Cybit extends real-time fleet tracking and asset management with powerful new GPRS capability

Cybit, the UK's leading online telematics service provider, has extended the functionality of its modular Fleetstar-Online Internet-based fleet and asset management solution with the addition of a powerful real-time vehicle location monitoring capability using the latest GPRS technology. Combining Fleetstar-Online with GPRS technology provides continual positional updates, enabling real-time reporting through the extremely tight matching of GPS positions to mapping. This allows organisations to track their fleets and assets in real-time, giving fleet managers the ability to implement next generation telematics capabilities in real-time such as a new 'Find My Nearest' service.

Cybit's modular Fleetstar-Online telematics technology platform is the industry's first fully-scalable telematics solution - from an entry-level 'reporting-only' solution, offered primarily through Cybit's expanding reseller channel and available from as little as 20 per vehicle per month, through to the industry's most comprehensive telematics offering. Fleetstar-Online combines key architectural strengths - such as an OpenAPI and decoupled technology and application layers - to enable organisations to easily integrate Cybit telematics technology with their own applications and bring them to market quickly. In addition, raw telematics feeds of highly accurate data collected at twenty second intervals can underpin the development of third party services in the insurance risk management and traffic planning sectors.

"With the addition of real-time GPRS functionality we're continuing to set the technology agenda by making real-time telematics a reality for European businesses," commented Richard Horsman, Cybit's CEO. "When we first developed our latest version of Fleetstar-Online we introduced a modular architecture that would allow us to deliver enhanced functionality as it became available. Adding real-time connectivity via GPRS is just the first example of our ongoing commitment to ensure that Fleetstar-Online keeps on setting the telematics technology agenda."

The latest release of Fleetstar-Online also features a range of additional functionality, including support for Government road-charging initiatives - this is particularly applicable for the German market where a new Toll Collect system went live on German autobahns on 1st January. Fleetstar-Online is the first telematics solution to deliver accurate monitoring and reporting of fleet autobahn usage to help verify the accuracy of Toll Collect charges.

Fleetstar-Online also delivers enhanced input activity control, enabling - for example - power take-off switch activity to be monitored. In addition, a new 'Event Manager' capability allows Fleetstar-Online to react interactively to incoming data messages and forward alerts as applicable. This works by letting the user set up a number of parameters attached to an input and specifying actions to occur when those parameters are satisfied. For example, if a vehicle grab arm is activated between 23.00 and 06.00 on weekdays or at the weekend, then an alert can be triggered and an e-mail or SMS message sent to a nominated contact.

GSM phone location tracking with Fleetstar-Online
Following its recent acquisition of the innovative mapAmobile mobile location service, Cybit has also extended Fleetstar-Online with a unique GSM phone location capability that allows mobile phones to be tracked through the Fleetstar-Online interface. This will be particularly applicable for the growing number of businesses that use sub-contractors or temporary staff to support their day-to-day operations.

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