What is vehicle tracking?
Vehicle tracking, also referred to as a vehicle tracking system, represents the combined usage of automatic vehicle location in vehicles with computer software that keeps fleet data for a complete picture of all locations visited by vehicle. In modern times, most vehicle tracking systems use Global Positioning System (GPS) or Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) to locate the vehicle. Some vehicle tracking devices can use other kinds of automatic vehicle location systems. Software specialised for tracking or electronic maps on the Internet are used as information about vehicle. This tracking system has been growing in use in public transit, especially in bigger and more urban cities, but also in fleet management like the tracking of fleets, dispatching and even as protection from thieves. Also, one of the uses of GPS vehicle tracking systems is to monitor drivers, be it an employer tracking their workers or parents keeping their children in check.
Types of vehicle tracking devices
There are various types of vehicle tracking devices, but they are mostly separated into two groups, active devices and passive devices. The main difference between these two is when and where they transfer collected data. Passive devices first store all data collected and then when the vehicle reaches the chosen point, the device is removed from the vehicle and transferred to another device for further analysis. More and more passive devices are including auto downloading capabilities via a wireless network rather than connecting the device to a computer.
On the other side, active devices transfer collected data almost in real time via satellite or cellular networks to other devices or systems. Both of these devices collect the same data, like GPS location, direction, chosen point, and speed, but can also keep track of the data related to opening and closing of doors or the key being turned on or off. Almost all modern devices for vehicle tracking will be both active and passive. Which “mode” is used depends on if there is a cellular network device that can connect and transfer data or not. In cases where there is no open network, the device will store data in an internal storage and transfer it as soon as it catches the first signals of a cellular network.
Tracking vehicles in Australia
There are a number of companies in Australia offer vehicle tracking systems. Their offers usually combine both passive and active devices in one, and rely on real-time GPS information. The services of vehicle tracking systems are mostly used by businesses connected to public transit, companies dealing with fleets and cargos, but also individuals who want to feel secure about their vehicles. Some of the most reliable and best reviewed companies in Australia are Track My Ride, GPS Trackers Australia, Monogoose Automotive Technologies Australia, and ReadyTrack.
Heavy Equipment machinery is a very useful machine in every construction operation. Whether, it is an excavator, bulldozer, pay loader, tractor or crane. They are all a part of every construction activity. Under this heavy metal built, is a section, who has an equally important rule in its operation. The section I am referring to is the undercarriage. It supports the mechanism of the machine, that allow them to move from one place to another.
What is the undercarriage? An undercarriage is designed to improve the machine’s sensitivity towards the challenging surface below. It is designed to fit your needs for unmatched suspension, tension, traction, speed and productivity.
Basic undercarriage parts are:
- Carrier Roller
- Recoil Spring
- Track Shoe assembly
- Track Link assembly
- Track roller and
- Track shoe
There are many brands of various parts of the undercarriage. They are as follows:
- Volvo and other major brands.
In every construction business, machinery takes the bulk of the budget. Thus taking good care of it is necessity, to minimize cost. I would like to share with you some basics in taking care of your undercarriage parts.
- The Underbelly. Routine checking of the under carriage is suggested by experts. It should be done every end of the day. Check all the parts, such as: bearings, bolt,chains, drive motors and etc. Inspect the track for missing rubber, check for loosen bolts and uneven tracks.
- Undercarriage and Tracks. Clean the undercarriage and tracks and remove large objects such as concretes, wood and other hard materials. It will affect the tracks’ performance and contribute to its wear and tear.
- Be sure the person operating the equipment has enough knowledge on how to operate it properly. The operator must be aware of the kind of environmental surface the machine works best or not.
- Check high wear parts often. There parts of the undercarriage that wears easily. It is advise that daily check will be conducted on those parts.
- Greasing of parts. It is good to grease occasionally bushing and some other parts, to push dirt out.
- Tune the Tension.
- Regular maintenance. A machine regularly maintained will last long.
- All operators must be trained properly on the proper use of the equipment.
Again, proper care of all the parts of a machine, will result to longer life and high productivity. This will also result to good return of investment. To be able to achieve the desired productivity, comfortable operation and excellent performance, you just have to take the necessary care.
You may also ask the help of the experts to do the tasks. They knew better and they can easily determine a need for replacement.
Here in New Zealand, there is a need for this kind of machinery. They can be found everywhere, because there are so many distributors in the area. Every big name brands has their presence in this part of the globe.