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RASTRAC FAQs

What is the RASTRAC Solution?

RASTRAC combines the power of satellite-based GPS and wireless networking to give you the ability to track and monitor your mobile assets from any computer connected to the Internet. The RASTRAC system consists of a rugged GPS receiver and wireless modem that transmits accurate GPS coordinates to our RASTRAC server. Then, authorized users can access that data on any Internet-enabled PC using the most up-to-date browsers. Location and path information is available in map form, also in a variety of print-ready report formats.

 

How Does GPS Work?

GPS stands for Global Positioning System. The GPS receiver has a small antenna that receives signals from a constellation of GPS satellites. Using the timing of signal reception from multiple satellites, the receiver calculates its own position, speed, and elevation. GPS satellite signals are transmitted, free of charge by the U.S. Government. GPS receivers come in all shapes and sizes, suitable for boating, wilderness hiking, and other outdoor activities. The RASTRAC solution combines a GPS receiver with a wireless modem. The radio transmits GPS-calculated positions back over a wireless network. Location and course data is then uploaded to the RASTRAC web site. Authorized users monitor vehicle movement with maps and reports that display route information, stop location/ duration, and other valuable information.

 

Is the RASTRAC solution appropriate for any size of fleets?

Yes. RASTRAC requires no up-front investment in servers or software, so the RASTRAC service is equally cost-effective for one to one million!

 

Is RASTRAC map and report information real-time?

Almost. The in-vehicle RASTRAC unit transmits GPS position data to the RASTRAC servers, which in turn updates your RASTRAC web pages. Updates are transmitted at standard intervals; this provides timely location updates while avoiding the data-overload problems that come with continuous position updates. The RASTRAC web site mapping will display asset position as updates are received. You control settings for how often the maps update and when to receive a vehicle report. So depending on both mapping and vehicle updates – location data can be virtually real-time!

 

What hardware and/or software do I need to use my RASTRAC solution?

The hardware consists of a small hardware unit installed in each mobile or fixed asset you wish to track. Negligible power – drawn from the vehicle’s own electrical system – is used. The hardware unit includes an integrated GPS receiver and antenna, plus a wireless data radio connected to a cellular antenna. RASTRAC software is a secure suite of web pages that we provide, accessible to authorized users only. Our service is available on any Internet-enabled PC running the most up-to-date browsers. No other hardware or software is required.

 

What does RASTRAC cost?

Most of the systems we sell and support are unique, depending on customer requirements. Our sales counselors will be happy to provide a quote for your needs. Call us at (877) 680-1188 or email us at sales@rastrac.com.