What is telematics?

Telematics describes the combination of at least two different systems of information, for example, informatics and telecommunications. The information from the systems is then linked together. For the linkage, special programs and systems are used to capture and process the data.

In logistics, telematics is primarily used for the collection of traffic and transport data. This way, some important information can be displayed quickly and up to date. These include, for example:

  • Vehicle location
  • Estimated time of arrival at the recipient
  • GPS tracking of loading units or vehicles

What is needed for telematics in logistics?

In order to use telematics in logistics, a telematics unit is required. The unit can be installed in containers or on vehicles, for example. A program or even an online portal can then be used to display the location of the unit, accurate to within a few meters and up-to-date. This means that information on the status of a transport can be provided in a matter of seconds.


Logistik Lexikon Telematik

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