u-blox has won a project for multi-standard vehicle tracking devices developed by ATrack, a Taipei-based vendor of telematics devices used for vehicle monitoring around the world. The design-in was facilitated through on-site support provided by u-blox’ Taiwan office also based in Taipei.
ATrack has integrated a u-blox GPS receiver module, plus UMTS/HSPA and CDMA cellular modules in its AK7 vehicle tracking unit. The compact device can track and report vehicle location, speed, driver behaviour, engine and fuel status, as well as provide alarms such as when a vehicle has left a pre-defined geographic area.
Compatibility with global cellular networks is supported thanks to u-blox’ comprehensive modem technology. The AK7 is ideal for usage-based insurance, rental car tracking, fleet-management, and teenage-driver monitoring.
“At ATrack, we design our vehicle tracking devices for worldwide markets. Because global positioning and multi-standard cellular communications are crucial elements for our products to serve these markets, we require a reliable vendor who is an expert in both technologies and their seamless interoperation. They must also have a proven track record of high quality, automotive-grade components delivered on-time. We are very pleased to have chosen u-blox,” said Frank Tang, president and CEO at ATrack.
“We are extremely proud to have achieved this triple design win at ATrack for our GPS as well as 3G UMTS and CDMA cellular modem technologies”, said Ming Chiang, Taiwan Country Manager at u-blox, “ATrack is an excellent example of a customer who depends on seamless operation of global position with cellular communications. u-blox has invested hundreds of man-years to perfect this technology so that our customers don’t have to.”
The UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) 3G cellular standard is the leading global 3G technology provided by 270 operators in 117 countries. CDMA (more precisely, CDMA2000) is a popular competing cellular service, provided by over 320 operators and 120 countries.
All u-blox positioning and cellular modules are manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified sites, the company stated. Each module is intensively inspected and tested during production. The modules are fully qualified according to ISO 16750 - environmental conditions and electrical testing for electrical and electronic equipment for road vehicles to provide high durability and reliability.