REDUCES THE EFFORT IN INTEGRATION & TESTING
- Each type and variant of devices, takes its own time and effort to integrate, test and qualify on your platform.
- Though device makers adopt a uniform protocol approach, it only reduces integration effort. Effort in validating and proving the use case on each device requires it own dedicated effort.
- Having a device which supports, wide number of use cases, can reduce these challenges to a great extent.
REDUCES OPERATION & MAINTENANCE HASSLES
- TSPs (Telematics Service Providers) / SIs (Systems Integrators) who are working with 10s and 100s of types of devices in their platform are facing huge challenges in operations and maintenance due to complexities in:
- Documentation and knowledge management
- Training the frequently changing work force
- Multiple configuration management
- Installation and commissioning
- Tech support management etc.
- Having a device which supports, wide number of use cases, can reduce the repetitive effort put on all these activities and reduces the complexity to a great extent.
BETTER UPDATE & OTA / FOTA MANAGEMENT
- As device OEMs keep fixing and enhancing their firmware, version control and FOTA management is one of the important aspect in up keeping of any telematics solution.
- Though few OEMs provide an Update and Maintenance portals/Platforms, they only provide the interface. The responsibility of Managing the OTA/FOTA campaigns still rest with the TSPs and SIs.
- Having less types of devices on platform can greatly reduce the update and Configuration management effort and related complexities.
SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
- Such devices are bit expensive as they have multiple hardware interfaces.
- Increase in one time capex investment per Vehicle/Asset.
BUT WHAT’S THE TRADE OFF?
- Greatly reduces the long term opex cost.
- Reduces the net total cost of ownership over a period of time.