UK start-up Konetic has partnered with Orange Business Services to launch a plug-and-play fleet management solution.
The service allows small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to manage fleets of vehicles and analyse the data for predictive and coaching purposes. Fleet management is traditionally time consuming, expensive and difficult to implement, and the two partners will be hoping that Orange’s cross-border roaming will combine effectively with Konetik’s real-time diagnostics.
Central to the deal is the Orange SIM card that provides data connectivity for the solution, though Orange Business Services is also including service management and access to a portal for SIM management. The SIM from Orange will provide users with reliable connectivity and cost-effective cross-border roaming.
Konetik will initially launch in Germany, the biggest European car economy. Subsequently it will roll out the service in the DACH (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) region, before offering services across the continent. The company charges a flat monthly service rate with no additional costs.
The solution incorporates a secure device that plugs into the diagnostic port of the vehicle to access data, such as fuel consumption, driving behaviour and telematics. The data is sent to the cloud via a direct data connection. The fleet manager can access this data through a dashboard on the computer for further analysis.
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More data can help to streamline fleet management
“Cars generate a large amount of accessible data which we believe could benefit SMEs in streamlining their fleet management to make data-driven decisions, making the whole process simpler and less time consuming”, said Balazs Szabo, CEO of Konetik. “As a start-up, it has been an enormous benefit having the ongoing support of the Orange Business Services team and their expertise to provide our end-users with the best customer experience”.
The Konetic service could be a one-stop-shop for many businesses that rely on vehicle fleets for day to day operations. Benefits include the ability to track vehicle usage and its location, while the system can also take care of routine administration such as route optimization, job management and log book details. In addition, drivers can access their information via a smartphone app that can help them develop their driving skills and increase efficiency.
Anne-Sophie Lotgering, senior vice president, Europe, Russia and CIS at Orange Business Services, said “Orange Business Services extensive expertise in communications solutions and the connected car industry have enabled Konetik to design an innovative service specifically designed for SMEs. We are proud to be helping a start-up like Konetik rethink the way SMEs can manage their car fleets in a reliable and simplified way”.