A GPS or AVL asset tracking system combines the use of automatic vehicle location in individual vehicles with software that collects these fleet data for a comprehensive picture of vehicle locations. Modern vehicle tracking systems commonly use GPS technology for locating the vehicle, but other types of automatic vehicle location technology can also be used. Vehicle information can be viewed on electronic maps via the Internet or specialized software. Urban public transit authorities are an increasingly common user of vehicle tracking systems, particularly in large cities.
Major constituents of the GPS-based tracking are:
1. GPS tracking unit: The device that fits into the vehicle or asset and captures the GPS location information apart from other vehicle information at regular intervals to a central server.
2. GPS tracking server: The tracking server has three responsibilities: receiving data from the GPS tracking unit, securely storing it, and serving this information on demand to the user. This can be a GPS service provider owned server or a customer owned server.
3. User interface: The UI determines how one will be able to access information, view vehicle data, and elicit important details from it. Generally this is a computer terminal connected to the internet communicating with a service providers server or a local network communicating to the local server.
Other vehicle information that can be gathered to include fuel amount, engine temperature, altitude, reverse geocoding, door open/close, tire pressure, cut off fuel, turn off ignition, turn on headlight, turn on taillight, battery status, GSM area code/cell code decoded, number of GPS satellites in view, glass open/close, fuel amount, emergency button status, cumulative idling, computed odometer, engine RPM, throttle position, GPRS status and a lot more. Capability of these devices actually decide the final capability of the whole tracking system; most vehicle tracking systems, in addition to providing the vehicle's location data, feature a wide range of communication ports that can be used to integrate other on board systems, allowing to check their status and control or automate their operation.
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