OCTO Telematics Launches Fleet Solution for North America

OCTO Fleet provides vehicle and driver intelligence to both insurers and fleet policyholders, combining risk assessment, driving analytics and UBI.

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OCTO Telematics, a London-based provider of telematics and data analytics solutions for the auto insurance industry, has launched OCTO Fleet, which the vendor describes as a comprehensive insurance telematics solution for both large and small fleets in North America. The launch aims to provide insurers with innovative, low cost telematics offerings specifically designed to reduce risk and improve driving performance for their fleet policyholders, according to OCTO. State Auto is OCTO’S first insurance partner in the United States to extend OCTO Fleet to the companies it insures.

Nino Tarantino, North American CEO, Octo Telematics.

Nino Tarantino, North American CEO, Octo Telematics.

OCTO Fleet provides vehicle and driver intelligence to both the insurer and its fleet policyholders, combining risk assessment, driving analytics and usage-based insurance (UBI) with a full suite of location-based, fleet management services. OTCO offers the fleet program via two options, as described by the vendor:

OCTO Fleet Lite: A user-friendly and self-installed solution for commercial fleets with light to medium duty vehicles that support OBDII ports. Helping the 30 percent of small fleet operators expected to adopt fleet management solutions by 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan, OCTO Fleet Lite gives fleets access to the same data intelligence that was previously reserved for larger organizations, and can unite fleets and insurance companies together in their mission to gather driving intelligence and improve road and driver safety. It is the easiest and fastest way for companies with light to medium duty fleets to quickly get up and running with a comprehensive and affordable telematics program, enabling them to run more productive and profitable businesses.

OCTO Fleet: A professionally installed solution for commercial fleets that cannot support OBDII ports. OCTO Fleet improves overall fleet safety and makes it easy for fleet owners and risk managers to manage drivers, costs and vehicle optimization. Ideal for heavy duty fleets and insurance companies with commercial lines, OCTO Fleet is a customized solution that maximizes revenue and increases operational efficiencies, providing visibility into vehicle location, usage and mileage. The in-depth intelligence also assesses driver behavior (idle time, braking and cornering habits, etc.) that helps fleet managers adjust their workforces accordingly, ensuring profitability and safety. With a robust anti-theft component, OCTO Fleet also helps insurance carriers reduce costs and better manage risk. OCTO’s integrated partnership approach with customers ensures exclusive connectivity and services, including instant access to key metrics and information.

“Launching OCTO Fleet for North America is a natural extension of the telematics solutions and analytics that we’ve been providing in the market here since 2011, and worldwide since 2002,” comments Nino Tarantino, CEO of North America, Octo Telematics. “Delivering a unique combination of insurance telematics and fleet services puts telematics into the hands of any fleet manager—a powerful move forward in creating not only more profitable fleet businesses, but safer roads and drivers. Insurance companies also benefit from the intelligence, making it a win-win proposition.”

OCTO notes that it is able to support fleets that will be required by the FMCSA to be ELD (electronic logging device) compliant by 2017, in conjunction with the ELD Final Rule.

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at AnthODonnell@IIReporter.com or (503) 936-2803.

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