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07 Apr 05. BATTLESPACE Editor Julian Nettlefold was given details of the Axscend GPS Asset Tracking Device that uses Satellite Communication Technology at the rcent CV Show at the NEC. Axscend GPS (global positioning system) asset tracking device is a highly practical and low cost solution to global asset location, using the latest satellite communication technology. Axscend GPS (global positioning system) asset tracking device gives you the power to pinpoint assets across the globe. Axscend GPS (global positioning system) asset tracking device mobile unit is a highly integrated asset-tracking device that requires no external power. It is located by GPS satellites the unit then transmits data to the end user via the GlobalStar satellite constellation. Axscend GPS (global positioning system) asset tracking software gives you a listing of all assets (trailers) and their positions using the latest satellite technology. Axscend GPS (global positioning system) asset tracking software will allow you to: add information about position received, e.g. position XYZ = Bolton depot, set up and edit asset information e.g. box 3 is a refrigerated trailer which is part of the Northern fleet group, view a map displaying the last sent position of your chosen asset and receive an email or text message on a select asset with its latest position. To achieve long service life, Axscend GPS mobile asset tracking system device enters an extremely low power state, drawing less than 10 uA which is lower than the self-discharge current of the battery The device wakes on a preprogrammed schedule or by external alarm/sensor trigger and powers on the GPS module to ascertain location. Next, the GPS module is disabled and the simplex modem is turned on to transmit the location and local status information. The unit then resumes the low-power state until the next wake interval.

04 Apr 05. Following a request from a UK Police force for a vehicle dash mounting solution, HPS has developed a compact, practicle cradle of unique design which enables the P1 device to be swiftly attached to and released from the cradle with one hand. The Panasonic CF-P1 toughbook handheld pc is a well known ruggedized mobile data device, which may be both GPS and GPRS enabled. However there is no vehicle mounting cradle available from it’s manufacturer. The P1’s hand strap and stylus cord may be retained as it is accommodated by the cradle. The cradle provides connections for charging the P1’s battery, external vehicle (or windscreen glass) antenna, and a USB compact keyboard. The cradle may be fixed to any suitable surface within the vehicle via a universal ball and socket arm, of which there are numerous variations and forms.

01 Apr 05. Plextek takes leading role in IEE telemetry seminar. Helped by partners University College London and Spectrum Trading Associates, Plextek will critically evaluate mesh network progress world-wide, with the ultimate goal of being able to quantify the feasibility and acceptability of future mesh network deployments. For example, one major issue will be to clarify and reconcile the various claims and hypotheses put forward for mesh network benefits. Another will be to ascertain whether mesh network deployment could merit changes in unlicensed spectrum allocation. Plextek was chosen for this work based on its track record, which includes the planning and deployment of mesh and many other radio networks. Ofcom and the Radio communications Agency have previously awarded advisory contracts to Plextek. In addition a Plextek-led consortium has been awarded a major study contract under Ofcom’s Spectrum Efficiency
Scheme (SES). The purpose of SES is to perform research in support of Ofcom’s duty to ensure the optimal use of the electro magnetic spectrum. It also furthers Ofcom’s aim to remain at the forefront of technological understanding.

31 Mar 05. Curtiss-Wright

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