Vehicle / Asset Tracking

Application Notes

Application Background                                                                                                                                      Printer Friendly Version

Many industries need to track vehicles and other assets for commercial and occupational health, safety and security reasons.

Many industries need to track vehicles and other assets for commercial and occupational health, safety and security reasons.

GPS receiver modules are easily obtained to mount on a vehicle or asset and the position of the asset is shown locally
This application reads the GPS position and routinely sends the position via cell phone or satellite networks to a central server to display on Google Maps using a standard web browser and perhaps exported out to a companion GIS/Land Information System.

GPS receiver module
VEHICLE / ASSET TRACKING NEON

This vehicle/ asset tracking system is generally used in conjunction with a wider application, such as remote asset monitoring.
There are several applications for mobile maintenance facilities, truck mounted repair facilities for example, where test and commissioning data is collected from oil wells or other assets on a regular maintenance trip. Having the GPS location recorded along with the data is useful as an audit trail of the measurements at different locations.

Application Detail

The 2501A Neon GPS Receiver Module is a GPS Receiver with a dedicated interface to the Neon Remote Terminal/ Module family of products.

Unidata 2501A-3B GPS Tracker

The 2501A Neon GPS Receiver Module receives standard NMEA GPS data streams and puts those data streams into registers that can be read by Neon Remote Terminals and Modules. The Neon Remote Terminals and Modules can be programmed to routinely or on demand obtain the current latitude and longitude and send this position data to the Neon Server.

Vehicle Asset Tracking

The system supports Geo Fencing, where the system can alarm when the unit is brought within a specified distance from a location, for example 500 meters from a depot or pumping station.

The Neon Server presents the position data overlaid on a Google maps interface if required, as well as displaying various options for tracking history and tracking of different specified groups.

The connected Neon Remote Terminal or Module records the latitude and longitude as required by the logging scheme and schedule so the position can be logged in the same way as normal logged data. Hence the position logging is maintained even when there is no cell phone or satellite phone coverage.

VEHICLE / ASSET TRACKING

Neon Remote Terminal or Module have digital inputs and outputs and available for input or output of tracking status information or operational information.
As an example an input could be connected to a distress button, a disable button, a battery status or vehicle status input. As an example, an output could be connected to a warning light or siren.

Typical Configuration

GPS Receiver with 3G NRM 2501A-3B, Neon GPS Receiver Module with 3G NRM and Battery

Options for Neon Telemetry - NRT / RTU / Field UnitsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Cellular RTU 3G2013F-AB03Neon Metering Module 3G with Antenna and Li Battery
Cellular RTU 4G2013F-AB04Neon Metering Module 4G with Antenna and Li Battery
Cellular RTU 3G - Industrial2016F-AB03Neon Remote Terminal 3G with Antenna and Li Battery
Cellular RTU 4G - Industrial2016F-AB04Neon Remote Terminal 4G with Antenna and Li Battery
Low Earth Orbit Satellite Globalstar2015E-AB0Neon Remote Terminal - Satellite Globalstar Modem with Antenna and three Li Batteries
Ethernet2017E-0B0-1 or 3NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports
with three Li Batteries
Equatorial Orbit Satellite - Inmarsat2018E-AB0-1 or 3NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports
with three Li Batteries
LCD Display2500ENRT LCD Display
NRT Field Termination Strip2103F2015E,2016F,2017E, and 2018E NRT FTS
NRT Firmware Option2303A-8M8M Extended Memory Option
NRT Firmware Option2303A-8M-CAM8M Extended Memory & Serial Camera Option
NRT Firmware Option2303A-CAMSerial Camera Option
Options for Neon Application Software - Customer ServerUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Application Software2302ANeon Server Software Licence Incl 5 NAL
Neon Application Software2302A-10Additional 10 NRT Access Licences
Neon Application Software2302A-20Additional 20 NRT Access Licences
Neon Application Software2302A-50Additional 50 NRT Access Licences
Options for Neon Application Software - Unidata ServerUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Application Software2301ANeon Data Initial Subscription Setup Fee
Neon Hosting Service2301A-01Neon Data Service Fee for 1-50 NRTs
Neon Hosting Service2301A-02Neon Data Service Fee for 51-100 NRTs
Neon Hosting Service2301A-10Neon Data Service Fee Metering
Options for Conventional Dataloggers / Field UnitsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Standards Starlogger6004D-11Red Logger 512K with Alkaline Battery
Display Starlogger6004D-21Blue Logger 512K with LCD and Alkaline Battery
Prologger7001D-11Green Logger 1M with LCD and Alkaline Battery
Micrologger8010C-EURMicrologger 512K
Starlogger Field Termination Strip6103E6004D FTS
Prologger Field Termination Strip7100E7001D FTS
Starlog V4 Management Software6308A-AUEStarlog V4 Full Licence Key