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Davis Instruments

November 12, 2013 12:46 ET

Davis Instruments Announces CarChip Connect® -- Real-time GPS Telematics for Small Businesses and Fleet Managers

HAYWARD, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 12, 2013) - Davis Instruments announces CarChip Connect, its real-time GPS telematics device for small business and fleet managers. Designed to the highest engineering standards, CarChip Connect provides intelligent telematics and powerful web analytics to help small businesses and fleet managers improve driver safety and their bottom lines.

"The use of the CarChip devices has helped us decrease our insurance costs by over $1 million, lowered the number of accidents, improved driver performance and safety, and improved maintenance efficiency," said Rita Guitron, Business Services Manager at First Alarm. "As a leader in the security business, we feel these devices have enhanced the safety of our employees and the quality of service we provide to our customers."

Equipped with an onboard accelerometer and backup battery, CarChip Connect is one of the few OBD II-based telematics devices that stores driving parameters and geofences on the device. The minicomputer design provides fleet managers more immediate safety and location data, real-time alerts and tamper notifications. It also stores trip data when a vehicle is out of coverage. CarChip Connect's audible alarm gives drivers real-time feedback on their driving behavior, promoting safer driving.

CarChip Connect's website offers valuable information to managers and drivers. Each company's home page provides fleet managers a quick, yet comprehensive view of their fleets, featuring a map, alerts, emission readiness and fleet summary panes. Supported by Davis' powerful web-based reporting, fleet data is combined into a single company score, providing color-coded at-a-glance information on how the fleet is performing. Drivers can view their individual scores and see how they are performing relative to the company as a whole. Additional reports hone in on driver safety, efficiency, location and vehicle maintenance. Reports can be customized for each fleet or location, focusing on specific areas of interest to a small business or fleet manager.

Three Bottom-Line Benefits to Businesses
CarChip Connect offers three bottom-line benefits:

Safety -- Small businesses and fleet managers can prevent accidents by identifying bad driving habits. Incorporating CarChip Connect into a vehicle safety program improves driver performance and decreases accident risk. Fewer accidents can lead to lower insurance premiums and lower repair costs. CarChip Connect's audible alarm alerts drivers in real-time that they are speeding, hard braking, cornering or exceeding other company set parameters.

Savings -- CarChip Connect's web reports identify inefficiencies such as idle time and aggressive driving. Identifying and reducing idle time saves approximately one gallon of gas for each hour of idle time eliminated. Emissions reports and alerts encourage timely vehicle maintenance, reducing wear and tear on vehicles and keeping them on the road longer.

Simplicity -- No tools needed. Easy to install and reallocate when vehicles rotate out of the fleet. CarChip Connect plugs into the OBD II port in about 20 seconds and starts transmitting data immediately.

About Davis Instruments
CarChip Connect is the latest vehicle tracking device developed by Davis Instruments. A leader in vehicle monitoring since 1995, Davis Instruments designs systems to meet the reporting and management needs for fleets of all sizes. Davis Instruments is also known for its innovative line of consumer electronics, including a complete line of wireless weather monitoring stations. Davis is located in Hayward, California, where its research and design, production, technical support, and customer support departments reside. For more information, call (800) 678-3669 or (510) 732- 9229. You can also find out more about CarChip Connect at and more about Davis Instruments at

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