Access Control Group (Access) announced updates to its wireless battery-management device, CellTrac.
According to the company, the latest updates now make it possible for CellTrac to collect meter hours, engine run time and GPS location data on any internal combustion (IC) or electric vehicle (EV), in addition to key battery data CellTrac already collected, such as voltage, current, temperature and more.
The updates make it possible for fleet managers to use one device to manage electric and fossil-fueled fleets, saving organizations around $400 per asset after eliminating asset-only telematics systems, according to the company. All of the data CellTrac collects from batteries and equipment then can be reviewed in Access’s business-management cloud platform, AssetPro 360, in order to identify and prevent problems before they arise.
“While most organizations already use telematics to monitor assets, battery management has been a less adopted practice despite the growing need to do so,” said Access CEO Arun Patel. “We didn’t want an operation to have to choose between monitoring their EV versus IC assets, so we created a way to make both possible by using a single device that operates on Wi-Fi or cell connectivity.”
Hour-tracking and engine run time are crucial data points that most fleet managers must collect to ensure proper maintenance of their vehicles and increase the overall productivity of their fleet. Using these data points, CellTrac works with AssetPro 360 to provide usage patterns that can pinpoint high and low usage times so fleet managers can plan usage and fleet distribution accurately, according to Access Control Group.
“With the average battery fleet investment coming in around $6,000, batteries are becoming just as important to maintain as the assets they power,” the company said in a news release. “By combining the ability to track battery vitals with asset run time, Access is making it possible to monitor both for less than the cost of some asset trackers alone.”