Vehicle / Asset Tracking

Application Background

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. This vehicle / asset tracking system is generally used in conjunction with a wider application, such as remote asset monitoring.

Application Detail

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.

The 2501A Neon GPS Receiver Module is a GPS Receiver with a dedicated interface to the Neon Remote Logger family of products. 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 Loggers. The Neon Remote Loggers can be programmed to routinely or on demand obtain the current latitude and longitude and send this position data to the Neon Server. 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 Logger 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. Neon Remote Loggers 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

Options for Application Specific Instruments / InputsUnidata Part NumberDescription
GPS Receiver with 3G / 4G NRL3004B-MC00GPS Receiver with Neon Remote Logger

Options for Neon Telemetry - NRL / NRT / RTU / Field UnitsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Remote Logger 16 Channels3016AOptions Available: 3G/4G Cellular, Ethernet, Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium SBD and LoRa
Neon Remote Logger 8 Channels3008AOptions Available: 3G/4G Cellular, Ethernet, Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium SBD and LoRa
Neon Remote Logger 4 Channels3004AOptions Available: 3G/4G Cellular
Neon Remote Logger 4 Channels M Series3004A-MOptions Available: 3G/4G Cellular, Ethernet, Microsatellite, Iridium SBD and LoRa
Cellular RTU 3G/4G2013F-AB03 / 2013F-AB04Neon Metering Module 3G/4G with Antenna and Li Battery
Cellular RTU 3G/4G - Industrial2016F-AB03 / 2016F-AB04Neon Remote Terminal 3G/4G with Antenna and Li Battery
Low Earth Orbit Satellite Globalstar2015F-AB0NRT Satellite Globalstar Modem with Antenna and three Li Batteries
Ethernet2017F-0B0-1 or 3NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports with three Li Batteries
Equatorial Orbit Satellite - Inmarsat2018F-AB0-1 or 3NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports with three Li Batteries
LCD Display2500ENRT LCD Display
NRT Field Termination Strip2103F2015F,2016F,2017F, and 2018F 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
Neon Remote Logger 16 Analog Channels / Touch Screen Display3016A-00016 Ch NRL (Superseded Prologger 7001D)
Neon Remote Logger 8 Analog Channels / Touch Screen Display3008A-0008 Ch NRL (Superseded Stalogger 6004D)
Neon Remote Logger 4 Analog Channels / Touch Screen Display3004A-0004 Ch NRL (Superseded Micrologger 8010C)
Starlog V4 Management Software6308A-AUEStarlog V4 Full Licence Key