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Congestion battle fuels 'real time' fleet management

NEW legislation will fuel the growth of telematics systems within fleets, a software company predicts.

Congestion charging and other new transport measures will make the tracking of vehicles increasingly important for fleet managers and could result in a new generation of fleet management software, claims cfc solutions.

The company added: 'It will then be possible to integrate these telematics systems with existing fleet software technology to create a new style of fleet management software product able to manage a fleet in real time.'

Cfc soloutions managing director Jason Francis said: 'Legislation such as congestion charging is making telematics more desirable for fleets while the gradually falling price of systems is making buying them more economically practical. Fleet managers are more likely to have the desire and the means to know exactly where their vehicles are at this precise moment, and have already been, than ever before.

'We are expecting certain sectors, like daily rental, to drive forward the use of telematics because new developments such as congestion charging make it a very attractive option for them. While they could yet be excepted from charging, if they are included it could be very difficult to work out who is responsible to pay the amount.'

Francis said that it was important systems could be integrated.

He said: 'A device such as a in-car sat-nav system or a roadside beacon has a single use. The first will help you to find your way to a destination, the second will inform those managing roads how heavily the route is being used.

'Both of these are useful but it's when you integrate the technology so that the sat-nav system and the roadside beacon communicate, automatically finding you alternative routes around congested roads, that the technology becomes really useful.'

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