International Truck to offer full range of telematics

The telematics tool delivers vehicle data wirelessly to fleet managers and technicians

International Truck and Engine Corp. announced yesterday that it will soon offer its customers a full-service, telematics tool that combines vehicle performance monitoring, diagnostics and maintenance, and vehicle positioning.

The tool, which delivers vehicle operating data wirelessly to fleet managers and technicians, will be available in July.

The new technology is designed to fully integrate with International's Diamond Logic electrical system, which some customers are already using, the company said. It can also be adapted to all makes and models in all vehicle classes.

The tool will allow customers to track vehicle location, monitor performance, diagnose maintenance problems and ensure driver and vehicle security by taking advantage of wireless telemetry, according to Jeff Bannister, director of truck electronics at the Warrenville, Ill.-based manufacturer.

Bannister said an in-vehicle device transmits telemetry and location information via cellular wireless technology. International's telematics software then organizes and packages the information on each vehicle in customers' fleets and displays it through a secure Web site in real-time.

IBM provided the back-end hardware and software and developed the Web site for International, said Jim Ruthven, program director for IBM Automotive and Telematics Solutions.

"Working with IBM, International has developed a Web portal that integrates wirelessly transmitted data and its back-end IT systems for International's customers," Ruthven said. "The result allows International to offer fleet managers breakthrough technologies and services to more efficiently manage assets, reduce operating costs and streamline business processes."

Bannister said the new tool can save customers money by lowering fuel and inventory costs and can improve the overall return on their investments in trucks and truck equipment.

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