and easy installation under 15 minutes…
Truck-Lite, which produces lighting and mirrors, entered the telematics market.
Spireon grew revenue 20 percent year over year for the first half of 2016, and more than doubled its profitability.
A recent report from analyst firm C.J. Driscoll & Associates estimates that the U.S. mobile resource management (MRM) market will expand to over 14 million units, and MRM hardware and service revenues will grow to over $4.7 billion.
Solar powered trailer tracking is an industry trend. No connection to the tractor is required, however, one can be established.
Known as Road Ready, the system creates “smart” trailers using a solar-powered Master Control Unit and a series of peel-and-stick sensors. The solar power itself comes with a roof-mounted solar panel and a 10-year battery that will maintain a charge for 60 days without any sunlight. The underlying firmware is designed to minimize power draws, and just one hour of daylight will offer enough power for five days.
Cummings is also heavily invested in telematics with its system called Connected Advisor.
Monitored systems and issues include tire pressure, Anti-lock Braking Systems, open doors, moving or missing cargo, reefer temperature and fuel levels, arrival and departure, and Global Positioning System data to support what is marketed as Hypertracking. An in-cab warning light will warn about failing bulbs anywhere on the trailer and from any manufacturer. A new nose box mounted at the front of the trailer continually runs circuit checks.
Cummings claims one difference for their system is that it estimates “time to failure” giving fleets notice for needed maintenance. Over the air updating is still a rarity, but that won’t last, as it is (provided security is assured) to convenient a method for any provider to ignore.
The system is designed to isolate and interpret key engine and aftertreatment data every day, and provide Cummins Engine customers with prioritized, time-based recommendations to distinguish between immediate repair needs and those that can be scheduled a few days out. Fault reports, including probable causes and recommended actions, are sent to fleet managers daily to help initiate the repair process. For faults requiring prompt attention, immediate notification reports are provided to alert a fleet manager.
Partners since 2009, PeopleNet and Noregon say the initial focus of this expanding collaboration will be to deliver a PeopleNet fault integration solution, with integrated predictive analytics, as part of PeopleNet’s ConnectedFleet platform.