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,” concludes Vlok.
Ctrack is part of JSE listed DigiCore Holdings and specialises in vehicle tracking, fleet management solutions and insurance telematics for a global client base. With more than 28 years of innovation, technical and implementation experience, Ctrack is recognised as a world-leading provider of advanced machine-to-machine communication and telematics solutions that adds value to this global base of customers with mobile assets.
Ctrack’s end-to-end research, design, development, manufacturing, sales and support of customised solutions for customers is serviced by a global network of staff and team members in more than 50 countries. The company’s technology and electronic division designs and develops a robust range of asset management and monitoring systems using GPS satellite positioning, GSM cellular communication systems and other advanced communication and sensory technologies. The result is innovative and advanced machine-to-machine communication that provide Ctrack customers with 24x7x365 information and monitoring of their mobile assets that help them to achieve operational efficiencies and cost reduction targets.
Operations span six continents, with over 1,000 employees and more than 800,000 systems sold.