Truck Tracking Round-Up

AUTOMATIC CONTROL ELECTRONICS CO. Company has enhanced the bi-directional communication between its truck-tracking software and third-party mobile status


Company has enhanced the bi-directional communication between its truck-tracking software and third-party mobile status units. The software can transmit load/delivery data to the mobile unit at the exact time the load is ticketed, improving the accuracy of the data captured by the mobile unit. The system can manage multiple plants, products and mix designs; import/export to and from accounting systems; send batch commands to remote batch plants; customize forms and reports; take and dispatch orders; and, manage and view truck demand.


An integrated system of hardware and software addresses the industry’s fleet communications needs with on-board vehicle signaling units, which provide basic vehicle status signaling, advanced text messaging to 80 characters, and leftover concrete reporting. All status and signaling information is routed to the Signaling System Interface, providing both audio and visual indication of status update and current status information. Trucks automatically move on the truck-tracking screen, so a dispatcher can track these status changes. The system provides automatic status acknowledgement from the radio interface control unit to the vehicle, enabling one-button status updating from the driver. Automatic Vehicle Location, using GPS receivers, also is available, promising accuracy within 10-15 meters.


Keystone GPS is the new system that gives users information necessary to improve customer service, fleet utilization and profits, product developers note. The system updates vehicle locations at user-defined intervals and can handle an unlimited number of vehicles. Plants and trucks are color coded for easy identification. The system is available as a stand-alone system or integrated with any number of dispatch systems, with both versions capable of mapping vehicle location. Keystone Controls operates concrete batch plants and asphalt silo load out, while Dispatch brings intuitive interface.


The Integra truck-tracking module allows for intelligent montioring that is said to move beyond simply taking incoming signals at face value. This system uses industry-specific logic to look at multiple factors to accurately determine the status of a truck. If necessary, the system can revise previous false statuses, as well as reduce false signals with no interaction from the dispatcher or driver. The manual workstation is a fully functional Intel Pentium III PC that features touch screens and the latest version of Microsoft Windows. All motors and gates can be controlled with the touch screen, which displays a customizable, 3-D, animated graphic replicating the exact position of plant silos, conveyors and bins. The system will support the latest high-speed, digital impulse meters for mix components. The scales are completely digital and can automatically recalibrate in the event a scale card is damaged.


Designed for the ready mixed industry, this real-time truck-tracking software and hardware package uses automatic status calculations, said to eliminate the need for drivers to push buttons. Not to be confused with time-and-location-only programs, this system is customizable to suit user’s in-place practices. Vehicle-mounted sensors automatically communicate delivery status information Û from loading to washout Û via a wireless network without driver intervention. The on-board PC displays GPS maps, relays driver messages and stores performance data. Users host their own system, which saves on monthly fees and avoids bandwidth and firewall connectivity problems.

Reporting capabilities allow users to review data instantly and in retrospect, providing information needed to make efficiency improvements on the spot and in subsequent loads, the company asserts.


The FleetMinder GPS vehicle tracking technology offers a reporting system with documents that can be e-mailed directly to customers on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Using Microsoft MapPoint-based desktop mapping, the user can know where every vehicle in a fleet is located, with information updated as often as every 30 seconds. The system gives turn-by-turn directions for passenger or commercial vehicles; dispatches jobs to the nearest member of the fleet; tracks last stop, speed and direction; unlocks and locks doors; kills the ignition; and, monitors equipment usage.