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ARI Announces Agreement with Ford to Provide Seamless Telematics Solution

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MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, Aug. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ARI®, a leading global fleet services provider specializing in complex car and truck fleets, today announced a new data integration service with Ford Commercial Solutions that will provide a seamless telematics solution for fleet customers. The agreement combines Ford Commercial Solutions' Data Services product with ARI insights®, ARI's proprietary fleet management portal, to deliver real-time visibility into the precise operating conditions of fleet vehicles.

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"Telematics and advanced analytics offer fleets tremendous potential but the reality is that there are often business challenges that must be addressed to unlock this value," said Don Woods, director, customer information systems, ARI. "Our new agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions eliminates two of the biggest roadblocks fleets typically face when implementing a telematics solution, device installation and data management, helping our customers easily leverage this technology to make their fleet data insightful and actionable."

By the end of 2019, most Ford vehicles will be connected with many models already offering connectivity options today. These vehicles will include a built-in telematics unit to transmit data directly from the vehicle to the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC), an open platform that securely manages information flow to and from the vehicles' embedded modems, eliminating the need for third-party hardware and the required installation downtime. The information flows seamlessly from the TMC into ARI's data warehouse where it is integrated with the customer's fleet data and available for comprehensive analysis via ARI insights.

"We are pleased to welcome ARI as an authorized Ford telematics service provider," said Lee Jelenic, CEO Ford Commercial Solutions. "Fleet operators told us they want to be able to choose how best to manage their fleets and this agreement with ARI allows us to offer our customers additional choice."

Customers will also receive the benefit of OEM-direct data, providing access to a greater range of information with precision accuracy. In addition to traditional metrics such as location tracking and driver behavior monitoring, fleet operators will have increased transparency into vehicle diagnostics, fuel levels and downtime tracking. 

"Telematics data powers our predictive analytics platform by providing a real-time, fully transparent view into fleet operations, helping you easily identify outliers and manage by exceptions," continued Woods. "Many of our customers are already using these powerful tools to gain a deeper, more meaningful insight into business operations which in turn fuels smarter, data-driven decisions."

A business unit of Ford Smart Mobility, Ford Commercial Solutions helps fleets improve their operational effectiveness by offering OEM-grade vehicle data verified by Ford engineers such as fuel use and vehicle health alerts. To learn more about Ford Commercial Solutions, please visit CommercialSolutions.Ford.Com.

For additional information, please visit ARIFleet.com and to see how ARI is leveraging telematics and predictive analytics to help develop customized fleet management solutions, visit SeenItComing.com.

About ARI
ARI, a Holman Enterprises company, has revolutionized fleet management with technology that enables organizations around the world to realize new levels of efficiency and value by leveraging the power of data through the ARI insights® portal. Founded in 1948, ARI, now the largest family owned company in the industry, has continuously uncovered new ways for fleet managers to translate their fleets' data into decreased costs and improved driver safety. Headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, ARI manages more than 1.5 million vehicles in North America, the UK and Europe and, together with its strategic partners, 3 million vehicles worldwide. Learn more at ARIFleet.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 202,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.
 

Michael Cianfrone
ARI
(856) 533-9329
mcianfrone@arifleet.com

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