The On-Board Diagnostic port (OBD) is found on most vehicles manufactured from 1996.
Typically the OBD port is used by auto mechanics to view and diagnose vehicle fault codes but it is also used to obtain an amazing amount of engine data. The data can include RPM, engine temperature, fuel level, vehicle speed and oil pressure.
This information is very useful for monitoring both the ‘health’ of a vehicle and how it is being driven.
Remote logging and viewing of engine data
As with every vehicle on the market, the driver can view engine parameters on their dash. But, this data is real-time – in vehicle, and not recorded for future viewing nor able to be viewed remotely.
The new OBD-300 GPS tracker from fleetminder changes all that!
The OBD-300 transmits engine data along with the vehicle’s current location, g-force data from rough driving, harsh acceleration and braking and ignition off and on events.
(The remote dashboard view of the fleetminder Live Tracking engine data)
This recording, viewing and reporting of engine, g-force and ignition data can be used to monitor driving behaviour and utilisation of the vehicle.
The fleetminder OBD-300 tracker is a valuable aid in checking the driving style of a young driver or a professional company driver.
As mentioned previously, information about the engine ‘health’ can be determined by the relevant values for oil pressure and coolant temperature.
“Excessive oil pressure may indicate a blocked filter, blocked oil gallery or the wrong grade of oil. Low oil pressure indicates worn bearings or a broken oil pump (source: Wikipedia)”
3G enabled OBD-300 vehicle tracker
In Australia, Telstra is switching off their 2G network in December 2016 with other Australian telcos like Optus and Vodafone continuing 2G support for now but with plans to close those also.
To support the changes to the Australian mobile network, fleetminder have released their OBD-300 as a 3G / NextG product.
(The new fleetminder OBD-300 tracking unit)
Telstra have invested heavily over the years in their 3G network in Australia and it is allows for greater mobile coverage over 2G.
This means the fleetminder OBD-300 tracker will be able to transmit engine and location data in more outer city and regional locations.
When out of mobile range the OBD-300 will store the relevant data in the device and then transmits it when the vehicle comes back into range.
The fleetminder OBD-300 combines remote live engine data monitoring, recording and reporting, and location tracking as well as being 3G / NextG enabled.
These features make it a great value product for vehicle location management, theft protection and recovery, engine and driver monitoring and vehicle use efficiency.