Following an extensive local development phase, Iveco has launched its innovative new Iveco Telematics system in Australia and New Zealand.
Designed and manufactured in Australia specifically for local markets, Iveco Telematics is claimed to provide fleet operators with access to an extensive array of data (up to 70 channels) to help streamline and bring greater efficiency to their vehicle movements while minimising running costs and unforeseen downtime.
The system will now be fitted as standard equipment on every heavy duty Euro 6 Acco, Euro 6 X-Way and Euro 5 Stralis model in the Iveco range, effective with vehicles built from September 2020, and also comes with a 12-month complimentary subscription.
“As a standard package, Iveco Telematics provides logistics operators and other road transport businesses with a comprehensive, full suite of services that many other manufacturers charge additional for,” said Marco Stiffler, Iveco Australia Product Manager Telematics. “In developing the program, we consulted the industry and designed features and functionality to best suit the requirements of our local markets, both in Australia and New Zealand.
Although primarily designed with Euro 6 vehicles in mind, customers with existing applicable heavy duty Iveco models will also be able to have the system retrofitted through their Iveco dealerships.
The telematics components, comprising a small telematics module and GPS antenna, are fitted to the trucks at Iveco’s Melbourne manufacturing facility and connected to the vehicle CANbus interface via a secure, standardised and data-rich FMS (Fleet Management System) output, and the ignition.
Once the system is linked and activated for the customer, it’s ready to transmit information, via the high-speed Telstra Machine-to-Machine (M2M) 4G network, to the database server (housed in Australia). The data can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Tracking and routing provides live GPS tracking, geo-fencing of operating areas and/or restricted zones, and trip information including trip details and trip reports.
The system’s driver monitoring capabilities include harsh braking and acceleration alerts, moving and stationary over-revving alerts, over-speed, over-speed limit and over-idling alerts. From here, the software can provide driver scorecard and productivity reports to help improve driving techniques and overall efficiency.
On the safety front, Iveco Telematics offers vehicle roll-over and impact alerts. Another feature of the program is theft prevention, providing notification if a breaching of geo-fenced areas occurs, or if the vehicle is moved without the ignition being actuated.
Iveco Telematics also provides detailed insights into vehicle operating data including odometer and engine hour readings, scheduled maintenance reporting, ‘tell-tale’ activity reporting, battery voltage level and engine coolant, engine oil and transmission fluid alerts.
This data is complemented by vehicle performance insights that detail truck performance in the application. The available information covers speed, brake count, gear changes, fuel usage, ambient and cooling temperatures, GCM status, engine RPM (low, green and high) and cruise control usage.
Portal and App
“By offering valuable performance insights and monitoring covering parameters such as tracking and routing, safety, driver and vehicle performance, vehicle maintenance and theft avoidance, Iveco Telematics delivers a complete and holistic end-to-end service for users,” said Marco. “As well as providing extremely useful information to the end user to increase their efficiency, buyers who allow their Iveco dealer to have some visibility into their data can enjoy a range of servicing, maintenance and preventative maintenance benefits that will minimise downtime by ensuring correct parts are in stock prior to servicing.
All data from Iveco Telematics is accessed through a secure portal, where a profile page and dashboard allows users to customise their account details and settings, manage users and access information covering map page and areas, asset trails, live tracking, management of vehicles, groups, drivers and services, alerts, reporting, vehicle transfer and help. The data can then be organised via on-demand and scheduled customisable reports and downloaded in a variety of formats.
This information is also accessible through a mobile app which is available for both Apple and Android devices. For transport companies and fleet operators using their own telemetry programs, Iveco Telematics can be integrated with their current portal via the Applicable Program Interface (API).