Webfleet Solutions, one of the world’s leading telematics providers and part of Bridgestone, has introduced its latest vehicle tracking technology, WEBFLEET SAT, which allows fleet managers to stay connected to their fleets anywhere, anytime across the globe.
Powered by Iridium Satellite Network, WEBFLEET SAT uses global satellite communication to achieve reliable connection with vehicles beyond cellular coverage areas. Webfleet Solutions said this means fleet managers can track the position of a vehicle, record driving events and receive geo-fence alerts when a vehicle is in an area without cellular coverage, and be confident that all the data generated during this period will be buffered and restored in a safe, effective manner.
“For instance, a trucking company tasked with keeping mine site diesel tanks full at all times can now track and share their live road tanker locations across the complete journey,” Webfleet Solutions said. The satellite coverage will provide greater visibility for safety and driver behaviour, plus allow the mine site to plan with accurate arrival times.”
Webfleet Solutions’ Sales Director, Christopher Chisman-Duffy, said reliable connectivity is critical, especially for fleet businesses that operate primarily in remote areas.
“For fleet managers operating in Australia’s remote areas, the lack of strong mobile networks can significantly impact the ability to track and trace a fleet and whether it is operating safely,” said Chisman-Duffy. “WEBFLEET SAT provides reassurance to fleet managers of consistent and reliable tracking no matter where the fleet is located.”
In areas with normal cellular coverage, Webfleet Solutions’ vehicle-tracking device, LINK, transmits real-time data on vehicle position, road events, as well as messages and alerts, directly back to the online fleet management software WEBFLEET. Once a threshold of 10 minutes movement with no mobile network has been reached, the device switches to satellite communication to continue tracking the asset. Data is then buffered and sent to WEBFLEET once cellular coverage returns.
Additionally, when a vehicle enters or leaves a defined area when there is no cellular coverage around, satellite communication is capable of sending geo-fence notifications, alerting fleet managers of the vehicle’s movement.
“WEBFLEET SAT is designed to take vehicle-tracking to the next level, enabling fleet managers and business owners to look after their fleets with greater flexibility and agility. This can have a tangible impact on fleet management by reducing unnecessary costs, fostering better communication between the fleet manager and driver, and optimising vehicle-tracking processes for better business results,” said Chisman-Duffy.