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Telematics Glossary

The telematics industry is growing at an incredible rate and more and more fleet managers and media outlets are talking about the products and services available. In order to keep the conversation moving, we’ve created this resource to help make the industry easier to understand. There are many different terms and acronyms used in the telematics industry. This glossary is a collection of the most commonly used terms and acronyms and what they mean. We will continually update this page as new terms are coined or become more relevant.

Frequently Used Telematics Terms

What is GPS fleet tracking?

Today’s global positioning system, or GPS, is the basis for a technology popular with fleet operators and in asset management — which can include vehicles, equipment and personnel.

What is Telematics?

Telematics, in its broad definition, refers to remote communications (telos is a classical word meaning long distance) and informatics, a combined term based on information and automatic or automated.

What is IVMS?

An in-vehicle monitoring system - or IVMS - consists of an electronic device or number of devices installed in a vehicle to monitor driver activities and help identify behaviours such as excessive speed, harsh braking, rapid acceleration or drowsy driving.


What do Tachograph symbols mean?

There are many different symbols that are used on digital tachographs to depict different driver statuses and help drivers prevent accidental infringements. This FAQ will answer your questions around the most prominent symbols used.


What is fleet management?

Fleet management is a system of technologies and procedures that assist organisations to optimise both motorised and non-motorised resources and improve cost efficiency throughout their fleet. 

What are GPS tracking devices in fleet vehicles?

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite-based navigation system used to track vehicles and drivers in real time.

What is equipment management?

Effective equipment management can make a major difference to productivity and efficiency, allowing firms to deploy their vehicles and equipment where and when they’re needed, and to reallocate assets quickly where required. 

What dashboard camera should I buy?

When choosing which dashboard camera to purchase, an organisation need to compare the integration of products and systems to determine which camera solution best meets their individual requirements. 

What is backloading?

Backloading in trucking means planning for round trip hauls, mapping out routes to ensure goods are transported on every leg of a truck’s journey 

What is an at-risk driver?

Identifying at-risk drivers and providing appropriate training for them can eliminate possible safety issues and improve the overall safety of your businesses.


What is Predictive Maintenance?

Predictive maintenance is the act of using historical data to improve fleet efficiency. It tells fleet managers not only what their trucks are doing, but what they will do in the future. 

What is Geofencing?

Geofencing is a technological advancement in GPS fleet management that can be applied in different ways, for varying purposes. As a basic definition, geofencing is simply the capability to use signals from a device to pinpoint that device’s location (known as geolocation or geotracking) and draw a digital boundary to encircle the area, the fencing part of the word.

What is Mobile Resource Management?

Mobile resource management, or MRM, refers to monitoring and tracking a variety of mobile assets, the technology enabled fleet managers to improve efficiency, productivity and safety.

What is the HGV medical test?

The HGV medical test subjects HGV drivers to a thorough medical interview and examination process to see whether or not they’re fit to drive heavy goods vehicles, this FAQ gives you insight on everything you need to know. 

What is FORS?

Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is national accreditation scheme that measures fleet performance and aims to improve standards in areas as fuel efficiency, carbon emissions and road safety.  

What is Driver Fatigue?

Driver fatigue means that drivers have less time to react to oncoming hazards because their alertness and concentration is impaired, which makes is most common dangers to road safety.  

What is a Dashboard Camera?

Dashboard cameras are video cameras attached to the vehicle dashboard, the inside of the windscreen or nearly any surface recording what the vehicle is doing or what is going on around the vehicle.  

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving can be any situation where a driver’s attention is not fully focused on the road and the safe operation of the vehicle they are controlling. 

What is the European Working Time Directive?

The Working Time Regulations stipulates limitations on the number of hours employees can work in a week, and also lay down requirements in relation to holidays, rest periods and more. 

What is fleet maintenance?

Fleet maintenance is the process of keeping your vehicles operating in a good enough condition so that they are safe, reliable and can stay on the road longer. 

What is Hotshot Trucking?

Unlike carriers that wait to fill trailers with multiple loads, hotshot trucking generally takes incomplete or less-than-truckload (LTL) loads and dedicates the route and their schedule to a single customer.


What is Preventative Maintenance?

Preventative maintenance refers to the regular and routine maintenance required to keep a fleet of vehicles or equipment in peak working condition.