7 Things To Consider When Building A Connected Car Ecosystem

1.     Why now?

Digitalisation changes everything and also the automotive industries have entered the era of digital transformation. Besides the obvious impact, i.e. the need to serve the mobile-first customers who demand more digital applications and automatic services, the digitalisation has also the ability to change the dynamics of the industry. Enabled by the new technologies and service digitalisation, for example,


The King is Dead, Long Live The King

Aplicom A1, our long-time telematics workhorse deployed in hundreds of thousands in large professional fleets ranging from Mercedes Benz and Shell Europe to Qantas, ADAC, and UK Police departments, is being gradually replaced with our next industry leading device, the Aplicom A11. Now announced the A11 product family continues in the high-end product range of Aplicom A1 products and fully replaces them when the A1 becomes End-of-Life (EOL).


Police found several stolen vehicles with Helpten telematics

In Germany there were several stolen cars that police could find with the help of Helpten service. Stolen cars were equipped with telematic devices and the locations of cars were easy to check. Value of stolen vehicles was tens of thousands of euros. According to police telematic systems are very welcome. Thieves are unaware of telematic devices, because those are installed under dashboard and they are extremely small without keeping any noise.


Which Online Services for The Modern Maintenance Customer?

As the European leader in the Smart Maintenance solutions we have conducted extensive studies in the customer preferences and in the expectations they have for the modern maintenance business. And in the thousands of customer interviews that were conducted a clear pattern of new expectations has emerged: Not only do the modern customers expect many of the traditional tasks to be available online, and in mobile apps, but they also expect the maintenance business to be proactive in their digital services.


Aplicom’s remote download service received lot of interest at CVShow in Birmingham

Aplicom was present at the own booth in the Commercial Vehicle Show 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. The Commercial Vehicle Show is the main event for the UK road transport, distribution and logistics industry. Over 20,000 business visitors attended the CV Show this year.

We showed our telematics units A1 and A9 and several new solutions, such as RDL-remote downloading of tachograph data, Cold Chain Temperature monitoring and utilizing EBS-data (Electronic Braking System) in cargo and trailer monitoring.


Fleet Fuel Savings available for all sized Fleets

Fuel savings have been high profile for Fleet Managers since fuel prices went through the roof internationally in the early 1980’s and has remained that way. Since then the push and pull between crude petroleum availability, (production ability or cartels) and government taxes has created an erratic price history to the current day. I’m 1978 the underlying price was about US$12 a barrel for crude oil, in 1980 US$35, 1995 down to US$15, 2000 back to US$30 and today it’s just about the same.


What is the best way to connect a Connected Car – Does it matter?

The answer is “As many ways as there are to get power or variations of the data you need for your business”, single wire, OBD, CLA?

The telematics industry has been very good at creating devices to suit specific niche business needs trying to keep costs down. So nothing new there. The issue then is adaptability to different business needs over time left wanting. In summary the connectivity to power or data is:


Fleet Telematics and Predictive Analysis - Preventing Accidents

Increasing data across the USA and Europe is improving the ability to predict the likelyhood of an accident rather than traditional risk assessement that todays vehcile insurers use.


Driver Monitoring Myths

Don’t let the Myths of driver risk defeat your business profitability!

To monitor driver risk takes more than simple observation of one or two facts. It’s all too often over simplified down to:


Aplicom A9 IPEX features and connectivity to EBS or other CAN sources

A9 IPEX is an IP67 level protected telematics unit for harsh environments. It can endure rough handling and possible hits that may occur for example on construction and industrial sites. With IP67, the unit is protected against dust and water and is optionally available with a tamper proof set.