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  • Is an easy to fit plug & play OBD port tracker

     

    OBD stands for “On-Board Diagnostics.” It is a computer-based system originally designed to reduce emissions by monitoring the performance of major engine components.

    There are two kinds of on-board diagnostic systems: OBD-I and OBD-II.

    OBD-I refers to the first generation OBD systems which were developed throughout the 1980s. These early systems use proprietary connectors, hardware interfaces, and protocols. A mechanic who wanted to access diagnostic information typically had to buy a tool for every different vehicle make. OBD-I scan tools that support multiple protocols are supplied with an array of different adapter cables.

    OBD-II:In the early 1990s, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and International Standardization Organization (ISO) issued a set of standards which described the interchange of digital information between ECUs and a diagnostic scan tool. All OBD-II compliant vehicles were required to use a standard diagnostic connector (SAE J1962), and communicate via one of the standard OBD-II communication protocols.

    What is the purpose of the OBD in vehicles?

    An OBD (On Board Diagnosis - On Board Diagnostic) connector, currently open and accessible, allows repair shops to connect diagnostic equipment to the vehicle to perform the periodic maintenance required, efficiently diagnose faults in the same, reprogram, update software, etc. All this to achieve a more secure vehicle fleet and provide added value to motorists.

    The Technical Details

    Most insurance companies’ telematics devices are small pieces of hardware that plug into your car’s on-board diagnostics port (OBD-II port). If you’ve ever taken your car to an auto parts store, emissions test center, or mechanic and watched them use a handheld scanner plugged into the dashboard to read error codes and identify problems, it’s the same port. The devices are compatible with vehicles that have OBD-II computer systems, which include most modern cars built in the last 25 years or so.

    Once the device is plugged into the car’s computer, it can see all the data the computer collects and grab whatever the  company has programmed it to find. It then wirelessly transmits that information to the  company, or a third-party company that they employ to analyze the data.

    What They Track

    An OBD-II-based tracker is capable of finding, storing, and transmitting any bit of data in the vehicle’s computer. companies are mostly interested in data that paints a picture of a driver’s habits, which helps the company figure out if the driver is likely to cost them money in claims. Commonly cited types of data include when the car was used, distance driven, and time spent driving. They also want to know how fast a driver typically drives and any incidents of hard braking, both of which are indicators that the driver takes risks and doesn’t pay attention. Finally, the devices can track a car’s location.

    Concox OB22 is an easy to fit plug & play OBD port tracker with superior location, tracking, reporting, logging, and security capabilities. Utilizing the GSM and GPRS communication network along with GPS technology, it is an ideal solution for leased vehicles or large fleets.

    More information at https://www.iconcox.com/ .

     

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