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EE launches Auto Mate connected car service for SMEs

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EE, part of the BT Group, has launched its first connected car service for SMEs, which aims to give organisations more control over their vehicle.

The service works by plugging the EE Auto Mate device into a compatible vehicle, which then collects an array of telematics and diagnostics data.

This information is then interpreted by a big data platform and relayed back to the driver or fleet manager via the Auto Mate app or an online portal.

The new service forms part of the internet of things (IoT) strategy which sits within BT’s Enterprise unit.

Chris Sims, managing director of strategy, marketing and digital at BT Enterprise, said: “EE Auto Mate forms part of our plan to create faster, safer, smarter businesses - underpinned by the Internet of Things and the best fixed and mobile network in the UK.

“We’re helping SMEs improve their bottom line performance by harnessing and interpreting fleet data, empowering them to make better decisions about their business.

“We believe that companies such as couriers, hauliers, estate agents, plumbers and electricians will find the service really appealing.”

The product allows companies to track the location of vehicles, as well as monitor driver behaviour.

It will feed data relating to the vehicle’s speed and braking patterns and dispense driving tips.

If the built-in sensors detect that the vehicle has been involved in a collision, the service will automatically alert the fleet manager.

EE is also planning a future enhancement where the emergency services will automatically be contacted in the event of an incident.

EE Auto Mate can also alert the user when the vehicle is due for a service or MOT.

It costs £11 per month per vehicle, with a £49 upfront charge.

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