Tuesday, 06 November 2012 10:00

Navman Wireless updates vehicle GPS tracker

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Navman Wireless has released a new GPS fleet tracking unit, but the service is still available through Telstra.

Just over a year ago, Navman Wireless began offering its GPS fleet management system through Telstra.

The company subsequently added the Dynamic Dashboard to provide an overview of fleet operations, an iPad app for easy mobile access to the data, and in the middle of 2012 a fuel usage and CO2 emissions reporting suite.

Navman Wireless has now released its new generation hardware, the Qube 4 tracking unit.

Key features are an optional Quake Global satellite modem for communication via Iridium when outside the range of Telstra's Next G network, and greater focus on workplace health and safety.

"Compliance with work, health and safety [legislation] is becoming increasingly important across all organisations, and having the technology to help businesses monitor and manage safety, especially for mobile workers, is critical" said Ian Daniel, Navman Wireless's vice president APAC.

"Thanks to our partnership with Telstra, our customers have access to Telstra's Next G network, making real-time communication and alerts between the vehicle and fleet managers the fastest of any other on the market."

He added "In emergency situations, where time and distance can be life threatening, quick response time is of utmost importance in ensuring driver safety."

Capabilities include detecting excessive idle time - which could indicate the driver is in some kind of trouble - unsafe driving practices such as rapid acceleration or braking, and speeding (the Qube 4 handles up to 600 geofences with a speed limit for each area).

"You can identify poor drivers easily," regional manager Michael Carter told iTWire.

The Iridium capability was proving to be of particular interest to local government and mining companies, he added, due to the need to locate machinery outside Next G coverage areas. Health services are also a target market, along with anyone else that needs reliable and rapid delivery of location information.

More than 160,000 vehicles around the world are monitored by Navman Wireless technology, 45,000 in the Asia Pacific region.

While Navman Wireless is based in the US, the technology originated in New Zealand and most of the development work is still done in that country, with manufacturing in Singapore.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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