The av­er­age cost of in­stalling telem­at­ics

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The trend is for in­sur­ers to pick up the tab and, be­cause of the ob­vi­ous long- term ben­e­fits, to of­fer telem­at­ics cost- free to clients, says Ho­gan. “While vol­umes and the type of telem­at­ics de­vice play a role in pric­ing, av­er­age in­stal­la­tion costs vary be­tween R500 and R1 000, and data pro­vi­sion and mon­i­tor­ing costs present in the re­gion of ap­prox­i­mately R1 000 a year,” he says.


If a client was buy­ing a telem­at­ics sys­tem from Car­track, the av­er­age cost of a stolen ve­hi­cle re­cov­ery de­vice and ser­vice would be:

Cash pur­chase • Unit plus in­stal­la­tion for a ba­sic unit: R1 000. • Ad­vanced unit: R2 900. • Monthly sub­scrip­tion fee: from R98 to R160.

Rental ( 36 months):

Monthly rental: from R140 to R200.

Fleet man­age­ment sys­tems: • With a stolen ve­hi­cle re­cov­ery ser­vice the price will vary con­sid­er­ably, depend­ing on the num­ber of fea­tures re­quired. • Hard­ware plus in­stal­la­tion: from R3 000 to R8 000. • Monthly fees: from R190 to R400.


Van Wyn­gaardt, the head of Tracker’s busi­ness di­vi­sion, says each cus­tomer has dif­fer­ent needs, rang­ing from a dot on the screen to clients who re­quire com­pletely cus­tomised so­lu­tions. “It also needs to be un­der­stood that the cost re­sults in a big sav­ing and there is a real re­turn on in­vest­ment. Tracker, in part­ner­ship with TomTom, has seen in­stances where the tech­nol­ogy pays for it­self in four or five months.”

En­try level: This is the ab­so­lute ba­sic telem­at­ics de­vice that pro­vides ve­hi­cle po­si­tion in­for­ma­tion. The cost ranges be­tween R250 and R300 a month for a stan­dard 36- month sub­scrip­tion.

Mid- level: R300 to R400 a month for a stan­dard 36- month sub­scrip­tion.

Top of the range: This would al­low the client to en­gage with live traf­fic, re­ceive real- time in­for­ma­tion, route op­ti­mi­sa­tion and en­able fea­tures such as job sched­ul­ing. Job sched­ul­ing al­lows fleet man­agers or op­er­a­tors to change the or­der of de­liv­er­ies or make route changes im­me­di­ately, send­ing the in­for­ma­tion di­rectly to an on- board nav­i­ga­tion de­vice. The costs for this op­tion de­pend on the cus­tomer’s in­di­vid­ual needs.

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