Telematics typically is any integrated use of telecommunications and informatics, also known as ICT (Information and Communications Technology). Hence the application of telematics is with any of the following:

  • The technology of sending, receiving and storing information via telecommunication devices in conjunction with affecting control on remote objects.
  • The integrated use of telecommunications and informatics, for application in vehicles and with control of vehicles on the move.
  • Telematics includes but is not limited to Global Positioning System technology integrated with computers and mobile communications technology in automotive navigation systems.
  • Most narrowly, the term has evolved to refer to the use of such systems within road vehicles, in which case the term vehicle telematics may be used.

In contrast telemetry is the transmission of measurements from the location of origin to the location of computing and consumption, especially without effecting control on the remote objects. Telemetry is typically applied in testing of flight objects but has multiple other uses.

Although the majority of devices that integrate telecommunications and information technology are not vehicles but rather mobile phones and the like, their use is not included in telematics. Telematics2.0 is an extension of traditional telematics utilising Smartphone technology within a telematics style solution, (see Smartphone auto insurance policies for auto insurance methodologies).

Read more about Telematics:  History, Vehicle Telematics, Practical Applications of Vehicle Telematics, Telematics Education

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