A Holistic Introduction to Commercial Telematics     


I.D.# C0947Printable Description
Duration: 2 Days

The technical difficulty, time, and costs associated with deploying a successful telematics system are often underestimated. This seminar provides participants a comprehensive overview of the various technologies that make up a telematics system as a whole and provides the information necessary to help drive intelligent decisions that have long-term benefits.

This two-day seminar will begin with a review of the origins, technologies, and systems used in creating and operating modern-day telematics systems. The main technologies will be broken down into five categories, all of which are required to operate in unison in order for the system to be successful. This will include automotive technologies necessary to gain access to vehicle operating data, wireless technologies to establish communications, navigation technologies to introduce location, antennas that enable wireless, and data management to manage and make data useful. A series of practical examples will allow attendees the opportunity to work through each of the functional technologies and implement a simple telematics solution. The seminar will conclude with a discussion of the issues that drive a cost vs. buy decision on the specific elements in the telematics value chain, as well as various applications currently being deployed and the exploration of future applications within the telematics market. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop computer with a dual-boot Linux operating system installed.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish the various technologies used in telematics systems
  • Assess the difficulty, time, and costs required to deploy a functional telematics solution
  • Evaluate alternatives and make decisions on where to spend development dollars, and when to rely on outside resources
  • Construct and demonstrate a simple telematics system
  • Recognize the role current and future telematics technologies will play in our collective future

Who Should Attend
Engineers at all levels wanting to gain a better understanding of the fusion of technologies involved in telematics systems will benefit from this seminar. Also benefiting are OEMs looking for a competitive advantage and field data that will improve their product development system. Fleet operators looking to increase business productivity, better manage their assets, meet regulatory requirements more efficiently, and improve asset utilization will also benefit from the technical information presented.

A technical background will greatly simplify the understanding and absorption of the material presented. Additionally, any working knowledge of the C programming language will also be of benefit to attendees during the practical portion.

Topical Outline


  • Telematics Overview
    • Definition
    • Historical Origins -- One size does not fit all
  • Telematics Technologies
    • Overall System Architecture
    • Automotive -- Vehicle Bus architecture; Protocols; Power requirements; Regulatory requirements; Proprietary barriers
    • Wireless -- Providers/ISP's; Terrestrial; GSM; CDMA; FM-RDS; WAN/PAN; 802.11; Zigbee; WiMax; Bluetooth; SATCOM; LEO; GEO
  • Navigation -- GPS; Galileo; Everything Else
  • Antennas -- The black magic
  • Data Management -- Hosting/Servers; Databases; Scalability; NOC; Availability; Backup; Security; ASP
  • Getting Started -- Basic System Architecture; Environment Setup; Powering up and getting familiar with the system


  • Practical Example #1
    • Vehicle Bus -- Standard messages; Capturing all data; Filtered messages; Capturing specific messages
  • Practical Example #2
    • Navigation -- Capturing GPS stream; Combining GPS data with bus data
  • Practical Example #3
    • Establishing network communications -- Basic communication setup; Terminal monitoring of network communication; Sending GPS/Bus data to server
  • Practical Example #4
    • Send a formatted message to back-end application -- Display results on map
    • Receive and decode formatted message from server -- Send specific vehicle bus data (request)
  • Cost-Value / Cost-Performance
  • Make vs. Buy: Hardware; Software; Back office
  • Future Implications and Applications
    • Insurance -- Black Boxes; Usage based insurance
    • Safety & Security -- People; Products; RFID
    • Compliance/Regulation -- Intelligent highways; Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Closing and Evaluation

Instructor(s): Emad Isaac
Emad S. Isaac is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Rand McNally, a company specializing in geospatial information, education, navigation, and fleet management technologies. Mr. Isaac's prior experience includes over 20 years of broad responsibilities in automotive, commercial vehicle electronics, wireless communications, systems, and embedded technologies industries. Previously, he was CTO for a U.S. based electronics development and manufacturing services company. Mr. Isaac was also a Distinguished Member of Motorola's Technical Staff as Lead Systems Architect for Motorola's Telematics Group he served on the Motorola Patent Committee, led several corporate wide innovation initiatives, identified new standards and standard bodies for regional and global Telematics. In addition, Mr. Isaac briefly served as vice-chairman for the SAE J1939 committee. Mr. Isaac has also held various leadership roles within the military, government, and aerospace industry prior to joining Motorola. Mr. Isaac holds several key patents and is a dedicated advocate of various projects and school programs that inspire children in the areas of Math, Science, and Engineering. Mr. Isaac holds two BS degrees in Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. He also holds a MS in Biomechanics from the University of Arizona, as well as a Master of Engineering Management degree from Northwestern University.

Fees: $1370.00 ; SAE Members: $1096.00 - $1233.00

1.3 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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