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New Bosch Telematics Solutions for Fleets Connected Fleet Management Reduces the Costs for Vehicle Fleets and Increases Transparency

  • Informative controlling tools for vehicle-fleet management
  • GPS vehicle localization for application planning and anti-theft protection
  • Top data security through state-of-the-art encryption techniques
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  • September 16, 2014
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With its new telematics services known as “Connected Fleet Management”, Bosch provides fleet operators, leasing companies and insurances with detailed real-time information for intelligent fleet management. A central control unit installed in the vehicle collects driving and service data through the on-board diagnostic interface (OBD) and sends them safely and encrypted to the Bosch servers for the analysis of the collected data. Once the data has been processed, it is delivered to the fleet operator. Thanks to this interconnection, the fleet operator can then use this data for an intelligent management of his vehicle fleet. In this manner, the overall costs per vehicle can be reduced, inspections and repair works can be planned beforehand and the utilization of the vehicle can be managed easier. Consequently, the systems pays off after just some months for operators of vehicle fleets.

Bosch Fleet Management with Modular Design
The broad Bosch range of telematics services allows the fleet operator to compile his program from different modules and according to his specific requirements. Bosch Connected Fleet Management provides efficient tools for master data management, reporting and controlling. In future, controlling and monitoring of important functions on the go via smart-phone app will also be possible. The system regularly provides information about the vehicle status such as mileage or error codes as clear text and service appointments. In case of an accident, important data can be saved and the fleet manager can be informed.

Thanks to the improved planning ability of workshop appointments, idle times can be reduced and breakdowns during the operation can be avoided by predicting required repairs. Bosch Connected Fleet Management, moreover, provides sound information about the driving style. Information about fuel consumption, route and driving profile, speed and acceleration can be collected and analyzed. For the transfer of the data, Bosch uses state-of-the-art encryption techniques developed by the Bosch subsidiary Escrypt. Apart from optimization of the vehicle fleet and reduction of costs, the data can also be used for specific training of employees and drivers in order to actively further traffic safety and a defensive, fuel-saving driving style.

Furthermore, the vehicle localization via GPS allows for additional tasks meant to increase the efficiency of the vehicle fleet. This includes an electronic driver’s logbook, vehicle tracking, geo-fencing or theft warning – and even targeted assistance in cases of accidents or breakdowns can be carried out much easier. In cases of breakdown, reading out the fault memory from afar already allows a first diagnosis. If the system recognizes an accident, the contact previously agreed with the customer will be informed. In order to do so, the Bosch Communication Center is available around the clock as a service provider. The employees contact the vehicle occupants and call the police and emergency services if required. If the vehicle is moved with the ignition switched off, the system assumes it is being stolen and alerts the center as well.

Homogeneous Fleet Management, Even for Heterogeneous Vehicle Fleets
As a system supplier for the global automotive industry, Bosch has comprehensive knowledge about vehicle data of different models and manufacturers. Bosch therefore provides its customers with a homogeneous fleet-management solution for the whole vehicle fleet – no matter how the vehicle pool is made up.

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 18,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 17,000 workshops. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-automotive.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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