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Vehicle tracking computer

20 July 2011 Computer/Embedded Technology

IEI’s AVL-2000Plus is a compact PC providing GPS tracking, GSM, HSUPA and GPRS communication, video capture, onboard diagnostics and control features in a rugged box.

Vehicle and cargo theft are an all too common occurrence in South Africa, costing many millions of Rands every year. Not to be overlooked, vehicle management and maintenance are also a very important factor facing fleet managers and owners. Trip planning and monitoring of vehicle usage can reduce costs by reducing unnecessary and unauthorised vehicle use. The AVL-2000Plus provides many features to monitor a vehicle’s route and position, as well as its onboard computing functions, thanks to the OBD II feature.

The system’s GPS and dead reckoning features enable tracking of the vehicle at all times. This information can be stored with the unit or transmitted to a monitoring station. GSM, HSUPA and GPRS communications capabilities allow the unit to communicate the vehicle’s position in addition to providing voice and other data communication such as the vehicle’s onboard diagnostics. The ODB II interface of the AVL2000Plus connects to the onboard diagnostics of the vehicle and allows data to be stored or transmitted to the monitoring station in real-time.

The AVL2000Plus has both video and audio features. Up to four video cameras can be attached to the unit and the video can be recorded or transmitted. The audio input and output can be used for communication with the driver. An optional extra is UHF RFID, which allows the computer to sense RFID tags on cargo for logistics management.

The compact size of the AVL2000Plus (200 x 155 x 70 mm) means that it can be easily mounted using the VESA mount within the vehicle, either visibly or covertly. The unit also has digital input and output for sensing and controlling; for instance, cargo doors can be monitored and an immobiliser or alarm can be implemented. The computer is supplied with software development kit and built-in software.

For more information contact Henry Hugo, Centurion Micro Electronics, +27 (0)21 851 4904, sales@cme.co.za, www.cme.co.za



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