I am working on a vehicle tracking system that conveys the coordinates information from the vehicle to a server via GPRS communication. For this purpose I am using a GSM module with an arduino uno.
As I was working on this I wondered as to which technique is used in commercial vehicle tracking systems.
Which communication methodology is used in commercial vehicle tracking systems? (Is it GPRS, WCDMA or something else?

  • \$\begingroup\$ So, what have you found - what do Mercedes use for example? \$\endgroup\$
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 6:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ They generally use the common cellphone system in the region. \$\endgroup\$
    – JRE
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 6:53

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Most vehicle tracking companies use the cellphone network available in the country (i.e GPRS).

For example, using a very cheap GSM module like SIM800, one communicates with the server using a TCP/IP (search WebSockets). This is a common practice. I've seen teardowns of Automatic, CarSense and others.

For Automatic's teardown go to link.


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