Watch our videos about our solutions here: how it works, what are the possible advantages of the system, how our customers experience the solution in practice, ... In this video library, we collect interesting information that you can certainly use if you still have questions or doubts about why telematics is relevant for your company. Click on the video to watch.
How do you prevent the theft of yard equipment and work tools from your van? Vans are a favourite target for burglars. Especially parked vans with expensive machines or building materials are in the sights of armed thieves at night. Don't put your materials and machines in the shop window, and secure the cargo space of your van with an anti-theft system from All-Connects!
The big advantage of a digital tachograph with remote download? Your drivers no longer have to come in with their truck or bus to read the tacho. Plus, it helps identify driving and rest period violations quickly. Hear why transport company Debetra has been using our tachograph system for years.
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You must use the new AGR-GPS app neighbor regulation if you are a farmer with plots in area type 2 or 3. To fulfill this obligation, the party transporting the manure, which is always there the provider or buyer of the manure, must use an AGR-GPS app. The provider and the buyer of the neighbor scheme must make proper arrangements as to who is transporting the manure and therefore who must use the AGR-GPS app in the future.
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Thanks to All-Connects' GPS tracking system, construction company BOONS was able to recover a stolen articulated mop. This is how they managed it.
We love our customers! Our customer Wim testifies about the GPS tracker with anti-theft alarm in his Porsche Targa.
In this video we show you how an order via the CHECK.connects app proceeds from A-Z. With CHECK.connects you map out all your company assets & keep track of them. Manage equipment and machines in a simplified way, and save time! CHECK it out!
All-Connects introduces Fleet.connects, a comprehensive software solution for the management of commercial vehicles and equipment: remote reading of tacho data, fleet maintenance and inspections, route planning, driving behavior analysis, fuel management, working time registration, etc...
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Let everyone on your construction site check in quickly and reliably, with our CHECKIN@WORK time clock! Your workers use your chosen registration method: Construbadge, LISAbadge or company badge, LIMOSA QR or generated QR code. Furthermore, anyone who needs access to your yard can register on the spot, create and scan a QR code. They do not have to do this in advance.
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Approved manure transporters are required to register their manure transports. As the market leader in AGR-GPS solutions, we have a conclusive system for doing this correctly and quickly. Wondering how our AGR-GPS tablet works? Here we walk through the process of loading and unloading, and let some customers tell about their experience in practice.
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There are many benefits to implementing tracking technology in the workplace, including that of Bluetooth technology for tracking materials, machines and other work tools. This animation explains how Baltimore Aircoil Company uses our technology to track their finished products - cooling towers - to where they are placed on their premises awaiting sale. In the past, they used manual lists and often lost a lot of time looking for a specific unit because the list was not updated correctly.
With a fleet management system from All-Connects, you have all the information and tools you need to optimize your route planning and ensure that you are working as efficiently as possible. Take a look at this practical example from international transport company Debetra. With a fleet management system from All-Connects you have all the information and tools you need to optimize your route planning and ensure that you work as efficiently as possible. Check out this case study from international transport company Debetra.
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Wifiworld, the material tracker that works perfectly worldwide to locate your valuable goods during transport. The location is determined by WiFi 'sniﬃng' and triangulation. The signal is transmitted via a SIM card (with 98% global coverage and no roaming fees). Reliable tracking; ideal for containers but also, for example, to ensure that the waybills are not lost along the way!
The AC.FLEXY asset tracker. Accurate positioning and tracking of expensive corporate assets, outdoor and indoor.With an extremely long battery life, the AC.FLEXY tracker is well suited for tracking expensive corporate assets. Easily configurable and requires minimal interaction after installation. Thanks to the IP67 rugged housing, the AC.FLEXY asset tracker can be used in the harshest conditions. Click here for more info
Tachogram powered by All-Connects is an application for managing digital tachograph data. It allows you to store tachograph files, analyze them, receive reports and infringement explanations, calculate remaining driving time, track data download dates, card expiration dates. Companies appreciate the option to integrate digital tachograph data into their systems via API Tachogram offers. With the Tachogram mobile application, you no longer have to visit gas stations to download your card data. Now you can download any driver's data anywhere - using a standard smart card reader and Tachogram application. Tachogram automatically calculates remaining working time taking into account all aspects of EC regulations. Track your remaining driving time, daily and weekly rest periods. Track your breaches, download periods and remaining driving time in one simple application screen.
Are you considering investing in telematics for your business? Then you've probably spent some time looking for the right partner. And it's not always easy to find your way in the world of high tech concepts and solutions offered. Here we list a few key terms to help you get clarity. Can't find what you're looking for? Send us a message and we will be happy to help you!
Geofence tracking is a geolocation technique that uses GPS data to create a "virtual boundary line" around a given area on the map. Crossing the boundary line will trigger a system response with an instant notification to the responsible party.
Geofencing is designed to generate notifications for example:
- arriving/departing at delivery addresses
- arriving/departing to work or a construction site
- speed limits for specific areas
- demarcating sales regions
- to keep employees out of certain zones
By applying geofencing technology to GPS software, fleet managers can create and monitor their own demarcated zones for fleet routes.
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API stands for Application Programming Interface. Okay, now you know what the abbreviation stands for, but still not what it is. Nowadays, people use data across different networks, geographies and devices. Web applications are used every day to shop, order food, check the weather, read the news or communicate with friends and family. How can these applications allow users to use data from different applications, with different devices around the world? How does the data get from one place to another? In most situations, the answer is: they use APIs to communicate. An application programming interface (API) is a set of definitions that allows a computer programme to communicate with another programme or component. An API connects business processes, services, content and data to external partners, internal teams and independent developers in a simple and secure way.
In fleet tracking, GPS is the most widely used technology. But that is only part of it. Moreover, most GPS trackers use a combination of satellite-based GPS systems to track location, along with a mobile network to communicate that location data to the platform. In addition to the two basic communication technologies, many GPS trackers also have built-in processing capabilities, security layers and built-in device logic such as power management and communication protocol management.
Most GPS trackers are equipped with a built-in accelerometer to detect motion. Optionally, connected devices may also support additional communication technologies such as Bluetooth or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). This added feature allows a connected device to communicate with other nearby receivers or sensors. For example, a connected device may communicate with a sensor in a keychain.
When an insurer requires a TT system, it means a system aimed at preventing an already stolen vehicle from disappearing with the wind. 'TT,' which stands for track & trace, indicates that not just any after-theft system may be installed. They refer to a system that is INCERT-certified based on criteria found in the technical specifications with the same designation (TT).
This usually uses satellites (GPS) to determine the position of the vehicle and GSM to transmit the information to an alarm center.
There are two system types:
1) A "stand alone" (or autonomous) system: this system is activated automatically when the vehicle is moved with the engine turned off (e.g., via road towing detection or positioning) or is activated by the alarm center after the vehicle owner sounds the alarm (systems TT1 or TT3).
2) An integrated system, which combines the functionalities of an autonomous system, is also automatically activated when the vehicle starts without following the proper shutdown procedure (via driver recognition) or when a connected security system sends an alarm signal (intrusion detection, IM, AL, slope detection, etc.). This refers to the systems TT2 or TT4.
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General packet radio service (GPRS) is a technology that is an extension of the existing GSM network. This technology allows mobile data to be sent and received in a more efficient, faster and cheaper way. Although we talk about GPRS networks, GPRS is not a new network.
This means they have a constant connection to the internet or company network, and only need to dial up once to be online all day. They do not pay for the time they are logged on, but are charged for the amount of data they download or send. The user also only occupies the connection at times when it is actually being used. This makes better use of capacity and allows more data to be exchanged simultaneously.
GPRS services have slower data rates than are available with newer 4G LTE and 5G high-speed mobile networks - promising speeds more akin to dial-up internet access of up to 114 Kbps and a continuous connection to the internet for mobile phone and computer users. GPRS evolved into EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Evolution) which enabled faster data transfer rates of up to 384 Kbps.
GPRS and EDGE have largely been replaced by 3G and 4G LTE mobile data technologies.GPS and GPRSIn GPS vehicle tracking systems, GPRS data services can be used to send telematics data back to centralised servers when more advanced mobile networks are not available. However, as older GSM networks are decommissioned and replaced by communications services with higher data rates, GPRS networks are becoming less common in Europe and around the world.
A BLE-GATEWAY is a device that operates on the same principle as a Wi-Fi router. It contains the hardware and application software needed to connect all desired corporate assets (materials, equipment, machines, etc.) to the cloud. The indoor gateway is like a meeting place for these assets. A very large space may need more than one indoor gateway, but this depends on several factors. The indoor gateway connects many types of enterprise assets equipped with a BLE tag.
The cloud is where all data is stored, then forwarded to our online management application. The gateway is the means by which all assets are indirectly connected to the cloud and the application. So the BLE-GATEWAY is a device that is placed at strategic indoor locations. They operate with low power consumption and pick up the signals from the BLE tag in warehouses, offices, ...
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This is a passive way of tracking your business assets. It is passive because the QR-NFC tag itself does not automatically send a signal, but waits for an action of a user who scans the code and can thus view all available information linked to this asset online on a management platform.
It is a very good value for money solution if you want to track assets that change location frequently. Bluetooth is also an option and offers more possibilities, but a QR-NFC tag is the cheapest solution. No matter how small or large, everything you want to follow, can be followed with a QR-NFC tag: (waste) containers, work equipment, (pool) cars, drilling machines, ...
Asset tracking or tracking refers to the method of tracking physical assets, either by scanning tags (barcode, QR-NFC) attached to the asset, or by using tags using GPS, BLE, LoRa or RFID that broadcast their location.
Asset tracking includes the process of monitoring the value of physical work assets owned by a company, with crucial details about each asset, such as location, owner/user, maintenance schedule, inspections, etc. Inventory tracking, on the other hand, is associated with accurately tracking items held in stock for sale to customers.
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FC and RFID technology are very similar; however, NFC or 'near field communication' does not rely on dedicated scanning devices to do the job. Instead, employees can simply use their smartphones to track assets and inventory. Convenience, ease of use and efficiency are the main advantages of this method. However, one drawback that should be noted is that the scanning range for this method is minimal (only a few centimetres), so it cannot be used from a distance like some of the other methods already mentioned.
This IoT tracker is a high-end solution and can offer a solution for countless problems. Do you want to register the hours of operation of your work machines, map the location of your machinery, measure the temperature or the humidity of a particular zone, motion detection, ... you can rely on the GPS tag. Thanks to its large GPS antenna, the GPS tag is able to transmit all data via the Sigfox network to the CHECK platform. The tag can also be set to send a message at specific desired times so that you have an up-to-date overview when you need it.
One speaks of big data when one works with one or more data sets that are too large to be maintained with regular database management systems. The definition of big data is not always clear. According to Gartner, there are at least three factors involved: the amount of data, the speed with which the data comes in and is requested, and the diversity of the data. In addition, the possibility of statistical analysis plays an important role.
In technical terms, the Controller Area Network (CAN) is a standard for a serial data bus that links electronic control units together. In human terms, it means that an internal network allows vehicle components and units to communicate with each other via messaging.
Track & trace systems enable companies to follow their fleet remotely in real time, based on GPS technology. The black box is the heart of track & trace systems and is built into the vehicle. Current status and position information is sent to the central server, in most cases via GPRS data communication. In this way, the back office can track the GPS position, route taken, speed, direction and ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) of vehicles, among other things.
Route optimisation software helps to reduce logistics costs, optimise the fleet and improve the quality of your business service. With the help of algorithms, route planning helps you manage your logistics process even better:
- Detailed optimisation: An algorithm that plans routes based on vehicle and freight size, weight, payload, etc.
- Reliable navigation: Real-time traffic updates, expected delivery time and other valuable information.
- Personalised settings: Calculations avoiding toll roads, unpaved roads, ferries and motorways.
- Sequencing: Optimisation of multiple delivery points and vehicles based on load capacity, priority, cost and delivery conditions.
A commercial vehicle or business vehicle means a vehicle used for commercial or other business purposes. For example, for transporting goods or people. Business vehicles are often subject to specific regulations: for example, if they transport dangerous goods or if there is a mandatory tachograph. Also, for vehicles that are only used for business purposes, in many cases a trip registration must be kept for the tax authorities.
A construction worker is entitled to two possible allowances for the route he travels because of his commuting distance: a mobility allowance and a reimbursement for travel expenses. As an employer in the construction sector (Joint Committee 124), you must report the mobility allowance you grant to your workers on a monthly basis.
You have to draw up the detailed overview of the mobility allowance, print it out and add it to the pay slip. You note the kilometers actually travelled each day, linked to the corresponding amount. Are you not doing this? Then as an employer you are in violation of the provisions of your collective bargaining agreement, and that can lead to disputes about the correctness of the mobility allowance. You can deviate from the obligation with the agreement of your trade union delegation or with an individual agreement per employee.
Digitize the registration of the morning and evening mobility and the actual worked hours of your employees with the mobile PRESTAMOB.app from All-Connects. Click here for more info.
A GPS receiver interprets the signals from the GPS satellites and uses trilateration - distance measurement - to calculate an exact location. Signals from four satellites can be converted into 3D trilateration, which determines the latitude, longitude and altitude of a GPS tracking device. Due to their low power consumption, GPS receivers are small and relatively cheap to produce. This small size and low cost made having a GPS in the car or as an application in consumer electronics common.
A BLE beacon, or also called a BLE gateway or BLE beacon - is a device that operates on the same principle as a Wi-Fi router. It contains the hardware and application software needed to connect all desired business assets (materials, equipment, machines, etc.) to the cloud.
The indoor gateway is like a meeting place for these assets. A very large space may need more than one indoor gateway, but this depends on several factors. The indoor gateway connects many types of enterprise assets equipped with a TAG.BLE. The cloud is where all data is stored, then forwarded to our online management application.
The gateway is the means by which all assets are indirectly connected to the cloud and the application. So the BLE-GATEWAY is a device that is placed at strategic indoor locations. They operate with low power consumption and pick up the signals from the TAG.BLE in warehouses, offices, ...
A BLE sensor, or also called a BLE tag - is used to actively track corporate assets. Your smartphone detects the bluetooth signal from the BLE sensor on a business asset and automatically (hence actively, not passively) transmits location data via GPS to the online CHECK platform.
What kind of enterprise assets do you track? A BLE.sensor can be attached to all types of tools and equipment that are permanently in a BLE gateway zone (yard, warehouse, company premises, etc.) or within the range of smartphones. Attention: it is not intended as a track & trace system for theft protection.
Telematics is the technology used to monitor a wide range of information related to an individual vehicle or an entire fleet. A telematics system, through clear and user-friendly software, a total picture of your fleet. All this is at your fingertips through a mobile app.
It's actually a highly intelligent computer - aka black box - in your vehicle that can report almost every detail - from speed and idling to fuel consumption, low tire pressure and more. With this information, you can save on maintenance costs by better monitoring vehicles or improve fuel economy by learning more about driving habits. All this describes the universe of telematics, also known as GPS fleet tracking.
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BLE devices transmit signals within a specific wavelength that are picked up by nearby receivers. Generally it is a one-way transmission, where a smartphone, telemetry device or other type of hardware that supports this functionality would act as a receiver, but there are also BLE beacons/tags built to act as receivers.
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Currently, there are several protocols built to manage BLE signals, the most popular being Apple's iBeacon and Eddystone created by Google. But what is a protocol and why is it important?
The different protocols offer different capabilities in terms of device recognition and readability, i.e., just as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are standards for radio communication, beacon protocols are standards for BLE communication.
It is important to remember that not all devices support all communication protocols, meaning the beacon may not be recognized by a specific app or platform. For example, we know that Apple Air tags use iBeacon, which will work well in the stream of iOS users, but may not work well with other platforms.
AltBeacon, on the other hand, was created as an open source beacon protocol to solve the problem of protocols favoring one vendor over another. Another example is a third-party device, in this case a BLE beacon from All-Connects, which already shows you that it is compatible with the two major protocols.
One of the main advantages of BLE devices is their long-term usability and efficiency, as they consume very little power. BLE devices can run on batteries or can be connected via USB, but are widely known and loved because they are wireless.
Battery-powered devices are therefore the most common. Depending on the brand, model, signal range and frequency, the BLE beacon can last from one to 10 years. For example, a device that sends a signal every 5 seconds in a 10-meter radius will last longer than one that sends a signal every 3 seconds in a 30-meter radius.
Route optimisation is the process of determining the most cost-effective route. It is more complicated than just finding the shortest path between two points. It must include all relevant factors, such as the number and location of all required stops on the route, as well as time windows for deliveries. When your drivers have hundreds, if not thousands, of destinations or customers to visit, manual route planning is a time-consuming and inefficient solution. In many industries, driver wages and fuel costs alone account for 59.8% of total operational costs per kilometre. So even small improvements to your driver's routes can not only help you deliver packages or serve your customers faster, but can have a significant impact on the bottom line.
With the right route optimisation tools, your business can save up to 20% in mileage and improve your order capacity by as much as 100% without increasing your fleet. Route planning software can quickly test multiple what-if scenarios to help fleets assess the cost of different route options and resource availability (e.g. will having fewer vehicles or drivers improve the cost efficiency of our routes?).
Fleet tracking is an umbrella term for a range of technology-enabled systems designed to help fleet managers manage their fleets, drivers and all moving assets. Most fleet tracking systems include a combination of:- - Connected devices with GPS, satellite, mobile and other technologies installed in trucks, trailers and equipment
- An Internet of Things (IoT) software platform or servers that centralize the data collected from the connected devices,
- An application or dashboard to view the data, often on an embedded Google map. These systems are often referred to as "telematics."
Fleet management systems offer numerous benefits. In the simplest terms, fleet tracking allows a manager to know where his vehicles are, where they are going and how they are performing. The manager can answer questions such as, Are my drivers where they are supposed to be? Which driver or asset is closest to a work location and available for shipment? What is my fuel consumption today? How can I manage idle time and who are my drivers idling the most?
Fleet Tracking is an increasingly important technology that has been serving large fleets for decades. Driven by lower costs, flexible monthly billing and increased product simplicity, Fleet Tracking is being adopted by more small and mid-sized field service fleets.
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Fleet tracking devices often connect to a vehicle's On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) port. When connected to this port, a fleet tracking device can collect and communicate advanced diagnostic data in addition to location and speed.
Common features of fleet tracking devices include:
- Location tracking
- Trip tracking
- Trip book
- Mileage/mileage counter
- Breadcrumbs during a trip
- Fuel level
- Battery voltage
- Diagnostic trouble code (DTC) notification
The telematics device records the data generated by the vehicle, such as GPS position, speed, engine light information and errors. The black box then sends this data to the cloud. With a telematics device and other connected hardware or sensors, a huge amount of data can be processed and analysed, such as:
- Vehicle speed
- Travel distance/time
- Idle time
- Hard braking and driving
- Seat belt use
- Fuel consumption
- Vehicle faults
- Battery voltage and other engine data.
The data is decoded and fed into the fleet management software app for reporting and analysis. In this online management platform - available on PC, tablet and smartphone - users can view and export reports and obtain business intelligence, such as the top 10 drivers with the highest number of speed incidents or vehicles scheduled for maintenance.
This is an active way to track corporate assets. Your smartphone or a BLE GATEWAY detects the bluetooth signal from the BLE tag on your asset and transmits location data automatically (hence actively, and not passively) via GPS to the online CHECK platform. The BLE tag can be attached to any type of equipment that is permanently in a gateway zone (yard, warehouse, premises, etc.) or within the range of smartphones. Attention: it is not intended as a track and trace system for theft protection.
These are the main advantages of using a BLE tag:
- No manual action/scanning is required; the location determination is done automatically
- Thanks to bluetooth 5.0 technology, batteries last longer (+/- 3 years at certain intervals), and are replaceable.
- The tag is ultra-small: no bigger than a 2 eurocent.
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of devices, embedded in electronics and software that can exchange data over the Internet. for example, remote sensors and network control. IoT-Things (literally 'things') include sensors, controllers, actuators, edge computing, networking, device management, connectivity management, data management, applications and cloud computing.
IoT gives us the information to make better decisions. This includes our personal health information, reducing manufacturing errors, saving time in transportation with best routes, saving power consumption, optimising supply chains, reducing manual tasks and lost labour hours, lowering maintenance costs, and delivering smarter products and services to customers.
Anything with a commercial value or replacement value that is owned by a company. An asset has a certain fair market value.
RFID is based on radio frequency chips or tags that, once scanned, send the details of the asset to the scanner. Although the technology is similar to a barcode, RFID is a significantly more advanced option that offers some advantages that barcodes do not. Remote scanning, flexibility and the ability to scan multiple objects are some of the key advantages of this method over the barcode method.
RFID is more expensive compared to barcodes, it uses a limited number of scanning devices and it also has a higher chance of user error due to a missed scan or scanning an incorrect asset.
This is an active way of monitoring company assets that are used indoors or in densely populated geographical areas (e.g. city, industrial park, ...). Via the WIFI tag, the asset data is automatically transmitted via WiFi to an online management application.
The big difference with the Bluetooth BLE tag is that no gateway or smartphone is needed. However, you are dependent on external MAC addresses over which you have no control. Thanks to the integrated geofencing function, you can automatically receive an alarm notification if the asset leaves this virtually demarcated zone. This tag can thus be used as an invisible theft alarm. A WiFi tag is compact and yet very performant, and you can easily change the number of location notifications remotely.
This is a very complete, active way of locating, tracking and securing company assets - both indoors and outdoors. It is a very reliable solution if you want to know where the asset is, and when an asset moves/falls/changes location. The combined WiFi-GPS technology ensures that the GPS tracking (which consumes a lot of battery power) is only activated if there is no WiFi signal. This way, the battery life is increased. The most important advantages of a WiFi-GPS tag:
- battery saving because the GPS is only activated if no WiFi signal is detected
- combination of 2 tracking technologies
- instant alarm in case of unwanted removal
The black box is a track & trace unit that forms the heart of a fleet management system. The unit receives satellite signals via GPS and is therefore extremely suitable as a fleet tracking system. Without the intervention of the driver, the black box records data related to the location of vehicles and company assets. Using GPRS data communication, data is recorded and sent to the back office with an online management application. The unit is built into the vehicle in an invisible location.
Streamline vehicle maintenance with predictive maintenance capabilities and remote diagnostics, and fuel management by tracking idling and other fuel-consuming habits. Data analytics and machine learning provide a way to further leverage telematics data. For example, fleets can use benchmarking to see how their fleet is performing in terms of safety compared to other similar fleets or to understand whether routes are structured in the best way.
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Global Positioning System (GPS) can be defined as a direction finding device usually placed on vehicles (e.g. car trackers), a person or an object to determine their relative locations. The near location of the car or some support is stored in the GPS tracker 2 and transmitted over an Internet connection 4 via cellular, Wi-Fi or radio frequencies 3
GPS tracking is a method of tracking and monitoring the exact location of something. A GPS tracker includes a GPS component that collects GPS signals and calculates, for example, the coordinates of the vehicle or machine to be tracked. A tracking device can be placed on vehicles, cell phones or GPS tracker-oriented devices, for example; GPS on these devices can be permanently fixed or portable. He tGPS tracking system uses the Global Navigation Satellite System "GNSS" network to integrate several satellites that use microwaves, and the waves sent to the GPS provide information about the location, speed or direction of things. Globalpositioning system is therefore able to provide real-time and historical navigation information of travel.
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A tachograph is a system fitted in commercial vehicles such as trucks and coaches that records information about the vehicle's speed, driving time and driver activities (driving, working, availability and rest). Tachograph systems ensure compliance with EU rules on driving and rest periods. Analog tachographs record the vehicle's speed on a tachograph disk that is changed every 24 hours. The installation of a digital tachograph has been mandatory for new vehicles since 2006. A digital tachograph is about the size of a car radio and has two smart card readers, one manual entry selector, a display and a printer. Digital tachographs are connected to the vehicle's gearbox and motion sensors to accurately record vehicle data and driver activity and can store about 12 months of data.
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