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Over the past few years, Global Positioning Tracking System (GPS) applications

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have become extremely popular among automobile consumers and in fact


anyone who drives a vehicle on a regular basis probably use them. So much so

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that many car manufacturers offer GPS capabilities built directly into their cars.
Mobile device providers have also found themselves competing with each other
over their location aware applications using GPS technology. While there are
several applications on the market that offer functionality for individual
consumers, there is not a lot available for companies or small business owners
who need to manage several vehicles at once from a central location.
The Open GTS (Open GPS Tracking System) Project is an open source project
developing the Open GTS application, focusing on a GPS application specifically
built for managing fleets of vehicles for small businesses. Fleet vehicles have
different requirements for GPS applications than individual vehicles. For
instance, the dispatch managers ability to keep track of each vehicles location
through the work day is just as important as the drivers ability to find their way
around with accurate real time mapping and directions.

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Types of Transportation Fleets using Open


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The Open GTS package is currently the only open source application that
provides these small business capabilities and has been downloaded by

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hundreds of small business users worldwide in over one hundred and ten
countries. Companies who manage their automotive fleets with Open GTS
include taxi services, parcel delivery, truck and van shipping, ATV and
recreational vehicle rentals, business car rentals, water based freight ships and
barges, and farm vehicles.

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The convenient centralized tracking application is built to fit into any small
business application environment and can be customized accordingly. Along with
the ability to code new extension modules or modifications to the base
components as needed, it is easy to customize the user experience by adding

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your own CSS. The addition of a custom CSS will create a user experience that
can fit more naturally into your existing business environment and even include
your company logo and particular company background colors and fonts.

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Another feature of open source GPS tracking systems is the ability to generate
custom reports based on your specific data needs. For Open GTS, since it is
based on XML for its underlying reporting structure, reports can be configured to
provide data on a particular historical period, a particular set of vehicles in the
fleet or even one vehicle in the fleet.

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your fleet of vehicles is allowed to operate. Customizable geofencing zones

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allow users of the open source GPS systems to define their own areas of
operation and change them as their business grows. Multiple geozones can also
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Open GTS allows users to integrate a number of mapping programs including

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Mapstraction engine is also supported, which powers the popular mapping
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Operating System Independence


Since open source GPS tracking systems are web application tools, they are
able to run on any operating system. The Open GTS tool is built on the Apache
Tomcat application server using the java runtime environment and uses MySQL
for its relational database.

Localization and Compliance


GPS tracking systems and Open GTS in particular must support easy options for
localizing their interfaces and language support. In addition, Open GTS complies
with all i18n compliance standards for internationalization and localization.

Author Bio: This post is by Jason Phillips. This person is one of the writers who
have contributed many significant articles in the field of tracking, detecting and
security devices. His recent post was on GPS fleet tracking, which was truly
appreciated by readers.

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narayan says:
Friday October 26th, 2012 at 06:56 PM

Hi Jason, where we can get the assembled GPS hardware circuit board, Did you
assembled it yourself.?
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