The Track Star Smart Antenna product is
intended to provide a very low cost means by
which Automatic Vehicle Location capability
can be easily added to fleets that already
make use of in-vehicle computers with
wireless connectivity capabilities.
Using a USB GPS receiver / antenna and a
special computer program installed on the
in-vehicle computer, the Track Star Smart
Antenna product provides a full featured GPS
based vehicle tracking and location
capability at a small fraction of the cost
associated with installing discreet GPS
devices. The Smart Antenna product
takes advantage of the existing wireless
connectivity and provides GPS position
updates at user defined intervals.
The standard version of the product is
delivered with an antenna as shown in the
photo at right. Other antenna options
are available to meet specific project
needs. The product is also comprised
of the Track Star GPS Forwarder application that installs as
a service on your in-vehicle computer.
This program captures the GPS data and
forwards it to the
Track Star AVLS software system in the
same fashion as any of the other GPS devices
supported in that software.
For those customers that already have GPS
capabilities through embedded GPS receivers,
etc, Track Star offers the Track Star GPS
Forwarder as a stand alone product.
The service application allows the user to
specify how often the positional data is to
be sent to the AVLS software application and
make other configuration settings.
Because the software runs as a service, it
runs automatically in the background each
time the computer is started.
Also available with the Smart Antenna
product is a copy of the Franson GPS-Gate
software which permits sharing of the GPS
data developed by the USB GPS antenna.
This software allows other applications on
the computer to receive GPS positional data
while still having the Smart Antenna
software transmit the coordinates, making it
ideal for in-vehicle navigation, work order
and dispatch applications and other uses.