In fleet management, it is well known that telematics is of great benefit to effectiveness and productivity – from optimizing fuel consumption to more safety and improved vehicle maintenance.
Unsurprisingly, most major automotive companies – including Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) – manufacture vehicles that have appropriate hardware pre-installed that is compatible with fleet telematics. In this way, your vehicles can be integrated into the software of a telematics provider when they are purchased so that the user can immediately take advantage of the fleet solution.
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With an expected average annual growth rate of 14.2 percent in 2018 and 2023, the popularity of OEM telematics continues to grow
Alternatively, if you buy a vehicle without factory-installed telematics hardware, you can use a third-party provider (such as Fleet Complete) to install the hardware after you purchase it.
With these two options for equipping your vehicle with fleet telematics hardware, the question arises: what is the right choice for your company?
When deciding between OEM hardware and a third-party supplier, there are several factors to consider in order to make the most sensible choices for your business. The aim of this article is to help you weigh your options when purchasing a vehicle and outline the factors that should help you make the smart final choice.
What is OEM Telematics?
Before you decide on a hardware option for your company, we would like to describe the telematics hardware equipped by the manufacturer and its functions in more detail.
As mentioned earlier, OEM refers to vehicle manufacturers who are increasingly building vehicles that have factory pre-installed hardware that is compatible with fleet telematics. In this way, the vehicle can be integrated with a third-party provider of fleet management Services immediately and without additional hardware installation.
Easier and faster telematics implementation
Saves time in the compatibility test
One of the greatest advantages of OEM hardware is that Vehicle fleet management telematics is available immediately after purchasing the new vehicle. The advantages include:
The possibility of planning your new fleet acquisition taking into account telematics
With hardware installed at the factory, you can immediately subscribe to a telematics service from a provider and start collecting and evaluating valuable data from your fleet vehicles without delay.
OEM vs. Third-Party Hardware – Which Option Is Best For Your Business?
Choosing vehicles with built-in fleet telematics hardware has many benefits, but it is not necessarily the best option for all businesses, as choosing a third-party provider can have its advantages.
It is worth considering the following factors regarding the two telematics options when purchasing new fleet vehicles to ensure that you make the selection that best suits your needs.
Vehicle types in your fleet
When buying a vehicle, the newer and more modern models are usually equipped with pre-installed telematics hardware, because this form of software integration is a relatively new industry trend.
Therefore, an important factor when comparing OEM vs. third-party hardware is what types of vehicles you want to buy.
For fleets that don’t just have the latest vehicles, OEM-integrated technology isn’t necessarily the best option. If you choose a third-party supplier, you can buy the vehicle regardless of make or model, and install the hardware that matches your fleet management software, relieving you of the need to purchase only certain types of vehicles.
One of the greatest advantages of OEM telematics is that the installation does not cause vehicle failure. Since the hardware is already installed when you buy it, you can start driving immediately with OEM-integrated technology and enjoy the benefits of telematics.
However, if you are using a third-party hardware provider, then you will need some time for the installation.
That is why it is important to know what your business is doing. If you are constantly on the move and you rely on your vehicles to be ready for use, e. B. a company in the delivery or transport industry, then you should take the installation failure into account when choosing the third-party provider.
When it is important to keep your vehicles on the road with as little disruption as possible, OEM integrated hardware is a practical solution and is the best option.
An important aspect of the hardware that is absolutely important to consider is how fast the device can upload data and transfer it to you. This is called the reporting frequency and it can vary between OEM-integrated and third-party hardware.
With third-party providers, the device’s reporting frequency can be configured during installation and, for example, set to every few seconds, which provides you with real vehicle fleet data in real-time. With OEM hardware, the default report frequency cannot be set and is approximately 30 seconds.
Most companies won’t be put off by OEM hardware because 30-second reporting frequency is fast enough for their needs. However, if your fleet operates in an industry where every second counts, such as emergency assistance, then this is an all-important feature that the OEM hardware does not offer, making the third party a better choice.
External sensors that can track temperature, pressure, or the PTO.
Digital logbook for tracking operating hours
Driver ID systems to monitor who is operating a vehicle
When it comes to fleet telematics, many companies rely on more data than just GPS positions for effective operation. This includes:
But with OEM-equipped telematics, you can only rely on the data that is pre-installed on the hardware – no extras.
Third-party providers offer the ability to add add-ons during installation, such as the logbook or external sensors, which ensures that your hardware can do more than just send standard reports such as position and driver behavior. If your company relies on these additional insights to operate effectively, then third-party vendors may be better than the OEMs.
We are here for you
While OEM hardware can be beneficial and convenient for many businesses, it is important to consider the factors outlined in this article when choosing a telematics solution for your fleet.
Whichever choice you make, Fleet Complete is there for you. With the option of installing our hardware after purchasing a vehicle or purchasing it from one of our many OEM partners, we support both solutions.
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