EE’s network will be used by the RAC to identify vehicle faults while analysing breakdowns and collisions without the need for a mechanic.
The two companies have signed a three year deal as the UK’s largest network attempts to step up its search for mobile connectivity partners. EE sim cards will be embedded in each vehicle and remotely monitored by a telematics unit. The sims will initially run off the 2G and 3G networks with a switch to ultrafast 4G planned in the future. The service will also be able to monitor location, mileage and fuel usage of its vehicle fleet. Car insurers can use the system when diagnosing drivers’ habits, car conditions and accurate mileage.
Gerry McQuade, chief marketing officer of non consumer at EE, said: ‘The rapidly increasing connectivity in the UK is fuelling a boom in M2M telematics, and EE is leading the way in this space. There are endless possibilities for its application in the automotive sector, and this partnership will enable RAC to ensure its customers are the first to reap the rewards of superfast connectivity.’
RAC director of business services, David Aldridge said: ‘The RAC is dedicated to developing technology and networks that make significant differences to a business, both on an operational level and to the bottom line.As the UK’s largest mobile network provider and pioneers of the UK’s first 4G service, EE is a natural partner of choice for RAC, delivering telematics right to the heart of businesses to make managing a fleet of vehicles easier and more cost-effective.
‘Our telematics technology offers fleet tracking and can even reduce the risk of accidents by up to 30%, which means that we can keep businesses moving on the roads more efficiently than ever before.’
Author: Matthew Campelli