Installing a GPS tracking device in your vehicle is not a complicated task, but it is essential to take safety precautions, as such the installation should only be carried out by a qualified Auto Electrician. Read more on the Do’s & Dont’s of GPS device installation.
What if your truck plies from Dubai to Oman? How could you set up roaming with a GPS tracking device? How can you possibly reduce/save on the roaming data charges?
In this post, I’m going to show you how to configure a Ruptela GPS device for a cross border truck in 5 easy steps.
Once configured, you will soon see that the device continues to use home country GSM network (Etisalat, UAE) until the truck crosses the border. Once the truck reaches the new territory it would automatically switch over to a new GSM provider, in this example (OmanTel, Oman).
The switch-over is achieved with a simple trick, GSM Operator code profile switching. This option allows you to define different module behaviour while the truck is in Home network and/or Roaming network.
The feature is commonly used for GPS device that is installed in cross border trucks on roaming, and the purpose is to have the device pass the location updates to the server while in Home/Roaming operator network based on a set of rules so that you can cut down on GSM data charges.
Please make sure your GPS device is updated with latest firmware and is configured with basic parameters. You may refer to Ruptela ECO4+ configuration guide for detailed configuration steps.
This step-by-step article describes how you can manually configure ECO4+ device by using a configuration tool. Before you begin with the process, you need to install the configuration tool in your computer (Windows).
The configuration tool would then quickly identify the GPS device that is connected to the computer via USB. If not, you may also have to install the Device Driver while connecting the device for the first time.
As a first step, we need to make sure the Ruptela GPS tracking device has the latest firmware. Ruptela releases updated firmware regularly and these updates make sure the GPS device continues to provide excellent results.
Please request support for the new firmware.
1. Update the GPS device with the latest firmware
a. Click Connect (1)
b. Confirm device model (2)
c. Confirm device IMEI number: The IMEI number (15 decimal digits) could be found on the bottom of the device that includes information on the origin, model, and serial number of the device) (3)
d. Click Send FW – Update with the new firmware (4)
e. Select right firmware (5)
f. Click Open to begin the update process (6)
g. Updating Firmware – running status of the update process (7)
2. Add Protocol, APN, IP address/port of the server
a. Select TCP Protocol (8)
b. Enter your Access Point Name (APN) shared by the GSM service provider (9)
c. Enter server IP address, this is the server IP that you want to send the data to (10)
d. Enter server Port number (11)
e. Choose Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), you may opt for either GPS (United States) or GLONASS (Russia) (12)
3. Set Data refresh frequency, ignition connection
a. Enable check box to set data update to the AVL server (13)
b. Min. records to be set to 1
c. Period is the frequency in which the device is supposed to send real time location data to the AVL server; this could be set to 20 seconds to 60 seconds, depending on your specific requirement
d. Link timeout – 7 seconds (Default is 7 seconds, suggested not to change the default value)
e. Enable location data collection and choose a delay period in seconds. 600 s delay period means, while the engine is off, the data gets uploaded to the server every 10 minutes (14)
f. Choose Engine (Ignition DIN4) and connect the DIN 4 wire to the Ignition. Enable GPS stationary navigation filtering to weed out satellite jumps visible on the map often due to satellite signal intersection (15)
g. Choose location data collection frequency, every 150 m or 10 sec or at a 45 degree deviation whichever comes first. Choose 100m, 20 sec, 45 degree for optimal results, depends on your geographic area of course (16)
h. IO events: Here you can enable or disable IO parameters
1. You have 40 choices as far as parameters are concerned. Select those slots you want to activate.
2. Enable this check box otherwise slot will remain empty.
3. Parameter list. Choose the parameter you want to enable for the selected slot.
4. Used with hysteresis mode, a record is generated because of specified change in parameter value. E.g. parameter is Battery voltage. Level sets point of reference, in this case 12700 mV.
5. Delta is variation in value, e.g. 1000 mV. Record will be generated (because of parameter value change) when Power supply voltage drops to 13700 mV. You can select condition “on rising” or “on falling”.
6. Value averaging time. Some parameter`s values change rapidly and do not correspond to any valuable information. Averaging values for some period of time gives usable value of parameter (e.g. fuel level often oscillates. Averaging gives you an approximate value that corresponds to real fuel level in the tank.)
7. Event on describes how parameter will be measured and sent:
Automation is the future of fleet management, and with mini GPS devices and fleet automation software such as AVLView you can take back control of your profits and your vehicles. With AVLView, you can put your fleet on autopilot and concentrate on the details of running the daily business operations.