OBD-II

A convenient solution for organisations that require basic GPS vehicle tracking and a no-fuss, no-cost installation.

The OBD-II plugs directly into the vehicle OBD port and will report on location, vehicle speed, use (key on/off) and direction.

The data from the OBD-II integrates with Smartrak, allowing reporting and integration with system features such as geofence alerts.

Key Features

Smartrak map visualisation
Plug-and-play installation
Vehicle us data
*Not suitable for EV and Hybrid vehicles 

Affordable tracking

Smartrak understands that until recently there have been several challenges when implementing a fleet telematics solution. Some organisations may not have vehicle tracking and telematics capabilities because of cost. Others have been put off using tracking because it seems overly complex. Even organisations that do use telematics might not be using tracking for their entire fleet. This leaves companies with an incomplete picture about their fleet.

The 4G OBD-II is Smartrak’s second generation OBD tracking device.
The OBD-II is designed to be compatible with the rollout of the 4G cellular network to future-proof your investment.

The OBD-II plugs directly into the on-board diagnostics port on the vehicle and sends information to the Smartrak platform, where it can be viewed by Fleet Managers. Using the on-board diagnostic port means that no specialist expertise is required, making the OBD-II cheaper to adopt than hard-wired alternatives.
The 4G OBD-II is a game changer for both new and existing telematics users. It offers tracking and reporting that enhances fleet visibility, management and safety at an affordable price.

OBD-II and Telematics

Telematics communicates to Fleet Managers what a vehicle in the field is doing. Smartrak uses the OBD-II as the tracking device that sends the telematics data to the Smartrak platform, where it can be viewed and reported on.

This means information such as where a vehicle is, the speed it is travelling and how it is being driven are visible to Fleet Managers in almost real-time. Tracking a vehicle in the field provides visibility of the vehicle’s use, enabling effective decision making.

By knowing exactly where a vehicle is, managers can respond to changing schedules and confidently update customers on timeframes.

With Smartrak’s solution, the telematics data that’s collected can be analysed and reports automatically prepared for a range of factors. This includes vehicle usage to identify cost savings and efficiencies.

Fleet Managers can effectively manage their drivers behaviour by identifying web vehicles are exceeding speed limits.

They can also review and manage driver fatigue by identifying how long a driver has been behind the wheel.

These are valuable aids in ensuring organisations meet safety requirements.

Fleet performance at a glance

The OBD-II opens the door to a whole suite of reports and data around your fleet's performance. Smartrak Dashboards provide a clear and powerful way for organisations to gain insights into the distances vehicles have recently travelled, as well as the utilisation percentage of pooled vehicles. 
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Product Snapshot

How it works

Plug the OBD-II directly into the vehicle’s on-board diagnostics port – no need for special tools or an installation service.

Once the vehicle is turned on, data will begin recording and transmitting via the 4G cellular connection.

Data will begin recording as soon as the device is active. Reports can be accessed straight away.

Depending on the required reports, several trips may need to be captured before meaningful data can be reported on.

Product Benefits

  • Simple plug-and-play installation
  • Limited vehicle downtime for installation
  • Low up-front costs
  • Integrated with the online Smartrak platform for full tracking visibility
  • Seamless integration with Smartrak’s booking solutions
  • Future-proofed 4G connectivity

Key Features

  • The Smartrak Map provides visibility of location, key on/off, and trip information including speed and direction
  • Comprehensive reporting suite
  • Geofence management and alerts
  • Includes cellular modem and GPS for reliable communication and location tracking
  • Low power consumption

Reporting

The Smartrak platform has a number of detailed reports that provide valuable information on fleet activity, including:
Overspeed Period: Shows the individual periods when vehicles were speeding. The report includes the date and time of each period, overspeed period duration, location, posted speed limit (for those customers with the Posted Speed Limits feature enabled), and overspeed magnitude.

Overspeed Severity: A headline report showing the severity by which each vehicle was speeding (highest overspeed, longest time, distance speeding and the magnitude of over-speeding for those customers with the Posted Speed Limits feature enabled). Vehicles can optionally be grouped into three categories (Most Serious, Moderate and Mild Offences) based on their degree of speeding.

Geofence: Calculates distance travelled and time spent within a selected geofence. In conjunction with this report you can run ‘Trip out of Geofence’ which provides details of trips that are outside of the selected geofence.

Utilisation: The Fleet Utilisation report reveals opportunities to optimise fleet usage and size.

Trip: Provides an overview of all trips that occurred on a given day by the selected vehicle or group of vehicles.

FAQ

How does the OBD-II track a vehicle?
The OBD-II sends a signal via a 4G cellular network to the Smartrak platform, which is viewable on a computer. The Smartrak map displays the position of the vehicle.
How often is a vehicle's location updated on the system?
Every 15 minutes or every 250m travelled, whichever occurs first.
How sensitive is the tracking?
Changes in direction greater than 25 degrees and changes in speed greater than 10km/h are reported.
Can I go back and review a particular vehicle's journey?
Yes, the Smartrak map shows vehicle journeys in real time and can be used to review previous journeys. They can be reviewed at any time.
What else can I see on the map?
  • Key-on and key-off events
  • Vehicle speeds and overspeed alerts. Issued when vehicles exceed the posted speed limit, or the limit that has been set by company policy.
  • Customised Geofences. To provide alerts when vehicles enter or leave a specific area. This can help you to monitor when work teams are on-site, or to indicate areas of interest.
How many vehicles can be included in the system?
Any number of vehicles can be included.
Am I limited as to which vehicles the OBD-II can be installed in?
Most modern vehicles have a compatible diagnostics port.
Can I self-install the OBD-II?
The OBD-II plugs directly into the vehicle’s on-board diagnostics port. As long as you are aware of the location of the port you do not need any specialist help.
Can I swap the OBD-II between vehicles?
If the OBD-II is to be removed from a vehicle and installed in another, Smartrak will need informing so that a reallocation can occur. This ensures accurate and relevant data continues to be reported. There may be an additional cost involved in reallocating the device within the system.
Can the OBD-II be used with Smartrak's Keyless Entry?
Yes.
Is there a tampering or a unit removal alert?
Yes.
If the OBD-II is plugged into the vehicle diagnostics port, can the port be still used for servicing requirements?
Yes, the installation utilises a Y-harness (Splitter cable).
What reports are available in the system?
The Smartrak platform has a range of standard reports which are detailed above.

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