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Choose wisely: How AVL vs IVMS impacts your fleet?

When you are in the fleet industry, you often come across numerous fleet solutions based on different technologies. The fleet solutions are either using automatic vehicle location (AVL) system or In-Vehicle Monitoring Systems (IVMS) as a tool in their fleet management solution. But do you understand what is core difference between them?

Automatic vehicle location (AVL)

Automatic vehicle location (AVL) is a technology which combines a vehicle’s on-board diagnostics data with satellite-based GPS data to provide the exact location of an asset. The most widespread use of AVL systems is vehicle tracking, which is frequently provided by a GPS-based or cellular-based system. Vehicle movement, speed, and direction can be monitored using GPS via both terrestrial and satellite navigation methods. Although satellite communication is expensive, it may be highly useful in determining the precise location during an emergency. Automatic vehicle location (AVL) is also known as GPS system

  • Real-time tracking of assets
  • Plan optimal routes for each asset.
  • Mileage, engine hours.
  • Idle time status
  • Scheduling maintenance of vehicles to avoid breakdown.

Pay as you drive insurance focuses on the monitoring of precise mileage driven and calculating premium based on that mileage. This model is based on the assumption that the less time a driver spends on the road, the less likely it is for an accident to occur. Insurers verify time, mileage, and location by using telematics to ensure the transparency of purchased protection and combat mileage reporting fraud.


In-Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS) is a GPS-based system with the integration of advanced telematics devices on vehicles to enhance the safety of assets and the workforce. All GPS systems are not IVMS systems. In-Vehicle Monitoring System IVMS is GPS plus with following add-on features.

  • Real-time tracking of vehicle location
  • Over Speed detection
  • Distance travelled
  • Idling Hour Status
  • Route optimization
  • Seat belts, doors and other vehicle control status
  • Identify the misplaced or wrongly deployed assets by assigning geofence
  • CAN bus, error codes detection
  • Detect harsh driving (harsh braking, harsh acceleration, harsh turning)
  • Driver Identification
  • Preventive maintenance of vehicles to avoid breakdown.
  • Driver behaviour Monitoring
  • Scheduled Reports to improve your fleet management
  • Hours of Service Control (HoS) of your drivers in compliance with established regulations

A comprehensive In-Vehicle Monitoring System offers useful insight data for fleets to develop key performance indicators (KPI) for comparison and help them in identifying negative or positive trends in their fleet.

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