Transport and Logistics
The Australian transport market has always been a very competitive industry. The rising fuel prices and continued competition from new entrants in the market have forced operators to ensure that they are operating as efficiently as possible. Businesses need to streamline costs; increase revenue streams; comply with legislation; provide a Duty of Care to employees and protect their assets. In light of this, the Ctrack GPS vehicle tracking system has proved to be an extremely valuable fleet management tool to some of the largest transport operators in Australia.
The Ctrack Solo GPS vehicle tracking system has been specifically developed for the professional hauler, and therefore focuses on areas that are particularly important in the transport industry. The Solo unit 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.
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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 units in Australia (600000 internationally) that includes many large Australian transport corporations, including Australia Post, Armesto's Transport, Caltex, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and many others. We have the largest installation network in Australia, with a product that is manufactured under strict ISO.9001 standards.
Driver Fatigue Reports
Ctrack is on the forefront of driver fatigue related technological advancements. Ctrack has interfaced with a multitude of 3rd party products that pro-actively monitor the drivers eyes whilst driving, and if the level of fatigue drops below a certain level the system will alarm in the cab of the vehicle, and send a message to the system.s operator back at the office, so that he/she can be aware of the drivers level of fatigue.
All of our Graphic Usage reports are accredited to be accepted as a backup electronic logbook, and are designed to be easy to use and read.
The system uses the Dallas driver tag system to identify each driver. The maintenance manager also allows you to monitor what license each driver has (B-double, Rigid, Forklift, etc). The system will not allow the vehicle to start if it is illegal to do so.
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Ctrack's advanced GPS vehicle tracking engine management interface (DMM) has been in use in the Australian Transport sector for more than 3 years. The system provides the base operator with a real-time view of each truck.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 km 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.
It also allows you to manage the Rego on each vehicle, as well as the drivers licensing details.
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The Ctrack GPS vehicle tracking Driver Console allows the user to be able to communicate with the driver by sending and receiving new jobs and text messages from the Ctrack Software directly to the in-vehicle display console. The driver then either accepts the Job or rejects the job with a reason. Once the driver accepts the job the navigation will guide them to the new job. All of the vehicles are colour coded on the Ctrack software depending on whether they are on a job or not. Once the job is completed the driver pushes the "Job Completed" button on the display, which will let the office know that another job can be dispatched.
The system allows the driver to enter in the weight and height of the vehicle and the navigation system will choose a suitable route accordingly.
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 security type button that has to be pushed every 5 minutes to ensure that everything is still ok.
A lot of transport operators transport valuable or sensitive goods, which need to be monitored and protected 24/7. The Ctrack Solo 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 facility 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 trailer / truck 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 GPS vehicle tracking 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.
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.
The Ctrack temperature monitor allows users to track the temperature in multiple compartments of a refrigerated vehicle in real-time. In most cases the first temperature sensor will be fitted to the outlet valve and the second inlet will be fitted to the exhaust outlet. This will allow the user to track the fluctuation in temperature from the front to the back of the trailer. Other options include fitting the sensors to different compartments in the trailer.
The tracking unit is generally fitted inside the refrigeration housing (For example Carrier or Thermo-king) and monitors whether the engine is running whilst monitoring the temperatures in real time.
Ctrack has interfaced with 3rd party applications to monitor what cargo is on each trailer, and therefore knows what the temperature on each vehicle is supposed to be. The system can then be configured to alarm if an exception occurs.
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.