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Zonar unveils V3 telematics platform

Zonar officials said the new V3 features industry-leading GPS tracking capability, 3G high speed data connection, built-in accelerometer, WiFi and ultra-low power sleep mode

The Trucker News Services

10/5/2012

SEATTLE — Zonar, a provider of electronic fleet inspection, tracking and operations systems, has introduced the V3 telematics platform as the next generation of its portfolio of solutions.

The V3 collects data directly from the vehicle ECM, integrates that information with satellite GPS readings and transmits the data over 3G networks for immediate and insightful high precision reporting, according to Mike McQuade, Zonar’s chief technology officer.

McQuate said the new V3 features industry-leading GPS tracking capability, 3G high speed data connection, built-in accelerometer, WiFi, and ultralow power sleep mode   all at OEM quality levels far above any other devices in the industry, adding that the new technology provides fleet managers with essential information to make important operational decisions, improve data and tracking accuracy, and increase overall safety and efficiency.

“The V3 takes our comprehensive vehicle tracking and diagnostics solutions to a whole new level,” McQuade said. “The best GPS receiver available combined with 3G speed and OEM quality make the V3 the new standard for fleet telematics.  There’s no other system like it on the market.”

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McQuade said with parallel time and frequency search capabilities that instantly find satellites, anti-jamming technology and low power consumption, the high performing GPS receiver built into the V3 provides remarkable position accuracy even in the most challenging environments.

Additionally, the V3 combines GPS and ECM data to provide geospatially precise vehicle performance metrics – a unique offering for which Zonar holds a US Patent.

“New to the V3 is a three-axis accelerometer that senses changes in gravitational force including front-to-back, side-to-side and up-and-down to accurately determine motion and orientation,” McQuade said. “The result is timely and accurate detection of hard-braking, hard-acceleration, and hard-cornering – three operating behaviors that directly and significantly impact fuel efficiency and safe operation.”

Zonar said the V3 features real-time vehicle diagnostics to help improve vehicle uptime and maintenance operations. Fault code data is instantly delivered to fleet managers and dispatchers, often before the driver is aware of the problem. Alerted of the vehicle’s condition, fleets can schedule shop time and maintenance resources in advance to reduce vehicle downtime. All performance and diagnostic information is available through Zonar’s web-based Ground Traffic Control application.

“The redesigned V3 adds a new facet to operational monitoring and performance,” McQuade said. “Because it utilizes the 3G network, the V3 not only captures the most robust and reliable data set available, but it gets that data in front of those who need it much more quickly and reliably than ever before.”

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