There are many types of telematics Hardware devices, cables, tablets, and sensors that exist in the market that all serve different purposes. Often certain vehicles require completely different specs to perform their duty. For example, a snowplow is going to require a much sturdier and durable device which has the ability to identify when a snowplows arm and plow is in the down position or not, whereas a delivery vehicle would most likely not.
There are two main categories of questions to determine when making the decision on which devices to equip.
Equipment/ Vehicle Information
- The model/make of the vehicle (a Prius and a Ford are inherently different so might require different devices).
- The year of manufacture is also important (cars older than 1996 require different hardware)
- Is the device going to need to be inside or outside of the cab?
- Is power needed or not
- What is the goal? Do we just need to track or is more functionality needed?
- How many inputs are needed (e.g., right broom)?
- Will you be needing engine diagnostics?
- Do you need to identify the driver using the vehicle?
- Staff to install or not?
These questions help narrow down the needs of your fleet and can identify the types of devices to be used. Below is a list of the different types of devices which each serve different purposes.
Hardware varies in the complexity of installation, some are a simple plug and play while others may require more technical knowledge of how to properly integrate the devices with the respective vehicles.
For more information on the different devices and capabilities please feel free to request a demo in which we can go in depth about all the different hardware, you may also want to check out our recorded Webinar in which we also explore these devices and more.