In-vehicle AVL application feature request


#1

One of our partner’s has a customer with an in-vehicle solution using the BR1 reporting back to an AVL server. They would like a way to include a vehicle ID with the NEMA sentence. Currently, that option is only associated with TAIP. Also, they would like to be able to set the polling rate variable to something longer than 10 seconds.


#2

Updated info regarding the application: the end customer has developed a proprietary AVL software system for the electrical Coop’s they support. They are utilizing the Peplink BR1 as a WIFI hotspot for the drivers to utilize their laptops/tablets and also for GPS tracking of the vehicles. In order for their AVL software to identify the vehicles, they require an ID assigned to each modem so it shows up on the map. This is the only way in which they can easily identify the vehicles and be able to know which person they’re tracking.


#3

In NMEA standard, it doesn’t provide a field to indicate the vehicle ID, while TAIP does.

NMEA GPRMC
$GPRMC,084347.0,A,2220.344196,N,11409.011023,E,0.0,11.7,050815,A*5F

TAIP PV with ID=A123
>RPV31678+2233908+1141501800001202;ID=A123;*03<

  1. Can the end customer use TAIP format in their AVL software system?
  2. If not, we will be able to customize the NMEA format which includes the vehicle ID. For example,
    $GPRMC,084347.0,A,2220.344196,N,11409.011023,E,0.0,11.7,050815,A,A123*02

#4

I checked with the customer and that implementation for the NEMA sentence would work for them. Any idea when this might be added? Also, they would like to be able to set the polling rate variable to something longer than 10 seconds. I believe now it is only allowed to be set at preset values of 1 sec., 2 sec., 5 sec. or 10 sec.


#5

It has been targeted on upcoming 6.3 firmware release. We will provide a special firmware to you once we completed the feature, so the customer will be able to verify it earlier. Regarding the report interval, would it be sufficient if we add 30 seconds and 60 seconds?


#6

I asked the customer about adding the 30 and 60 second report interval feature. He requested that Peplink make the reporting time field not be preset options but simply be an open field where a customer could specify their own reporting time (in seconds). He asked that the field be at least three digits so it could be anything from 1 second to 999 seconds. Is this possible? If it must be preset options, he would like to see preset options for 30 seconds, 1 min, 2 mins, 3 mins, and 5 mins.


#7

Technically both options are feasible, and we will take into consideration. Just curious on the use case for the long report interval, does it track something stationary?


#8

The end customers are electrical coops and they do not require real-time tracking. They have requested that this reporting interval be adjustable to limit the amount of tracking data produced.


#9

Got it. We will update you further once we complete the integration.


#10

Thank you for your support of this feature request!


#11

Hello WANMAN, the team has prepared a special MAX BR1 firmware on supporting the vehicle ID. The firmware download link is here. Please try it out and give us some feedback :slight_smile:


#12

An update on the customer that requested: “I asked the customer about adding the 30 and 60 second report interval feature. He requested that Peplink make the reporting time field not be preset options but simply be an open field where a customer could specify their own reporting time (in seconds). He asked that the field be at least three digits so it could be anything from 1 second to 999 seconds. Is this possible? If it must be preset options, he would like to see preset options for 30 seconds, 1 min, 2 mins, 3 mins, and 5 mins.” They had updated their request as follows: “Request that interval setting to be a value they can input manually within an established range rather than a few selectable options. If it must be a selectable option, add 15 minutes (900 seconds) as an option in addition to 30 seconds, 1 min, 2 mins, 3 mins, and 5 mins.” This feature could lead to a rather large deployment of MAX BR1 units.


#13

I just got the results back regarding testing of the new FW. The results were great and it worked well with their AVL software.


#14

We have opened up the report interval for user input, which can be configured from 1 second to 3600 seconds. You could download the MAX BR1 special firmware here. We will integrate this feature into upcoming official release.


#15

Thank you for providing this firmware for testing. This information has been forwarded to our partner who will get it to the end customer for testing and feedback.


#16

Our partner’s end customer has tested the latest beta firmware and it is exactly what they were looking for in regards to the report interval feature functionality. Thank you!


#17

:up:Great! This update will be included in upcoming official 6.3 release.