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Telematics and storage - the rise of higher capaacities

Last updated 30 June 2023

Data Overload

Another issue related to memory and storage in telematics solutions is the problem of data overload. Telematics systems generate vast amounts of data, including location data, vehicle status, driver behaviour, and more. Storing and processing this data can be a significant challenge for telematics solutions, particularly when the memory and storage capacity are limited.
To address the problem of data overload, telematics solutions must use efficient data management and processing techniques. For example, compression algorithms can help reduce the size of data packets, making it easier to store and process large amounts of data. Additionally, telematics systems can prioritize critical data over non-critical data, ensuring that important information is stored and processed first.

Security Risks

The issue of memory and storage in telematics solutions also raises security concerns. Telematics systems store sensitive information, such as driver behaviour data and vehicle location data. This information can be targeted by cybercriminals, putting both the drivers and the fleet at risk.
To mitigate security risks, telematics solutions must use advanced security protocols to protect the data stored in memory and storage. These protocols may include encryption, access control, and other security measures that can prevent unauthorised access, theft, or loss to the data.


Different telematics systems use different hardware and software, which can create compatibility issues and make it challenging to integrate various systems. This can also lead to data fragmentation, making it challenging to access and analyse the data generated by telematics systems.

Another problem is the cost of memory and storage in telematics solutions. As the demand for more advanced telematics features grows, the amount of memory and storage required also increases. However, adding more memory and storage can be expensive, particularly for smaller fleets and businesses.

The physical environment in which telematics hardware is installed can also impact memory and storage. In extreme temperatures or other harsh conditions, memory and storage components can be damaged or degraded, leading to system failures or data loss. 

To address these challenges, telematics solution providers must continue to invest in research and development to create more efficient and cost-effective memory and storage solutions. Additionally, standardisation efforts must be made to ensure that telematics systems can work together seamlessly, and that data can be easily accessed and analysed. Finally, it is essential to consider the physical environment when designing and installing telematics hardware, to ensure that it can withstand harsh conditions and continue to operate effectively.


The cost of storage is a significant concern for telematics solutions providers. As the amount of data generated by telematics systems continues to increase, the need for more storage capacity also grows. However, adding more storage can be expensive, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses that may not have the budget for high-end storage solutions.

The cost is affected by several factors. One of the main factors is the type of storage used. Traditional storage solutions, such as hard disk drives (HDDs), are relatively inexpensive but have limited storage capacity and slower read and write speeds. Solid-state drives (SSDs) are more expensive but offer faster read and write speeds and higher storage capacity.

Another factor that affects the cost is the size of the telematics solution. Larger fleets and businesses generate more data, which requires more storage capacity. As a result, the cost of storage for these businesses can be significantly higher than for smaller fleets and businesses.

Weighing up the pros and cons of HDD's v SSD's is well documented but now some SSDs are at a price point on a par with HDD's. SDDs are lighter, more durable, can operate in freezing temperatures (up to -40°C), smaller footprint, 10x faster at writing and reading data. Thes are just a few examples of why SSDs are better than HDD's but again there is a business to be made over cost v performance.

Data location - where is best?

Storage solutions can also be impacted by the location of the actual device where data is held. On-board storage solutions, such as those found in telematics devices installed in vehicles, are typically more expensive than cloud-based storage solutions. However, on-board storage solutions offer faster access to data and greater control over data privacy and security. It really comes down to the needs of the business and how accessible the data needs to be on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.


With the rise and rise of vehicle telematics there is a growing demand for more on-board data storage, but it is important to consider some factors outside of cost alone such as data security, compatibility with data processing and analytics software and scalability. Industrial-grade storage solutions can offer several benefits in terms of durability, reliability, and performance, and should be considered as the 'go to' practical for all telematics systems.



Graham is the Marketing Lead for the Industrial & Embedded team and has a wealth of knowledge in this area, with an extensive background in aviation, aerospace and defence.