Vehicle Tracker for the Road Transport Industry

Civilian Applications of GPS

The Global Positioning System (GPS) technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in just a few decades. This technology has indelibly impacted such areas of human activity as road transport, aviation, shipping, rail transport, security, heavy vehicle guidance, surveying, mapping, geophysics, telecommunication services, financial services and social activities. To name but a few!

This marvelous digital technology is transmitted absolutely free of cost from earth orbiting satellites (certainly a God Send for all of us!) where its signals are beamed directly to low cost receiver hand chipsets. This has made the GPS technology very affordable to all civilian applications. Consider the following areas of GPS applications:

Road Transport

GPS technology enables all kinds of vehicles to accurately navigate their travel paths, choose their travel routes, identify their locations at any given time on their route and identify land marks. This indeed is a boon to all drivers of all vehicles when traveling within a city or from city to city. Another very important feature that GPS technology offers its end users is a 24/7 vehicle tracking and monitoring system. GPS technology enables fleet transport owners to monitor their vehicles at any given time, be it day or night time. For private owner vehicles, the family member driving the vehicle can be conveniently tracked and monitored by other family members at any given time of the day or night. The tracking and monitoring software for the GPS device is very conveniently downloaded on smart phone handsets and / or tablets for immediate, clear and uninterrupted signal reception. The GPS software can be conveniently downloaded on many smart phone handsets or tablets that would enable more than one viewer to track and monitor the vehicle driver. The GPS trackers are miniature wireless devices that are installed in a particular location within the vehicle so that it is properly concealed. In the case of vehicle theft or carjacking the vehicle thief or criminal will be unable to see the GPS tracking and monitoring device and therefore will not be aware of its presence. What is even very important is that the entire travel route and the last detected location of the stolen vehicle can be very easily shared with the local police for their investigative tracking and recovery of your vehicle.

In more advanced GPS tracker device systems, light or heavy vehicles can be accurately monitored for such vital parameters as driver behavior, fuel capacity and consumption, door open and shut alerts, image monitoring – transmission of camera images, both internal and external, to smart phone. Another Special GPS advance technology enabled components to monitor driver and passenger attendance and presence can be installed on city tourist and interstate coaches. These components include Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Bio Metrics Identification. These GPS enabled technologies allow for monitoring driver and passenger attendance through multiple transits that are enroute to the final destination.

In the case of heavy duty container vehicles that carry such items as food perishables (which require a constant and steady internal temperature), the internal container temperature can be monitored by the driver as well as the remote monitoring station right through the journey or at any given time enroute to the destination.

Satellite As a Main Telecommunications Transport Medium

Satellite is a very popular and established method of transmitting information. The transference is made possible by what is commonly referred to as an uplink or transmission of information from some point on the earth to a satellite hovering in space. That information is then re-transmitted, or down linked from the satellite back to earth. This uplink and downlink transference of information happens within fractions of a second. Special receiving antennas known as satellite dishes receive the information on the downlink. That information is then interpreted by a device known as a receiver. The receiver processes the information so that it is understandable by your television set, telephone or computer. Since the information is transmitted from space, there is an extremely wide coverage area. Geographically speaking, one or two satellites can cover the entire United States. This allows the service area and potential customer base for the Service Provider to be quite large.

Advantages–Satellite doesn’t require utility construction, or cabling which is fastened to utility poles or trenched in underground along roadways and easements. This eliminates the reasons for outages that HFC or Fiber Optic systems can experience. The equipment count utilized for the transport of signals is relatively few, as compared to other types of signal transmission. This fact alone adds to the reliability of the service, with fewer interruptions and contributes to the extremely good TV picture quality. Satellite service is optimal for rural areas where other forms of communications may not be available. Satellite service is also readily available in urban areas.

Disadvantages–Outages or discontinuance of service can occur. The ones caused by Mother Nature can be from what is termed as a sun outage, or sun fade. Other causes can be from snow buildup on receiving dishes. Sometimes the Service Provider will move or relocate certain satellites to improve service or expand their coverage areas. In these instances the consumer can experience an outage ranging from a few hours or possibly longer depending upon what step(s) need to be taken to regain service. Until recently, internet and phone service was not widely available to satellite customers. They would have to contract with a secondary provider for those services. High speed internet is now available in certain markets via satellite. Phone service is available via a satellite phone. At present, these services can be expensive when compared to the same services of other mediums. Many satellite services do not offer telephone as a bundled option. With satellite, each television set in the home must have its own receiver and multiple receivers can constitute additional monthly fees.

Like all forms of telecommunications, technologically speaking, satellite has come a long way. It is a great and reliable source for broadband services But like all services, certain bundled options and choices may not be available in all areas.