Siemens Mobile has developed a tri-band vehicle-tracking module that combines GSM and GPRS with satellite global positioning system technology.
The XT55 module will be bundled into various systems and services in the coming months and is designed for fleet management, vehicle positioning, navigation, and emergency and location-based services.
To enable the XT55 to connect with a satellite signal more easily, the module is equipped with 12 parallel channels.
Once a GPS connection is established, the XT55 transmits and receives data on the 900, 1800 and 1900MHz mobile network frequencies, giving users truly global reach.
Digital data is sent over GPRS or GSM mobile networks, whichever is available in the vehicle’s area.
Analyst Gartner predicted big growth in the tracking systems market over the coming years. Sales of tracking systems last year totalled around 500,000. But by 2007, this figure is estimated to rise to 2.5 million. Gartner said freight tracking would attract the biggest share of the market, followed by systems designed to track people and animals.
The XT55 measures just 53mm x 34mm x 5.1mm, and is equipped with Siemens’ TricklePower energy saving technology for longer use.
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