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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