|The telematic solution provides this vital premium-adjusting information. The solution also helps detect and deter vehicle or trailer theft – as soon as a theft occurs, monitoring personnel can alert the appropriate authorities, providing an exact location.
“With more and more insurance companies and major fleet operators interested in monitoring driver behaviour on the grounds of road safety, efficient logistics and costs, the market for this type of device and associated e-business services is growing rapidly within Italy and the rest of Europe,” says Franco.
“The insurance companies are especially interested in the pay-per-use and pay-as-you-drive applications while other organisations employ the technology for road user charging.”
“One million vehicles in Italy currently carry such devices and forecasts indicate that the European market will increase tenfold by 2014.
However, for our technology to work effectively, we needed a highly reliable wireless data network to carry the information between the vehicles and monitoring stations.”
|Based in the Italian province of Teramo, the Infomobility.it Group provides telematic solutions for its haulage and insurance customers. The Group began by providing remote sensing devices
and its portfolio now also includes geographic information and satellite navigation systems and, more recently, driving monitoring products.
|Infomobility.it set out its requirements to three companies, including Vodafone. The formal tender specified three key criteria: high network reliability and coverage, Quality of Service (QoS) and cost-effective network charges for data traffic.
The Group chose Vodafone for its ability to deliver on all three criteria. During the testing phase of proposed solutions, Vodafone provided technical support to Infomobility.it’s engineering department and helped its staff to configure an appropriate SIM for a cost-effective M2M communications solution.
“One important aspect of the QoS we offer is the updating frequency of the data transmitted by our box. Consequently, we needed a good billing solution and a proprietary encryption protocol to lower data exchange costs,” says Gianluigi Brasili, Chief Technical Officer, Infomobility.it Group.
With the Vodafone M2M communications solution in place, Infomobility.it has so far provided Italian insurance companies with around 7,500 InfoBoxes. Tests indicate that network coverage is very good.
“The vast majority of vehicles have reported excellent coverage which is especially encouraging considering the terrain in certain parts of Italy,” says Franco.
|Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)|