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Webfleet launches latest vehicle tracking tech

Webfleet Solutions’ new Webfleet Sat uses global satellite coverage to achieve vehicle-tracking outside of cellular coverage.

Receive an alert if a vehicle enters or leaves a particular area

Telematics provider Webfleet Solutions has introduced its latest vehicle tracking technology, Webfleet Sat, which allows fleet managers to stay connected to their fleets at any time.

Operating over the Iridium Satellite Network, Webfleet Sat uses satellite communication to achieve reliable connection with vehicles beyond cellular coverage areas. This means fleet managers can track the position of a vehicle, record driving events and receive geo-fence alerts when a vehicle is in an area without cellular coverage. All the data generated during this period is also saved.

For instance, a trucking company tasked with keeping mine site diesel tanks full can now track and share its live road tanker locations across the complete journey. The satellite coverage will provide greater visibility for safety and driver behaviour, plus allow the mine site to plan ahead by providing accurate arrival times.

Webfleet Solutions’ sales director Christopher Chisman-Duffy says reliable connectivity is critical, especially for fleet businesses that operate primarily in remote areas.

“The lack of strong mobile networks can significantly impact the ability to track and trace a fleet and whether it is operating safely,” Chisman-Duffy says.

“Webfleet Sat, provides reassurance to fleet managers of consistent and reliable tracking, no matter where the fleet is located.”

In areas with normal cellular coverage, Webfleet Solutions’ vehicle-tracking device, Link, transmits real-time data on vehicle position and road events, as well as messages and alerts, directly back to the online fleet management software Webfleet. Once a threshold of 10 minutes of movement with no mobile network has been reached, the device switches to satellite communication to continue tracking the asset. This data is then buffered and sent to Webfleet once cellular coverage returns.

Additionally, when a vehicle enters or leaves a defined area when there is no cellular coverage, satellite communication is capable of sending geo-fence notifications, alerting fleet managers of the vehicle’s movement.

“Webfleet Sat is designed to take vehicle-tracking to the next level, enabling fleet managers and business owners to look after their fleets with greater flexibility and agility,” Chisman-Duffy says.

“This can have a tangible impact on fleet management by reducing unnecessary costs, fostering better communication between the fleet manager and driver, and optimising vehicle-tracking processes for better business results.”

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