Telefónica has announced a partnership in Europe with fleet transport telematics company Geotab that sees the two companies launch a “plug and play” solution.

The product offers real time fleet management as well as the ability to develop a number of alerts, notifications and “review driver trip” reports.
 
Advanced features include on-board diagnostics through engine indicators to return feedback such as engine failures, accident detection and the ability to retrace the cause of the accident, as well as add-ons such as a navigational device and NFC driver ID keys.
 
Telefónica said the technology will help businesses to improve their on-road productivity, on-road safety, and ecological efficiency, in addition to optimising fleet performance to reduce fuel costs.
 
Businesses in Spain, Germany and the UK will get the new solution initially, with Latin American markets expected to follow in the near future.
 
Canada-based Geotab’s devices have been deployed in over 400,000 vehicles and currently support 40 percent of the top 10 fleets in North America.
 
According to the company’s CEO Neil Cawse, mobile operators are becoming “an integral component” of the fleet telematics and connected machine ecosystem.
 
Telefonica M2M Managing Director Surya Mendonça commented: “We’re delighted to partner with Geotab, who through continuous innovation have many of the world’s largest fleets already using their product. This agreement allows Telefónica to provide a best-in-class ‘plug and play’ fleet telematics product in Europe.”
 
The announcement follows the September news that it was launching a fleet management solution in Germany featuring tech from vendor Trackunit.
 
The Spain-based operator said the Geotab offering would be integrated into its existing telematics portfolio across Europe.
 
Last week, Telefónica reported that its Digital Services unit, which includes M2M, brought in revenues worth €461 million in the third quarter.

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