Terry Ashwin invented Send-It in 1990, allowing printing and printer sharing between computers.
SEND-IT, an approved, locally manufactured product, is a cableless data transceiver device allowing printing and printer sharing between computers, whilst eliminating the need for cables. Data transmission is achieved by means of radio transceivers attached to P.C.’s. workstations, or file servers which communicate with one or more uniquely-identified printer base stations, each of which can control up to three parallel printers.
SEND-IT units connect to either the serial or parallel ports of the computer terminal. The former (serial) conforms to MS-COS standards, whilst the latter is Centronics compatible and is driven via the parallel port, thus being software independent. Both types of units address the same printer base solutions thus allowing the sharing of printers from a wide variety of workstations.
SEND-IT has a range of approximately 25 metres. This can vary according to the construction of floors, walls and ceilings but in an open-plan office the range would exceed this. The only limitation in terms of the number of terminals and printers in a system environment is the range.
SEND-IT Incorporates a transmission protocol which detects and rejects corrupt data and will only allow uncorrupted data to be printed. Security is achieved by the use of a unique transmission protocol, and coded printer base stations.
The large increase in the number of personal computers in use has seen a proliferation in the requirement for cabIing. Even the so called portable computer is still dependent on cabling to operate printing. Cable installation is expensive, inflexible and disruptive, and as more and more peripherals are added, so the complexity and volume of cabling increases.
This has created a market for a product that will eliminate the requirement for cables In the personal computer and main/mini-frame environments.
Applications Dependent upon Cables
Common to all, is the cabling required between the components of the system.
SEND-IT offers an unique solution because:
Why Use SEND-IT?
There will be advantages where:
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Terry Ashwin invented the Unifuel system in 1989
The ‘controller is situated at the pumps, This unit accepts the RF transmission from the BUTTON and identifies the vehicles. The unit compares driver pin codes allocated to the vehicles and allows access to the fuel (by switching the pumps on and off after a predetermined procedure has been followed), The controller has a sixteen character keyboard for input information and a LC,D, backlight display. The unit is made of #304 stainless steel.
Unifuel – System Overview
Every fleet operator is aware of the problems associated with fuel misuse. The time has arrived for a superior fuel management system. Computer technology has allowed us to design a unique fuel control system that gives fleet operators total control over fuel usage. Unifuel provides fleet owners with direct access to detailed reports.
Unifuel accurately records data pertaining to the vehicles’ identity, the drivers’ identity, the amount of fuel dispensed, time and date, the type of fuel and the kilometers travelled.
Vehicle driver Information Is captured either via the portable reader/reporter computer unit or an IBM compatible PC. This information is then downloaded to the Unifuel pump controller unit. Fleet vehicles are fitted with an electronic button mounted on the dashboard.
A Unifuel pump controller unit is installed alongside the fuel pumps on the pump island. When the electronic button on the dashboard is depressed a coded Signal is transmitted. The controller unit receives and identifies the vehicle, requests the drivers pin number and awaits for the number entry. If the pin number is valid, the controller unit will request the driver to enter the vehicles current odometer reading. The driver then selects a pump which is now ready to dispense fuel. On completion of refueling the controller unit has recorded the date, time, vehicle, driver, odometer reading and the amount of fuel dispensed.
Management can now identify problem areas at a glance. Immediate action can be taken to ensure that the fleet is running at optimum performance and discrepancies can be queried and rectified without further losses. Vehicles or drivers using excessive fuel can be identified and specific driver and vehicle performance monitored. Illegal usage of fuel after hours can be eliminated by coding in restrictive data to the controller unit. The Unifuel monitoring system is easily operated by the driver at any time thus eliminating the necessity for a pump attendant.
The data collected by the controller unit can be extracted by the reader/reporter unit at any time. Within a few seconds the information is downloaded into the portable reader/reporter unit and is now ready for management to configure a wide selection of reports. By linking up the portable unit to a PC the information can be downloaded to the PC. A number of reports can now be generated using standard software packages (e.g. Lotus, dBase).
Optional System Features
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Voyageur, a revolutionary new on-board recording device which has just hit the marketplace, could save the transport industry millions of Rands worth of lost time. The product, which is locally developed, is the result of more than five years research by Johannesburg based Anglo Asian Trading Corporation, manufacturer of microcomputer systems and specialist in custom designed equipment.
One of the biggest advantages of Voyageur Is that data is gathered once and stored for 31 days – whether the trip takes one day or 31 days – with no human Intervention, explains Anglo Asian’s marketing manager Roland TIlman. “From our investigations Voyageur with its radio link stands alone in the SA marketplace because it requires no cables, no plug-in modules, no keys and no paper disks. The sealed tamper-proof unit has a Nicad backup battery, which is automatically recharged by the vehicle’s battery.”
Other on-board recording devices currently available on international and local markets, rely on one or more moving or removable parts or components, says TIlman. “Among other things stylus needles can be bent and foreign objects can be stuck into mechanical systems and cables are susceptible to being driven over, twisted, or caught in doors.”
Voyageur is the result of Anglo Asian Trading’s in-depth survey of the transport industry. For a start, the product had to be versatile enough to address the needs of both the transporters who specialise in the transport of goods for money and companies who are forced to provide transport to stay in business because they must deliver their goods to the end user.
The survey showed there was a need for an instrument which could provide up to forty different reports, five different formats of recorded data, 72 pieces of recorded data and 27 general built in features – such as door opening monitors, temperature monitor, demobiliser, anti-hijack, alpha numeric displays, and so on.
“On top of this we realised that, because of the ever changing needs of the market place we had to create an instrument that was programmable to the nth degree.” In this vein, the Voyageur is currently using only one half of its available storage capacity and can therefore be continuously developed to cater for changes in legislation, or whatever.
When developing the product, Anglo Asian’s aim was to produce a sophisticated recording device which would put management in the driving seat. The result was that Voyageur’s features include a visual display and an audible warning signal to tell the driver where he is going wrong. “If his bad driving habits persist, the errors are recorded in the computer,” says TIlman.
Another feature of the system is that it provides truck owners with a working tool to plan and re-plan journeys by enabling them to reschedule vehicles for non-peak periods, plot a different route and perhaps a different load. The system is extremely easy to use because it merely requires the driver to enter a simple code that allows the truck to be started. As soon as the code is accepted, the recording device is activated. At the end of the day when the truck returns to base the Information is downloaded by radio signal into a receiver. “The driver just pushes a button and in 11 seconds the complete information for that day, the whole week, or whatever, is downloaded into a receiver unit.”
The data reader, which is linked by radio to the recorder in the vehicle, is about the size of a telephone, typically attached to an IBM PC compatible printer in the manager’s office, which allows immediate debriefing of the driver. Voyageur readers can also be linked across distances via modem (8 device that enables digital computer signals to be transmitted utilising a telephone line) so that fleets can be controlled from a central situation to anywhere in the country.
Consequently any misdemeanors are highlighted there and then and management can save money by pin-pointing unscheduled trips and time wasting, thus enabling them to put the bite on employees and also eliminating bad driving techniques. “Exception reporting makes life easy for the manager and a special colour coded highlighting technique on reports makes it easy 10 track performance. “Coupled with this, reports can be produced in any language, he adds.
Interestingly, says TIlman, drivers do not resent the controls imposed by the Voyageur, far from, “A lot of companies are offering Incentive bonuses to those who perform well and they say this encourages a spirit of friendly competitiveness among their drivers” He adds that there was one case where a manager, who was convinced that a particular employee was a bad driver was proved wrong once Voyageur had been installed.
Voyageur is a very potent management tool for Improving a company’s productivity and profitability. With running costs of heavy-duty vehicles, savings per km, can represent a significant increase in margins and returns, giving a Voyageur equipped fleet a competitive edge in the market place.
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IN-MOTION MEASURING SYSTEM
Traditionally trucks and trains had to stop at a weigh bridge to weigh the content of the vehicle. With this invention the vehicle continues to move over the weighing area without stopping.
BENEFITS OF THE INVENTION:
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Terry Ashwin invented the Fuelcon System between 1987 and 1988.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & CAPABILITIES
The Fuelcon M3 is a fuel control management system, locally developed, manufactured and serviced in South Africa. It is designed to provide fleet operators, with their own fuel pumps, the ultimate in fleet fuel control. The latest computer technology has been employed to guarantee maximum accuracy and efficiency.
OPTIONAL SYSTEM FEATURES
Aesthetically pleasing in free standing weather proof pedestal enclosure.
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Terry Ashwin has a proprietary air when he demonstrates the new Traveller on board Recorder – and well he might.
He invented this electronic tachograph. Costing under R2000 and marketed in South Africa by Hampo Systems, the device verifies any activity of the vehicle while it’s away from the depot, including distance travelled, starts and stops, maximum speed and engine revolutions, distance covered per trip and per day. It also provides warning signals to the driver to prevent misuse of the vehicle.
The tachograph is designed to enable vehicles to be utilized in the most economical way, with savings on tyre wear, engine wear and fuel consumption. The system is provided with its own low-cost reader, obviating the need for a microcomputer.
Simply put, it stores information on a memory chip and at the end of the day, this is extracted or transferred by radio to the reader to give managers access to all the information they need on each vehicle.
Driver self-management is achieved with a series of warning lights which indicate to the driver that he has overstepped limits set for the safety and economy and keeps him in line. If he does not confirm, a horn blasts off.
The unit effects great savings. But Ashwin is adamant that the machine has to be used to motivate drivers, not police them.
“Drivers must know the machine is there, that it is there to help them and how it works. A driver gets on-the- spot correction to which he has to react instead of his manager finding a mistake days after it has happened and complaining about a forgotten incident”: said Ashwin.
The display can be used as clock, kilometre, trip-meter, can be used to record details of a trip or check on parameters. It is an exception reporter, obviating tedious hours of data collection. It can give full detail reports on an individual, daily, weekly and monthly basis.
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This South African-developed computer vehicle monitoring system, which provides instant read-outs of a host of vital operating functions was marketed in 1983.
The system is of a very advanced design and can assist transport management to obtain vital information relating to the operation, scheduling and control of fleets, saving thousands of rands a year.
The beauty of the system is that it is suitable for one vehicle to a major fleet operation. Readings can be taken off the unit on a roll-printout into a teleprinter or directly through a micro system. Basic information includes distance. Rpm, speeds, times of trips, times of stops, over speeding, over-revving and with additional attachments it can meet any transport operator’s requirements.
It is designed to fit any needs of an individual operator. A special rugged reliability test over 1 436km was done this month over a route which included highways, beaches, back-roads and mountain routes from Durban to Empangeni, followed the rail track to Umfolosi, on to Vryheid on bus routes, described as the worst in the world.
Conditions were so bad they could hardly be described as reads, but tracks, then into the Drakensberg where the route covered backtracks ‘including the road to Giants Castle and to the top of Sani Pass, then back on to bus routes through Underberg, Kokstad and back to Durban.
Two Datsun four-wheel drive Safaris were specially fitted for the trip and to prove the reliability of the unit, they were also driven into the sea and one unit survived a 60 km/h crash when a bridge was hit by accident.
This system offers transport operators a new dimension of control as they are now able to monitor exactly where vehicles go and how they are driven,” said Mr Peler Zeedcrberg, a Control Instruments on-board computer consultant.
“Steps can be taken to device methods of reducing operating costs as routing can be pre-programed and the computer can reveal that a wrong vehicle is being used. The computer will immediately inform an operator which vehicle would be more economic or suitable.”
The unit is about the size of a soft-covered book and is backed by Hunt Leuchars and Hepburn, one of the biggest companies In South Africa. Fitting of the unit takes about an hour.
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This inexpensive system was developed by Terry Ashwin in 1979 and the rights sold to Control Instruments.
Up to the minute information make matches and competitions more interesting and easier to follow and gives more appeal.
The CI portable electronic display has many unique features which make it the ideal scoreboard for any school or club.
Although it is primarily suited for indoor sports, it can with simple weather protection be adapted for outdoor use.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS:
– Table tennis
DISPLAY FORMAT – SCORE MODE
DISPLAY FORMAT – TIMING MODE
Length – 660 mm
Width – 200 mm