Gps location systems

Gps location systems

Gps location systems

Location systems designed and built by Distromel. 

All companies have the need to control its assets. From Distromel blog, we are proposing the aspects to be considered for installing GPS location systems and fleet control systems in our vehicles.

We are going to explain some characteristics that we consider essential when purchasing a system for obtaining reliable gps positioning registers; scalability and reliability of registers is of utmost importance as our decisions will be based on that data.

Installation of location systems in vehicles should be executed by skilled staff because we need to obtain continuous supply voltage, and supply voltage after the engine has started to know if the vehicle engine has started or not.

Bfc Lite´s location system

Bfc Lite´s location system

In this way, our software will provide information on stopping and driving with regard to the engine (operative or inoperative engine). Due to the additional data provided by the GPS, we will know when the vehicle has been with the engine started but at low speed, because it may happen that the vehicle is active but physically stopped. Staff installing the fleet control should obtain that voltage without altering the standard electrical installation of the vehicle.

  Together with the GPS position, we will receive additional data for that georeference such as date and time, number of satellites that will determine the quality of the GPS signal, direction, altitude, altitude orientation, length, length orientation, speed, sampling time regarding the previous position, minimum speed, maximum speed and average speed of that sampling time and minimum and maximum acceleration and deceleration. All these, together with some logs indicating the functioning state of our location system, position us as one of the manufacturers producing high-quality location systems.

  

Screen capture of the management application of siGEUS

Screen capture of the management application of siGEUS

For Sensorisation regarding the obtaining of digital signals of a machine, we should consider the extension capacity of the number of inputs and outputs that the Distromel location systems have. Currently, we consider that four inputs are enough to control the tasks developed by a vehicle, however it should also be considered that may be in the future we will need to extend the functionality of our locating device.  Knowing the tasks such as sweeping, water ejection, actuation of the third arm, suction, compaction, water charge and other tasks carried out by a vehicle can help us in optimisation and decision making as it is of utmost importance to know where the vehicle is and what it is doing.

As we know, when we need to determine the position, the receiver automatically locates at least four satellites of the network and based on that location, our position is triangulated. For more detailed information on the global position system, please refer to the following link.

Explanation on how a global position system works

Gps satellites

Gps satellites

We are briefly explaining how the global position system works. It is worth mentioning that the more covering satellites we have in our GPS, the higher accuracy of the position will be.  

To do that, Distromel installs a gps/gprs external antenna providing higher quality of the GPS signal and a wide coverage of data transmission. Mobile phone coverage is widely extended but it is essential to ensure appropriate location with the maximum accuracy allowed by the system. There is no point in having a 24-channel location system if the antenna that receives the satellite signal is internal and screened by the vehicle chassis.

Location systems need no maintenance. Having electronic protection devices against overvoltage offers a safe and easy to repair system.  In the event of wrong functioning of the data registered, our own technical service, which is all over Spain, will solve it.

Our company ensures full availability of data. Our technical staff is responsible for ensuring the availability of such data because of the strict process implemented for storing backup data. The customer may choose to have integration services with third-party Erps or software and copies of data, which allow having the data stored at the customer’s premises.

Access to data can be performed with an appropriate software. siGEUS Desktop or siGEUS Web are the two possibilities to access information that currently Distromel has. For remote work environments, siGEUS web is the solution; it is the same desk tool but with more extended power.

We recommend the software to be continuously developing. Our software will send alarms to our electronic mail when faults are produced, for example if a vehicle leaves the route established at a distance previously set. By importing the estates from the land register we will know when an agricultural vehicle is working inside the state or if it is leaving the state.

Having full guarantee in data availability does not mean that data need to be indiscriminately collected in order to obtain a perfect route, quite the opposite, the location system chosen must send information about the GPS positions of the route when required. Our geo-positioning systems record the GPS position through an algorithm, which works according to the vehicle speed, state of inputs, direction, distance from the previous position and GPS coverage.  Working with these values we have the minimum amount of data from the origin and represent the route on the mapping in the most precise way possible.

Scalability refers to the capacity to extend the use we are having. Our location systems are fully scalable allowing for entire availability to add the Can Bus reading functions and set optimization methods in driving, sensor tasks that are performed by the vehicle, enter additional information on driving through touch screens, add the possibility to include container identification systems and weighing systems, etc.

 To sum up, it is worth mentioning that from our experience and dealing with our customers, this is one of the features that any fleet control, location system or positioning system should have in order to assure easy enlargement.

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