TomTom, most well known for its satellite navigation hardware, has been in the telematics game for some time now and is rapidly becoming one of the world’s largest providers of tracking services for fleet managers and insurers around the world. In a new press release, it’s announced that as of today, it is tracking as many as 400,000 vehicles on a daily basis.
This represents massive growth on this time last year. In-fact, at the end of the second quarter of 2014, it had just under 400,000 (395,000 to be exact) representing a near 50 per cent increase year on year. Just this week however, it topped 400,000, with a total of 30,000 customers around the world. That shows that most of its tracked vehicles come from fleet managers, with multiple vehicles per organisation, but it’s also dealing with a lot of insurers and individuals too.
“Our WEBFLEET platform sets new standards for businesses and developers to build truly innovative end-to-end business processes”, said Thomas Schmidt, Managing Director, TomTom Telematics (via MarketWatch). “At our first TomTom Telematics Developer Conference in May, over 100 development partners joined us and shared their WEBFLEET based solutions. Our open API strategy clearly delivers more possibilities for our partners to grow.”
TomTom Telematics’ WEBFLEET software has been hailed as an industry standard, offering an easy to use, intuitive interface, as well as a smart and secure back end that makes sure only registered users can access your fleet data, but that you can do it from anywhere in the world and on any device. This feature has proven especially useful for business owners that are still working professionals in their own right, as no matter where they are they are able to check in with their drivers and see where they are and what job they’re working on.
According to TomTom statistics, of its 400,000 registered vehicles, they make over 1.9 million business and private trips every single day, in total, covering 65 million kilometres in that same 24 hour period. Dwarfing that number however, is the amount of data TomTom processes as part of the system. In that same day, TomTom’s data centres will handle over 500 million messages and GPS positions for those 400,000 vehicles, constantly updating their position and other factors.
Of course TomTom’s system, like many other telematics platforms, tracks sharp acceleration, braking and speeding into account, thereby providing the fleet managers or insurers with driver profiles that can then be used to adjust premiums, or provide training to help reduce fuel consumption and increase driver safety in the long term.
TomTom is a Dutch manufacturer of navigation systems and tracking technology, in standalone hardware units and in cloud based software packages like WEBFLEET. It was founded back in 1991, but today is bringing in over a billion euros a year in revenue and has as many as 3,500 employees in offices around the world. It also famously was given the contract for Apple’s iOS6 Maps app, which replaced the fruity firm’s rival Google.