Foretrack Plug and Go

The V3000 is a small and inexpensive vehicle tracker that connects directly to the OBDII or EOBD port in a car or small van. It requires no external antennae or power, making installation very easy. Simply locate the OBD port (normally in the driver or passenger footwell) and plug in the V3000.

The device supports the basic features you’d expect to see in any vehicle tracker, such as journey detection, identifying idling, and flexible reporting rates, however the direct interface to the on-board vehicle computer offers a number of additional benefits:

  • Alerts can be generated on key vehicle data, such as high engine RPM, to obtain a greater insight into the way a vehicle is actually being driven.
  • It’s possible to detect the state of the vehicle malfunction indicator light (MIL). This can be useful in rental or lease scenarios to identify if a vehicle requires maintenance work.
  • Speed is determined from the actual speed the vehicle believes it is travelling at. Whilst this may be less accurate than GPS-derived speed as it typically includes a margin of error, it does reflects the speed that is indicated to the driver and so is more appropriate for monitoring driver behaviour. It is also immune from the problem of spurious high speeds caused by GPS errors.

The V3000 works with all major types of OBD interface, and in most cases is able to automatically detect the correct protocol.

The inclusion of a 3-axis accelerometer allows harsh acceleration and deceleration to be detected.

Three small LEDs on the side of the device assist with onsite diagnostics by indicating the GPS, GPRS, and OBD status.

Unlike most other types of hardware, the V3000 requires a script to be written and loaded onto the device before it can operate. This allows us to have a greater degree of control over how the device behaves, as well as provide some differentiating features.

Foretrack Plug and Go

A number of different scenarios are available. For example, vehicles with stop/start technology. Normally these vehicles break a long journey into lots of smaller journeys, as each time the engine stops the tracking device believes the current journey has ended. The start/stop configuration will identify this behaviour as start/stop, and so help alleviate this potentially undesirable behaviour.

Configurable parameters, can be remotely updated over-the-air (OTA).

Features

The flexible reporting provided by the V3000 allows the cumulative idling time to be calculated, and the location where the idling occurred can also be seen in the journey details.

In addition to idling, key events such as heading changes, high acceleration or deceleration, high engine RPM, and start/stop events are also shown.

The levels that cause these events to occur can be configured individually, allowing the device to work across a range of different types of car and driving styles.