Under the Hood
"One of the big things that we claim in our solution is that we can very accurately calculate the amount of fuel being consumed by the vehicle, using the information from the OBD-II port. And this is something that many people just derive from billing records or fuel purchase records and say 'I've bought so many liters or gallons of fuel over the last month or year…' but we can actually tell you how many liters or gallons of fuel you have actually burned in that vehicle, per day, per month, per year," Wonronczuk says.
"Sometimes it's very interesting for a fleet manager or a service manager to take a look at the difference between those two figures. And what the difference leads to is that sometimes an organization may have fuel theft going on, or fuel slippage where people are filling up cans or other vehicles on the same fuel card, for example, where it's not being put into the actual fleet vehicle itself."
Taking on Telematics
For city fleets—safety fleets especially—this technological capability can yield critical results, like keeping ambulances and police cars running at their optimal effectiveness. What serves as a cost and convenience incentive for the fleet operators themselves will also allow the general public to benefit from more reliable emergency services. According to Woronczuk, this is the most comprehensive possible system:
"Security and safety are key for telematics, and can tell you where the vehicle is at this very moment in time in case it got stolen, or broken down on the side of the road. That was the real origins of telematics. But to understand what is really going on under the hood from a maintenance and diagnostic perspective really wasn't ever included in that, and we've introduced that into the field of telematics."