In June 2006, EDZ deployed a Global Positioning System (GPS) for fleet management. The system main objectives are to provide online tracking services over the company’s vehicles and carry out corresponding analysis methods. The system is as well of a great benefit under emergency situations being equipped with panic push buttons, which instantaneously notify an urgent condition.
The system main components are as follows:
The GPS unit and its antennas are installed inside the company’s vehicles and powered through their batteries. The unit locates itself with respect to the orbiting satellites to get corresponding position, Longitude and Latitude values. The unit communicates with the server station through GSM SIM card (GPRS) transmission mode to send information packets every 10 seconds when the vehicle is moving. The information is instantaneously received on the server station and the vehicles are then positioned on the digital maps. The information is as well stored in a database to issue later different charting and tabulated reports.
The system is of great benefit when carrying on maneuver works, where all the vehicles are easily located without the need of any other communication technique.
The panic buttons introduce an added and important value over the system operation. This button is only used in emergency situations when our crews need to notify an urgent condition, an alarm signal is instantaneously sent to the server station with the precise location of the concerned crew for the engineer in charge to take appropriate actions.
The introduction of the GPS Fleet Management provided EDZ with the following benefits: