GNSS spoofing attack possess the threat to safety and security of Tesla Model 3 and Model S.

GNSS spoofing attack possess the threat to safety and security of Tesla Model 3 and Model S.

Regulus Cyber recently revealed in their research that Tesla Model S and Model 3 electric cars which are known for their speed and safety are prone to cyberattacks aimed at their navigation systems.
Regulus Cyber is the first company dealing with smart-sensor security across a wide range of applications including automotive, mobile, and critical infrastructure. The vulnerability of Tesla was revealed during a test drive using Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot feature when a staged attack not only caused the car to slow down but the car also veered off the main road. Moreover, the concerned cyber firm also discovered the spoofing attacks on the Tesla GNSS receiver can easily be carried out wirelessly and remotely, exploiting security vulnerabilities in mission-critical telematics, sensor fusion, and navigation capabilities.
The Navigate on Autopilot feature was initially intended for making the route to a destination easier by suggesting and making lane changes and taking interchange exits under the driver supervision. According to Tesla, both the models initially requires the drivers to confirm the lane changes using the turn signals before the car moved into an adjacent lane, however, the current versions of Navigate on Autopilot allow drivers to waive the confirmation requirement if they choose, which means the car can activate the turn signal and start turning on its own. Tesla emphasized that “in both of these scenarios until truly driverless cars are validated and approved by regulators, drivers are responsible for and must remain ready to take manual control of their car at all times.”
However, the attack staged by Regulus Cyber to reveal the reaction of Model S and Model 3 began by testing the car driving normally and activating the autopilot navigation feature, maintaining a constant speed and position in the middle of the lane. When the spoofing attack happened, the car was three miles away from the planned exit.
The car suddenly slowed down from 500 meters away from the exit and activated the right turn signal and made the sharp turn off the main road. The driver instantly took the charge yet he was not able to stop the car from leaving the road.

How fleet management will change in 2019?

How fleet management will change in 2019?

As we are heading towards 2019, its time to reflect on the evolution of technology. Keeping that evolution in mind, we need to do a reality check about where we are currently standing and where we are heading towards.
When it comes to fleet telematics, 2018 was the year of Eagle-i. Eagle-I broke the new grounds with its multiple new developments such as weather API, traffic layer, route optimization and many more. These developments were not only beneficial for fleet managers but also proved to assist drivers. To keep up the pace with the current advancements in an industry it is necessary to adopt the new technology at all levels.

Considering the necessity of more evolved, sophisticated and integrated system with changing times, Eagle-I kept on innovating ways to positively impact the business performance.

Since with the in-demand transparency of fleet operation, data collection and their analysis will be the hallmark of any fleet management solution to be efficient in 2019. Considering this trend, it is expected to have more insights into fleet operations in the coming year, giving the fleet management solutions the ability to transform the raw data into more purposeful and meaningful actions.
With the increased insight of fleet operations, fleet organizations will also enjoy the benefits of integration with more systems in the coming years. These integrations can be more traditional such as fuel card or dispatching integration or it can be revolutionary such as mobile workforce management, ERP software, and business management software.
However, these expectations may come into reality or not – it is too early to say. But no matter what trends in telematics will be evolved in 2019, it will change the future of telematics for good. Looking forward to 2019, Eagle-I is more enthusiastic to bring more advancements in the horizon. Eagle-I

is all determined to the development of big data, increased utilization and exploration of the possibilities of telematics with better safety metrics in 2019 and coming several years. Keeping all the promises to development aside, the question arises: are the fleets ready to embrace the trending technologies or will they stuck in the past?

Houston using telematics for monitoring air pollution

Houston using telematics for monitoring air pollution

The transportation industry has been radically transformed by the integration of telematics and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Together, they are changing the entire landscape of businesses.

similar thing was seen in Houston where connected car technology was used for monitoring
environmental pollution. Although other cities were seen monitoring sites several miles apart by operating “MAAML,” for “mobile ambient air monitoring laboratory,” a modified Ford E-Series camper filled with instruments and sensors, that were dispatched to hot spots.

Recently, Houston monitored the quality of air by using two regular vehicles doing their regular jobs but equipped with magnets. These magnets are “hats” that use antenna-style intakes and optical particle counters to measure levels of black carbon and PM2.5, a form of particulate matter, wherever and whenever the vehicles are in use. These vehicles were expected to travel a fraction of Houston’s roads and highways but even then they find the few hot spots. It is said in an official statement that to monitor the 30% of the city’s air, 30 vehicles equipped with air-quality hats for six months, would be sufficient. It is not necessary to equip thousands of vehicles for monitoring but choosing the right vehicle is the key; which can be done with telematics.
The experiment conducted by the Houston Health Department indicated the new level of insight into vehicle performance and driver safety. According to their official statement, the biggest thing that they gained was the safety aspect. The Houston/ Environment Defense Fund is one of the many examples where the emerging connected car technology is used; leveraging the miles traveled by city-owned vehicles to collect and report data the city can use to identify and redress the problems not necessarily related to the fleet — all while optimizing fleet operations.

How telematics can optimize the performance of first responder vehicles?

How telematics can optimize the performance of first responder vehicles?

For organizations managing their fleet around the clock for an emergency response such as first responders, and public works, also needs the telematics for their own safety. Due to the heightened sense of responsibility sometimes these first respondents fail to take the right precautions for themselves when they are behind the wheel.

According to the crash data examined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States, unfortunately, the frequency of crashes involving ambulances, firetrucks and police vehicles happens more often than we might think. The most common cause found for these incidents was the excessive speed and inadequate seatbelt use.
Telematics, GIS (geographic information systems) mapping, GPS and cellular communications are already extensively used by organizations involved in fleet operations to smooth down their day-to-day operations.
Now they can also be used as in guiding teams, tracking progress and assigning workers in the aftermath of blizzards, thunderstorms, floods, heatwaves, and events where the public’s safety is a concern. Tying these technologies together is fleet management that not only saves time by providing real-time information about location, weather conditions, traffic conditions but also provides the performance analytics that can be beneficial for on-the-spot resource deployment decisions as well as for the preparation of future events.

With Eagle-I fleet management solution, driver behavior can be monitored to ensure the safety of the response time along with these alerts can be issued about the status of seat belt and any speed violation.

Fleet managers can also use fleet management software for keeping the schedule of vehicle maintenance, and can also identify the problem before the vehicle’s breakdown by using OBD data.
Moreover, the fleet managers can keep the record of the utilization of an asset by using the software and important decisions can be made about under-utilized or over-utilized assets. The implementation of telematics will make sure you are ready to deploy your fleet in case of an emergency. Telematics solution such as Eagle-I ensures the data aids in every aspect of the emergency response team and assures the work to happen coherently and in sync, enabling the rapid response.

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Impacts of 5G technology on IoT application

Impacts of 5G technology on IoT application

If you are the one whose company is involved in IoT application, you must be working hard to understand, how to incorporate the new 5G technology which is still in its infancy, in your organization’s IoT digital transformation strategy or how to develop new applications based on it?
When we refer to the incorporation of 5G technology, we need to understand that it’s a set of two global wireless connectivity changes: one set based on incremental and evolutionary changes while the other set consists of groundbreaking and disruptive changes.
To be able to embrace the new 5G technology on its arrival, one needs to understand these two sets of changes.
If your company is involved in the development of low bandwidth IoT applications such as smart grid, industrial asset management, supply-chain asset tracking, wearables or similar applications, that do not demands the transfer of data at high but requires relatively low-cost devices, low amounts of power, along with the broad coverage in remote rural area and dense urban environments then you are most probably using or planning to use Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies on existing 4G networks, such as LTEM or NB-IoT, for these applications.

Similarly, abuse can also appear in another form when your driver fails to bring their vehicles in for maintenance. It will also be considered as abuse since it will result in higher-than-normal vehicle maintenance costs. Missing preventative maintenance can damage the condition of the car and result in loss of manufacturer warranties. But now maintenance can be tracked and alerts can be issued when the maintenance is scheduled by Eagle-I maintenance and service module.

If this is the case, then you are planning to use incremental changes in 5G. With the 5G technology, the LPWA technology will have enhanced connectivity; efficient enough to pass through the cement walls, connecting more devices, extending the battery life of LPWA devices and will require less power to work.
However, the incremental changes of 5G will not require the development of new hardware devices but a simple firmware up-gradation of current LTE-M and NB-IoT devices will be enough to take advantage ofthese enhanced capabilities of 5G.
When we hear about the groundbreaking changes by 5G, they are most likely discussing the roll-out of 5G New Radio (NR). With 5G New Radio (NR) a new wireless spectrum known as mmWave, operating between 20 and 300 GHz is supported besides the existing cellular wireless networks. The mmWave spectrum will allow 5G to plunge into the current 4G wireless cellular data rates, apart from this it will also offer much better deliver data rates than an average cable and fiber broadband connection.
Furthermore, the 5G’s support for mmWave will unveil the other disruptive wireless cellular connectivity capabilities such as ultra-high reliability, very low latency and very fast handoffs. The new 5G NR will be beyond the cellular wireless broadband services for home or businesses, supporting the development of entirely new applications such as factory automation, autonomous vehicles, and augmented reality applications.

The disruptive changes of 5G technology is expected to be launched in 2019 initially with 5G NR technologies, however, the incremental changes of 5G are not scheduled till 2020. This is the time to update the strategy and plans to update your applications on the arrival of new technology.

Vehicle abuse: What is it? And how to prevent it?

Vehicle abuse: What is it? And how to prevent it?

Does vehicle abuse really exist? Is it a real thing? Are there ways to stop vehicle abuse? The answers to all these questions are yes!
To Stop Vehicle Abuse, one needs to identify what it is. Vehicle abuse can come in many forms but in the simplest words, it can be defined as the misuse of the vehicle. However, the term ‘misuse of a vehicle’ has a broad spectrum, to know what vehicle abuse is we need to narrow down it. It includes the speeding, braking, harsh acceleration, cornering, unauthorized use, delaying or ignoring the vehicle maintenance etc. Neglecting vehicle needs is just as egregious as vehicle abuse.

No matter in what form vehicle abuse appears, it will always increase the fleet’s operational and maintenance costs, risks, and liability besides draining time and energy of a fleet manager. A poorly used vehicle will not only results unnecessarily recondition expenses but also depreciated resale value at the time of auction.

How to prevent vehicle abuse

Vehicle abuse can be prevented by installing a reliable GPS tracking solution such as Eagle-I. It is one of the most basic applications of fleet management solution. Eagle-I fleet management solution offers various features and modules that will notify you in real time and by using its vast data vehicle abuse can be prevented in the future.
It notifies you in a real-time about over speeding, harsh braking, and harsh acceleration.
Similarly, abuse can also appear in another form when your driver fails to bring their vehicles in for maintenance. It will also be considered as abuse since it will result in higher-than-normal vehicle maintenance costs. Missing preventative maintenance can damage the condition of the car and result in loss of manufacturer warranties. But now maintenance can be tracked and alerts can be issued when the maintenance is scheduled by Eagle-I maintenance and service module.
To identify the vehicle abuser, Eagle-I offers driver behavior module. With this module, driver’s behavior can be identified and can be compared with other drivers by using Driver Scorecard. Geofence allows you to prevent the unauthorized use of a vehicle by creating virtual boundaries and alerts can be issued when a vehicle is used at an unusual time or when it exists the virtual boundary.
The fleet of any organization represents its capital. To protect your valuable assets, it is never too late to invest in telematics solution such as Eagle-I capable of managing your fleet efficiently and effectively.

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Top 13 reasons for using GPS Tracking

Top 13 reasons for using GPS Tracking

In today’s world of technology, everyone would have used GPS navigation at one point or another. May it be for reaching the destination or to locate the nearest mall but what about GPS tracking, have you used this similar technology? We might have not realized the importance of using it. There are several benefits of using it. According to the recent studies reducing fuel consumption is the biggest advantage of using GPS tracking besides vehicle monitoring, reduced over-speeding, optimized routes and less idling time. Here are top listed benefits of using GPS tracking.

Less over-speeding

With integrated GPS tracking solution, drivers are more conscious about their speed. They avoid overspeeding, hence chances of an accident are also reduced.

Accurate invoice

Using GPS tracking solution helps you in creating an accurate invoice with its digital log of time, speed and consumption of fuel. You can easily calculate the time spent or fuel usage for a specific job.

Less fuel consumption

GPS tracking helps in saving fuel by providing insight. Avoiding over-speeding, optimizing routes and preventing unauthorized idling may save fuel.

Reduced maintenance cost

The insight of vehicle health before its breakdown is another way of cutting the cost. Well maintained vehicle run at the fuel-efficient level, hence reducing fuel consumption.

Increased efficiency and productivity

Implementing telematics in your fleet can increase productivity and efficiency. According to Bobit Business Media survey, 59% of survey respondents believed the topmost benefit of telematics was the enhanced productivity along with decreased fuel consumption and improved routing.

Better customer care

GPS tracking is not only beneficial for organizations or drivers but it also helps you in maintaining a better relationship with your customer. Knowing where your shipment is or the location of nearest available pickup service can help you increasing clientage.

Enhanced safety

With GPS tracking, you can always know the exact location of your asset. Tracking and monitoring of asset is very crucial for the safety of the assets. Virtual boundaries can be created to abide by the movement of a vehicle outside the safe zone.

Responsible drivers

Safety of fleet is largely dependent on driver performance. Drivers who know they are being monitored are more careful.

Better insurance rate

Many insurance companies offer a discounted rate for an organization using telematics for safety, maintenance, and tracking.

On time arrival

People value time more than money. With our fleet management solution, you can always get the realtime data about the on-road assets. Drivers can be informed ahead of time about traffic congestions and alternative routes can be assigned to avoid possible disruptions.

Precise overtime

With the digital log of time, you can always know when your employee is a service call with the exact working hours. Knowing the exact time helps in calculating the precise over time.

Optimized routes

Integrating tracking solution helps in optimizing the routes. Efficient routes can be designed and implemented which can help the fleet manager in making better use of employee’s time because of the ability to track working hours of driver and route chosen.

Reduced idling

An idle vehicle causes twice the wear and tear to the internal components than driving at normal speed.

Every hour of idling has an effect on an engine which in turn shortens the life of the engine and requires more maintenance, increasing the fleet cost without providing revenue. With Eagle-i, idling can be reduced.

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How preventing a road accidents within a fleet is a good idea?

How preventing a road accidents within a fleet is a good idea?

There are several industries whose business relies on the utilization of assets. While driving on the road is no more a walk in the park because of the increased distracted and aggressive driving by either party. One estimates says approximately 20 percent of the company’s fleet engages in an accident each year contributing to the significant cost of a company’s expenses.
These possible visible expenses would include medical bills, insurance deduction, and vehicle repair but what about the hidden blind spots? Depending on the accident severity these blind spot may be: lost productivity, increased insurance premiums, significant exposure to legal liabilities, and potential damage to your corporate image, depreciated vehicle value besides negative publicity.

Every time your fleet is on the road, your assets are on high risk of accidents if the driver behavior and safety policy of an organization are not effectively addressed. Generally, driver safety programs implemented in an organization are reactive in nature instead of proactive i.e. after the accident or driving infraction corrective training is prescribed. A proactive driver safety program is the monitoring of driver behavior in real time. This is now possible with the advanced telematics solution such as Eagle-i. Eagle-I helps you in identifying the risky drivers by driver behavior module.

Understanding the behavior of drivers helps an organization to pinpoint a risky driver and train them before an accident actually happens. Driver behavior modules give you the insight of speeding, harsh braking, acceleration, cornering, and speed belt buckling. Driver scorecard helps you in grading the drivers on their individual scores based on their performance encouraging them for a positive competition.

Implementing a combination of reactive and proactive driver safety program makes your fleet less vulnerable to crashes and empowers the fleet managers to improve operational performance; enabling them to discover the ‘blind spots’ that never existed before. Hence improving the bottom line of an organization.

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Top reasons for fleet manager’s failures

Top reasons for fleet manager’s failures

Finding the fleet manager who is capable enough to manage the fleet is hard to find. It’s not about finding the right individual who performs the set of roles and responsibilities but the one capable to cope up with current hanging conditions. Although core responsibilities of a fleet manager stretch between fleet maintenance to asset safety and smooth operations of the fleet, a little mismanagement may cause serious concerns for the bottom line of any fleet organizations.

Here are the common mistakes done by fleet managers that can be avoided to prevent future fleet failures.

Inefficient route planning

Inefficient route planning is a recipe for disaster. Inefficient routes not only cost you additional fuel but wastage of time, wear and tear of a vehicle, delayed arrivals, over-time of drivers and more stress.
Planning your route not only helps you in choosing the quickest route but the efficient one. To avoid this fleet managers need to use GPS technology to plan their routes, track them and modify them according to their desire without getting delayed.
Eagle-I offers route planning and route optimization to keeps your drivers organized, updated ahead of time and less frustrated. Happy drivers lead to happy fleet managers since drivers are fleet manager’s eyes and ears on road.

Ineffective communication

A fleet can only be as successful as its staff. To keep the fleet running smoothly, fleet managers need to keep these clog open and the only way to keep them open is effective communication.
Though it is fleet policy or decision making, involve everyone from technicians to drivers. As Ineffective communication flaunts the message of priorities and operation goal. Keeping all the staff on the same page is vital for the productivity and the efficiency of the fleet. Effective communication can be enhanced by holding regular one-on-one staff meetings.

Inaccurate reporting

The success of a fleet manager is based on the optimization of assets. To analyze the fleet and to identify the trends in data, fleet managers need the fleet management software. Fleet management software such as Eagle-I helps you in identify the trends, analyzes the data by its reporting modules. These reports can be generated on daily basis and help in lessening the burden of managers. These reports prevent the inaccuracies, leading to better operations.

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How the corporate fleet is being revolutionized?

How the corporate fleet is being revolutionized?

Fleet owners of corporate sectors are percolating the changes in their fleet by transiting their fleet from reactive to proactive with the use of connected technology. The technology of connecting vehicles has proven to be the turning point in the global economy, whilst leaving their impacts utterly on every sector of the industry, with fleet management be one of this multi-faceted change.
Besides vehicle connectivity, other factors contributing to this revolution is the migration to the IOT and the use of big data. Considering the aforementioned changes, they will be responsible for all aspects of fleet management from vehicle selection to maintenance management and the safety of the fleet. Big data being the sophisticated tool for analyzing, will help fleet managers to understand the relationships, recognize the trends and establish the new metrics for enhancing productivity and operational efficiency. For instance, data can be evaluated to identify the driving behavior trends for past accidents, and corrective measures can be done to circumvent the incidents.
Big data allows access to a huge amount of raw data of the fleet. This raw data can be used to take actions which will have a significant impact on all kinds of fleet regardless of their size and vocation. These next-generation productivity tools will aggregate and correlate massive amounts of data and turn these data points into the industry’s new best practices that, in turn, will evolve into the new best-in-class standards that will drive our industry.
If we say that productivity of the fleet revolves around the telematics it is not wrong. Since the adoption of telematics by the fleet owners, the fleet productivity tools have been swiftly progressing. The standards of collecting data between the telematics providers and their devices have been drastically improved. For instance, the data generated by the vehicle, when combined with the data of predictive maintenance and its own maintenance schedule will allow fleet managers to prevent the breakdown of vehicle and replace them on vehicle-by-vehicle basis rather than a generalized replacement for all vehicle. This strategy will not only prove to be cost-effective but will also be time-efficient.
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