Apr

Ctrack Multi-comms enhances fleet communication and cost efficiency

2014-04-10 12:28
The new Ctrack Multi-comms onboard system is able to intelligently switch to satellite communication mode when a vehicle is in an area with no GSM signal coverage or crosses into another country. Now you will know when your trucks are held up anywhere in Africa such as has often happened at the Chirundu border post.

Leading vehicle tracking and logistics management service provider Ctrack has introduced an enhancement to its fleet management solution which cost effectively expands its tracking coverage to both land and sea globally.

This enhancement puts the customer in control with the ability to configure Ctrack’s wireless communication to exact operational requirements while minimising their data communication costs.

Usually data is exchanged using GPRS protocols across a GSM network to report vehicle movements along with other telematics information. Ctrack Multi-comms enables transporters operating across borders to select additional communication channels for this data transfer.

The onboard system is able to intelligently switch to satellite communication mode when a vehicle is in an area with no GSM signal coverage or crosses into another country; when at the depot it can switch to Wi-Fi to download low priority data not yet sent over the more expensive channels.

“This new functionality enables seamless and least cost data transfer between the customer’s vehicles and Ctrack’s monitoring centre, providing the most cost effective real time internet tracking and reporting,” says Nick Vlok CEO of DigiCore, supplier of Ctrack.

In the presence of Wi-Fi or an authorised TETRA network, Ctrack Multi-comms automatically selects the lowest cost channel to exchange data, helping to save on third party communication costs. Ctrack’s proprietary least cost routing algorithm gives users the ability to prioritise information based on their operational requirements, reducing communication costs to the minimum possible.

“Many multinationals and large businesses with extensive vehicle fleets often require their valuable mobile assets and specialists to work in remote and harsh environments, or down in open cast mine pits, where there is limited – or no – GSM network coverage. Multi-comms now makes the tracking and monitoring of expensive and highly specialised assets in extremely challenging locations possible,” says Vlok.

Industries such as mining, minerals and oil and gas industries, where field service units and heavy duty vehicles require specific safety and security measures, will benefit from this exciting technology.

“Ctrack Multi-comms allows us to offer customers an even higher level of efficiency, reliability and security for their fleets and assets,” says Vlok.

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