Glossary of fleet terms

HomeGlossary of fleet terms

If you're just starting to explore telematics and related fleet management technology this glossary should help explain some of the common terms and phrases you will most likely come across as you investigate what solutions can benefit your fleet.

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What is an API?

API stands for Application Programming interface and is a way for software components and web application to 'talk' to each other. API integrations allow web applications to extend there functionality by sharing data between systems.

What is an EAT?

The Equipment Asset Tracker is a smart tracker that can help to protect a variety of trailers, equipment, vehicles and valuable assets in combination with a fleet management system. By using equipment asset trackers, fleet managers can remotely locate and manage valuable items like equipment, assets, trailers, and generators.

What is Asset Tracking?

Learn what asset tracking is, its definition and how it can be used as a system of managing your high value assets using GPS tracking devices.

What is CAN bus?

The CAN bus protocol is one of many used by car subsystems. CAN data can be accessed via OBD-ii ports in light commercial vehicles and J1939 plugs in heavy goods vehicles.

What are the Driver Hours Rules?

EU drivers hours rules are intended to keep fatigued drivers off the road and improve safety for other road users. All driving hours must be recorded on a digital tachograph.

What is DVIR?

Learn what a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report is, and why a DVIR is important to complete daily by drivers for any commercial vehicle they operate.

What is Fleet Tracking?

Learn what GPS fleet tracking is and how it collects useful data for fleet managers to make strategic decisions about fleet operations.

What is a Geofence?

Geofences can be used to monitor a physical location using GPS tracked objects. Learn how it works and how businesses use them to keep assets secure.

What is GIS?

Find out what a GIS is, what it's used for and how it can be a solution to record, collect, analyze and interpret all types of geographical data.

What is GPS Tracking?

What is GPS tracking? GPS works in vehicles with attached GPS tracking device by monitoring the location of the object and relayed over a cellular network.

What is GPRS?

GPRS was launched in 2001 by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network. GPRS and EDGE have been largely superseded by 3G and 4G LTE mobile data technologies.

What is an HGV/LGV?

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) are any truck over 3.5 Tonnes gross combination mass (GCM). All commercial vehicles are required to record drivers hours using digital tachographs.

What is Logistics Management?

Discover what logistics management is and how it can improve the efficiency of your supply chain and movement of product.

What does Mobile Resource Management (MRM) mean?

MRM is the logical evolution of telematics. It is the combination of traditional telematics and GPS tracking with route optimisation and work order management.

What is Route Optimisation?

Learn what route optimisation is, and how it can reduce costs with better route planning for multi-stop journeys.

What is a Tachograph?

Tachograph systems help ensure that UK rules for drivers hours and rest periods are followed. Digital tachographs are connected to the vehicle's gearbox and motion sensors to accurately record vehicle data and driver activity.

What is a Vehicle Data Device (VDD)?

Tracking vehicle data can benefit your business and fleet management. Learn what Vehicle Data Devices (VDD) are, how they're used, and how a VDD is installed.

What is Telematics?

A combination of the words telecommunications and informatics, it was the joining of these two sciences that resulted in the field of telematics.