Openmatics Revolutionizes Fleet Management with Standards-Based Vehicle Telematics Platform
 
 

Openmatics Revolutionizes Fleet Management with Standards-Based Vehicle Telematics Platform

Openmatics s.r.o. was founded in 2010 as a subsidiary of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a global player in driveline and chassis technology. Its goal was to develop and operate a flexible, open telematics platform for automotive applications, which is independent from vehicle and component suppliers—recognizing that the fragmented telematics market was not meeting today’s fleet management needs. Openmatics provides a rich product portfolio, and customers can extend the platform, as required, to meet their needs. Partners and third-parties can develop their own applications using the Openmatics’ software development kit and can sell them via the Openmatics app shop.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is a global player in driveline and chassis technology. With 121 production companies and 650 service partners in 26 countries, ZF is among the top 10 largest automotive suppliers worldwide. Founded in 1915 to develop and produce transmissions for airships and vehicles, the group’s product offerings now include transmissions and steering systems as well as chassis components and complete axle systems and modules.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Openmatics s.r.o.

  • “Oracle WebCenter Portal, together with the underlying Oracle Application Development Framework, provided the fundamental infrastructure for the Openmatics platform. Fleet managers can now reduce fuel consumption and operating costs, and more efficiently manage vehicle usage, maintenance, and safety. The standards-based platform allows third-party suppliers to deploy their own vehicle telematics services as Openmatics apps and creates a de facto standard for the automotive industry, independent from a single manufacturer or service provider.” – Gero Strobel, Head of Development, Openmatics s.r.o.

  • Create an industry standard for vehicle telematics by establishing a customizable platform that enables access to telematics information, such as current and past fuel consumption, through a web browser to better meet automotive market and customer needs
  • Reduce fleet-management costs by eliminating the need to invest in isolated telematics hardware and software solutions per vehicle brand and vehicle component manufacturer
  • Establish an open platform where third-party providers—such as original equipment manufacturers (OEM), insurers, fleet operators, and individual developers—can deploy their own vehicle telematics services
  • Allow users to purchase targeted telematics services as single apps to reduce costs and ensure rapid growth of telematics services available on the platform
  • Enable users to configure their telematics apps with ease to make sure the platform meets individual fleet management requirements, such as analyzing past and current fuel consumption of a truck fleet

Solutions

  • Deployed Oracle WebCenter Portal as a foundation for Openmatics, a standards-based automotive telematics platform that provides next-generation fleet management with unified digital communication from and to vehicles on the move
  • Used Oracle Application Development Framework as the development framework for Oracle WebCenter Portal’s components and services, providing developers with ready-to-use software development kits with application programming interfaces, design templates, and visual tools that accelerated time to market
  • Used Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse to simplify telematics application development in Java
  • Enabled fleet monitoring by recording vehicle data—such as fuel consumption information—through onboard units, delivering the information to Oracle Database, and making it accessible through a customizable app portfolio on any web browser
  • Stored vehicle telematics data—sent as encrypted information—in Oracle Database, ensuring data integrity and immediate availability for the platform’s telematics applications
  • Enabled a wide range of telematics services suppliers, from vehicle component manufacturers to fleet application developers, to offer vehicle telematics services on the Openmatics platform, ensuring platform independence from OEMs
  • Provided Openmatics customers with the means to individually select the automotive telematics services that are relevant to their business requirements, eliminating the need to pay for superfluous information and reducing fleet management costs
  • Leveraged the wide business utility of vehicle telematics applications to help fleet managers generate additional revenue—for example by means of location-dependent advertising in public-transportation vehicles or by increased vehicle availability through optimized maintenance
  • Enabled Openmatics customers to match individual fleet management requirements, thanks to easy deployment of telematics apps by simply adding, removing, and updating those apps
  • Worked with Oracle Consulting to integrate the Openmatics app shop with the Openmatics platform using Oracle SOA Suite’s Business Process Execution Language services

Why Oracle

“Our primary challenge was to start up a new type of business from scratch—building the team and setting up the technical environment to develop, test, and successfully run the solution. Therefore, choosing an open platform and app concept was key to the success of our Openmatics solution,” said Gero Strobel, head of development, Openmatics s.r.o.

“Our mother company, ZF, has had excellent experience with Oracle technology, and we were looking for a strong technology partner to support our ambitious go-to-market plans. Furthermore, Oracle has one of the best databases for mission-critical commercial applications of the industry. That’s why we chose Oracle,” Strobel said.