Fleet and Asset Management services allow the tracking of location and status of specific service group users. Examples may include a supervisor of a delivery service who needs to know the location and status of employees, parents who need to know where their children are, animal tracking, and tracking of assets.
The service may be invoked by the managing entity, or the entity being managed, depending on the service being provided.
Fleet Management may enable an enterprise or a public organization to track the location of vehicles (cars, trucks, etc.) and use location information to optimize services.
Asset management services, for example, may range from asset visualization (general reporting of position) to stolen vehicle location and geofencing (reporting of location when an asset leaves or enters a defined zone). The range of attributes for these services is wide.
For Fleet and Asset Management services, a distinction may be made between the manager of the fleet/assets in charge of tracking, and the entities being tracked (service group users, etc). The tracking service may make use of mobile station handsets with possible specialized functions (Web browsers, etc) to allow for tracking and specific methods for communicating with the managing entity. A managing entity would be able to access one or several managed entities' location and status information through a specified communication interface (Internet, Interactive Voice Response, Data service, etc). The managing entity would be able to access both real-time and recent location and status results of managed entities.
The network shall provide the capability to provide the last known location and timestamp. In cases where the service group user's mobile station is not registered (i.e. Inactive, out of coverage) the last known location information and timestamp may optionally be provided. If this information is unavailable in real-time, a reason for why the information is unattainable may be provided. The managing entity may also be able to relay messages to service group users through the appropriate interface, as well as receive messages originated by the service group users.
Activation of Fleet and Asset Management services could be performed via subscriber provisioning by the service provider, as well as by offering subscriber-based service activation codes to the service group user/subscriber. The managing entity could also initiate service via requests to a provisioning system through Interactive Voice Response or Internet request. A feature code may optionally also be provided to allow for specific mobile user group subscriber activation by the managing entity (*FC + Mobile ID). A specific user group mobile could also be able to self-activate through the use of a feature code.
Mobiles in automobiles on freeways anonymously sampled to determine average velocity of vehicles. Congestion detected and reported.
Congestion, average flow rates, vehicle occupancy and related traffic information can be gathered from a variety of sources including roadside telematic sensors, roadside assistance organizations and ad-hoc reports from individual drivers. In addition, average link speeds can be computed through anonymous random sampling of UE locations.