Overcoming Today’s Challenges in Telematics


Commercial vehicle telematics platforms have dramatically improved fleet management, but many of today’s solutions come with their own unique set of challenges.

First, to have a comprehensive picture of a single tractor-trailer, fleets may need several sources for sensors, requiring multiple gateways and networks. Then they must adopt various dashboards to access the data supplied by the sensors.

Another challenge is the data itself. Telematics service providers (TSPs) are experts in creating a data-rich environment but are limited on component-specific knowledge required to comprehensively interpret vehicle performance and maintenance needs. For this reason, TSPs are seeking collaborations with experts in each major vehicle area.

A holistic approach across the entire tractor-trailer system is the key to better fleet management. Developing a comprehensive system requires in-depth technical know-how of the components being monitored and how they work within the entire ecosystem of the tractor-trailer. Combining this knowledge with leading-edge data science creates a complete solution, empowering fleets to take action to increase asset utilization, maximize uptime, and improve total cost of ownership.

Vehicle Area Network provides fully integrated platform

Built on decades of trust in the market, ConMet has formed a digital business unit dedicated to solving problems of the commercial vehicle industry. At its center is a flexible Vehicle Area Network – a single telematics system across a tractor-trailer with integrated sensors and data analytics that are agnostic and compatible with systems from major TSPs.

Utilizing historical performance data and machine learning, ConMet has developed proprietary algorithms that unearth anomalies which would otherwise go undetected. These algorithms are further advanced through collaboration with platforms like Phillips Connect, Goodyear, Road Ready and Fleet Complete.

Expanding beyond Preset Plus® SmartHub connectivity

The Preset Plus® SmartHub was the first connected health monitoring system integrated into a hub assembly, generating actionable intelligence for fleets on the condition of hubs, tires, and brakes. Now, applying the same methods of interpreting data to validate events and data patterns, ConMet is releasing the next generation of digital services.

ConMet’s latest innovations address pressing fleet concerns, including safety, compliance, and asset management. In addition to the SmartHub, ConMet digital products and services include air line pressure monitoring, tire pressure monitoring, axle load monitoring, GPS location, geofencing, and utilization reporting. Together, these services enhance pre- and post-trip inspections and provide vital on-route information, allowing fleets to take action before a vehicle ends up on the side of the road, offline, or damaged beyond repair.

This is just the beginning of the powerful data that can be harnessed through ConMet’s Vehicle Area Network. Soon, even more features will become available, like automatic tire inflation, stud tension monitoring, cargo temperature monitoring, cargo shock monitoring, and inventory tracking. As telematics technology continues to evolve, ConMet is poised to stay on the cutting edge of intelligence and data science in the commercial vehicle industry. Ultimately, ConMet’s vision to provide a holistic view of unmatched, actionable intelligence will allow fleets to make better, more precise decisions and drastically improve their operations.

To learn more, visit conmet.com/digital.

About ConMet

ConMet, a division of Amsted Industries, is a leading global supplier of wheel hubs, aluminum castings, and structural plastics to original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket channels in the commercial vehicle industry. Founded in 1964, ConMet innovation has been critical in designing, engineering, and manufacturing revolutionary technologies for trucks and trailers. Today, ConMet products are standard equipment on most heavy-duty vehicles in North America and have a growing footprint worldwide.

ConMet is committed to creating products and services that align with critical customer needs. The development of more efficient products, processes, and technology that transform the way customers run and maintain their vehicles is central to ConMet’s vision.


The above article is sponsor-generated content. To learn more about sponsor-generated content, click here.