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Coronavirus and your Battery

Redtail Telematics does black box tracking of cars for fleets and insurance and to help drivers drive better. But Redtail’s clever black box can do other things as well. Right now, while your car is on its drive going nowhere fast it can monitor the state of your battery and warn you that it is time to run your engine or put your battery on charge, before it’s too late and you have to call out roadside assistance.

Redtail have studied the battery voltages required to start a car reliably and reprogrammed their black boxes in situ so that they send battery status information to their data warehouse. In turn this information is translated into alerts that can be pushed out to the vehicle owner by email or SMS.

Redtail’s Red-Amber-Green system can be viewed at any time in the Redtail apps, and the Red state can be set to trigger an alert. Keeping the battery in the green state will also lengthen its service life.

Dr Colin Smithers, Redtail CEO said “Redtail is a one stop shop Telematics company serving insurance, fleet and OEM customers, and so it is easy for us to re-program our boxes over the air and modify the data warehouse functionality to create these custom alerts, and all done 100% remotely from our homes”

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About Redtail Telematics

A leading Telematics Service provider (TSP) provider to the usage-based insurance (UBI), automotive, fleet tracking, and stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) sectors globally, Redtail draws on its joint heritage with sister company, Plextek, the communications technology design house, and have together supplied over 6 million devices into the automotive aftermarket in more than 30 countries since 1993.

Redtail Telematics Ltd is headquartered in Cambridge, UK and, together with subsidiary Redtail Telematics Corp in San Diego, California, is rare among TSPs  in designing and manufacturing its own devices – known as on-board units (OBUs) – as opposed to purchasing them from a technology provider.

However, the company has expanded significantly beyond exclusively offering telematics device design and manufacture to offer a broad set of services – including APIs, portals, apps, all of which underpinned by the capture, analysis, and processing of valuable driver and vehicle data. In short, a one-stop-shop for insurers and enterprise customers.

Redtail devices and services are used by Admiral, ByMiles, ingenie, TRACKER UK, LoJack , CalAmp, Concirrus, Acorn, Ford motors and Jaguar Land Rover, among others.