Plant & Equipment
The Australian Civil industry has always been very competitive. The continued competition from new entrants on the market has forced operators to ensure that they are utilizing their assets as efficiently as possible. A recent surge in theft of civil equipment (bobcats, cherry pickers, front-end loaders, etc) meant that the insurance costs have skyrocketed for many rental agents and other operators. Ctrack's ability to conceal the hardware so it cannot easily be found by a would-be thief has proven fundamental in the fight against theft. The Ctrack GPS vehicle tracking system tracks each asset in real-time which plays a vital role in managing your assets effectively. Movement is triggered by a movement sensor and Geo-fencing.
The Ctrack Secure and Assist GPS vehicle tracking systems have been specifically developed for the civil and equipment rental markets, blending a compact low power consumption unit with real-time tracking functionality. For larger pieces of equipment you can opt to rather fit the Solo unit which has a J1939 Engine interface that allows the operator to view and download engine statistics like RPM, Speed, Engine Fault codes, Free-wheeling, Excess Idle, Oil Pressure, Water Temp, etc.
Because Ctrack uses mobile phone and Satellite based GPS technologies (instead of the more common beacon based technologies) it enables you to track the assets anywhere in the world (Not just in metropolitan areas). A good example of this happened in 2008, when Ctrack successfully tracked a stolen bobcat all the way to an exact street address in Belgrade, Serbia, which had been loaded on to a container at Botany Bay in Sydney, and put on a container ship. Ctrack worked closely with the Federal Police which ended up arresting the ring leaders of a crime syndicate after they unloaded the container in Belgrade.
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We are a distributor of the Ctrack range of products in Australia. Ctrack has over 20 years. experience in the fleet management sector, with an installed base of over 20000 locally (600000 internationally) that includes many large Australian transport corporations, including Australia Post, Rio Tinto, Armesto's Transport, Caltex, BHP Billiton and many others. We have the largest installation network in Australia, with a product that is manufactured under strict ISO.9001 standards.
Ctrack's advanced GPS vehicle tracking engine management interface (DMM) has been in use in Australian construction and civil industry for more than 3 years. The system provides the base operator with a real-time view of each vehicle's fuel economy and RPM statistics. This allows the base operator to identify engine problems before it.s too late.
The engine data allows you to run performance based reports on a driver by driver basis. You can penalise drivers on excess RPM, excessive fuel usage and review the percentage of time each driver stays within the torque band (Green band). This allows the operator to calculate true cost per hour for each driver.
Service and Maintenance Manager
The Ctrack Maintenance manager allows operators to manage the maintenance on all vehicles. Because the Ctrack unit knows what the odometer is in each vehicle, it allows you to enter the servicing information, for example the last service odometer, the service intervals, and what was done at the last service. The system will pop up 1000 km before the next service is due. Engine hours are also recorded and this information could be used for similar purposes.
It also allows you to manage the Rego on each vehicle, as well as the drivers licensing details.
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Increased Security and Safety
Ctrack utilises a range of different duress alarm types, ranging from a simple button on the dashboard to a pendant around the neck of the driver that triggers as soon as it goes to a horizontal position. We also use a security type button that (for example) has to be pushed every 5 minutes to ensure that everything is still ok.
The Ctrack Solo GPS vehicle tracking system has 12 inputs and 3 outputs which can be used to monitor a range of exceptions. Examples of this includes Trailer connected, Trailer Door Open / Closed, Driver Door open, PTO in use, Jack-knife Alarm, Driver Fatigue Alarm, Exhaust Brake in use, and many more.
The Ctrack GPS vehicle tracking system does not allow the vehicle to be started without the presentation of an authorised Driver ID key (if this application is required). This can be overridden from the base for in case the driver has forgotten his Driver ID tag. You can also temporarily disable a vehicle completely if you know that it is not to be used for a while, or if it has been stolen. The system shuts the vehicle down by falsely creating a fault in the engine management system which in turn safely limits the engine to idle speeds until it is overridden back at the office.
The Ctrack system uses 3 types of Geo-fences. These are Preferred Areas, No-Go Zones and Waypoints. Preferred areas can be used to control where a vehicle is allowed to operate. For example if a vehicle is only allowed to operate on a construction site and is never allowed to leave the site, you can create an area all the way around the site which will alarm if the vehicle exits the area. You can then also use the No-Go zones to monitor when a vehicle enters an illegal area, for example a road / bridge / tunnel that the vehicle can not use at all, or during specific hours. Waypoints are used to monitor the time spent within a specific zone. This can be used for delay charges (demurrage) for pick ups and deliveries and for proof of equipment usage in particular zones if required.
Some civil companies use the Geo-Fences to generate an output on the Ctrack unit which will turn on a 3rd party device whilst in a geo-fenced area. This can be used to automatically turn on the lights on the roof of the vehicle whilst on a work site, or start a MP3 player that tells the driver to wear his / her hi-vis jacket and hardhat.
Ctrack's ability to use multiple communication devices gives it the ability to operate in the most remote areas whilst still having peace of mind that you are protected. The most common combination is Sat-modem and Mobile phone modem. This enables the unit to report in real-time whilst in phone coverage, and switch to Satellite phone when it runs out of coverage. The system only transmits exceptions and alerts via satellite, thereby keeping transmission costs to a minimum. Ctrack also has the capability of using Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth and Radio based networks, which allows you to create the perfect combination of functionality versus cost for your business.