AVL System with Smart Transmission Rate
Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture
The use of AVL (automatic vehicle locator) systems has increased considerably. By using an AVL system, it is possible to know vehicle positions at the dispatch center, which allows the use of several applications, such as safety and security, logistics, and emergency response. High communication and data storage costs, however, lead to a low position update rate with the AVL products available, causing poor track representation, and making the route determined by the vehicle in urban areas
... in urban areas almost illegible. This paper proposes a new approach by using intelligent techniques to choose the best position update moment to improve track representations. The principle underlying these techniques is based on vehicle status analysis (speed, direction and timing), which tries to determine when a position update is required, in order to better represent the path that a vehicle has traced, thus avoiding excessive communication and data storage. Therefore, the better the correspondence between the traced track and the real track followed by the vehicle, the greater the added value offered by system applications. This enhancement to the representation of the track allows the creation of new applications in the realm of AVL systems, particularly for situations where accuracy plays an important role.