Garmin Telematics

Garmin International has expanded its telematics API platform with the integration of the fleet 590, the company’s first portable and connected fleet management GPS unit. It’s said to deliver an integrated tracking and dispatch fleet system for business owners and their drivers.

The fleet 590 integrates a black box, cable and antenna with Garmin’s user-interface. The 5-in. touch display is optimal for limiting driver interaction and makes it easy to see driving-related information at a glance. The device is also fleet-friendly in that it can be easily transferred from vehicle to vehicle. It’s portable and does not require a direct hard wiring to the vehicle, so there are no installation costs.

With Continuous Asset Tracking, the fleet owner has instant access to the location of the fleet at any time of the day. Movement and periodic polling trigger this monitoring process, and with the addition of electronic time clock functionality, labor and job data can be logged and recorded on the spot.

The fleet 590 detects driver behavior and allows supervisor to assess the driver’s driving habits and performance. Based on the embedded 3-axis accelerometer within the device, speeding, excessive braking, jack-rabbiting, and sharp turning can be logged. The threshold parameters can be adjusted.

The fleet 590’s Engine Status Detection system means excessive engine idling is detected and reported.

The fleet 590 will be available for partner integration in the second quarter of 2013.

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