In this IoT Webinar episode, we are discussing how GPS tracking solutions have developed over time - and which critical functionalities today's platforms need to have. For this topic, we invited Sergey Govorunov, Wialon Implementation Consultant, from Gurtam. Gurtams' Wialon and flespi GPS platforms for system integrators and developers are widely used for any GPS and Telematics use cases.
Evolution of GPS tracking
The start of GPS tracking for public and commercial usage can be dated back to 2000 when Bill Clinton announced that the US would stop the intentional degradation of the Global Positioning System (GPS) signals available to the public. With more satellites being launch from Russian (GLONASS) and European (Galileo) satellite programs the availability of GPS signals has become widely available and adopted. Behind the evolution of GPS tracking, there are companies that want to make processes more efficient, save cost or make more revenue. But also legislation, safety, and security standard or ecological consideration have impacted the adoption of GPS platforms.
In the beginning, GPS was only black boxes that send GPS information of a vehicle - but over time more technical advances made it possible to address more use cases.
Such advances are e.g. in connectivity from the first data send over 2G to 3G and 4G data or the evolution of sensors that got smaller and can now be connected with the central GPS tracking device. Storage became cheaper, and software and services have evolved to powerful cloud platforms that are tailored to customer problems.
What Industries can benefit from GPS tracking
Due to the evolution of GPS tracking from a pure position towards a rich intelligence information system including also sensor data, there are a wide variety of industries that can benefit from GPS tracking. Traditional long-haul transportation, car and truck rental to passenger transportation, public safety, agriculture, mining, health, and insurances.
Although the industries are different several key functionalities and capabilities that the solution needs to have overlap.
This is why system integrators are building industry-specific solutions to address the use case for their customers based on a common set of functionalities.
Top Features the GPS platform needs to have
Based on a demo of the Wialon product Sergey shows the most important features a platform needs to have to address two example use cases in public transportation and agriculture.
- The number of devices that your GPS Platform can support
- Support for different data types - not only GPS data - as GPS devices have become a telematics hub.
- Customizable dashboards and reports of all the statuses and information
- Customizable alerts on GPS and sensor data and integration in 3rd party system
- Optimized route planning to schedule, predict, and report on public transportation.
- Tailored industry solutions such as for agriculture to supervise crops, operations, and cultivation.
- Support for video telematics - from safety cameras to event-triggered dashcams.
- Support for mobile applications
- An API first solution so integrators can automate data ingest in the customer's system stack
- User roles to ensure that only accredited persons have access to sensitive data