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WIRELESS (AUTONOMOUS) TRACKING SYSTEMS - TRACKERS
A wireless, also known as an 'autonomous' tracking system, is a tracking system with its own internal battery. This means that the system is not connected to the battery of the object to be protected. In popular parlance, this is often referred to as a tracker or GPS tracker.
The market for wireless GPS trackers has grown considerably in recent years. Until a few years ago, there were only GPS trackers based on a sim map in combination with a GPS antenna. The difficulty here lay in the battery consumption that determines how long such a system could operate.
A GPS tracker is technically a module that can create locations on the basis of an internal battery or battery and pass them on to a server. There are major differences between the systems.
This is a wireless tracking system with a short battery life. There is a proliferation of systems, mainly from Asia. These systems often have low quality hardware/software and offer limited possibilities.
Dejavu Cars only offers personal trackers for professional use. Think of personal trackers in the form of map holders (to wear) or GPS trackers including an emergency button for use at events or by emergency services. Dejavu Cars selects based on durability, battery quality and functionality. Dejavu Cars products always contain the necessary quality marks.
Autonomous Tracking System
A stand-alone (or wireless) tracking system has the characteristic that it can run on battery power for a longer period of time and often also contains several sensors that increase the number of functionalities.
Autonomous tracking systems offer a solution in countless professional use cases and therefore there are many different variants.
Dejavu Cars offers the most complete range of autonomous tracking systems in Europe. Below you will find an overview of solutions that our autonomous tracking systems can meet.
Heavy Duty applications
Systems are resistant to dirt, water, falling, impact. Several products have an IP68 rating and are tested and certified for vibration, falls and impacts and high/low temperatures. Different standard casings can be used to further increase the quality of these properties.
Battery / Battery duration
The autonomous systems have a lifetime of at least 2 to in some cases even 30 years on a single battery or battery charge. This battery/battery duration has been tested and is actively used in the toughest (weather) conditions.
Rechargeable or battery replacement
As mentioned before, there are 2 aspects of a wireless or autonomous tracking system that are important for the operating time, how low power the device is made and the battery capacity.
A rechargeable battery by definition has less capacity per surface area than a non-rechargeable battery. In some cases it may be pleasant to be able to charge the battery of your tracker. A power bank often makes this easier because the system (as built in) does not need to be dismantled.
However, in many operational processes charging an autonomous / wireless tracking system is not desirable. Machines or vehicles in the field are supposed to work in the field and cannot spend a few hours on the charger. Also in case of service, it is more convenient to replace a battery instead of charging it.
Autonomous / wireless tracking systems with a replaceable battery are therefore the most common. In the professional market, choosing a tracking system with the right battery is often one of the most important aspects for low maintenance use.
Battery packs are in many cases preferred over standard battery cells as they can be more easily attached to the pcb by cable. In a tracking system with a standard battery cell (A / AA / AAA / CR123A etc.) it is often clamped with a spring. In case of shocks etc. a battery can come loose or resonate and damage the inside of a tracking system.
Wireless tracking systems - theft protection
There are a number of important factors to take into account when selecting the right wireless tracking system:
1. Format of the tracking system - the smaller the object to be secured, the smaller the wireless tracking system. The ability to 'hide' the system is obviously important.
2. The duration of the battery or accumulator. A good hiding place is not always easy to reach. Expanding for a new battery should be avoided as much as possible.
3. The amount of communication and localisation protocols in the module.
4. The power of the antenna (GPS, GSM, Sigfox, Lora, RF, Cat-M1 etc.).
5. Which ways of alarming are possible, do you want to record the alerts yourself or can the system be connected to an incident room?
Each object to be secured has its own specific characteristics. Dejavu Cars helps you find the right wireless tracking system to secure your machine, vehicle or vessel.
Wireless tracking systems - logistic applications
Do you know where your colleagues left some equipment yesterday? How many vibratory plates do we have in use on a particular job? All these questions are solved by a professional tracking system for logistic applications. In one overview you have all your equipment, machines and vehicles on a map and you can retrieve the most important data and technical status of this equipment.
What do you need to pay attention to when using a tracking system to track your equipment and machines?
- Battery life
- Is the device or machine mainly used indoors or outdoors
- Do I want an exact location or do you just want to know that the device is on the project?
- Is the device or machine to be tracked subject to shocks and vibrations?
Wireless / autonomous systems with external sensors
The wireless track & track modules of Dejavu Cars even offer the possibility to connect external sensors, so that environmental conditions can be monitored. Think about measuring fuel in the fuel tank for a genset, measuring the temperature in the engine or measuring the bilge water in your ship. In each of these cases a self-contained module is necessary, but extra information about the environment means more control and faster response times when something goes wrong. That's why Dejavu Cars wireless modules can be used in every situation.
Measuring running hours / transport hours
Thanks to smart, internal sensors in the autonomous systems, it is extremely easy to keep track of the running and transport hours of your machines. By simply turning out the report of the required period of time, you have the working and transport hours of each machine in no time at all. Not only will you keep the rental of your fleet under control, you will also automatically receive a message when the machine needs to be returned to the workshop for maintenance. In this way you reduce the chance of defects and keep the fleet in optimal condition.