Ensuring Business continuity and remote work culture during the COVID-19 pandemic

Remote working or Working from Home (WFH) is nothing new to the corporate world.  Thanks to the internet and the influence of the western world, the Indian white collared workers have over a period of time tried remote working with some degree of success.

However, currently we are witnessing a scenario where the entire workforce has been forced to work remotely, owing to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.  India definitely was not equipped for this tectonic shift and the sudden lockdown and its unforeseen nature threw many of the companies, large and small out of gear – Each one fending for themselves by invoking what they call as Business Continuity Plan, learning for others and getting their workforce remote-ready at the earliest.  Laptops were procured/rented where possible.  Where employees had their own devices, such devices were quickly made to conform to DLP requirements as per the BYOD policy. Dongles were provided to folks who did not have connectivity.  UPS were given to folks working out of areas that experiences frequent power outages. Preference was given to employees who were “key critical resource” for the project whose online presence was indispensable.

While all these have, no doubt, helped in taking care of the infrastructure needs, there are several other factors that the organization has to consider – employee engagement, teamwork, productivity and above all employee morale.

From an employee’s standpoint, they have to cope up with the “new way of working” while taking care of themselves and their near and dear ones – Ensuring their safety and well-being during the pandemic outbreak and providing for the day to day needs of the elderly and the dependent family members.

HRBPs have an onerous task of co-ordinating and keeping the employee morale up.  Only true empathy and caring attitude can help in this regard.

On the other hand, business owners and operational leaders have to find new ways of managing their teams during this crisis.  As always, they will be judged by their customer satisfaction and achieving service levels and KPIs will continue to be of paramount importance.  This means that they should be able communicate with their team members, set and review goals, manage other stakeholders like the shared services and the customers no less effectively than in the past, while working from the office environment.

Technology can play a key role in solving some of these problems.  While SaaS players like Zoom (notwithstanding the security glitches) and Google Hangout have solutions that are tailor made for such situations, we at MTAP Technologies have put together customized solutions, by leveraging location-based services to suit the specific needs of organizations in the current situation.

Extending the features of our Employee Transport Automation Software, we are able to help companies in pin-pointing the exact location of each of their remote employees using the geo codes (lat/longs). Operations managers can now track the location of their employees (see figure below) and be alerted if they move away from the location (beyond an allowable threshold distance).

Safetrax-workfromhome-COVID-19What more, they can know how vulnerable their team members are, depending on their proximity to the Covid-19 hot-spots (see fig below) in different cities and towns.  Based on this, they can alert the employee to exercise extra caution or help by providing an alternate temporary accommodation that is relatively safe for the employee, where possible.

Employee+WorkfromhomeAn added advantage of the software would be identifying how much time the employee has spent at the workstation.  This would be critical in cases where customer billing is a function of resource availability and, in turn productivity.

Transporting employees with utmost care during the COVID-19 outbreak.

As India is now officially on lock down to curb the spread of the coronavirus, companies are bracing for the resultant economic impact. The Government of India has ordered a strict lock down throughout the country and this lock down is expected to last till mid-April after which corporates will be allowed to resume regular full-scale operations. With the IMF chief declaring that the global economy is now in recession, worse that the one in 2009, most medium and large-sized organizations are now developing contingency plans to manage operations to stay afloat and sail through the tough times ahead.

The lock down has resulted in a sudden dip in transportation requirements for corporates as most employees are currently fulfilling their duties by working from home. The lack of demand for office commute has left the transportation industry in supply shock. Cabs, buses, metro, bike rentals etc are staying off the roads to comply with the current government guideline. It is important for organizations to use this downtime to improve on the products and services that they offer or to use their resources to contribute towards relief efforts.  At Safetrax, the lock down has allowed us to work on solutions to make it safer for employees to use office cabs once businesses resume operations.

In order to protect employees from exposure to coronavirus and to ensure that the cab drivers are healthy enough to get back to work we have upgraded our product with a provision  made for the transport admins to add the last sanitized date of the vehicle on the transport management dashboard.

Addition of the last sanitized date on the dashboard will enable transport admins to track the frequency at which the vehicle is being cleaned and it will help them follow organizational policies for sanitization. This feature also ensures that the transport admin has adequate insight about the number of vehicles that have passed or failed the sanitization standards, and to take corrective action in case the standards are not being maintained.

Other than just tracking the last sanitized date of the vehicle, on the Safetrax transport admin dashboard we have also added a feature where the transport admin can log the last recorded body temperature of the driver. This will ensure that the admins as well as the employees using the transport facility have an insight about the health of the driver who will transport them. The admins will now be able to report cases of symptomatic coronavirus among drivers to organizations and authorities in a timely and effective fashion. This step also ensures that the admin is empowered with the tools to ensure that the driver’s body temperate is monitored frequently.

In order to make the task of recording driver’s body temperature and logging in the last sanitized date of the vehicle, these features have been enabled on the mobile website of the dashboard as well.


In these times of despair, we at Safetrax, are focused on being future ready and pushing the envelope to become the number 1 provider of SAAS based transport automation platform in the market today. At Safetrax, we are with India as we face the coronavirus pandemic. We look forward to coming back into action with a bang once we all have succeeded in flattening the curve.

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Fleet operators’ plight – SAAS partners now backward integrate to become PAAS players

Over the past 5 years, fleet operators who offered an integrated transportation solution to IT and ITES organizations had multiple options in terms of a choice of SAAS partners for technology support.

 However, fleet operators have been caught by surprise as some of their former SAAS partners are now in the fleet business and are looking to directly offer a fully-integrated solution to companies. Traditionally, an organization that provides transportation to their employees signs up with a fleet operator who will provide them with the required number of vehicles and a technology solution for the transportation team and employees. Fleet operators who are bidding to win organizational contracts sign up with technology providers like Safetrax and then present a joint solution to them and the organizations then award the contract based on various parameters like cost, efficiency, technology used etc.

As SAAS providers have been working closely with fleet operators, there is an increased awareness and visibility into the business models adopted by the fleet operators. And SAAS providers have started to understand the size and scale of the employee transportation segment in all the major cities in India, thus, motivating them to experiment with starting their own fleet and providing a branded/bundled solution to companies. Over the years, SAAS providers have also had access to enormous amounts of data with regard to the number of trips operated, schedules and complaints reported. This data has also played its roles in motivating SAAS companies to roll the dice and start operating their own cabs. Most of these players who have little to no experience in managing fleet are now attempting to topple the veterans of the fleet provider segment. The former SAAS companies who have  now morphed into PAAS (Platform as a Service companies, hope to use their technology expertise to make transport operations more efficient and cost effective.  Their new-found enthusiasm is also backed by the fact that they are well-funded and can take on any transport operator with their ability to sustain temporary losses.

 The one major hurdle that such PAAS operators have not quite wrapped their head around is the fact that operating a fleet of cabs/vans and managing relationship with drivers and organizations come with a major learning curve. And it takes years of experience and to get to a point where operations can be run smoothly. Only time will tell, if the PAAS model is here to stay or will organizations go back to the way things were. Most fleet operators are now looking to solidify their place as leading fleet operators by beefing up on the number of vehicles they operate and partnering with technology providers who do not aim to compete with them.  Other fleet operators, find themselves helpless and are forced to “attach” their vehicles/drivers to these large PAAS operators relegating themselves to a secondary service provider.  This forces their already strained single-digit margins to go down even further.

At Safetrax, we opt to remain a pure technology provider and to be an enabler for fleet operators. We will continue to support our fleet partner to ensure that they are in the forefront of transport operations and they are enabled with solutions that help ensure smooth, safe and efficient daily transportation of employees. Safetrax is proudly a non- competing partner for fleet operators and we invite all small and large fleet operators to partner with us.

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Coronavirus outbreak to affect Location Based Services Industry (GPS, RFID, Mobile Phones)

A casual search about China on your preferred search engine will give you results about the corona virus outbreak and images of abandoned cities and offices. The situation on ground in China appears that the virus outbreak is under control and that all necessary measures are being taken to ensure that the virus is contained. Large parts of the country are still under shutdown. This also means that factories in large parts of the country are currently not functional. About 70% of all global electronics manufacturing is based in China and about 90% of the world’s smartphone supply is from China.Several Large global manufacturing players including the like of Foxconn who is famously known to be the manufacturing partner of Apple Inc. has partially shutdown their factory in order to mitigate the risk of employees infecting each other. Johnson & Johnson and Samsung have also followed the lead of Foxconn by asking employees to not return to work for another week. Factory operators in China have gone a step ahead and have already started warning their customers about possible delay in fulfilling order commitments. Most international airline carriers have stopped almost all flights to China causing further agony to manufacturers who are used to airlifting important components for their customers internationally. Although the fears of virus outbreak are growing, it is unlikely to create a huge dent in the growing Chinese economy as the virus outbreak coincides with the Lunar New Year holidays. Experts had expected the Lunar New Year to cause some slump in manufacturing as this period is considered as a part of the holiday season. Factories are also monitoring the health of their employees by gathering temperature reading from their employees at frequent intervals and by issuing guidelines on maintaining personal hygiene. Distributors of consumer electronic goods are also bracing from a supply shock as a result of limited number of factories operating in the region at this time. Manufacturers across China also expressed concerns about receiving raw materials from within the country as checkpoints have been setup within the country to screen truck drivers for possible infection.We see serious short-term impact on the LBS (Location Based Services) industry as China is the largest producer of GPS Devices, RFID Cards and Readers, Mobile Handsets. China, in addition to being the manufacturing factory for the World, also controls global raw material availability of critical elements in manufacturing and hence operationally alternatives cannot be created quickly. Lithium, the most common storage element for Batteries is controlled largely by China.We at Safetrax, are presently in a position to service our customers for their GPS, RFID needs for the next two quarters and we believe things should be normal by then.We express deep regrets for the lives that have been lost due to virus outbreak and the economic tragedy it has wrecked on the Chinese economy. There are a lot of lessons to be learnt globally in this tragedy.

GPS offset in Chinese Maps

Cartographic companies introduce Trap Streets to trap potential copyright violators of the map. A trap street is a fictious entry in the form of a misrepresented street on a map. If that street later shows up on any other company’s maps, then they have the proof required to sue for copyright infringement. What if, instead of just one random street or locality, an entire map is misleading?!This can be seen in the case of digital mapping products in China. There, every street, location, and water body are just slightly off its mark, skewed for reasons of national and economic security. Due to national security concerns, the use of geographic information in the People's Republic of China is restricted to entities that obtain a special authorization from the administrative department for surveying and mapping under the State Council.” Users of services like Google/Bing Maps often see streets tearing through buildings or freeways disappearing into water bodies when they toggle to satellite view on Google/Bing Maps.Screenshots taken from Google Maps for the same coordinates window. Pickup: any location label and compare them in the above screenshots

The reason for this GPS offset in China is a combination of technology (Different datums) and sovereign interests – an aspect that the Chinese government seems to have done an excellent work of. China uses an indigenous coordinate system unlike the rest of the world. The GCJ-02 standard is used instead of the WGS-84 standard used by GPS satellites and the vast majority of maps. China prefers service providers to obtain a sign-off from state council for all maps and it also mandates that the maps use GCJ-02. This causes WGS-84 locations, such as GPS tracks from a GPS receiver, to appear shifted when plotted on Chinese street maps. A different coordinate system isn't normally a problem, but China chose to encrypt GCJ-02 to enhance its security, so there was no straightforward transformation.

Datums are used to translate map positions to their real positions on Earth. Datums can be thought of as ellipsoid projections or models of the Earth’s curved surface, like a stretched globe, on which positional measurements can be made to determine a location’s precise position on Earth. There are about 200 datums in use As all datums are not same, there would be a difference between datums and is known as datum displacement or shift which can result in inaccuracies.  Depending on the region, the shift between coordinates of differing datums can be just a couple of meters or several kilometers. Luckily, GPS uses just one datum, WGS-84 (World Geodetic System 1984). It is considered as the best global geodetic reference system for applications of mapping and navigation.

China uses datum standard GCJ-02. This was created by the Chinese State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping and it is based on WGS-84, but it uses an obfuscation algorithm to randomly offset coordinates.GCJ-02 in Chinese is referred to as “地形图非线性保密处理算法”, which translates to “Topographic map non-linear confidentiality algorithm”. It means that the Chinese GPS shift problem that outsiders encounter is a design feature. Hence, unlike typical datum shift caused by differing projections, the offset in Chinese maps is a feature and due to a confidentiality algorithm.  And on top of it, mapping companies like Baidu uses a different datum called BD-09 which is a derivative of GCJ-02 with further obfuscation.

Anyone working on any products or solutions using maps, should understand these nuances and apply the required transformations to accurately position and track. It involves the check to find if the coordinates are falling in Chinese geography within a bounding coordinates window, which covers china and some portions of neighbouring countries. Once it is determined that the coordinates are in China, a multi-step reverse obfuscation algorithm needs to be applied to convert the coordinates from WGS-84 to GCJ-02. The resulting coordinates can be plotted on maps like Google to accurately position them. If the same needs to be plotted on Baidu maps, one another transformation to be applied.

At Safetrax, we specialize in location-based services and provide solutions for Employee Transportation or School Bus Tracking. Our solutions aim at high accuracy in real-time tracking, distance travelled and route optimization and other safety workflows like SoS, Safereach etc.

India’s NavIC system and its effect on IOT-based location services

India’s first indigenously built GPS constellation NavIC recently received international approval from 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) and will soon make its way into our mobile phones and GPS devices. The GPS constellation launched by ISRO was initially tested with the help of local fishermen in Kerala. According to ISRO chief K Sivan, NavIC is working perfectly and is stable, some app-based on NavIC are already working and more are on the way. The NavIC system boasts of 8 satellites in its constellation and it will be able to provide accurate positioning data within India and up to 1500 KM across the Indian borders. The NavIC launch puts India in an elite club of countries that have their own GPS constellation. USA (GPS), Russia (GLONASS), European Union (Galileo) and China (BeiDou) are the other nations with their own systems up and running.How will NavIC benefit us?
New legislation suggests that all commercially registered vehicles from April 2019 are mandated to have an onboard GPS tracker and from Jan 2020 we can expect all commercial manufacturers of GPS devices to make their devices NavIC compliant. We will now have more accurate tracking as NavIC is specifically launched to make navigation and disaster relief in India easier. We are currently experiencing a wave of smart devices that have GPS built into them, we are seeing a flurry of automobile manufacturers launching smart cars with an inbuilt GPS navigation system, all of these cars will soon have more precise tracking and greater accuracy thanks to NavIC.

GPS services apps like Google Maps are a commonly used tool in metro cities to predict traffic congestion and to predict the ETAs during our daily commute. With the increase in usage of mobile-based positioning apps like Google Maps, it is advantageous for service providers like google to localize the GPS service used to meet the demand and to increase reliability. Thus, integrating their services to NavIC seems like an obvious choice.India, over the past decade, has been battling unpredictable weather patterns and we have experienced at least 22 major cyclones in the last 9 years alone, leading to loss of life and property. With NavIC up and running, we can expect faster tracking of a cyclone and it will be easier to announce weather warnings early. Predicting drastic weather changes early will not only help fishermen but they will also help evacuation and guide rescue operations during emergencies.

How will businesses benefit?
With the launch of NavIC, domestic GPS device manufacturers will not need to follow the long, time consuming and resource-draining testing and approval process of foreign GPS service providers. Instead, they can get their devices domestically approved and compliant to NavIC guidelines. This will help bring down the cost of GPS devices in India leading to faster adoption and better availability of devices across the length and breadth of the subcontinent.At Safetrax, we believe that NavIC will have a great impact on enhancing the safety of employees as they are transported to and from work. The accuracy of NavIC will help mitigate emergencies and faster tracking will help deliver a better, faster and more reliable experience to employees and parents alike. In our mission to make transportation safer for school children and employees, the increasing affordability of NavIC enabled GPS devices will help us reach a larger audience and it will help us to become a change leader in the transport automation industry.

The downside of our excessive dependence on GPS and telematics services and how we can protect ourselves during outages

GPS, satellite-based navigation and telematics play an important role in the day-to-day life of people across the world. From navigating through traffic, food delivery to giving parents information about when their child will arrive home, we rely heavily on GPS services to keep us informed. However, these services can create chaos and disruption in services across industries. Recently, Europe suffered a mass blackout of its global positioning system called GSA (European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency – Galileo). Concerns were raised by their commercial partners about the reliability of GSA’s positioning system. GSA was fast to explain that the service disruption was not because of a satellite issue but due to a technical glitch at their ground station. Experts in the field commented that the disruption in service did not come to them as a surprise as GSA is a relatively newer player in the global positioning system market.

As more and more businesses and industries go online, our reliance on services like GPS is only bound to increase. Recent statistics suggests that in developing countries like China and India, smartphone adoption is growing by 300% a year. It is expected that India will have about 450 million smartphone users by 2022, thanks to the affordability of smartphones and inexpensive data plans. This will lead to an increase in the usage of GPS and telematics in these markets to solve a wide variety of problems. Currently, we rely on positioning services for shipping, food delivery, logistics, etc.

We, at Safetrax, also depend on GPS services for tracking school buses and employee transport cabs. GPS data is critical in ensuring the safety of school children as they are transported to and from school. It is also important to identify and manage emergency situations. For example, if a school bus meets with an accident, it is of utmost importance to accurately pinpoint the location and time of the mishap, to mobilize an emergency response.

Similarly, in employee commute operations, a panic button, physically fitted in the vehicles, comes in handy to notify the authorities of an emergency situation. A GPS outage would make it extremely difficult to manage such situations and would put the safety of thousands of children and employees at risk.

A GPS outage can also result in a slew of other inconveniences - Users will be unable to predict when they will arrive at their destinations. It will be harder for companies to track when their raw materials will reach them, distributors will have difficulty in planning orders and estimating delivery times to customers. Therefore, it is essential for us to develop a fail-proof technology that we can fully rely on. It is recommended that we continue using services like GSA and in parallel, we need to invest in a more reliable technology that is resilient from downtime. This parallel technology can be used as the default GPS for emergency services and for mission critical use cases.

The changing landscape of schools in India – Impact of decline in the population of elementary school-going children: Economic Survey

The recently conducted 2019 economic survey, prepared by Chief Economic Advisor K Subramanian and discussed in Parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, has put forward the necessity to merge elementary schools to make them feasible. As per statistical projections, the survey suggested an estimated decline in the population of elementary school-going children. It may inevitably have certain important socio-economic consequences. The survey also stated that consolidation of elementary schools is an ‘argument for shifting policy emphasis from quantity towards quality and efficiency of education’.As reported by the survey, the elementary school-going population of 5-14 age groups is estimated to go down by 18.4 percent over 20 years from 2021 to 2041. It has also been stated that the regions of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka will be affected by this decline in population.The survey stated that the 5-14 age group population, which primarily includes the elementary school-going children, have already been declining over the last few years. It also stated that there will be significant rise in the number of schools per capita across all major states and that the number of elementary schools with less than 50 students has 'increased over the past decade across all major states except Delhi'. Over 40% of elementary schools in states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh have less than 50 students enrolled.The survey underlined two major factors:
  • The decline in the 5-14 age-group
  • Increase in the number of elementary schools with low student count (<50)
The survey stated that "The 'optimal' school size varies widely according to the terrain and urban clustering, but this sharp increase in the number of elementary schools per capita needs to be carefully studied. The time may soon come in many states to consolidate/merge elementary schools to keep them viable. It recommends that closely located schools (within a radius of 3 KM or less) can be selected, so that there is no major inconvenience in terms of access by the students. "This would also be in line with the experience of other major economies witnessing a decline in elementary school-going population, such as Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, and Canada, which have implemented policies to merge or close down schools," the Survey states.The four metro cities along with Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune, which sees high number of immigrant population from other cities, will see a significant rise in the number of schools. Over the last decade, India’s GDP per capita has increased by almost 78% and owing to this, families are looking for quality education for their children. This is leading to the rise of a large number of schools willing to cater to this affluent.

Source: CEIC Data ( ($1 = 68.80 INR)

More international schools and schools providing ICSE and IB syllabus are expected to emerge. However, this will also increase the competition among such schools and they will be compared to each other in terms of faculty capability, infrastructure, facilities like transport, canteen and child safety norms, while parents decide which school to put their wards in.

Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill: It can change the way India drives

The Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill has been in discussion since 2016 to incorporate certain necessary changes in the existing Motor Vehicles Act. In the current year, the amendment proposal has once again been raised and this time, it has been taken to the Parliament. While this Bill is of great significance to the drivers and vehicle owners across the nation, it is equally important for transport providers, corporates/schools with transport service as well as fleet operators. Following the list of some important proposals in the Bill:
  1. Aadhaar is mandatory to get a driver’s license and vehicle registration
  2. Compensation for deaths in hit-and-run cases will be revised from 25000 INR to 2 lacs+ INR
  3. Guardians/vehicle owners will be held responsible in case of a juvenile traffic violation. If they were not aware, then the juvenile will be tried under the Juvenile Justice Act and the vehicle registration will get cancelled in either scenario.
  4. People offering help to accident victims will have no obligation to reveal their identities to police/medical personnel.
  5. Changes to the existing penalty system (values in INR):
CauseExisting PenaltyRevised Penalty
Drunk driving2000+10000+
No license500+5000+
Rash Driving10005000
Not wearing seatbelt1001000
Talking on phone while driving10005000
  1. Vehicles to be altered mandatorily to accommodate specially-abled people

Figure 1:  Road accidents are very common in India; hence stringent laws have to be in place for the safety of the people (Source: The Indian Express -

  1. All road users will get compulsory insurance cover for a certain type of accidents by a Motor Vehicle Insurance Fund
  2. Contractors/consultants/civic agencies will be held responsible for any mishaps related to road accidents due to faulty design, poor maintenance or construction.
  3. A time limit of 6 months to be adhered to, regarding compensations related to road accidents
  4. Liability caps are to be removed, which were introduced during the 2016 Bill (10 lacs INR for death and 5 lacs INR for grievous injuries)
  5. Driving license can be renewed up to one year before or after the expiry date, as compared to the existing one-month limit.
  6. Vehicles using substandard components can be recalled by the government and the manufactures can be fined up to Rs. 500 crore INR

How transport automation providers can help

Now, if we look at how transport automation providers can tackle these changes:
  • Most transport solution providers have a drivers’ module integrated with their software, which makes registering their Aadhaar card, driving license and other documents very easy.
  • Moreover, a trigger can be set up such that if the license or validity of some other essential document is about to expire, it will notify both the management admin and the driver.
  • On the other aspects, while it is the sole responsibility of the driver to ensure not to involve in drunk driving, talking on phone while driving, etc., a transport monitoring solution can provide certain details to the transport admin team on cases of over-speeding, accident, rash or zigzag driving (caused due to DUI) in real-time, so they can take immediate action on the same.
  • To elaborate, the affected vehicle will often show up in red on the system if drivers are not following certain rules, or an SOS alert will be sent to the admin team in case of any mishap. This not only ensures the prevention of most accidents but also gives the students/employees a sense of trust and security whenever they are using your transport.
Without a proper transport solution, handling all of these changes together can be troublesome and often get out of hand beyond your control, while as the corporate/school, you may have to pay for the indiscipline behaviours of your transport drivers.Safetrax, one of India’s leading transport automation solution provider, provides a feature called eSafe, which is a driver behaviour monitoring solution which helps you analyse undesirable driver behaviours such as speeding, swerving, hard braking, etc and eliminate inefficient driving habits, increase safety and keep costs down. It also comes with features like regular reports, dashboard and driver scorecard.

4 hardware challenges every company faces in Employee Transport Management and how to overcome them

GPS (Global Positioning System) works by the process of triangulation of satellites, where differences in the time taken by radio signals to travel between the receiver and each of at least three other visible satellites are calculated to determine the location, speed, and direction of the receiver on earth.Companies, particularly those who look for Hardware-based tracking and management of their fleet for enhanced security for their employees and also to be 100% compliant with local regulations, face a bunch of difficulties that are unique to Hardware-based vehicle tracking.  Listed down below are a few of those challenges and ways to address them.

Backup supply

Traditionally, a GPS tracker's backup power-management system for batteries consisted of multiple ICs (Integrated Circuits), a high-voltage buck regulator, a battery charger, plus a set of discrete components. Hence, earlier tracking systems were not very compact in their form factor. A typical application for a tracking system uses an automotive battery and a single-cell Li-ion battery for storage and backup.The vehicle GPS tracking is a terrific service when operating correctly.  Even if a car gets stolen and taken to get parted out, and in the process the car battery gets disconnected, the GPS tracker backup battery will kick in and the user will be able to communicate with the vehicle and get the exact location. That is why having a GPS tracker with a backup battery is so important. Also, battery power is required, as much as the backup capability to preserve data in case of power loss. Due to the higher automotive system voltages and currents required to charge the battery (typically a single-cell Li-ion), a switch-mode charger is desirable for its higher charging efficiency when compared to a linear battery charging IC, since it generates less heat in the form of power dissipation.The device can be directly connected to the vehicle circuit for power. The internal battery is supposed to use as a backup source when there is no direct battery connected like in the event of theft when wires are disconnected. The average working time of a regular available internal battery is 4-7 hours.  The devices consume less power themselves and thus do not affect the performance of the vehicle battery.  The advantage that the user gets is the ability to access the location and controls, even if the device is disconnected from the main source.

Network connectivity

PS data is a collection of objects whose location changes with time while in motion. We can get the GPS to co-ordinate data in each second to be sent to the server for the precision in tracking. For this, the device should have reliable network connectivity to be able to send accurate location information. The most common practice is to use a data subscription in 2G/4G mobile networks.Most dedicated GPS devices include a mobile data module that uses a standard SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) card. This SIM card allows the device to send the location packets, sending emergency SMS (Short Message Service), and read the SMS which comes to the device. This type of SMS can be classified as control SMS or configuration SMS. Using the control SMS, the user can control entire vehicle features like an immobilizer, etc. The main challenge is to get a proper network coverage during the travel in remote areas. Normally the GPS devices come with a SIM slot where we can insert a SIM of our choice. Nowadays the devices have multiple sim card options that switch between each other according to the signal strength providing redundancy and better signal strength at all times.

Water damage

Normally the GPS device is placed over the dashboard in most of the vehicles, to provide maximum sky visibility for greater signal strength. Proper visibility provides GPS access all the time to the device. The challenge here is that whenever the vehicle goes for the water service, there is a chance for the GPS device to get water damaged. Since it is an electronic device even a drop of water can damage the entire board.The only option to overcome this problem is to make the device water resistant. We could get away from this challenge by providing the waterproof casing for the normal devices and the all-new AIS 140 devices are IP 67 (IP 67 means the unit can be dropped into a body of water up to a meter deep for half an hour and it is completely dust resistant).  For old devices, we could overcome this challenge by providing the waterproof casing for the normal devices.

GPS Faulty Tracking

Another rare yet possible issue is when the recording of tracking is faulty, inaccurate, contains "bumps" or "bounces" or “jumps” when a part of tracking data is missing. All these issues are a result of the server receiving bad GPS data from the device – mobile phone or tablet. In all these cases, the server receives location data that does not accurately represent the device location. Bad GPS data can result in missing of live tracking or inaccuracies in the calculation of distance travelled for billing e.g. extra distance recorded or recorded inaccurately, inaccurate elevation values, etc.Reasons and effects of this are quite obvious - the device may have simply lost a connection to GPS satellites and did not record any data; the recorded route shows straight lines ignoring paths or roads on the map. It may also be that the device may have recorded track points that deviate from the intended correct path. GPS devices and satellites communicate with extremely fast signals requiring precise detection and any slight inaccuracy in the signal's reception, or disturbance to the signal itself can translate into a significant error in the reported position. Environmental factors such as dense trees, steep hillsides, tall buildings, basement parking, etc. can adversely impact GPS signal between the device and the satellites.In order to avoid this, we need to use a hi-tech device that can communicate with all available positioning networks – GPS, Glonass, Beidou, and Galileo. The more satellites visible for our device above our head, the more accurate is the positioning. We need to make sure our device is mounted/carried as high up and unobstructed as possible, instead of being buried deep in an inaccessible place. We always must find a compromise between smoothness and accuracy of the recording. We should not set up too short intervals (too much data with a higher risk of deviations). On the other hand, too long intervals would result in an approximation of tracking results.