USING LORAN-C FOR AUTOMATIC VEHICLE MONITORING

David A. Carter

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: The knowledge of the location and status of vehicles in a fleet greatly enhances the command and control capability of that fleet. Significant operational and economical benefits can be derived. Among the factors contributing to the delay in responding to any emergency, whether it is a heart attack, burglary in progress, severe auto accident, or a special cargo or passenger vehicle needing assistance, is determining the exact location of the incident and dispatching the closest available assistance. In both rural and urban situations, Automatic Vehicle Monitoring (AVM) systems in conjunction with an effective Command and Control (C2) system can reduce this delay. AVM provides economic benefits to people and cargo transport fleets (buses, taxis, trucks) by dispatching closest available units and providing most direct routings. These benefits are available to both government and private sectors. This article will review briefly the development of AVM systems, describe characteristics of some existing systems, focusing on Loran based systems, and provide some scenarios illustrating the use of AVM systems.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 29, Number 1
Pages: 80 - 88
Cite this article: Carter, David A., "USING LORAN-C FOR AUTOMATIC VEHICLE MONITORING", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring 1982, pp. 80-88.
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