Telematics is Driving a Revolution
Telematics is an accepted part of modern life and it’s a technology that’s predicted to change the way we live, work and play in the future. There are so many applications for telematics that the technology is being used in an increasing number of industries. Telematics mashes up wireless devices with black box technology so that data can be transferred to a system or an organisation in real time.
Telematics technology is already revolutionising the motor industry with a range of different features that can be added to the use of vehicles. Smart use of technology can improve in car safety and bring roadside assistance at the touch of a button. The technology is also being used by thousands of drivers to enjoy the benefits of lower insurance premiums after having an in-vehicle solution installed. With electric cars becoming more popular, telematics offers aid in automated charging in the night when electricity rates are cheapest. Vehicle telematics can also warn drivers of problems with their vehicle -the owner receives an automatic report listing problems so that they can book the car in for maintenance or repair.
More than a third of UK businesses have used their vehicle telematics tracking technology to contest either a speeding fine or a false insurance claim. The benefits just cannot be emphasized enough and now more than 30% of UK businesses have telematics systems installed in their fleets. This allows them to provide a more efficient service at a reduced cost – a win-win situation for all.
Runners and cyclists use telematics technology to track activity levels and make sure they get maximum benefit from their workout activities. Smart homes are already on the market and these are predicted to increase in future as smart technology becomes the norm. This technology enables householders to control heating and lighting in their homes remotely.
The Internet of Things uses telematics technology to connect all kinds of devices and this will revolutionise everyday life here in the UK. The technology will change our cities, turning them into smart cities enabling residents to interact in a ‘living city’ environment. The technology will be used to manage traffic in city centres more efficiently, leading to fewer gridlocks on our roads. Smart parking apps will be available that will allow motorists to find a convenient parking space quickly, without having to drive round in circles looking for a gap. People will even be able to book their parking spaces before they embark on their journey!
Smart cities will use data gathered by telematics systems in order to make the cities more eco-friendly which is likely to attract more business and more residents. Smart buildings will be more user-friendly, especially business premises. This will benefit the businesses with lower overheads and increased efficiency.
All of the information gathered by telematics systems needs to be stored and analysed which means that large data centres will be necessary in order to deal with the sheer volume of information that’s rapidly becoming available.