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GPS asset tracking solution

In-house research and development at Mobile Awareness (US) has produced the Mobile Traq. It is a commercial tire monitoring and tracking system, which comes with capabilities for asset management in the trucking industry.

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ACCORDING TO THE COMPANY, the system is useful for any size fleet of trucks and collects and processes tire pressure and tire temperature information along with the GPS location. Data from vehicles across the fleet is uploaded to the Cloud and is accessible via the Mobile Traq website, providing management and maintenance staff with real-time actionable data to prevent field breakdowns. The Mobile Traq platform includes a number of communication interfaces including J1939, USB 2.0, and Powerline.

The commercial tire tracking system starts with the company’s Tire Stat triple-mount sensor that can be screwed onto valve stems, mounted inside the tire, or attached directly to the inside of the tire. RFID enabled, the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring systems) sensors allow for documentation and tracking throughout the life of the tire. On the road, Tire Stat sensors track changes in pressure and temperature every minute, detecting even a one tenth of a percent (0,1 %). The sensors relay this data to the Mobile Traq Que or Vue unit, which processes and stores the data and is then sent to the cloud for real-time monitoring. The fleet manager is notified by text or email whenever tire pressure or temperature rises above or falls below user-designated levels. By contacting the driver in the field, a tire problem is addressed before it escalates to the point of tire failure.

By equipping trailers with Mobile Traq Que units, fleet management has constant access to the tire pressure and GPS location of each asset. Even when a trailer is dropped in a lot and left unattended, the TPMS sensors identify slow leaks that would otherwise go undetected on stationary trailers. When the dispatcher or fleet manager logs into the website, they can see the pressure and temperature of every tire on a vehicle, combined with its specific location. Additionally, both warnings and alarms can be remotely configured on any asset for tire pressure and tire temperature.

Data compiled on the web can be collected and exported for any range of dates. The tire performance data can be used to evaluate different tire brands and anticipate maintenance needs. Comparisons between different routes, drivers, maintenance schedules, and other variables can also be analyzed. In addition to facilitating an improved CSA rating and better fuel efficiency, a tire pressure monitoring system can help prevent many of the blowouts that cause shipping delays and highway accidents. At Mobile Awareness, reducing the total cost of safety is a top priority, as CEO Gary Rothstein explains, “The whole premise behind developing Mobile Traq was to address the second highest fleet maintenance expense, tire management, with a complete and cost-effective turnkey solution.”

Mobile Awareness is an applied technology company that designs, develops, and markets commercial vehicle safety products utilizing sensor, computing, and communication technology.

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