International Truck and Engine Corp. has announced availability of its International Aware Vehicle Intelligence telematics solution.
International Aware allows authorized individuals to monitor trucks in real-time through a password-protected Internet connection. The system tracks the truck’s exact location, direction of travel and even how fast it is going. Other features include the ability to set up a “geo-fence,” a virtual electronic boundary on a map where trucks should not cross.
It also works for highway tractors that veer off course on a highway. If a truck appears to be taking a different or a suspicious route, the geofence can alert a fleet manager who can investigate further to see if it is a troublesome situation or a matter of a detour due to road construction.
International also says it is the first commercial truck manufacturer to outfit its medium- and heavy-duty trucks with technology that can include electronic theft-deterrent and integrated tracking systems.
“Whether it is a propane truck, a delivery truck or a tractor-trailer, the ability to prevent truck theft or to track its location is extremely important,” said Rob Swim, director, Vehicle Center marketing strategy, International Truck and Engine. “We’ve developed a system that helps prevent truck thefts or can track a truck’s location at all times.”
With International’s theft-deterrent system, the access code must be entered within seven seconds of engine start up or the engine will shut down. The seven-second delay is a safety feature for drivers who may have to move a truck a short distance in an emergency situation. If the code is entered incorrectly too many times, it can be programmed to send an alert to the cell phone of a fleet manager or other official.
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