News Roundup - October

  • Posted on: 2 November 2015
  • By: admin

Here at Interactive Communications, we aim to give our visitors a website that offers a wealth of useful information on the Telematics industry – we want to provide our readers with timely and relevant information as we believe this is the best way to give you some added value on a regular basis.  As part of our offerings, we’ve decided to publish a monthly News Roundup for the Telematics industry so our readers can keep up to speed with what’s going on in this sector in one convenient place.  Let us know what you think about this News Roundup by email and if there is anything you’d like us to cover, then please let us know and we will do our best.

According to Fleet News, one of the fleet industries most important resources, ,more than a third of businesses here in the UK have been using the data provided by telematics software to contest speeding fines or false insurance claims.  It seems that nearly a fifth of businesses surveyed claim to have used telematics data to prove that a driver was not at fault for an insurance claim while a further 17% have managed to use the information to successfully appeal against speeding fines.

Looking at telematics from a different perspective, in a recent case the evidence provided by telematics data resulted in a suspended prison sentence for a hit and run driver who failed to stop after colliding with a pedestrian.  The driver was initially claimed that the courtesy car involved in the accident had been stolen and was being driven by somebody else.  Information provided by the in vehicle software enabled the police to provide irrefutable evidence that the defendant was driving the vehicle.

Organisations that employ lone workers are being urged to ensure that they provide adequate protective measures.  Legislation on lone workers can be confusing and the duty of care to lone workers is loosely defined:  “consider carefully, and then deal with, any health and safety risks for people working alone”.  Despite the ambiguous guidelines, the penalties faced by companies who fail their lone workers can be extremely high, so the risks faced by lone workers should be taken seriously by those who employ them.

Wearable tech is on the increase as developments in the technology used enable wider applications than ever before.  This is great news for lone workers and their employers as the technology is particularly useful and relevant for wearable safety devices that can track the whereabouts and health of employees.  The technology is particularly useful when lone workers are in the field and is often used in safety cuffs or safety caps.  Safety caps have been specifically designed for lorry drivers and will recognise signs of impending sleepiness and alert the driver that it’s time to take a break.

It’s being predicted that the most important industries that will drive the Internet of Things (IoT) are healthcare and fashion.  According to panellists at this year’s Dell World technology conference, the fashion industry is designing wearables in a bid to bring the Iot to everyday clothing while the preventative medicine industry is using technology to design alert systems that will help prevent, rather than cure sicknesses.