The Track Star Smart Antenna is intended to provide a very low-cost means by which automatic vehicle GPS tracking capability can be easily added to fleets that already make use of in-vehicle computers with wireless connectivity.
Using a USB GPS receiver / antenna and a special computer program installed on the in-vehicle computer, the Track Star Smart Antenna provides a full-featured GPS vehicle tracking and location system at a small fraction of the cost associated with installing discrete GPS vehicle tracking devices. The Smart Antenna takes advantage of the existing wireless connectivity and provides vehicle GPS position updates at intervals specified by the user.
The standard version of the product is delivered with an antenna as shown in the photo on the right. Other antenna options are available to meet specific project needs. The product is also comprised of the Track Star GPS Forwarder application that installs as a service on your in-vehicle computer. This program captures the GPS vehicle tracking data and forwards it to the Track Star AVLS Software system in the same fashion as any of the other GPS devices supported in that software.
For those customers who already have GPS capabilities through embedded GPS receivers, etc., Track Star offers the Track Star GPS Forwarder as a stand alone product.
The service application allows the user to specify how often the GPS tracking positional data is to be sent to the AVLS software application and make other configuration settings. Because the software runs as a service, it runs automatically in the background each time the computer is started.
Also available with the Smart Antenna product is a copy of Franson GPS-Gate software which permits the Smart Antenna to transmit GPS coordinates for vehicle tracking, while simultaneously allowing the computer to receive GPS positional data for in-vehicle navigation, making it ideal for work order and dispatch applications, as well as other uses.