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Deutsche Telekom enhances fleet-management service for Continental

Iain Morris
May 21, 2014
German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom has revealed it is collaborating with automotive specialist Continental on the rollout of a cloud-based fleet-management system in the US.

The tie-up has seen Continental (Hannover, Germany) integrate its RoadLog OnLine fleet-management system with a cloud-based telematics platform from Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany), providing additional flexibility and benefits to customers.

The partners say the service has been available in the US, Mexico and Canada for a few weeks and is helping fleet operators and haulage firms to track their trucks online and better coordinate assignments.

“Telekom is an ideal partner for us in conquering the market for mobile online services in the US,” said Michael Ruf, Continental’s head of commercial vehicles and aftermarket. “The company is one of the global pioneers in cloud solutions.”

The signing of the deal with Continental came shortly after Deutsche Telekom had announced it would collaborate with carmaker Daimler on systems integration and the future development of connected-car services.

Online fleet management has been one of the core competencies of our logistics segment for several years and we are very happy to be able to demonstrate this in the American market too," said Horst Leonberger, head of the connected-car business unit at Deutsche Telekom.

Describing in more detail how the Continental service works, Deutsche Telekom said the automotive player was connecting trucks to the Business2Car platform developed by T-Systems – Deutsche Telekom’s IT business, and that an online user portal allowed haulers and fleet operators to view data at any time.

As a result, customers are able to plan more efficient vehicle routes, optimize fuel consumption and give customers more accurate forecasts of delivery times.

The online system is also intended to provide benefits to drivers, said Deutsche Telekom.

It will, for instance, inform drivers when it is time for a break and record working and rest periods automatically.

The system is also capable of transmitting various types of data relating to the vehicle for evaluation – providing notifications if, for instance, the brakes are due to be replaced.
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