They are available for several weeks now - the latest versions of TELTONIKA's vehicle trackers for the OBD-II interface.
These days, virtually all automobiles have an onboard diagnostics interface (OBD-II), with which e.g. your car service station can read malfunctions in the car from the data logger.
This interface is used to connect TELTONIKA's trackers without much effort.
Both models offer the possibility for a digital logbook or can be used just for the surveillance of the vehicle.
Thus, you can quickly and easily determine, where exactly your vehicle is and which routes were taken recently. With the aid of extensive analysis options, you can always keep an eye on the quality of driving and the destinations.
The compatible electronic logbook - 100% conform to tax office regulations
"The electronic logbook GPS-CarControl is absolutely forgery-proof and guaranteed to meet the requirements of the tax office", explains S-TEC GmbH, an electronic logbook and fleet controlling provider from Hamburg.
Reminders ensure timely processing. Business trips, commutes and private trips are clearly differentiated and cannot be altered after period-end closing.
The company, which was founded in 1993, recognized the market potential for GPS-based systems very early on. Now, S-TEC GmbH, headquartered in Hamburg, employs 45 people at four locations.
Website of S-TEC GmbH: www.scanmedia.net,
Website for the GPS-CarControl solution: www.gps-carcontrol.de
When is it useful to keep a logbook?
The private use of company cars is considered a non-cash benefit by the tax office. If business and private trips are not fully documented, the tax office will take the so-called one-percent regulation as a basis for taxation.
This means that per month, one percent of the vehicle's gross list price (i.e. independent of the actual purchase price) will be assessed for the private use and, therefore, the taxation of the non-cash benefit. This could get rather expensive. Especially for cars with high gross list prices or low personal-use value, it should be determined if billing on basis of the so-called logbook method is more favorable.
What should you keep in mind while choosing an electronic logbook?
stresses Anja Weißflog, tax consultant from Ecovis in Chemnitz. The electronic system, including software, needs to be installed in such a way that the system cannot be disconnected from the wiring system of the vehicle. Subsequent corrections can be made via Internet browser and are permitted.
"However, changes to already entered information, such as destinations, have to be made within seven days",
cautions Ms Weißflog, otherwise trouble with the tax office is inevitable.
The consultancy Ecovis supports medium-sized companies. In Germany, they are in the top 10 of the industry. About 6,500 employees work in more than 100 German offices as well as in partner consultancies in more than 70 countries around the globe.
Ecovis website: https://www.ecovis.de/chemnitz-wws/
Make sure to talk to your tax advisor before utilizing an electronic logbook. Check if and at which point an electronic logbook is advisable in your case and which requirements you have to meet.
GPS-CarControl App by S-TEC GmbH
With the free GPS-CarControl app you can access a wide variety of features, look at vehicle information and conveniently edit and finalize your electronic logbook at any time via your smartphone. Your advantages at a glance:
- All trips are recorded fully automatically
- Simple editing via the GPS-CarControl portal or the
- Free GPS-CarControl app - 100% conform to tax office regulations
- Intelligent software and hardware
- Unlimited number of geo-fences
- Optional "private trip" switch
- Optional driver recognition
- Individual assignment of permissions to ensure data protection
- Useful extensions
Mounting and Installation
After opening the tracker, inserting the micro SIM card is very easy.
Likewise the installation of drivers/software works smoothly under WIN7.
After connecting the tracker to our test laptop (WIN7), it was detected without any problems. Now, we only needed to enter the correct PIN of the SIM card, the APN and the used server. Moments later, the first recorded data was sent via the mobile data link. The transmission interval as well as the selection of which data is sent, can be defined manually.
The installation of the tracker into our company car was accomplished quickly as well. In this case, looking for the interface took longer than the installation itself. In the following picture, you can see the connected tracker beneath the steering wheel. There is also an optional OBD-II extension cable available.
Our subsequent test drive took us to the nearest gas station. In the following pictures, you can see the route on the map. The web app, the Windows app as well as the Android app depict the results correctly. The depiction varies depending on the used app. Of course, the web login and the Windows app offer the widest range of functions. On the other hand, with the mobile app, the tracker data can be accessed from anywhere, as long as there is an active Internet connection.
The difference between models FMB001 and FMB010 is that the FMB001 can read the data via the OBD-II interface. This way, up to 32 onboard parameter can be recorded. Other than that, both models have the same features, such as battery, Bluetooth with speakerphone function, accelerometer, GNSS for satellite navigation (GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BEIDOU, SBAS, QZSS, DGPS, AGPS) and a built-in microSD card for data storage.
A micro SIM card, ideally with a data plan, is necessary for using the tracker. Furthermore, monthly expenses are incurred for the data server, however, this also already includes the various possibilities to generate reports.
As can be expected from TELTONIKA, you will receive a product with excellent quality - absolutely robust and practical for your fleet management.
No, the installation of the hardware is accomplished in a short time via a Windows PC. On the vehicle itself, you only need to locate the interface.
Mounting the tracker in the vehicle is also carried out very quickly.
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