OBD-II

Affordable tracking across your fleet

Know where your vehicles are, manage driver behaviour, and leverage in-field utilisation insights
Proactively manage driver behaviour
Track your fleet operations and vehicle movements
Understand your in-field fleet utilisation
Simple plug and play fleet installation
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GPS tracking is more affordable than you might think

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
  • Visualise your fleet on the Smartrak map
  • Plug-and-play installation
  • Uncover and generate vehicle use data


*Not suitable for EV and Hybrid vehicles

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Product Features

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 every vehicle. 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 your vehicle's on-board diagnostics port 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 installation expertise is required, making the OBD-II cheaper to adopt than hardwired alternatives.

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 driver behaviour by identifying when and where 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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Advanced Functionality

Advanced Features

Fleet Visibility

The Smartrak map provides visibility of location, key on/off, and trip information including speed and direction

Reporting

The Smartrak platform has a number of detailed reports that provide valuable information on fleet activity, including Speeding, Geofence, Utilisation and Trip reports

Live GPS Updates

Includes cellular modem and GPS for reliable communication and location tracking

Battery protection

Low power consumption minimises the impact of vehicle battery drain from additional hardware

Booking integration

Seamless integration with Smartrak’s booking solution, PoolCar

Future-proof

Future-proofed 4G connectivity ensuring ongoing compatibility with telecommunications networks

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What our customers say

Nick Robilliard
Procurement & Property Manager
Utilities
"GPS does one of the big things Smartrak tells me all the time, which is you can reduce your fleet, reduce your capital, or operating cost."
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Case study

Looking to understand how our solutions perform in the real world? We've put together a mini case study to highlight how our solutions help real-world customers. 

Customer

Whānau Āwhina Plunket

Overview

Smartrak was able to provide several different solutions to Plunket’s fleet of more than 500 vehicles. Smartrak’s fleet tracking solutions have enabled Plunket to better understand vehicle location, utilisation, and driver behaviour.

The Issue

With over 500 vehicles that enable its staff to provide services across NZ's North and South Islands, and due to the dispersed nature of its workforce, Plunket wanted the visibility to understand how its fleet was performing, monitor and ensure the safe driving of its staff, and to analyse and understand the utilisation of their fleet.

The Solution

Smartrak was chosen to provide comprehensive fleet management software and GPS tracking hardware across Plunket’s fleet. Smartrak supplied our AVL tracking hardware, which provided accurate data on where vehicles were located. The solution also enabled driver behaviour and vehicle speed reporting through the software interface.

Conclusion

Since implementing Smartrak’s solutions, Plunket’s Commercial Advisor Jenny Seddon has seen a direct improvement in several areas, including asset tracking, utilisation, and driver behaviour. She has also used the data from Smartrak’s tracking solution to make decisions about the allocation of non-fleet resources at Plunket sites across New Zealand.
“One-off events, unless it’s really significant, we’re not so concerned about. But if we see there’s a regular trend of speeding by a particular staff member then we start looking at that.”

FAQs

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), and 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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Knowledge Base

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