Prova Systems, a developer of wireless OBD-2 VHM diagnostic vehicle monitors and trip loggers for vehicle fleet management systems, announced Nov. 30 the availability of its new “Fleet Manager in a Box” fleet management system.

Fleet Manager in a Box enables fleet managers to collect and analyze the health and performance of their fleet vehicles to institute and manage preventive maintenance programs, diagnose and decode vehicle error codes (DTCs), analyze vehicle and fleet utilization, track and trend fuel economy and monitor driver behavior.

The new product is a fleet management system for small business, local government and consumer users. The system features Prova’s free-wireless data collection system that eliminates monthly cellular fees incurred by GPS-based fleet management systems, enabling a quicker ROI.

Fleet Manager in a Box comes ready-to-install with Prova’s OBD-2 vehicle diagnostic monitors and trip loggers, and it includes Prova’s Fleet Genius fleet management application for Windows PCs and one of Prova’s drive-by or on-demand wireless “Access Points” for automated wireless data collection from managed vehicles. In 2, 5 and 10 vehicle fleet editions, Fleet Manager in a Box can also expand to support fleets of hundreds of vehicles across global installations.

The system provides full-trip based usage statistics, mileage and duration of each trip, average speed and max speed per trip, real engine idle time, estimated fuel usage and average MPG, out-of-hours usage and more.

“We created Fleet Manager in a Box to support the needs of the nearly 380,000 small business and local government fleets in the USA,” said John Collins, president of Prova Systems. “With this new product, smaller fleets can reap the benefits of big fleet management tools at a fraction of the operating costs of competing technology. We calculate that an average 25 vehicle fleet will save at least $42,000 over 5 years versus GPS/AVL systems due to the elimination of monthly cellular fees using Fleet Manager in a Box.”

Fleet Manager in a Box works with all cars and light-duty vehicles manufactured since 1996 including hybrid and electric vehicles and is customer installable without requiring expensive professional installation. A fleet of 20 vehicles can be installed within an hour permitting smaller fleets to integrate big fleet system management features easily and quickly.

Fleet Manager in a Box can be deployed in fleets with no existing fleet management systems and can also be used to replace GPS-based systems in sections of fleets that don’t require minute-by-minute tracking.

The information collected by Fleet Management in a Box can be shared with Prova’s Fleet Genius product or it can be integrated into third-party applications to take advantage of existing fleet management and asset management programs.

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