With today’s mobile and cloud-based technology, commercial fleets no longer need to fit expensive hardware on their new trucks and the availability of consumer mobile devices with increasingly sophisticated capabilities means that smaller fleets are embracing commercial telematics.
Most fleet operators are already using smartphones as a web-based service access device to enable fleet managers to monitor their fleets remotely. Now telematics service providers are adapting their core fleet applications, such as track and trace/route planning, driver behavior, and fuel management, to run on consumer-grade smartphone and tablet devices.
This report looks at the use of smartphone and tablet PC devices in the commercial fleet telematics industry with a particular focus on consumer-grade devices. The benefits and drawback of using such devices are discussed, as are the main vertical segments most suited to these devices at the present time. Finally, a review is provided of the key players offering smartphone/tablet applications as well as forecasts of the adoption rate of these devices in the commercial fleet telematics industry.