The Tacholink T5 from Bowmonk, In-CarPC's parent company, is an on-board, on-line Event Data Recorder with telematics functionality. Now in its fifth generation, and having been introduced almost two decades ago, Tacholink is a proven product line which is in widespread use around the world.
The T5 records a wealth of high-resolution data about the vehicle and sends this to Intelligo – the T5’s web-based reporting solution. Fleet managers or other staff login to Intelligo and are able to view live or historical data for the entire fleet, including customised reports to quickly highlight their desired information. Intelligo can also pass the data on for integration into third party systems.
The T5 can be used for many purposes, including:
The T5 is built into a high impact, chemical resistant, resin enclosure which provides sealing options up to IP68 and meets the environmental standards of J1455. The unit is therefore protected against the harshest of anticipated environments. The enclosure includes 4 anchor points and is self-locking, providing vibration protection and tamper resistance.
4 x relay outputs (open collector 200 mA)
On-board 64 GB non-volatile flash memory
In a nutshell, the T5 gathers high-resolution data, records it locally, and uploads data to the Intelligo cloud-based reporting system.
The T5 has a wealth of inputs and sensors which allow it to record the following information:
The T5 also has 4 x relay outputs which can be controlled using on-board logic.
The T5 differentiates itself from other telematics products on the market by reporting at very high resolutions. Data is typically reported at 1 Hz (i.e. once per second), but during and shortly before an “incident”, where a pre-defined G-force threshold has been exceeded, the reporting rate rises to up to 25 Hz (i.e. 25 readings per second).
This high level of detail is invaluable in reconstructing an accident – e.g. to prove that your driver was not at fault.
The T5 records data, along with time and date stamps, in its robust and non-volatile on-board flash memory. If a serious accident should occur and power is lost to the T5, any information that has been captured and stored up until that moment will be retained for later analysis.
Once data has been recorded it is then transmitted to Intelligo (via either Wi-Fi or 3G) in near real-time.
Sending data via 3G is the most popular option, which involves the T5 being shipped with a built-in M2M SIM which has the option of roaming across all UK networks for optimum coverage. EU-wide options, including multi-network roaming, are also available. Thanks to Bowmonk’s partnership with a leading M2M data provider, data pricing is extremely low and there is no need for the customer to take out an additional contract – data costs are simply included in the Intelligo subscription charge.
Alternatively, for customers who have on-board routers in their vehicles, or who have a depot-wide Wi-Fi network and do not need access to live data, the T5 can send data by connecting to any Wi-Fi access point.
Although not recommended, due to the effort of capturing data, the T5 can simply record data to its on-board memory without onward transfer to Intelligo. Data can be collected when required by connecting a USB mass storage device to the T5, and we provide a PC-based application to view this data. The PC application can upload data to Intelligo, but not all Intelligo features will be available for manually uploaded data.
Intelligo is a web-based reporting and management utility for T5 devices. All data collected by T5 devices can be uploaded automatically to the cloud, via either Wi-Fi or 3G, and Intelligo lets you view this data - or notifies you proactively of pre-configured exception events or incidents.
Exception reports allow fleet managers to be notified of pre-defined events within minutes of them happening, allowing them to take immediate action if required. Such events could include non-use of a seatbelt, excessive speed, harsh acceleration, vehicle roll-over or entering/exiting defined locations (geo-fencing).
Intelligo can report any desired inputs as and when they occur. Such inputs could include real-time monitoring of a TPMS system, oil pressure, or engine & bearing temperature.
As well as allowing you to view data, Intelligo is also able to remotely update the configuration of any T5 in your fleet, including updating its firmware, thereby eliminating the need for an engineer to visit each vehicle in the event that the configuration needs to be changed.
The screenshots below show some of Intelligo's features:
The T5 is available in three versions as follows:
|T5 Trakka||T5 Standard||T5 Extended|
|Dedicated speed, RPM & ignition inputs||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Support for Driver Tag Reader||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Communications||3G only||3G & Wi-Fi||3G & Wi-Fi|
The optional Driver Tag Reader is a dashboard-mounted box which reads a driver’s tag, thereby identifying the driver to the T5. Driver log-ins are date/time-stamped, enabling driving hours information to be calculated. The dashboard box contains an LED which indicates a successful driver log-in, and a built-in buzzer which can prompt the driver to login by beeping either briefly or continuously. In addition the buzzer can be used to notify the driver of pre-programmed exceptions – such as exceeding a maximum vehicle speed or engine RPM.
The T5 is a highly flexible platform that can be customised depending on customer requirements. Features that can be developed could include:
These are all features that can be implemented depending on volume. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.