Erode-based Hashprompt Logistics Management claims to offer tracking solutions to any kind of vehicle that plies within India.
Keeping track of a consignment has always been an issue of concern for fleet operators. Control over fuel expense, control over driving pattern, location of vehicle at a given point of time, safety of the vehicle, route diversions have always been at the top of the list of concern for any fleet operator. Not anymore. Hashprompt Logistics Management, based in Erode, Tamil Nadu, has come out with a solution that can put an end to all of the said concerns. Says Satishkumar Govindaswamy, Managing Director, Hashprompt, "we offer tracking solutions to any kind of vehicle, that plies within India. A combination of four items namely, Tracking Device, GPS antenna, GSM antenna and a special phone constitute the hardware part of vTRACK." "vTRACK is a wireless communication hardware, paired with Internet-based vehicle location services, which provides real-time vehicle tracking and fleet management tools for all of your company's vehicles. It is a powerful combination of proven technologies includes: GPS (Global Positioning System), GSM and easy-to-use, web-based location mapping software developed by the company." Once installed, vTRACK can help get rid of the aforesaid problems, mainly control of fuel expenses, as the driving pattern, and speed can be tracked in a month or two. The fleet manager will come to know clearly about everything, as if he always travels in the vehicle. He can easily find out mistakes on the part of the driver and rectify the same, which could help in cost savings for fuel as well as wear and tear expenses, Govindaswamy adds.
vTRACK users can track vehicles day or night via the vTRACK web site. Users can locate a vehicle's present position, see the vehicle's path, and monitor its speed and direction. The user can be notified of excessive speeds, vehicle leaving constraint regions or reaching specific locations via SMS to their given mobile numbers. They can view numerous print-ready reports, which can be saved by them as files in the computer for future reference. How does the technology work? On GPS; Global Positioning System (GPS) is a constellation of 27 Earth-orbiting satellites (24 in operation and three extras in case one fails). Each of these solar-powered satellites circles the globe at about 19,300 km, making two complete rotations every day. The orbits are arranged so that at anytime, anywhere on Earth, there are at least four satellites "visible" in the sky. This technology is used to locate a vehicle. According to Govindaswamy, vTRACK provides a GPS receiver that will locate four or more of these (27) satellites, figure out the distance to each, and use this information to deduce its own location. The device in your vehicle will send this location data through GPRS/SMS to our control server. Our control server has an extensive map of India, covering the entire national highways, state highways, district headquarters and taluks. The data received from the device in the vehicle is synchronised with the map data, and the current information about the vehicle is updated in the server. Users can log in to the website with a user name and password and will be able to see a host of details about their vehicle.
As for the tracking, Govindaswamy assures it is accurate up to 98%. This is because, we use a 16-channel GPS antenna, which will get data from at least 4 satellites on any given point of time and our maps are GPS corrected. Hashprompt Logistics designs the basic circuitry, the PCB, but, for the time being, is using third party services to integrate the device, in their ISO certified facility. "The production capacity is about 500 units per month, to start with. Since tracking solutions are yet become popular in India, we need to slow down the production. However as per reports from Frost & Sullivan Research Services, the telematics industry in India would grow 10-fold in the year 2010. Hence we plan to increase our production capacity in the coming years, in accordance with market dynamics", Govindaswamy says. The company, for a start, had installed the device on 50 vehicles in April last year, and today has an order for 1500 units. The company is expanding, and is on the lookout for dealer to sell the product. The cost of a vTRACK unit is a tad under Rs 15,000. This excludes installation charges, software subscription and GSM subscription. For further information contact: Sathiskumar Govindasamy , Hashprompt Logistics Management India Pvt Ltd, 100 Rana Lakshmanan Nagar, Perundurai Road, Erode, Tamil Nadu 638 011. Tel: 0424-5501129. Fax: 91-424-2274477. E-mail: email@example.com