March 12, 2018 10:00 AM, EDT

Verizon Launches Fleet Telematics Division

The spread of fleet telematics through the trucking industry expanded with the official launch of Verizon Connect. Telecom giant Verizon Communications has put under a single brand its fleet and mobile workforce management software products.

Verizon Connect

Verizon Connect integrates Fleetmatics and Telogis with predecessor brand Verizon Telematics. In 2016, Verizon paid $2.4 billion for Dublin, Ireland-based Fleetmatics, which claimed more than 42,000 customers and about 825,000 subscribers. Verizon also purchased Telogis in 2016, but the price was undisclosed.

Atlanta-based Verizon Connect is led by CEO Andres Irlando and has 3,500 staff in 15 countries.

The Verizon Connect portfolio includes comprehensive fleet and mobile workforce management software platforms, embedded original equipment manufacturer hardware, road and routing maps, parts monitoring programs and a slew of information services geared to drivers.

These features include regulation compliance services covering electronic logging devices, hours-of-service tracking, driver vehicle inspection reports and International Fuel Tax reports, along with size or load route restriction data.

Verizon Connect has built-in telematics deals with Mack Trucks, Freightliner Trucks, Isuzu, Hino Trucks and Volvo Trucks.

Other competitors in the telematics sector for the trucking industry are Geotab, Omnitracs and Trimble’s PeopleNet and TMW Systems.

The implementation of the ELD mandate last December requires most fleets and owner-operators to replace paper logs with devices that come with mobile communications capabilities and software that tracks drivers’ hours of service.