The German company FALCOM has been producing communication devices since 1990, and since 2014 has been offering comprehensive solutions in the form of GPS locators FOX3 and FOX3-3G / FOX3-3G-AUDIO designed for tracking applications and fleet management of AVL vehicles. These devices connecting to the GPS application server through the GSM network (GPRS / EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz for the FOX3 or UMTS / HSPA model: 900/2100 MHz for Europe and 850/1900 MHz for America, GPRS / EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz for the FOX3-3G model), they send information on, among others the current location of vehicles, their speed and a wide range of data collected via interfaces RS232, RS485, 1-Wire, I2C, CAN such as level and consumption of fuel, revolutions, engine load and temperature, or tachograph data as well as such information regarding vehicle safety as opening doors and covers, closing and opening the vehicle by remote control or starting the vehicle alarm system.
On the other hand, thanks to the 1-Wire interface support, FALCOM GPS FOX3 and FOX3-3G control panels can cooperate with Netronix PLA RFID readers, supporting additional functionality related to driver identification, which can be done via RFID cards and transponders working in MIFARE® standards Classic (13.65MHz) or Unique / HITAG2 (125kHz).
This is extremely important information for every fleet system manager in medium and large enterprises, enabling cost optimization and control of fuel expenses, inspections, staff costs and many more. Driver identification allows for automatic assignment of employees to the vehicle in use, and thanks to RFID technology we can collect data such as:
- working time of drivers - e.g. traders,
- time of using a given vehicle, divided into business and private work time,
- number of kilometers driven per driver,
- and additionally, RFID is a protection against unauthorized use of the vehicle - without a suitable tablet or proximity card, the ignition will not be unlocked.