With the service, users can see city, street and cross-street information; speed and direction of vehicles; and both graphic maps and text reports of a vehicle's travel history. It gives users up-to-the-minute traffic and location information via their mobile phones, PDAs or any Web-enabled, wireless device. Dispatchers can track a vehicle from any location and see a graphical report showing where the vehicle is and what the freeway traffic and construction conditions are around it.
The display shows, in real time, where the vehicle is located and icons indicating either low, moderate, heavy or severe traffic conditions. This helps dispatchers and drivers to avoid road congestion, traffic incidents and other conditions, which may affect their ability to remain on schedule.
Because there are no software applications to purchase or download, there is no waiting to get up and tracking with the service. It may be used with equipment already owned by the user, or with hardware from third parties. After the user's hardware is installed and services are requested, access to information is usually available within a day and often within minutes.
The following components are needed to use PortaTrack:
a Global Positioning System receiver;
a wireless transmission device;
a wireless service contract with a service provider;
the PortaTrack service; and
a Web browser appliance with an Internet connection.
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