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Fleet FAQ? Telematics & Fleet Tracking

Q. I was telling an IT friend of mine about how we’re looking into adding telematics to my fleet, and he replied that we should consider using an “open-platform solution". What is that? Are there advantages to using an open platform?

A. In the context of telematics, an open-platform solution allows unfiltered, full access to all of the data generated from a vehicle. The benefit of an open platform is having the flexibility to customize or scale as your fleet changes and evolves. With an open platform, you have the ability to add third-party solutions to the telematics platform that will specifically improve your efficiency. Open platforms are what allow you to scale as you need, extract and integrate telematics data with other software or hardware solutions. With a closed platform, you don’t have that flexibility. Instead, you are only allowed access to the data specifically provided by the solution, likely without the ability to add third-party solutions that will meet your specific needs that allow choice and flexibility to the solutions you need and use to operate your business.

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Answered by : Sherry Calkins

Associate Vice President, Strategic Partners

Sherry Calkins has been involved in the Fleet and Automotive industry for the last 21 years, working both nationally and globally. The first 10 years of her career began as a Fleet Administrator working in both government and corporate fleets, overseeing the entire fleet operations, ranging from acquisition, leasing, remarketing, maintenance facility's, fueling, alternative fuels, safety, and partnering with various vendors. Over the last 11 years, her career has been in SaaS based solutions offering software and data for fleets, OEM's and Tier 1 suppliers. Sherry has been involved in various Fleet committees and advisory boards, offering a range of knowledge and insight, training and speaking at national conferences. Her passion for the fleet industry is endless, along with her desire is to bring her energy, knowledge and experience to the industry and continue advancing corporate fleets worldwide. Sherry is currently an AFLA Board member and is the Vice-Chair for Fuels & Technology Committee with NAFA, and serves on the Board of Directors for GAVDA.

Sherry Calkins has been involved in the Fleet and Automotive industry for the last 21 years, working both nationally and globally. The first 10 years of her career began as a Fleet Administrator working in both government and corporate fleets, overseeing the entire fleet operations, ranging from acquisition, leasing, remarketing, maintenance facility's, fueling, alternative fuels, safety, and partnering with various vendors. Over the last 11 years, her career has been in SaaS based solutions offering software and data for fleets, OEM's and Tier 1 suppliers. Sherry has been involved in various Fleet committees and advisory boards, offering a range of knowledge and insight, training and speaking at national conferences. Her passion for the fleet industry is endless, along with her desire is to bring her energy, knowledge and experience to the industry and continue advancing corporate fleets worldwide. Sherry is currently an AFLA Board member and is the Vice-Chair for Fuels & Technology Committee with NAFA, and serves on the Board of Directors for GAVDA.

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