Improve Fleet Efficiency with OEM Telematics

April 24, 2020

Fleets today face unprecedented challenges and uncertainty, underscoring the importance of working efficiently. Actionable data, delivered at the right time, helps fleets make the right decisions about their operations. Fleets are not only turning to Samsara for this critical data, but also to embedded telematics. Most modern vehicles and equipment have telematics devices installed directly from the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which gives fleet managers access to an abundance of data from different sources.

But this abundance of data presents a challenge. Fleets must both manage and integrate asset data from a range of different manufacturers and model years. Historically, there hasn’t been an easy way to consolidate these different data sources, view your data in one dashboard, and surface insights. This leads to data management headaches and information gaps. Without this holistic view into your operations, it’s hard to make decisions to improve your fleet’s efficiency.

At Samsara, we believe it should be easy for you to access all of your vehicle and asset data in one place, regardless of how you collect it. That’s why, today, we’re excited to introduce our OEM Telematics solution, making it possible for customers to seamlessly bring data from OEM-embedded telematics devices into Samsara, and use our unified platform to improve the efficiency, safety, and sustainability of their operations.

OEM Integrations with Samsara

Samsara's OEM Telematics solution provides fleets the ability to seamlessly bring data from connected assets into Samsara's unified platform. These secure API-based integrations bring data, such as GPS location and engine diagnostics, into a fleet's critical workflows directly from an OEMs telematics cloud with just a click— no complex installation required.

Many Samsara customers have been actively using our OEM integrations. There are thousands of OEM-connected assets currently connected to Samsara, with customers bringing more online every day. For Greg Jones, Equipment Asset Manager at Mach Energy, OEM integrations help provide a complete picture of his operations: “Samsara makes it easy for us to manage our mixed fleet, with both embedded telematics and Samsara's gateways, all in one unified platform.”

“Samsara makes it easy for us to manage our mixed fleet, with both embedded telematics and Samsara's gateways, all in one unified platform.”

— Greg Jones, Equipment Asset Manager, Mach Energy

Use a single platform for all vehicles and assets

Whether you’re collecting data through Samsara’s Vehicle Gateways or an embedded OEM device, you can view it all in Samsara’s single, consolidated platform and use it to analyze and manage your fleet in one place. Samsara’s comprehensive platform experience also offers a mobile app for fleet managers, so you can always have full insights into your fleet whether you’re in the office, working remotely, or in the field.

Leverage Samsara workflows, reporting, and open API

Samsara’s solution has a full suite of workflows that leverage OEM-collected data for compliance, driver safety, dispatching, and reporting. Through the Samsara dashboard, you can leverage real-time GPS data to improve dispatching efficiency and provide customers with live ETAs, or monitor equipment’s engine hours through our Utilization Report to help more efficiently manage and schedule your assets. With Samsara, you can also seamlessly share data with other applications, like payroll and asset management tools, using our open API.

Unlock rich asset data

OEM-embedded telematics devices provide access to rich, accurate vehicle data, such as specific diagnostic codes or additional information about vehicle status, because it’s coming directly from the manufacturer. With our OEM integrations, you can bring this rich asset data in Samsara, make it available for your entire team to use, and have it automatically available in Samsara workflows and reports.

Avoid installing additional hardware

Whether you use embedded telematics or aftermarket hardware, we’re focused on making it easy for you to bring new vehicles and equipment online and manage them in Samsara. With pre-built API integrations, we provide a turnkey solution for easily bringing data from your embedded telematics devices into the Samsara platform without having to install new hardware.

Additionally, with OEM integrations, fleet managers don’t have to worry about losing track of assets because their gateway has been accidentally unplugged or tampered with. Embedded telematics devices help provide fleets with secure and reliable access to asset location and diagnostics, without having to replace or maintain aftermarket gateways.

Get started with Samsara 

We’re working with leading OEMs to seamlessly bring embedded telematics data into Samsara and make it easily available to our fleet customers. 

Currently, we integrate with Ford Data Services, Navistar International 360, John Deere JDLink and Caterpillar VisionLink, which makes it easy for our customers to pull location data, diagnostics, and fault codes from their powered equipment and use it to improve asset utilization and uptime. We’re actively building out additional turnkey integrations with top light duty and heavy duty OEMs, which will be available soon.

If you’d like to learn more about our OEM Telematics solution—whether you’re a fleet manager or an OEM interested in partnering with Samsara—we’d love to hear from you. Visit our webpage for details, or reach out to us directly.

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