Beyond GSM: Satellite Connectivity in Wialon

GPS tracking has become a common thing in the modern world:  thousands of companies use GPS hardware to monitor transport location, speed, fuel consumption and other parameters. Absolute majority of GPS devices use GPRS for transmitting data to tracking systems’ servers. Despite the rapid development of telecommunication technologies, cellular connection still does not cover the whole globe.

To get around the issue, some opt for a “black box” recorder of GPS trackers: it stores the data on unit movement and transmit it to the server as soon as cellular network is available. But what about hose users who need constant real-time tracking? The solution is found at 740 – 35 000 meters above the ground. In other words, real-time GPS tracking in the areas with weak cellular signal can be provided by devices with satellite terminal.

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How GPS Trackers work: Hardware Lesson 1

Gurtam team develops satellite tracking software, so we work with GPS/GLONASS equipment manufacturers. To share our experience, we’ve prepared a series of articles dedicated to GPS/GLONASS trackers. We are going to discuss classification and technical features of the trackers popular with Wialon users.

The first article addresses basic terms and definitions. You will learn what a GPS tracker is, how it works and what types of trackers are there on the market.

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How to Choose GPS Tracking Hardware: Useful Tips

As you know, knowledge comes from experience. And it is way better to learn from the mistakes of the others than from your own faults. Running a successful satellite tracking business is no exception. Wolfgang Busch, our partner from Germany, has an enormous experience in GPS-tracking and would like to share it with you.

This article deals with a number of questions you have to ask yourself and find answers to as long as you want to buy GPS-tracking equipment for business needs.

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Welcome to the First Satellite Technologies Museum in Minsk

Gurtam can freely boast about the quality and rich functionality of its software solutions, as well as its team creativity. As you know, every year on June 2nd namely because of Gurtam we celebrate our professional holiday — Satellite Tracking Day. And today we open the first Satellite Technologies Museum, where we will gather everything, forming the telematics market history: from the first GPS trackers and sensors, to the up-to-date multifunctional software solutions and applications.

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RandomRace or «smart» balloon hunt

An adventurous RandomRace with air balloonsAre you keen on innovative technologies? Do you strive for adrenaline and adventures? And what about fresh air? If your answer is yes to all the questions, this news is right for you. From now on adventure travellers have a chance to combine orienteering with GPS technologies. I’m talking about a new entertainment called RandomRace, which proved that telematics sphere is not so boring as it seems, and sometimes telematics solutions can find rather unexpected application.

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GPS hardware exhibition during «Telematics 2013. Autumn»

Standard at the hardware exhibition during Gurtam partner conference "Telematics 2012. Anniversary"Let me introduce one more piece of news regarding the forthcoming «Telematics 2013. Autumn» conference. This year, like the previous one, Gurtam is also planning to conduct GPS and GLONASS hardware exhibition, where the manufacturers will have a chance not only to speak about their innovative developments, but to show them to the conference audience.

Successful experience of last year’s hardware exhibition, which was attended by 11 manufacturing companies, proved that the very idea of such an event is of great current interest for all the conference participants.

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vProtoсoller — new Apps developed by Gurtam

The time-proved Wialon GPS tracking software has numerous significant advantages, comparing with other modern GPS tracking and fleet management solutions. Among the key Wialon advantages special attention should be paid to the large number of GPS and GLONASS hardware integrated into the system. The list is extending daily, and today integrators are free to make their choice and find the most suitable devices among the range of 500 supported types of navigation hardware.

But, as usual, there is one problem: our partners often complain that customers sometimes don’t want to switch to modern Wialon user interface and are still applying other GPS tracking systems. However, due to the fact that our competitors has rather limited list of supported hardware comparing with Gurtam, it’s rather difficult for them to take hold of the market.

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First tracker, specially made for Wialon

Standard CEO Roman Bille and Aliaksei Shchurko at Gurtam partner conference "Telematics 2012. Anniversary"Everybody acquainted with Wialon products surely knows that Gurtam software solutions support more than 500 types of different GPS/GLONASS devices, and our numerous partners and customers are free in their choice, but… it’s a frequently asked question, whether there is a tracker, specially designed for working with Wialon?

And you know what? This device does exist, and today I’m eager to tell you about it. Well, the first automatic vehicle locator, specially created for working with our GPS tracking system is STD8, developed by Gurtam partner in Perm, Standard.

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