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GPS tracking and vehicle telematics has many uses today, from finding the location of individuals, to efficient route delivery management, to monitoring high-value shipments.
While GPS tracking has been out of reach for most companies and individuals, OpenGTS (Open Source GPS Tracking System) now provides a cost effective means of creating a full-featured and customizable GPS tracking and telematic monitoring system that fits a company’s specific business requirements.
OpenGTS is an open-source software system that performs the data collection and analysis of GPS location and telematic information from remote tracking devices and presents this information to the user in the form of maps and reports through a web-interface. This information can then be used to make important business decisions. The non-proprietary nature of the open-source OpenGTS system means that you will not be tied-in to a web-based company that requires the use of their web-services, proprietary hardware, or “bundled” solution.
OpenGTS is a cross-platform system, written entirely in Java, and utilizing readily available tools and utilities already available on most systems, such as MySQL, Java, Ant, Tomcat, OpenLayers, and OpenStreetMaps. OpenGTS has been tested on many distributions of Linux, including Gentoo, Fedora, CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, etc, and also runs on various versions of Windows. OpenGTS has also been tested on Mac platforms. OpenGTS is highly configurable and extensible. New tables can be added, and new columns can be added to existing tables, without needing to perform extensive modification of existing code, allowing an easy upgrade path to future OpenGTS versions. OpenGTS has external interfaces that easily allow adding-on support for additional types of remote tracking devices, mapping service providers, and reverse-geocoding providers.
With OpenGTS currently in use in over 33 different countries around the world, new ideas and features are continually being added to the presently supported features within OpenGTS.
This presentation will cover the need for GPS tracking, how GPS tracking actually works, the different types of transport media (CDMA, GPRS, Satellite, Bluetooth, WiFi, etc), how data is analyzed on the server, Geofencing, Mapping options, and reporting.
Martin Flynn is CEO of GeoTelematic Solutions, Inc., a GPS tracking and telematic solutions design company, and author of the Open-source GPS Tracking System project, OpenGTS . Martin is also CTO of Arkansas-based GeoTrac, Inc., a company that creates custom tracking/telematic solutions for AT&T.