Masternaut has launched a new type of vehicle tracking system based around a single intelligent mobile communication unit. The system comprises a Mobile Communication Centre (MCC) combining vehicle tracking, GPS satellite navigation, hands-free mobile communications and real-time job scheduling and messaging in a single unit.
The all-in-one unit is said to eliminate the need for separate Sat-Nav, mobile phones and hands-free equipment. It also integrates with Masternaut's Three X mobile workforce applications, as well as Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft CRM providing a wireless link to important business data while on the move.
The MCC unit is designed for quick and easy installation reducing vehicle downtime. There is no software to install as the MCC links to the web-based Masternaut service, which updates instantly and wirelessly without disrupting the user.
The system is available with Masternaut's optional CANbus engine management application. This monitors driving behaviour and detailed engine activity in real time, including rpm, fuel usage, vehicle speed, journey distance between stops and duration, and braking as well as acceleration levels.
Two sizes of touchscreen display are available - standard 3.5 inch and a 6.5 inch version suitable for HGV applications. The MCC uses the highly secure and virtually indestructible Masternaut mobile collection unit; this is the brain of the MCC and continues to track the vehicle even if the touchscreen is damaged or stolen. The touchscreens are replaced easily in the event of accidental damage or loss.
A speaker allows drivers to continue to communicate with their HQs in the event of an accident and loss of vehicle power. Meanwhile a handy button pad includes a microphone for hands-free telephony and it also has a privacy button allowing drivers to switch between personal use and business use for mileage recording.
The MCC provides seamless wireless job scheduling and reporting using Masternaut's web-based scheduling software. Jobs are scheduled and updated and sent in real-time to the unit and mobile workers update the system using the touchscreen, keeping back office systems consistently up to date.
Martin Port, MD Masternaut Three X, commented: "The new Mobile Communication Centre is a breakthrough in in-vehicle technology. It gives fleet operators everything they could possibly need in a single cost-effective unit. As a fully integrated system, it reduces cost of ownership removing the need for extra equipment, installations and maintenance. Drivers - the users - will also appreciate that they only have to use a single device and will prefer the familiar look and use of the touchscreen."
Masternaut has 150,000 telematics units installed across Europe with over 65,000 subscribers in the UK.