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Telefonica to launch fleet management service in key markets

Iain Morris
November 26, 2014

Spanish telecoms operator Telefonica has revealed plans to launch a new plug-and-play fleet management service in Spain, Germany and the UK, indicating it hopes to extend the service to Latin American markets in the near future.

The operator is teaming up on the service launch with telematics company Geotab, whose devices are currently used in some 400,000 vehicles globally and by 40% of the top ten fleets in North America.

Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) said the service would offer real-time fleet management and allow customers to develop a number of alerts and notifications as well as review driver trip and activity reports.

Advanced features are to include on-board diagnostics, using engine indicators to provide feedback about engine faults, as well as accident detection.

The companies claim the service will help businesses to improve their on-road productivity and on-road safety as well as reduce fuel costs across fleets.

Fleet managers can also expect to gain a better understanding of performance across multiple vehicles, allowing them to make more informed business decisions, while drivers will have greater insight about their own vehicles.

Telefonica reckons the service will hold appeal for large corporations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises.

“We’re delighted to partner with Geotab [Oakville, Canada], who through continuous innovation have many of the world’s largest fleets already using their product,” said Surya Mendonca, the M2M managing director at Telefonica. “This agreement allows Telefonica to provide a best-in-class ‘plug and play’ fleet telematics product in Europe that reinforces our portfolio and gives our M2M customers further access to the strongest solutions.”

Geotab said it was witnessing “tremendous growth” for fleet management services globally and that telecoms operators are becoming an integral part of the fleet management and entire M2M ecosystem.

“We are impressed by the Telefonica M2M team and look forward to working together with Telefonica to deliver the most advanced fleet telematics solution in the market,” said Neil Cawse, Geotab’s chief executive.
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