GPS monitoring of freight containers

    Vehicle monitoring systems and GPS equipment breed almost as fast as smartphones. But transport can be different, and it would be nice to have devices appropriate to its type. Not so long ago, one such copy fell into my hands, which in brief I would like to tell you. A fairly easy to use solution from Starcom Systems, which allows you to monitor the movement of containers. Called Triton.

    The device is designed specifically for containers and only for them. It captures any hacking attempts, deviations from routes, temperature changes and ... the list goes on and on. First things first.

    Triton is installed in a few seconds, as the system is sharpened specifically for the container. It has 2 parts connected by a jumper, which allows you to remove the antenna part to the outside of the container (the outer part is dustproof and moisture resistant), and all the electronics are inside the container.

    Packing consists of:
    • Triton device itself;
    • battery;
    • charging;
    • RS232 cable with USB connectors.

    This is what container doors look like in Triton’s arms.

    Now what the device consists of:
    • Center bracket;
    • Battery compartment, processor, GSM and GPS modules (system core);
    • Antenna compartment;
    • Light sensor;
    • Door Button;
    • Operation Button;
    • Mini USB output port;
    • Install button;
    • Magnets.

    The sensors are standard: a light sensor, an accelerometer and a temperature sensor (from -127 ° C to 127 ° C).

    Source of powerVoltage3.7v
    TemperatureDuring operation
    During storage
    -20 - 60 ° C
    -40 - 85 ° C
    Operating humidityUp to 90%
    Dimensions 195 x 96 x 40 mm
    Cell modem GSM Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900).
    Integrated antenna
    NetworkData transferGPRS and SMS
    TCP / IP over PPP
    GPSReceiver and antenna
    Positioning accuracy
    Navigation update frequency Navigation

    Time to first location (TTFF)
    NMEA (binary format)
    Position: 10 m CEP (50%)
    Speed: 0.2 m / s (50%)
    1 sec (default) <> br Solution “All satellites in sight”
    Solution “2 satellites”
    Hot start : 2 sec.
    Warm start: 10 sec.
    Cold start: 50 sec.
    Processor power Static RAM
    Non-Volatile Memory
    Flash Memory
    128 Kbytes
    34 Kbytes
    2048 Kbytes
    Light Sensor Button
    Battery Type
    5200 mAh
    Power consumption Sleep / Standby
    only GPRS
    GPS and GPRS only
    0.05 mAh
    75 mAh
    100 mAh
    165 mAh
    Com port RS232 115,200 bps (default)

    I liked the fact that the device itself goes into standby mode when possible, which saves battery power.

    By default, the device transmits data via GPRS, and SMS is used as a backup channel. You can configure the intervals for regular transmission of tracking data, which determine how often the device will transmit status information.

    You can configure various equipment parameters.

    Triton is integrated with various monitoring services, which, in my opinion, is an undoubted advantage. You can use both the manufacturer’s system and third-party solutions, such as Wialon .

    If you use a device with starcom online, then there is the following set of functions:
    • Home - A list of recently called devices, including their location.
    • Resources - device and customer data management.
    • Plans - create and administer alerts and events.
    • Monitor - tracking events and alerts from the device.
    • Map - the current location of the device on the map.
    • Reports - reports on device activity.
    • Profile - setting user properties.
    • Help - tutorials and knowledge base.

    Now move on to the reports. You can set the report settings “on demand” or “on schedule”. The report itself is generated for the last 30 days. You can create the following types of reports. Work Hours, Work Hours Summary, Work Hours Group Summary, History, History - Technical, Violations, Live Status, Events, Perimeter Entry, Transmit Reasons, Monitored events, Stop Hours.

    So, for example, a report for 1 one day and a certain period of time will look. The report includes a map area and a tracking data area. In the map area there is a map of the territory on which the device is located with its movements. The tracking data area lists device tracking data.

    To summarize, then with Triton we have a set of rather useful functions: programmable events, geographical events, alerts on the transportation distance and, in fact, online tracking without sending additional commands.

    From communications we have: four-frequency GSM, DNS support, TCP protocol connection, a backup server, a compact protocol to save traffic and encrypt it (if someone needs this level of security), ZigBee connection.

    Well, now the most interesting. At what price the device is sold from the manufacturer I do not know, but retailers offer Triton an average of $ 560 each. Given that the cost of cargo can be tens of times more, the option is pretty good. And what do you think?

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