What do all those telematics acronyms stand for?

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Acronyms. Love or hate them, they’re here to stay and there’s every sign that we will see their numbers growing, particularly with the spread of technology (the biggest culprit) into new areas of mobile industries.

We’ll explain what some of the main telematics acronyms stand for, as these are the ones you’ll likely come across when first learning about telematics or start shopping for a fleet management system.

Compliance Acronyms

BASIC
Behavior Analysis Safety Improvement Categories
CMV
Commercial Motor Vehicle
CSA
Comprehensive Safety Analysis
DOT
Department of Transportation
FMCSA
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
GHG
Greenhouse Gas
HOS
Hours of Service
DVIR
Driver Vehicle Inspection Report
ELD
Electronic Logging Device
EOBR
Electronic OnBoard Recorder
IFTA
International Fuel Tax Agreement

Fleet Performance Acronyms

KPI
Key Performance Indicator
TOD
Time of Delivery
DTC
Diagnostic Trouble Code
HA
Hard (or harsh) Acceleration
HB
Hard (or harsh) Braking
PVA
Plan Vs. Actual
SLA
Service Level Agreement

Telematics Technology Acronyms

LOS
Line-of-sight
QoS
Quality of Service
RSSI
Received Signal Strength Indication
CDMA
Code Division Multiple Access
GSM
Global System for Mobiles
SaaS
Software-as-a-Service

Hardware Acronyms

OBD
On-Board Diagnostics (e.g. OBDII port)
OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer
PLB
Personal Locator Beacon
PND
Personal Navigation Device
ECM
Electronic (Engine) Control Module
PTO
Power Take-Off
LMU
Location Messaging Unit
PII
Personally Identifiable Information
LCV
Light Commercial Vehicle

Map Acronyms

POI
Points of Interest
GIS
Geographic Information System

Telematics Purchasing Acronyms

RFP
Request for Proposal
ROI
Return on Investment
SOW
Statement of Work (or Scope of Work)
EOM
End of Month
YoY
Year over Year
QBR
Quarterly Business Review
RFI
Request for Information
MOA
Memorandum of Agreement

Mobile Workforce Acronyms

MRM
Mobile Resource Management
WOM
Work Order Management

Now that you’ve studied up you’ll be able to translate the world of telematics into plain English. You might even feel like making up one of your own TLAs (Three-Letter Acronyms).

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