Oracle to improve integration with telematics

Oracle has partnered with telematics supplier Prolificx to develop an end-to-end telematics system than integrates with its enterprise software.

Oracle has partnered with telematics supplier Prolificx to develop an end-to-end telematics system than integrates with its enterprise software.

New Zealand-based Prolificx said the companies would be collaborating on combining the Prolificx Vector telematics hardware with Oracle's Microedge Server, Database Lite, Database 10g and Fusion middleware.

The tie-up is designed to enable IT directors working in fleet management and logistics to create telematics applications using standard software, said Clive Meakins, EMEA director of Oracle's Telematics Solution Centre.

Previously, users had to develop their own IT integration to connect in-vehicle computers with back-end systems. Through the partnership Oracle's Microedge Server will run on Prolificx's Vector 300FM platform, which can be embedded in vehicles. The software will filter messages and transmit them over a GPRS or satellite link to a head office system. The Oracle software platform, including 10g and Fusion, will collect the messages.

The firms said the package will address device management challenges, deliver remote software updates, enable event-based data collection, and synchronise device data with the Oracle Telematics Framework.

Kevin Johnson, vice-president of business development at Prolificx, said Vector 300FM functionality could be changed dynamically using rules and filters, without programming. He said the approach would suit large-scale deployments across different vehicle types.

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