Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Open platform option extends telematics system from Novatel

Steve Rogerson
January 21, 2015
 
A mobile tracking telematics system for fleet management, usage based insurance and other connected vehicle applications has been introduced by California-based Novatel Wireless.
 
Designed to simplify integration and use, the MT 1200 provides vehicle tracking and driver behaviour monitoring features combined with an open platform option. It supports GPRS, CDMA2000 1xRTT and HSDPA technologies, andboth GPS and Glonass.
 
With the open platform option, it has the flexibility to host software applications from telematics service providers, suitable for aftermarket providers to port their proprietary code for integration with their applications. This open platform is complemented by the on-board Smart Agent, a programmable software engine that lets users customise event reporting based on their needs, such as defining geo-fences, setting specific behaviour reporting and even enabling or disabling remote starts.
 
"Novatel Wireless is committed to creating value-based IoT solutions that deliver on price, reliability, a smart combination of advanced technologies and services, and the best user experience," said Slim Souissi, president and COO of Novatel Wireless. "This latest addition to our telematics portfolio further demonstrates our technology leadership while offering our customers the value and flexibility they need to increase efficiencies and reduce costs."
 
Low power sleep mode avoids vehicle battery draining when parked for long periods of time. There is also a built-in internal back up battery.
 
A sensitive three-axis digital accelerometer provides accurate behaviour reporting, including environmental factors, hard cornering, collision reporting, hard acceleration and hard braking. There is accelerometer auto-calibration for device orientation.
 
Services support helps facilitate trials, pilot and production rollout. Cloud management with N4A provides a scalable cloud system for device management, over-the-air updates and monitoring.