Asset tracking refers to tracking the movement of physical assets, either by scanning barcode tags attached to the assets or by using smart tags, like ‘passive’ RFID, which broadcast their location, but which have limited transmission range (typically a few meters). Longer-range “smart tags” use ‘active’ RFID -where a radio transmitter is powered by a battery and can transmit up to 2000 meters (6,600 feet) in optimum conditions. RFID-based Asset Tracking requires an infrastructure to be put in place before the whereabouts of tags may be ascertained. An asset tracking system can record the location and usage of the assets and generate various reports.
Assets may also be tracked globally using devices which combine the GPS Global Positioning System system and mobile phone Cellular network and/or Satellite Phone Satellite phonetechnology. Such devices are known as GPS Asset Trackers and are primarily differentiated from other GPS Trackers GPS tracking unit by virtue of the fact that they rely on an internal battery for power rather than being dependent on hard-wiring to a vehicle’s battery. The frequency with which the position of the device must be known or available dictates the quality, size or type of GPS Asset Tracker required. It is common for asset tracking devices to fail due to Faraday cage effects as a huge proportion of the worlds assets are moved via containers. However modern tracking technology has now seen advances in signal transmission that allows enough signal strength to reach the GPS satellite system which can then be reported via GPRS to terrestrial networks.
Asset or Personal Tracking
A vehicle 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 or GLONASS 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.
Vehicle tracking systems are also popular in consumer vehicles as a theft prevention, monitoring and retrieval device.
Police can simply follow the signal emitted by the tracking system and locate the stolen vehicle.
When used as a security system, a Vehicle Tracking System may serve as either an addition to or replacement for a traditional car alarm.
Some vehicle tracking systems make it possible to control vehicle remotely, including block doors or engine in case of emergency.
The existence of vehicle tracking device then can be used to reduce the insurance cost, because the loss-risk of the vehicle drops significantly.
Fleet management software enables people to accomplish a series of specific tasks in the management of any or all aspects relating to a company’s fleet of vehicles. These specific tasks encompass all operations from vehicle acquisition to disposal.
Software, depending on its capabilities, allows functions such as driver and vehicle profiling, trip profiling, dispatch, vehicle efficiency, etc. It can provide remote control features, such as Geo-fencing and active disabling. Current vehicle diagnostic information can also be related to a management site, depending on the type of hardware installed in the vehicles. New platform, based on Fleet management software, is fleet controlling with higher amount of information available for both drivers and dispatchers of a fleet.
Today online software platforms are very popular: users no longer have to install software and they can access the software through a web browser.
Recent advances in fleet management allow for the addition of over-the-air (OTA) security and control of fleet vehicles. Fleet Security and Control includes security of the vehicle while stopped or not in operation and the ability to safely disable a vehicle while in operation. This allows the fleet manager to recover stolen or rogue vehicles while reducing the chance of lost or stolen cargo. The additional of Fleet Security and Control to a fleet management system gives a fleet card manager preventative measures to address cargo damage and loss.
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