Typically, the Vehicle Tracking System (VTS) in addition to locating the position of a vehicle which is been viewed on an electronic map using either with a computer or an internet-enabled phone, has three basic functions which include; receiving data from the tracking device, securely storing it in database and serving this information upon the query of the user.

The data generated consist of ALL the vehicle’s activities starting from it parking duration, when it ignition was on, how fast it moved , how long it covered the journey, numbers of time been idling as well as the time and places in which all these event took place. It is also pertinent to note that while the VTS record the journey activities of the vehicle, events which are detrimental either to the vehicle or the crew in it (passengers and haulage) are immediately reported to the owner of such vehicle or to the assigned individual like a fleet manager in haulage businesses. This detrimental event which occurs during journey period is being referred to as “Alarms”.

Here are the alarms you as a user may likely receive and their interpretations. Each time you receive them, it calls for your attention to the vehicle’s present activity and should only be ignored if you are aware and in control of the situation.

Power-Off Alarm

Disconnected BatteryThis alarm triggers when there is either a fluctuation or a disconnection of the electricity in a vehicle. The tracking device senses it immediately it occurs and notifies users that the battery of their vehicle has been disconnected. If you continual receive this notification when driving; as been observed by our support team, it implies that the socket wrench of the battery is slack and needs to be tightened. Our support team also observed that users are more likely to get repeated notification of this alarm when the vehicle is under repair. This alarm should not be ignored especially if it occurs repeated as fluctuation of electricity can be detrimental to the vehicle’s alternator.

It you have to disconnect the battery of your vehicle; like most fleet drivers do, it is advisable to start with the negative terminal.

Emergency Alarm

AccidentThe tracking device has the ability to sense extreme heat, vibration and awkward positioning of a vehicle when on motion. As the name implies, this alarm notifies user in any event such as strong collision, awkward positioning of the vehicle and fire incident. The notification will only come up as “Emergency Alarm” a user will however get to know the event upon physical inspection or enquiry. It has been observed that this alarm triggers in trucks when there it head is opened for repair, slanting it to about 45 degree. It is also likely to occur when a vehicle suddenly enters into a ditch or being collided with another vehicle.

Geo-Fenced Alarm

staticmap-mapmaker-roadpmap-300x300This type of alarm notifies user of vehicle movement outside the previously drawn fence in an area. Parents use this function to limit the driving location of their children, fleet manager use the same function to determine the exact time in which driver enters the parking lot or got to the customer’s place.

To enable this function, a user will draw a fence and activate the location after which an alarm will be triggered immediately the vehicle enters or/and leave such area. An extended action can also be activated on this function. A user may want the vehicle to be shut-down as soon as such vehicle leaves the geo-fenced premises.

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