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GPS Monitoring and Fleet Management

GPS Monitoring and Fleet Management

AggreGate Fleet Manager is a vehicle monitoring and control system for managing a fleet of cars, trucks, vessels, forklifts or other vehicles. It provides outsanding coverage for tracking asset and vehicle location as well as centralized collection, storage, processing and visualization of diverse telemetry data.

Vehicle Telemetry and Remote Control

Each vehicle in the fleet is normally outfitted with a tracker or controller collecting a variety of data on the driver’s behavior. This data includes driving speed, maximum acceleration and shocks experienced by the vehicle, driving patterns, such as amount of time spent driving vs. amount of time spent idling.

All data is logged into the device’s memory for later upload to the computer, typically through some form of a wireless interface. The device also works as an access controller for the vehicle – drivers use access codes or RFID cards to “log on” to the vehicle.

A driver’s access to the vehicle can also be subjected to time limitations, such as “only within predefined shift”, “only within standard working time”, etc. Moreover, all vehicle log-ins and log-outs are recorded. In combination with vehicle driving pattern records, this creates an extensive audit trail. The system can also perform a number of additional functions, such as monitoring fuel and oil level, battery charge, etc. In critical situations, the vehicle can be remotely immobilized by a command sent through a wireless interface.

Indoor Tracking and Delayed Operations

The wireless connection to each vehicle is typically unstable. Even on a site which has blanket wireless coverage, there are always some wireless “blind spots” where the connection is unstable or unavailable. In indoor tracking (e.g. Wi-Fi or ZigBee-based), vehicles are not even confined to a particular site and only return to the base occasionally. M2M devices working via cellular and satellite links don't maintain constant server connections either. This dramatically narrows the window of opportunity for configuring or upgrading several devices at once.

AggreGate is built from the ground up to avoid this limitation. Data is synchronized between the devices and the server whenever a connection is available. You can always change the settings for a given vehicle, and as soon as that vehicle comes into range, the new settings are automatically uploaded onto it.

You could also browse the list of vehicle events (log-ins, log-outs, alerts, etc.) whenever you want, not just when the vehicle is in range and connected. You will see the most recent data available ("device snapshot"), and as soon as the vehicle comes into range (or synchronizes again via GPRS or other long-range medium), you’d see new data.

Group Operations

With AggreGate, you could manage several vehicles as one group, even despite each vehicle is equipped with a different model/version of vehicle controller. You could make a single, sweeping change for a setting (like a speed threshold, for example) which would take effect on all such vehicles once they get connected.

AggreGate Fleet Manager Features

  • Vendor-neutral GPS/GLONASS tracker connectivity via a powerful generic device driver adoptable to any tracker model via port assignments, rule-based command parsing, and expression-based extraction of valuable information (position, CAN bus data, etc.)
  • Out-of-the-box support for numerous tracker vendors/models
  • Totally flexible fleet maps with any underlying GIS layer type, including Google Maps, Bing Maps, OpenStreetMap, and more
  • Controlling and monitoring vehicle settings: list of permitted drivers/operators, maintenance schedule (date of last/next maintenance and any grace period), speed thresholds (speed limit, speeding alarms, etc.), temperature/oil thresholds, shock thresholds, fuel/battery thresholds, and more
  • Monitoring current vehicle conditions: location (via GPS/GLONASS), speed, fuel/battery level, current mileage, oil level, and more
  • Performing vehicle operations: remote engine shutdown, send message to driver/operator, etc.
  • Monitoring real-time and historical events/alerts, such as: speed limit exceeded, fuel/battery/oil level low, maintenance overdue, checkup failed/timed out, shock limit exceeded, and more
  • Tracking and mapping an unlimited number of vehicles on a large area from several geographically distributed control centers
  • Tracking general fleet information (vehicle number, license number, etc.)
  • Tracking employee and driver information, licensing, certification, etc.
  • Storing specific vehicle information (e.g. oil type)
  • Permitting an operator to manage a specific set of vehicles, regardless of their location
  • Tracking preventive maintenance (PM) and repairs performed on your fleet
  • Alerting operators when maintenance is due
  • Viewing, searching, sorting and filtering vehicle event/alert history
  • Creating and viewing reports (vehicle usage, checklists, accidents, alerts, etc.)
  • Managing automatic maintenance notifications
  • Setting up real-time data exchange with a stock management system

Customizing AggreGate for Your Own Fleet

  • Build your own event filters to focus on data and parameters you care about the most
  • Customized reports fit in with your current management system
  • Brand the interface with your own logo to maintain corporate identity
  • Create only the alerts you need and reach your personnel via email, SMS or even Twitter

Integrating AggreGate Fleet Manager

The Fleet Manager integrates with other enterprise systems to allow:

  • Managing fuel consumption history and statistics
  • Analyzing costs of preventive maintenance, repairs, parts, and labor
  • Calculating sales tax
  • Monitoring accidents
  • Tracking and monitoring fluid usage (i.e. motor oil, transmission fluid, etc.)
  • Recording general expenses, such as registration renewals, insurance payments, lease payments, etc.
  • Tracking and monitoring equipment usage
  • Analyzing your fleet costs
  • Tracking tire inventory, assignment and usage
  • Managing, tracking and monitoring work orders
  • Calculating detailed labor charges by rate and time.

See Enterprise Integration for details.

Deploying AggreGate doesn’t necessarity mean you have to stop using your current system. AggreGate supports open protocols for exchanging data and executing operations. Thus, while you could use the built-in AggreGate Client as the end-user software, AggreGate is just as useful when used as middleware, with your existing enterprise-grade fleet management system serving as the front end.

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