Thursday, August 03, 2006

Location Tracking & Electronic Monitoring System in simple terms

Generally speaking a Location Tracking & Electronic Monitoring System would comprise a GPS tracking and communications device, a server and a client application which can be a web based client application (i.e. webpage).

The GPS tracking and communications device includes a GPS chip which can receive signals from usually up to 12 (of 24) GPS satellites. The more signals it receives the higher the probability to compute its correct location is. The GPS tracking and communications device is ususally capable of storing its locations and report its current location or the locations it has been on-demand via SMS or TCP/IP over GPRS.

The server simply relays any communications from the GPS tracking and communications devices to the client applications and vice-versa over the Internet. Depending on its architecture the server can store data too.

The client application is basically a user interface which facilitates positions requests and displays any incoming position on a digital map. It can also facilitate - in some cases - the generation of specific reports such as tracking history.

Such systems are traditionnaly the basis of fleet management, vehicle tracking, asset tracking, employee tracking, lone worker protection and other similar systems.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Phideas announces launch of Advanced & Smart Electronic Monitoring System

Dublin (Ireland). Location Tracking & Electronic Monitoring specialist Phideas has announced the launch of an advanced and smart personal security, man down alarm and patrol management system. QuoVadis™ combines location tracking and cellular communications technologies so the position of a monitored worker is immediately and accurately reported to appropriate services in case of emergency. This cost-efficient system is fully automatic and doesn't require any human intervention the company said.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Electronic Monitoring Systems have evolved to integrate location tracking

Traditionnally when we speak of "Electronic Monitoring" - might be for historical reasons - we're thinking of "Tagging". However nowadays and specially since GPS Selected Availability has been discontinued (May, 2000), Electronic Monitoring Systems now incorporate location tracking technology and cellular communications technology.

In modern Electronic Monitoring Systems (EMS) the location of who or what is being monitored or tracked is usually reported to a control centre for further processing allowing a end user to plot that location on a map and eventually take corrective actions.

Considering its benefits it's not surprising to observe that Electronic Monitoring Systems applications comprise fleet management whereby the location of each vehicle of the fleet is monitored, vehicle tracking so whenever a vehicle is stolen its location can be immediately reported, asset tracking, etc. It's also present in 911 applications such as in personal security, employer tracking, lone worker protection, patient care, elderly care and child monitoring allowing a rapid response in case of emergency.