TalkTraks is meant to be a high level overview of how On-Board brings GPS tracking information and reports to your computer. On-Board has leveraged existing technology (GPS & the Public Networks) with its own technology to bring the multiple GPS solutions to your desktop. By using GPS & the Public Networks we are able to provide national communications coverage without a substantial network investment. The net result brings you cutting edge solutions at extremely good pricing.
GPS — GPS satellite technology pinpoints the location of the vehicles. GPS enables On-Board communications to “lock on” and receive satellites signals with our satellite receiver. Using this technology, our mobile unit, always knows where your vehicle is. The GPS system is a military system that is made available for commercial and private use by the US Air Force. Here's more information on how GPS works published by the National Air & Space Museum
NETWORK — GPS Satellite and other data is communicated via the networks, either the GPRS digital Cellular Network or the Digital Reflex Paging Network. Each network is very efficient at communicating data. These networks allow us transmit real time data.
PRODUCT — The magic happens when the data is collected and transmitted by our Products. Each of our Products contains patented proprietary software and firmware that enables On-Board to offer such a wide variety of mobile GPS solutions.
SERVER — Your data, then travels at lightning speed to our fully redundant network operations Center, where it is stored for your use for a full-year.
WEB — Your data is available with password protection from any web enabled computer. There is no special software or hardware that you need to install on your system. A quick glance at On-Board Communications 2007 Web Application User Guide will show just how easy the system will be for you to use.
Geo-Fencing — You can set a radius varying from 300 feet to 500 miles which will describe the size of the circular area where you expect your vehicle to be located. Should the vehicle leave this area, you will be notified via email. Also, your vehicle’s location map will reflect a special icon if your vehicle is outside the Geo-Fence boundary. This feature is set up on your CarTraks webpage.
Starter Interrupt — You can disable the starter on your vehicle with this feature. If the vehicle is operating, this feature does not affect it. However, when the engine is shut off, it will not be able to be restarted with the starter. This feature can protect your vehicle when it is parked in a high risk theft location or, as part of your options should the car be stolen. You can enable the starter whenever you desire by entering the proper code in your phone or by changing the status on the CarTraks webpage.
GPS Location — You may select a variety of timed reports which will report the current location of your vehicle or a history of its locations for the past several days. The unit can report on time intervals of 15 minutes to once per month. You can access Mapping on your CarTraks webpage and see street level location information on your vehicle.
System Location/Day — This feature allows you to determine the cellular phone system where your vehicle is located. For example, you loan your vehicle to someone whom you expect to be in Austin, Texas. This feature will confirm whether the vehicle is in Austin or some other cellular system, and is available under the Vehicle Detail button on CarTraks webpage.
Stolen Mode — If you suspect that your vehicle has been stolen, you can place the vehicle in Stolen Mode which causes CarTraks to report the vehicle's location every five minutes. You can then call CarTraks toll free number or log into the CarTraks website to obtain location information and then notify the police exactly where your vehicle is currently. As an additional step, you may choose to also disable the starter (see Starter Interrupt above).