Telematique? Telematics? Telematica!
Telematics is the English language version of the French word telematique, a term suggested by Simon Nora and Alain Minc in L'informatisation de la Societe (La Documentation Francaise, 1978); translated as The Computerization of Society (MIT Press, 1980). The term telematic systems came into use in the 1980 series of "questions" established by the CCITT (Comite Consultatif Internationale de Telegraphie et Telephonie), the international treaty organization under the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) which established international standards for tele- and data-communications services offered by (for the most part) state-run or regulated carriers and operators.
Lately, telematics has been a term used to mean "automotive telematics," the use of computers and telecommunications to enhance the functionality of motor vehicles, for example, wireless data applications in cars, trucks, and buses.
When Telematica, Inc. was established in the early 1980s, the reference was clearly to the original meaning. In order to reflect its origins and continued interest in the marriage of telecommunications and computing, the site will continue using the original term, telematique.