June 16, 2016 11:30 AM, EDT

Volvo, Mack Offer Telematics IT with Omnitracs

Volvo Trucks North America

Volvo Group’s two North American truck making units, Mack and Volvo, said they are offering the option to link their remote diagnostic systems with communications services from Omnitracs with the goal of providing fleet managers with more information on safety and operations.

The June 16 statements said the systems from Omnitracs, a Dallas-based telematics supplier for trucking, can be linked at the factory directly with Mack’s GuardDog Connect or Volvo Remote Diagnostics.

“This gives fleets direct insight into their operations, allowing them to more efficiently monitor trucks and promote safe driving behaviors among drivers,” said Rich Glassman, an Omnitracs vice president.

The option is available now, and beyond the hardware installation in new trucks there is a subscription fee for fleets to pay. The systems can also be installed as retrofits.

The Volvo statement said the linkage with Omnitracs “captures critical information such as GPS location, road speed and idle duration and cost. The system can also provide an in-depth analysis of driver performance based on historical and current data and location. In addition, customers can configure real-time text message or e-mail-based alerts for a detailed summary and exception reporting.”

For North American operations, both Volvo and Mack are based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Globally, Volvo Group has its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.