Mapmechanics supports expansion of premium performance-focused tracking system

The challenge

  • Comparing speeds of tracked vehicles with posted speed limits at all times
  • Reporting on driver behaviour and performance in relation to specific road segments
  • Creating zones with bespoke speed limits for selected vehicle operators
  • Extending the Celtrak product range to the USA, using proven mapping technology

Operators can sub-group their vehicles by depot or type, and monitor trends for them … the operator can build up an ongoing picture of each driver’s behaviour.

Galway-based Celtrak is one of the longest-established suppliers of telematics and GPS vehicle tracking systems, supplying a wide range of GPS vehicle tracking, fuel management and fleet management products in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Celtrak has specialised increasingly in premium products that help vehicle operators monitor the way their drivers perform, and encourage them to drive more economically and safely. Its product range includes the Driverite monitoring system, which uses an on-board accelerometer and gyroscope to measure harsh acceleration and braking.HERE map data helps Celtrak monitor speeds and build bespoke speed zones

In order to monitor actual driver performance as accurately as possible, the company needed to be able to compare each tracked vehicle’s road speed at all times against the legal limit in force on any given stretch of road.

Having gathered that data, it also wanted to provide wide-ranging and detailed analysis of the captured data.

In addition, the company wanted the ability to create bespoke speed zones for specific customers. If, for instance, one of its customers was running outsized vehicles, or operating in environmentally sensitive locations, Celtrak wanted to be able to apply custom speed limits in the
affected areas, and check whether drivers were observing them.

Celtrak also wanted to support expansion in the US market, where it is building up its presence and launching new products.

The solution

  • HERE (formerly NAVTEQ) Premium Streets vector digital map data
  • HERE Speed Limits data
  • HERE Speed Limits data for the USA
  • All map data supplied and configured by Mapmechanics

HERE digital mapping and road speed limit data supplied by Mapmechanics have become key components of Celtrak’s product range.

Celtrak is using HERE Premium Streets and HERE Speed Limits data for both the UK and Ireland. The vector Streets data includes separate fields for detail such as street names, and allows the map coordinates captured by a vehicle’s onboard GPS unit to be positioned accurately on a map. The speed attributes contained in the Speed Limits data allow the speed for that section of road to be checked against the limit in force there.

This information can help employers to reduce risk, demonstrate compliance to customers, reduce insurance costs, and in many cases also improve fuel consumption and reduce maintenance costs.

Celtrak has been able to fine-tune the HERE map data to help develop its bespoke speed zone system. It has created an extra layer within the data to contain speed limits that can be applied by individual customers.

Celtrak has also licensed HERE Speed Limits data for the USA from Mapmmapmeechanics in anticipation of further developments here.

The benefits

  • Ability to cross-reference GPS-based tracking information with legal speed limits
  • Detailed driver behaviour data, allowing compliance and infringement reporting
  • Ability to build custom speed zones where special speed limits apply
  • Extension of the Celtrak GPS vehicle tracking system in the US market

Mapmechanics are great when it comes to bouncing ideas around, and responsive when we require something out of the ordinary, such as mapping for the Middle East.

By using HERE Speed Limits data in its Driverite monitoring system, Celtrak is able to cross-reference the GPS-based tracking information captured from vehicles in real time with the posted speed limits for each segment of road travelled.

The company now also has the ability to create bespoke speed zones for specific customers.

The map data allows detailed reporting. Celtrak’s data specialist, Gary Corless, offers an example. “For instance, operators can sub-group their vehicles by depot or type, and monitor trends for them,” he says. “Over weeks or months the operator can build up an ongoing picture of each driver’s behaviour.”

Repeated instances of excess speed or other poor driving at specific locations are aggregated, and can be used by the system to generate “heat maps” in which graphical devices indicate the prevalence of an event such as speeding on a roundabout.

At depot or regional level, safety managers can check their drivers against corporate norms, and take action where required.

Gary Corless says the Mapmechanics team has proved efficient and open. “They’re great when it comes to bouncing ideas around, and responsive when we require something out of the ordinary, such as mapping for the Middle East.”