Everything you want to know about SIM Tracking

      IS it possible to Track a basic Mobile Phone?

Yes. It is Possible.

    Is it Possible to track an android or apple mobile phone without the help of any apps?

Yes. It is possible.

if you Surprised by the above answers and want to know more about SIM tracking, Pls read below.

Why its called SIM tracking? Why not mobile tracking?

Because this technology doesn’t use GPS Satellites (Global Positioning System) instead just uses the mobile towers where the mobile phone is located. It’s known as “triangulation”. The mobile apps don’t play any part in it and there were no special hardwares inside the mobile to enable the tracking. Hence it’s called SIM Tracking or in some countries, it’s called “SIM Consent tracking”.

Is it legal?

Yes if it’s as per guidelines issued by the telecom providers.

What are the guidelines?

The guideline is very simple. The person who is being tracked should be aware and he should give willful consent to track his mobile phone. He/She should give consent via SMS to the telecom provider. And he/she can revoke the consent at any time.

Now we are getting into the interesting part. Many people would starting thinking can I track my wife or my husband? 

Technically yes, but many service providers would not encourage using this technology for personal use. Moreover, it’s not free. The main application of this technology is “Fleet Management System” and “Field Force tracking”.

How it’s used in Fleet Management System?

One or more trucks or cars or any vehicle is called “Fleet”. To manage a fleet the first information a fleet manager needs is the location of the vehicle. Usually, GPS devices are installed inside the vehicle to track them. But there are plenty of scenarios where it’s not sufficient or possible.

For instance, if the GPS device got disconnected for some reason tracking is lost. In many cases, there may be some GPS device installed in the vehicle but the fleet manager may not have access to the data from the GPS device for one reason or another. In all the cases “SIM tracking” is a handy solution to track the vehicle instantly.

Another business use-case is “Field Force tracking”. Earlier staffs on the field were given a portable GPS device to report their locations seamlessly. But it has its own drawback. Many times staff forget to charge the device or intentionally leave the device at home and handover to an unauthorized person. Tracking their mobile phone is much more reliable than the GPS device.

What is the accuracy?

The accuracy depends on the type of network. 4G networks provide much higher accuracy close to 25 meters.

Thanks for reading this far. If you reached this part of the article you will definitely interested in who provide such a service.

At present VAMOSYS provides such a service. Right now this service is available only in India, but this will be expanded to most countries in the world short span of time.

SIM Tracking is the best low-cost instant alternative for GPS Vehicle Tracking. If you have any questions pls leave a comment I will answer them.

Source: Medium.com
Author: Prasanna K Ram, CEO – VAMOSYS

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Mobile Phone Tracking - Myth and Facts

Mobile phone tracking is the best alternative to the fleet management system. Most of the fleet managers prefer the wired GPS tracking system as they believe that is the best!

But the reality is most of the logistics and transportation are not aware or misguided on cell phone tracking is a good source of basic tracking. Since they have more information on the advantages of the GPS tracking system and imparted more drawbacks of mobile phone tracking.

I take this opportunity to explain in detail about myths and reality about the GPS tracking system and mobile phone tracking using the SIM card in this article.

Myths and reality on Mobile SIM Tracking

Most of the times, we believe the roomers and false propaganda without understanding or analysing the truth.

Here in this section, I have highlighted some of the popular myths on mobile SIM tracking and reality behind those myths.

1. Myths and reality on Mobile SIM Tracking

Myth: It is unethical to track the workers and employee mobile phone with or without their permission.

Fact: As a fleet manager, you can track the truck driver mobile phone with the aid SIM consent from the driver. In this scenario, it is ethical to track the mobile of your driver. But in certain countries it ethical to track employee, workers, driver without consent also. For this, you need to be aware of local laws of the land before tracking the mobile phones.

2. Cell Phone Tracking is Illegal

Myth: It is illegal to track the mobile of users for tracking and it is a punishable offence.

Fact: The reality is if mobile tracking using SIM card is done for the commercial purpose after getting legal certificates from the concerned authorities, company or fleet managers can track the mobile phone of employees and drivers for work-related purposes.

Note: It is recommended to avoid using such services for personal tracking of your near and dear ones!

3. Privacy Issue in Mobile Tracking

Myth: User privacy is affected by using mobile tracking in personal life.

Reality: The fact is drivers have the option to disable the tracking if they are not on duty. If the driver has any personal work or driving his personal vehicle, the driver can disable the mobile tracking.

The fleet manager intention is to track the vehicle not the person. Since you are not driving the truck he has no need to track you anymore.

4. Mobile Phone Signal is Weak

Myth: Mobile signal will be weak in no network area

Fact: There will no mobile signal in the no network area, to a certain extent it is true, that one cannot track the mobile phone using SIM card in the no coverage region. But the fact is, no driver is going to remain static in the no network region and tracks the vehicle only in periodic cycles ( once in 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours, etc) it won’t create much impact the tracking.

Myths and Reality on GPS Tracking System

As a part of GPS Company, I would like to take this privilege on explaining the unrealistic myths that are believed in the GPS tracking system. Listing some of the popular myths about GPS application and the fact about myth.

1. App Stability Issues

Myth: Mobile phones apps are unstable and not suitable for commercial GPS tracking.

Reality: The smartphone revolution started a decade or so. At the initial stage of smartphone launched in the market, there were certain instability issues on smartphone apps. The reality is, the smartphone industry got revolutionised in the last few years, developers are developing an app with great standards on Android and iOS mobile phones.

The GPS app getting crashed and unreliable is no more a fact, it is just a myth!

2. Mobile OS Issues

Myth: Mobile apps are often affecting the applications installed on the device.

Fact: To certain extend the above-mentioned statements was true earlier especially in low-cost mobiles and android versions that are below 5. Now, the developers are getting into details to avoid such activities. The OS issues and app crashing are minimised in the last few years.

So, no need to worry about mobile operating systems from now on.

3. Manipulation of GPS software

Myth: To a certain extent, this is true, as the user may on/off the GPS tracking and manipulate the GPS apps. But the reality is different

Fact: If there is any change or manipulation in GPS tracking device and GPS software apps, all the changes that are related to manipulation or tampering the devices are recorded on the latest advanced software applications.

So, from now onwards, all the tamperings are also getting reported!

4. GPS Tracker App Drains Battery Soon​

Myth: GPS tracking application drains the battery quickly.

Fact: The app draining battery is very rare and it may be due to various conditions. But in the GPS tracking app, the app doesn’t drain the battery fastly. As there has been an improvement in software advancement, developers are developing better apps in all fields.

5. GPS tracking software uses high mobile data​

Myth: GPS tracking software uses more mobile internet data.

Fact: In the GPS tracking software using GPS devices, the application tracks only the vehicle and other vehicle parameters. The application is not sharing images, files reports that consume more data. On average, there will be only 4 to 5 MB data used by GPS tracking software for vehicle tracking.

Technology advancement aims to solve real-life problems in a positive way but we always don’t believe the real intention behind the development. Whatever you have heard or told to you about GPS tracking application and mobile tracking may not be true!

6. The Accuracy level of GPS receiver

Myth: GPS receiver is not accurate on mobile phones.

Fact: The technology has been improved, to support the location tracking there are a lot of satellites have been launched all over the world by developed countries like GPS (US), Russian GLONASS, European Gallelio, Chinese Beidou and India GAGAN (INRSS) to provide more accurate and reliable global positioning system.

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Is someone Tracking Your Mobile Without Your Knowledge?

Most of us use smartphones in this millennial generation! Obviously, we will be various apps from google maps, Ola, Zomato, online ticket booking apps, WhatsApp, social media apps and the list goes on.

Do you have any strange feeling like someone tracking you? 

1. You would have visited Nike online store, you get ads on Facebook!

2.Along with your friends, you had discussed movies in WhatsApp that would have been reflected while browsing Youtube!

Have you come across such situations in your life? If so, you want to know things that are happening in your in smartphone and how to avoid such tracking in future.

Let’s discuss in detail!

Ways of Mobile Tracking

Mobile tracking will be done either if you want to track your phone or someone will be tracking your phone. Let’s analyse these scenarios in detail.

1. You Tracking Your Phone

In case if you lost your mobile or misplaced your mobile phones, you will be keen to track your own phone, where you placed or lost mobile phones.

To find the mobile phones, there are various ways, if it is an android phone you can search your phone on android.com/find and if it is an iPhone, search on icloud.com/find.

So, in this case, you are the person tracking your own with the aid of technology

2. Someone Tracking Your Phone

If someone tracking your phone means, it is not direct tracking like you did to find your lost or strangers tracking your movement.

It is technology and data is being tracked on your phone. Like I said earlier, all your searches, page visits, browsing history, travel history, your personal interests, places visit like this all data is being tracked via your smartphone. 

You may not aware of these things that are happening in your smartphones, because these tracking and monitoring activities take place at the backend of your mobile phone and you don’t no clue what’s happening on your phone.

Now, after reading this, would you like to know, how to identify if anyone is tracking my mobile phone?

We discuss elaborately on one can identify Mobile tracking happening in Smartphone.

How to Identify Someone is Tracking Your Phone

There is no standard method to identify your phone is being tracked. You need to understand based on some activities that are taking place on your mobile phone.

Here I am listing 5 signs to conclude your phone is being tracked.

1. Increase in Mobile Data Usage

Internet is inevitable and unavoidable since the Jio revolution on data price reduction.

Most of us, always keep our mobile data on, to use Whatsapp messages, internet calling, online meetings, online games and so on.

We never know, how much data is being used real-time, as we run multiple apps simultaneously!

Suddenly you will get a message from your telecom provider, 80% of daily usage data limit is completed. 

You will be wondering, I didn’t download any file or videos, who would have used my data?

The thing is, the tracker is utilising all your data for file transferring!

So, if you ever feel, there is a surge in data usage, then your phone is being tracked by someone.

2. Increase in Battery Usage

While buying a mobile phone we used to check what is the battery capacity. whether it is 4000 mAh, 5000 mAh or 6000 mAh?

But while using the phone, we never check the battery draining.

In general, mobile phones charges withstand for one day, but as charge drains quickly, we assume there is some problem with the mobile phone, so we start thinking of changing new phone!

Basically, we never crosscheck, we believe what is unreal! Your battery may be fine, because of someone tracking or a lot of activity taking place at the backend of the phone makes drain your battery.

If at all, you face a similar situation once again, then your phone is being tracked by another person using apps. So, this is the second sign of your phone is being tracked.

3. Phone Getting Heated Up

Unusual heating up of your smartphone is another sign for mobile being tracked.

Basically, when we use mobile data or wifi for surfing our smartphones gets heated up. We assume internet usage would have caused our phone heat.

But you need to be cautious, it could be heated when you are not using your phone internet, the apps that are running at the backend may use data and because of this your phone is getting heated up.

So, next time, you have a similar situation, then its time to examine your phone who is tracking your phone.

4. Sudden Screen Activity

Your phone blinks when you get a message on WhatsApp or any notification from Facebook, Instagram, google news or any app notification updates.

There are occurrences where your phone screen blinks without anyone of the reasons mentioned above!

Till now, you would not consider such activity as an uncommon activity, as we get more updates and notifications on our mobile phones in a day to day activity.

But in any case, if you find any sudden screen activity without any notification, then there is a clear chance that someone is tracking your phone.

Warning: Check now, I think your phone blinks!!

5. Screenshot and Recording

We used to screenshot and record a few activities for personal and professional purposes! You do these activities on your own consciousness!!

What if, someone is taking screenshots and recording of your messages and phone calls without your conscience!!

Yes, there are chances to take screenshot and record on your phone, if you find any screenshot images or phone recordings on your phone that are not done by you, it is also one of the signs for tracking your phone!

Note: Please don’t take this section as a screenshot and share it to others!

Now I have mentioned 5 signs on how someone can track your mobile phones!!

The next question that strikes while your reading is how to overcome these scenarios and avoid being tracked by someone!

How to clean Phone, If You have been Tracked?

The truth is “You are not tracked by someone without your consent”! It is because of your unawareness and take it easy attitude.

The things I am listing below to avoid tracking of your phone is most of them are known, but you don’t practice and follow in your life.

1. Install anti-virus app on your phone

In an online poll conducted by tech expert, it is found that more than 50% of the users have not installed any anti-virus on their mobile phones!

Most of them commented, it has no use and many feel that the iPhone is more secured and I don’t need anti-virus app.

Even iPhone users (3%) installed anti-virus apps on their phone to double safety to protect their phone from outsiders and to prevent mobile tracking.

Wait, are you searching for new anti-virus app now!! (Please share the link for me also!!)

2. Reset Your Passwords

Develop a habit of resetting your passwords for bank apps, social media apps, emails and other important apps that you feel need to be secured.

Periodic updation of your passwords would protect you from tracking your phone.

Question: How many times, have you changed your Facebook password?

3. Uninstall Unused and Auto-installed Apps

Keep an eye on the apps that are auto-installed when you installed some other app and the apps that you are not using for a long time.

These apps may harm you in long run! Especially the app that got auto-installed without your knowledge is more harm.

4. Avoid Spam Email

At the beginning of the suggestion itself, I said, most of the safety precautions are known, it is because of your attention less attitude brings harm.

You would be reading blogs, watching youtube videos, friends, colleagues would advise, from now, I also repeat the same thing, don’t open spam emails or email from unknown contact!

Alert!: Include marketing@vamosys.com in your contact list, I am not spamming my friend!!

The generation Z will be more dependent on data and they want to know every detail of yours for better planning and predictions. 

If you don’t want to be tracked and get data from your phone, you need to more conscious and avoid certain aspects as mentioned!

Technology advancement is always for the betterment of life!! So just chill, We are a trucking company, but we track only vehicles not phones!!

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Track your driver: No more GPS

Track your driver, no more GPS needed; is this possible? In this workaholic world, there is no time to know someone’s location by calling them 24/7. Today tracking became an essential activity in all aspects, especially while managing a fleet. 

We all know about tracking with a GPS device. A bit costly method. Imagine having a fleet, why do you want to spend money on N number of GPS devices to install in fleet?

Obviously, to keep track of your vehicles and drivers, which aids to expand productivity also maximize your equipment cost. 

Is there a way to track drivers at a lower cost? Vehicle tracking without GPS is possible? Is this an alternate solution for GPS?

The answer is, YES!

Vamosys brought SIM based tracking solution a feature in the FleetOS application to solve your costly way of tracking. 

What is SIM based tracking?

SIM-based tracking or SIM consent is a robust and accurate way of tracking system helps you to locate the exact position of the cellular network without using a GPS device or without making a call. SIM-based tracking works the same as tracking with GPS devices. It helps to reduce fuel wastage, improve maintenance practices, and make your work easier and cost-effective.

We can say sim based tracking is something more than GPS device tracking. Sim consent can fill the places where GPS can not go. Let’s make it simple for better understanding. Imagine you need to acquire a temporary vehicle for a limited period to carry your goods. If you want to make sure your goods are safe and traveling on the right route, will you install a GPS device in that temporary vehicle?

5 Reasons Why do you need SIM-based Tracking?

1. It Works the Same as GPS Devices

GPS has made a significant impact on all positioning and navigation applications. SIM-based tracking is an alternative to GPS tracking which works the same as GPS devices, it helps to locate assets faster whether in the city or out of the city, and the exact area where your asset is travelling as mobile networks cover the entire landscape.

2. Save your Fuel, Increase Efficiency

By locating and tracking your asset, you can manage your vehicle fuel usage by optimizing the route, also you can increase the efficiency of the vehicle. 

The best route saves fuel, you can track the location of your asset and guide the driver if they are in a wrong route or if the driver tends to make a long travel.

3. Make Your Work Easier

SIM-based tracking makes the user work easier without wasting time on installing a GPS device. With the SIM consent method, the user can track the vehicle just with a mobile phone, even with a basic mobile phone this SIM consent can be done.

With SIM based tracking a user can avoid GPS device maintenance. Technical issues can occur in GPS devices, if any damages happen to GPS devices, the user needs to replace or repair those devices again which leads to spending expenses.  

4. Stop Idling, Increase Productivity

SIM based tracking provides you the accurate location of the asset, which helps you to cut down idling time and increase the productivity hours, you can able to track the location from your office if a vehicle is stopped for a long period. You can immediately address the situation by contacting the driver, figure out what’s happening, and help them to move again as soon as possible. 

5. Cost-Effective

Cost-effective is a form of returning a benefit that justifies the investment. SIM consent solution is a cost-effective method of tracking, It helps to save our money in 3 different ways. The question is HOW?

(a) No GPS Tracker Needed

No need to install any GPS device hardware to track your asset. By using SIM-based tracking you can avoid device cost and installation cost in an organization, which helps you to save money.

(b) Any phone, Any operator

This SIM-based tracking application supports all type of mobile phones. Even basic mobile phones work with SIM baked tracking. This solution also supports all the telecom operators in India.

By using basic mobile phones or any telecom operators which is affordable may help you to reduce your operational costs in your organization

(c) Pay When You Use

The charges are prepaid and you can pay for the day when the service is used. No need for annual or quarterly term payments like previously used for GPS Vehicle tracking solution even if services are not used.

How to access SIM based tracking solution in FleetOS 

SIM-based tracking solution works with the aid of a driver’s mobile phone it can be basic or smartphones. 

  1. Login to FleetOS application.
  2. Start your SIM consent solution by entering the driver’s mobile number.
  3. The driver needs to accept the tracking request message from the telecom provider. 
  4. Once accepted, goods supplier or fleet owner can start tracking the goods for every 1 hour/2 hour as per requirement.
  5. The tracking data will be stored and viewed in the FleetOS application.

Track your vehicle or asset in real-time using our SIM based tracking solution in the FleetOS application. Basic tracking requirements for logistics are fulfilled with this SIM based tracking solution, then why you need GPS?

Think about it!
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Is there any alternative to GPS tracking?

If we say tracking, what immediately strikes your mind is google map live tracking or GPS devices used for commercial tracking.

GPS tracking is basically done for vehicle tracking, goods tracking, that we use in our day to day life for food apps, cab apps to track in real time.

Most of these tracking are done with the aid of either GPS devices or google maps. 

In both cases, companies need to invest for map data or for GPS tracker devices with software. 

Now the question is, can we track only with aid of GPS devices and mobile apps? 

The answer is simple – NO!

There are alternatives to GPS tracking – Have you heard of SIM consent tracking? The basic tracking can be done with SIM with the consent from the user.

Let me explain in detail.

SIM Consent Tracking

There is a tracking option for commercial purposes to track the vehicle with driver mobile phones. If any fleet owner wants to track his truck, he can use the driver mobile, it could be basic or smartphone.

For that, first fleet owner needs to purchase the SIM tracking credits from the respective providers ( We at VAMOSYS offer this service of FleetOS app), if he / she willing to track the vehicles, the can track periodically every one hour, two hours, four hours once as they wish to track the vehicle. In SIM consent tracking, you get the location of the driver mobile that can be tracked on the respective application (say for example FleetOS).

In this way, the commercial fleet owners have better alternatives for GPS tracking. 

Now, why should I go for SIM consent tracking?

Listing some of the advantages of SIM consent tracking

1. On demand use: you can avail the service only if it is needed, if not you can opt out. This feature is not available in GPS tracking where you need to pay monthly software rental and purchase GPS devices

2. No hardware required: To track the vehicle, as a fleet owner, you don’t need any specific hardware devices for tracking, simplified tracking with mobile SIM. 

3. Finally, cost effective: the SIM based tracking costs only the average SMS cost that we usually send to others using mobile phones.

How does SIM tracking work?

Components Required for SIM-based tracking solution

SIM-based tracking system need two things

  • A mobile phone with an active SIM card in the driver’s hands.
  • An application (FleetOS) on the management side to track the vehicle.

How does SIM-based tracking solution work with FleetOS?

Step 1: Setup: Need to register yourself in a fleet management application (Say for example FleetOS) and purchase the required SIM credits as per the demand.

Step 2: Request for tracking: Send the consent message to the tracking mobile number for tracking the vehicle.

Step 3: Accept and confirm: The driver needs to accept and confirm the request message by replying to the message Yes or No.

Step 4: periodic tracking: Get the tracking details periodically as you requested for every 1 hour / 2 hour / 4 hours as you set up for tracking.

Our Advice to readers on SIM tracking

The technology advancement is to simplify the process and efforts of human kind and it should be used wisely. As most of us collectively agreed, “Technology is a double edged sword”, here the purpose of SIM consent tracking is to track the commercial fleets with the aid of driver mobile, this is done with consent and with some purpose. 

The same application should not be used for personal tracking to track your friends, family members and other mobile phone users. Such kind of tracking is technically possible and it is morally not acceptable to track the near and dear ones with or without their knowledge or consent.

So, the purpose of SIM consent is one of the best alternatives for GPS tracking the commercial vehicle tracking, let this solve the purpose as it is intent to do it.

If you want to know more about SIM tracking or want to use it for immediate fleet tracking purposes, you can register on our FleetOS app and track the vehicle with driver mobile.

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History GPS Satellites and Commercial GPS Tracking

GPS tracking is serving many industries ship navigation, aviation industry, logistics sector and for various emergency responses. GPS is navigation and positioning service based on a constellation of satellites which are owned by the United States of America.

In this article, we will come across the different stages in the evolution of the GPS satellites and the commercial use of GPS tracking 

Evolution of GPS satellites 

GPS has evolved so much in the past years. It all began in 1957 when Soviet Union successfully launched “Sputnik” the world’s first artificial satellite. 

During this time the scientists came up with a method called “Doppler Effect” which helped them to track the satellite with shifts in its radio signal and thus this was the first step towards GPS

In the mid-1960s the United States Navy conducted a number of satellite navigation experiments to help track US submarines carrying nuclear missiles. With six satellites orbiting the poles, they were able to observe the satellite changes in Doppler and pinpoint the submarine’s location within a matter of minutes.

In the early 1970s, the Department of Defense (DoD) wanted to ensure a stable satellite navigation system would be available. With the ideas provided by the Navy scientists, the DoD decided to use satellites to carry forward their proposed navigation system which was followed by the launch of its first Navigation System with Timing and Ranging (NAVSTAR) satellite in 1978. The 24 satellites system became fully operational in 1993.

Here is a detailed evolution timeline of GPS satellite 

  • 1959: The first functioning satellite navigation system named “TRANSIT” was developed by the United States Navy.

  • 1963: A military study was submitted, which suggested that a constellation of space satellites could be used to send continuous signals to receivers on the ground.

  • 1967: The Timation satellite was created by the U.S Navy, this satellite demonstrated that accurate clocks could be placed in space. 

  • 1978: The military launched the first satellite that was to be part of the NAVSTAR system which stands for “Navigation System with Timing and Ranging”

  • 1978 – 1985: 11 more satellites were launched to test the GPS system. 

  • 1983: Ronald Reagan made an announced that commercial air carriers would be allowed to use the GPS system to improve navigation and air safety once the system was completed.

  • 1985: A contract was signed between The United States federal government and the privately owned businesses to create “airborne, shipborne and man-pack” receivers that would be used in the GPS system.

  • 1989: The first fully functional GPS satellite was launched by The U.S. Air Force, a Block II. Even the first handheld GPS navigation device was introduced to the consumer market by the Magellan Corporation in this year.

  • 1990: The Department of Defense used Selective Availability to purposefully decrease the accuracy of the GPS system that was available to civilians. 

  • 1992: The 50th Space Wing began managing the GPS system.

  • 1993 – 1994: In December of 1993, the GPS system became operational for the first time. A constellation consisting of 24 satellites was in space.

  • 1995: When only 24 satellites were necessary for the system to function properly, three additional satellites were launched into space as backups.

  • 1996: A directive making the GPS system a dual-use system for military and civilian purposes was issued by President Bill Clinton.

  • 1998: A plan stating the GPS system to transmit two more signals for civilian platforms, with an emphasis on improving aviation safety was made

  • 1999: Benefon, a mobile phone producer, introduced the first cell phone that had built-in GPS capabilities in 1999.

  • 2000: The accuracy of public GPS signals increased greatly overnight, which caught the attention of business leaders across industries.

  • 2001: New products, such as in-car navigation tools created by TomTom and Garmin, began to appear in the marketplace.

  • 2004: Qualcomm announced it had developed technology that allowed mobile phones to use cellular signals together with GPS signals. This combination of signals accurately identified the location of users to within a few feet of their actual physical locations.

  • 2005: The initial satellite in the second generation of GPS satellites known as “Block II” was launched into space.

  • 2007: The United States government announced that the third generation of GPS satellites, GPS III, would be manufactured without the Selective Availability feature.

  • 2010 – 2011: Two additional satellites were launched into space to ensure the GPS system would remain operational.

  • 2011: The U.S. Air Force increased the size of the GPS system’s instead of having 24 satellites, the GPS system had a new constellation of 27 satellites.  This change GPS service throughout the world.

  • 2016: The GPS system’s constellation included 31 working satellites. The constellation is actively managed so that a minimum of 24 satellites are available at least 95 percent of the time per day. 

In the past years, the GPS satellites have advanced so much because of which the future enhancements have bigger expectations from the people. 

Growth of Commercial GPS Tracking

Nowadays using GPS for commercial purpose has become very common and plays an important role in almost everyone’s life. 

Fleet telematics had its origin in 1974. A form of fleet telematics was begun by the U.S. automobile industry to make things easier and systematic; as new cars rolled out of assembly plants via motors manufacturers, they were catalogued using an electronic process. 

When orders were placed, a mainframe-to-mainframe method of communicating was used for electronic processing of orders, and vehicle status reports were generated using computer technology. This was the beginning of fleet tracking and the stepping stone for commercializing GPS.

In the history of GPS vehicle tracking the major milestone was in 1978. The experimental Block-I GPS satellite was launched into space in 1978, this system was a successful test. By by the end of 1985, 10 more Block-I satellites were launched to further validate the concept.

In the early years, GPS technology was not yet operational, due to the insufficient number of satellites orbiting the earth. On Jan. 17, 1994, after years of gradual growth,  finally, 24 satellites were launched, and the GPS system was considered fully operational. Today, fleet tracking taps into this same technology.

How GPS Tracking Helps Your Business

GPS tracking has come a long way from dots-on-a-map software. This solution can help you accomplish your business objectives. It improves efficiency and provides savings that add revenue. High fuel costs are always top of mind for those that manage a mobile workforce. Some of the features of GPS tracking that help you greatly are:

  • Most of the GPS tracking solutions offer alerts that can notify you about harsh driving behaviours. This enables you to coach the drivers to do better.
  • It  reduces risk and the likelihood of a collision, saving maintenance and downtime costs
  • GPS fleet tracking and real-time monitoring capabilities enable you to provide up-to-the-minute arrival information for your customers. Doing this increases customer satisfaction

  • Vehicle and asset tracking can also help you identify  unauthorized after-hours use utilizing the geo-fence feature. This functionality ensures that employees do not use vehicles and assets for personal reasons.

It usually doesn’t take long for implementing a real-time GPS tracking system to start reaping the benefits and solve your business challenges. Join us and gain a competitive edge that GPS tracking software provides if you haven’t already. 

How does Vamosys help in Fleet Tracking?

VAMOSYS has developed its own software for GPS vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions. We use the quality GPS devices from teltonika and Concox for tracking the vehicles.

Our Solutions will address the problems of Logistics Sector like

  • Fuel Monitoring
  • Speed Alert
  • Real Time Tracking
  • Geofence marking
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Trip Management and lot more

GPS tracking is part of all logistics sector today, it all started with the simple communication device for military is now became the life line of all navigation, aviation and fleet tracking.

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Artificial Intelligence and Adaptability

Artificial intelligence and compliance should be the essential element of independent vehicle designs and functionalities.

Evidently, you must have encountered all types of drivers on the spectrum if you are a frequent Ola or Uber user. Some carefully provide a relaxing experience and a leisurely, smooth ride. Others say very little and drive assertively to show their focus on landing us swiftly to our desired destination. Depending on our moods, the climate, traffic levels, and other intervening variables, there are days when we may enjoy the original driving style and others when we prefer the latter heavily. And if a driver’s form does not suit my present preferences; it can make a ride uneasy or even agitating.

Flexiblity On Demand

The ability of a driver to make contextual modifications to the requirements of a passenger is a determinant of the passenger’s experience. Perhaps, it impacts the quality of the journey more than shock absorption, climate control, or other components that we traditionally considered to be essential. So, if autonomous vehicle technicians want a long-lasting implementation of their artificially smart “drivers,” they must provide contextual learning skills.

Engineered Safety VS Perceived

Till date, much of the talks about vehicle automation have concentrated on the engineering problems of bringing passengers from point A to point B securely, which we may possibly call Engineered Safety. However, independent riders will have to go beyond just “maintaining it between the lines”. They’ll require to act in ways that can create perceived safety — feeling secure in the midst of continually changing internal and personal circumstances.

But How Does This Make You Feel Like A Typical Traveler?

 

  • You can trust the sensory capacities of your vehicle entirely and feel perfectly comfortable.
  • Your logic will override your physical fear, so, no more resulting in white knuckles clutching the seat. 
  • Precise scheduling and follow ups.
  • Autonomous vehicles will redefine road safety.
  • Autonomous logistics can conserve the quality of goods, with precise checks until the time of delivery.

Contextual Comfort

Perceived safety plays an integral part in our experience when driven by an independent or human driver, but this is not the only consideration. Our mood controls the manner we guide and influence our expectations.

Even today, we see mood-based options available in luxury vehicles, with many riders providing either a “sport” or “eco” mode based on their present choice. Imagine that you’re late running for a job. To get to office on time, you may enjoy your autonomous vehicle positioning itself more assertively in the traffic flow and passing slower cars earlier. On the other hand, if on a Sunday afternoon you’re sharing a ride with your family, you might prefer the vehicle to follow the traffic flow.

Logistics And Autonomous Vehicles

It would be sensible to expect your preferences to be met in both of these situations, whether you are riding or ridding yourself. Similarly, to provide a pleasant experience for autonomous vehicles, they need to be extremely adaptable to the passenger feedbacks.

Also considering the delivery of the varied and dynamic requirements of companies; autonomous vehicles will need the capacity to adjust their driving style depending on the payload they carry. When carrying a load of fabrics, they may want to prioritize the velocity over smoothness. But, they will have to do the opposite when selling pets, liquor, or risky products.

Artificial Intelligence, Not Automation

The capacity to engineer an independent chauffeur relies on machine learning capacities, because of the overwhelming amount of nuanced situations that may influence perceived safety and contextual comfort. Not only will autonomous vehicles need to learn the baseline comfort levels of their passengers, but also the most common variations for each person using the car. They will also need the capacity to adjust, depending on the time context on the fly.

Commuters will call for the aptitude to interact with their vehicles since there would be a human chauffeur to guide them in this teaching, which implies interacting vocally with an A.I. Siri-style, or choosing from a menu of alternatives. Moreover, it will suggest remembering and defaulting settings for particular situations or proposing those configurations when the context reappears. For example, the next time you’re late for the job, your vehicle should go back to the assertive driving style.

Drawing The Line

As producers increasingly solve the Safety Engineering problems of vehicle autonomy, it is as well essential that they tackle perceived safety and contextual comfort. These will eventually determine which autonomous vehicles will succeed and fail and how long they will take to achieve widespread acceptance.

Engineers must acknowledge the actual reality as we enter this new era of intelligent mobility; we are unlikely to become logical machines based on driverless vehicle constraints. It is, therefore, vital to make driverless vehicles more human.

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Key take-away from the 2019 Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act

In 2016, MoRTH – Ministry of Road Transport and Highway introduced a bill having some new proposal in terms of road safety with stiffening penalties, was passed in the Lok Sabha in 2017 but failed to pass through in Rajya Sabha, which now has gained the importance of implementation due to higher fatality rate though the total number of accident reported is on a descend.

The following are the amendments made by the central government:

Existing and New Rules with New Penalty

Section / Offence Old Penalty (in ) New Penalty (in )
General (177) ₹100 ₹500
Rules of road regulation violation (new 177A) ₹100 ₹500
No Helmet ₹100 ₹1000+Disqualification for 3 months for licence
Seat Belt (194 B) ₹100 ₹1000
Overloading of two-wheelers (194 C) ₹100 ₹2,000+Disqualification for 3 months for licence
Travelling without a ticket (178) ₹200 ₹500
Over speeding (183) ₹400 ₹1,000 for LMV; ₹2,000 for Medium passenger vehicle
Speeding/ Racing (189) ₹500 ₹5,000
Disobedience of orders of authorities (179) ₹500 ₹2,000
Driving without licence (181) ₹500 ₹5,000
Driving without qualification (182) ₹500 ₹10,000
Driving without insuarance (196) ₹1000 ₹2,000
Unauthorized use of vehicles without licence (180) ₹1000 ₹5,000
Dangerous driving penalty (184) ₹1000 Up to ₹5,000
Drunken driving (185) ₹2000 ₹10,000
Overloading (194) ₹2,000 + ₹1,000 per extra tonne ₹20,000 + ₹2,000 per extra tonne
Vehicle without permit (192A) Up to ₹5,000 Up to ₹10,000
Aggregators (violations of licencing conditions) (193) New ₹25,000 to ₹1,00,000
Overloading of Passengers (194A) New ₹1,000 per extra passenger
Not providing way for emergency vehicles (194E) New ₹10,000
Oversized vehicles (182B) New ₹5,000
Offences by Juveniles (199) New Guardian/ Owner shall be deemed guilty. Rs 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment.
Juvenile to be tried under JJ Act.
Registration of Motor Vehicle to be cancelled.
Power of officers to impound documents (206) New Suspension of driving licence under sections 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D, 194E
Offences committed by enforcing authorities (210B) New Twice the penalty under the relevant section

This bill also has made the following provisions:

  • Scheme for cashless treatment of the road accident victim during the Golden hour.
  • Protection of the Good Samaritan, the person who provides medical or non-medical assistance to the victim at the time of accident.
  • Provides online Learners’ License with mandatory online identification verification.

Who is a Good Samaritan and privilege exercised by him:

  • A Good Samaritan is who informs police or an emergency service on coming upon an injured person, who shall not be compelled to reveal his personal details.
  • A Good Samaritan will not be liable for any civil or criminal action for any injury or death caused to the victim.
  • If any public official coerce the good Samaritan to reveal his / her personal details, will be liable to disciplinary action taken on them.
  • A Good Samaritan can not to be forced to bear the cost of treatment. No hospital be private or public, cannot demand payment for registration and admissions costs from any bystander who brings the victim to the hospital.
  • If any hospitals refuses to render treatment to a victim; Lack of response from a doctor during an critical situation shall be considered as “Professional Misconduct” and disciplinary action would be taken against such a doctor (as per Indian Medical Council Regulations, 2002).
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Galileo Satellite System-Outage

A recent unforeseen issue faced by Europe from 11th July till 18th July was the Galileo’s Outage. The impact it had, could be caused to any GNSS like The US’s GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, etc.

These are all examples of GNSS system errors that had an impact on receivers and the people and systems that rely on them in the past.

  • In 2014, the Russian GLONASS system broadcast inaccurate location data for 10 hours, due to a faulty software update.
  • In 2016, GPS broadcast the wrong time for five hours after an old satellite was taken out of service, causing problems for cellular networks and digital broadcasters.
  •  In 2019, a known issue with the way week numbers are encoded in the GPS signal caused many unpatched receivers to behave erratically or stop working entirely – affecting devices and infrastructure from traffic lights to weather balloons.

Galileo – Outage:

Galileo has been providing positioning and timing services to around 400 million users since December 2016. 2020 is when Galileo will reach full operational capability. with a record precision of 20cm, Galileo will be the most precise satellite navigation system in the world.

Galileo is a civilian system under civilian control, which provides accurate positioning and timing information. Galileo aims to ensure Europe’s independence from other satellite navigation systems and its strategic autonomy in satellite navigation. Europe’s autonomy in this sector will boost the European job market, help the EU step up its role as a security and defence provider, and support emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, drones, automated mobility and the Internet of Things.

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) said the outage was caused by a “technical incident related to its ground infrastructure”.

Galileo has been in a pilot phase since December 2016 and devices that use its signal should be able to switch to GPS services while it is fixed. Fortunately, Europe had GPS to fall back on. If a similar outage were to take GPS offline, most devices would have no such alternative.

“The incident has led to a temporary interruption of the Galileo initial navigation and timing services,” the GSA said.

The network’s search and rescue function, which helps pinpoint boat crews or hikers in distress, is unaffected.

Galileo has 26 orbital satellites helping to pinpoint and track mobile telephone users and vehicles.

It is due to become fully operational around the globe next year, offering a civilian, European alternative to US and Russian-controlled networks.

Although controlled by a civilian agency, planners hope it will also underpin the strategic independence of future European military systems.

The Galileo’s outage is a warning or the wakeup call for all other GNSS systems that are in use to think about the worst possible scenario that might take place.

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The Rise of Logistics and Transportation in India

The logistics industry in India is on a large course of development. The Indian logistics industry is anticipated to develop at a pace of 8-10% over the medium term, according to the national rating agency ICRA. This is an improvement over the 7.8% annual compound growth rate (CAGR) at which the sector has grown over the past five years. India’s logistics industry is estimated at around US$ 160 billion at the moment. The industry is anticipated to profit from GST application and reach US$ 215 billion over the next two years, according to the 2017-18 Economic Survey.

The Boom

The logistics and transportation sector, which is reflected in the worldwide rankings, has shown significant growth for the last few years. According to the World Bank’s 2016 Logistics Performance Index Global Ranking, India jumped from 54th general logistics performance in 2014 to 35th in 2016. The study also showed that on all six parameters used in the ranking, India’s logistics industry has enhanced its efficiency. This is an enormous 20-rank jump and shows the sector’s development, including the rise in demand for GPS fleet management services.

The industry is gaining a lot of investment and the sector will boost job creation as an outcome of the transformations and transformations driven by these investments. Experts predict that by 2022 it could be the biggest job creator.  

More than 22 million individuals in the nation are presently working in the industry. The study also stresses that enhancing the industry would lead to a 10% reduction in indirect costs, leading to a 5-8% increase in exports.

The Helping Hand

The government of India has announced it is working on the strategy to establish the country’s fresh logistics plan. The aim is to develop and implement by 2035 the most cost-effective technique of transporting products.

The objective of the strategy is to prepare a correct integrated logistics plan. Within the Department of Commerce, the new logistics division is working on this domestic integrated plan to identify and iron out any current sector bottlenecks and spaces.

That’s great news for the industry. It will also encourage the software-enabled logistics industry start-ups as they can provide seamless motion of products across the nation.

The Motivators

India’s logistics industry is a sector on the rise and it is driven by various variables towards development and boom.

Logistics development is two-sided–driven by the supply of demand. With the financial recovery, growth driven by demand is reinforced and advantages from GST introduction. According to the rating agency ICRA, the savings in car turnaround time were about 18-20 percent after GST application.

Besides, outsourcing to integrated players of non-core activities such as warehousing and related activities leads to the strengthening of organized players, which in turn is good for the industry in the long term. Industrial consumption picking is another driver of development in the logistics industry in India driven by demand.

The supply-led development leaders include improved logistics facilities, integrated logistics, and the birth of countless logistics start-ups, particularly tech-led start-ups. “Tech-enabled startups have an enormous scope to grow as well as drive the sector’s development,” according to an industry specialist. Not only do they attract massive investment, but they also have the potential to create trouble-free export processes by reducing needless paperwork, thus reducing delivery delays.

Trends

Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore dominated the supply chain space requirement with a 50% share, according to the study of the true estate consultancy CBRE titled’ 2018 Asia Pacific Real Estate Market Outlook.’ Although the larger towns were also on the growth spurt with Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune’s share of the total transacted room rose to 49 percent in 2017 compared to 25 percent in 2016.

Another central trend is the choice for big warehouses that enables a better process of automation. The Indian inventory automation industry is projected to expand by 10-12 percent to US$ 3.49 billion by 2020, according to the CBRE study.

Warehousing is another dominant trend in the Indian logistics industry as an appealing investment. Among other main investors are Morgan Stanley, Ascendas-Swingbridge and Warburg Pincus. The investment burst in the industry leads to fresh and improved warehousing facilities being developed.

Way Forward

The coming years for the Indian logistics sector will shine even brighter, according to CRISIL. The study company indicates that India’s logistics industry, which stood at Rs 6.4 trillion in FY17, will expand at a CAGR of 13 percent over the next three years and be at FY20’s Rs 9.2 trillion.

The Take

India’s government is also taking important measures to promote the industry and increase its development in the upcoming times. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has chosen to provide the sector with a one-time Rs 8 million financing to build original facilities and a four-year phase-wise Rs 33.9 million assistance.

The government of India’s future focus is to reduce the logistics price, which currently stands at 14.4 percent of India’s GDP. The goal is to bring it down in the next four years to a point of 10%. This is a very important step that will increase the sector’s competitiveness and be important for its further development. The government has also taken measures on securing the transportation sector with the implementation of the AIS 140 rule.

For the logistics industry in India, strategic investment and public initiatives to support the sector will be essential in the future. If the cards are played right, the industry can generate enormous numbers of employment for the peasants and play the main role in driving the high wave economy.

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