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|Choose Commercial GPS Systems With The Right Options Business Articles | September 14 , 2013
If you are going to invest in commercial GPS systems for your business, it is important to understand what options are available and to make a decision that makes good business sense for you.
Commercial GPS systems can be a significant financial commitment, which means you should be sure to get the most bang for your buck out of your purchase.
With today's cutting edge technology at their disposal, today's commercial GPS systems do more than simply provide real-time mapping assistance. Because of this, it is necessary to have an understanding of what options you may have available so you can get proper value for your investment.
Of course, any good tracking system is only as valuable as its tracking ability. The first and most important thing to consider with any set of units is their ability not only to consistently transmit an accurate real-time location, but to also provide proper, up-to-date maps for the trucks themselves as well as for the dispatchers operating them.
With that in mind, one of the most beneficial and potentially important things any good system should do is to be able to stay up to date on potential issues with traffic and weather. This should allow drivers to be able to be automatically re-routed around potential hangups to avoid significant delays in transport and ultimately in delivery as well.
An added bonus on this front for many commercial GPS systems is having a communication system included as well. While not necessarily a common feature, some units allow point-to-point, hands-free voice communication between driver and dispatcher to allow for the helpful and effective exchange of real-time information.
Another thing that good commercial GPS systems should include is the ability to input and maintain a database of daily route logs. Because most, if not all, companies that operate a fleet of vehicles require operators to complete logs on a daily basis, being able to have this completed and cataloged electronically can safe time, energy and frustration when it comes to keeping everything up to date and organized.
Finally, a good fleet tracking system should run software that is able to be easily and readily updated. This can include maps, sources of real-time alerts, log information and other material that can change on a frequent basis and must be updated in order for it to provide real help to the user. This is especially true of the maps, which are constantly changing and must be up-to-date at all times to avoid significant issues with transportation and route planning.
By keeping all of these important facets of commercial GPS systems in mind, it can be relatively easy to find the type of system that is right for your company. At the same time, it can also help you determine which features are more important to your bottom line than others.
Why Fabless Business Keeps Growing in The Near Years? Technology Articles | June 30, 2011
MEMS, is a technology that in its most general form can be defined as miniaturized mechanical and electro-mechanical elements (i.e., devices and structures) that are made using the techniques of microfabrication.
In 2010, fabless semiconductor widened their share of the worldwide microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) market compared to four years ago, holding nearly one-fourth of the total MEMS value generated last year, according to new IHS iSuppli research.
Inkjet print heads accounted for the largest share of MEMS fabless revenue in 2010 at 43 percent, even though that percentage is down from 63 percent in 2006. Among companies in this space, Hewlett-Packard Co. outsourced more than half of its print head wafers to STMicroelectronics, while Texas Instruments fabricated 100 percent of the print heads from Lexmark International. Also fabless in nature were the no-name manufacturers of print heads in China, which work with MEMS foundries like APM in Taiwan.
The fabless MEMS business is expected to keep growing in the next five years, IHS expects, owing to a variety of market-encouraging factors.
For one, more innovative MEMS products from fabless startups will come to fruition and arrive in the market. InvenSense is the most successful MEMS startup, but several players have potential new killer products in development. Among such innovative startup firms are SiTime, Discera and Sand9 in timing devices; Debiotech and CardioMEMS in healthcare or biotech; and Microstaq in industrial and building control.
Also, more IDMs and vertically integrated manufacturers?under pressure from their shareholders to keep margins high?are likely to outsource part or all of their MEMS production to fabless firms. In fact, several automotive system companies that historically have run an internal fab, such as Delphi or Continental, either have started or will transition to a fabless manufacturing model.
Other factors that will promote the growth of fabless MEMS include the renaissance of optical MEMS, a major revenue generator for various MEMS foundries, in the telecommunications space; and the increasing MEMS content to be found in mobile phones and tablets. Already, wireless semiconductor companies have taken note of this trend, and not being experts in the MEMS field, will need to ally with fabless entities to grab some of the value associated with MEMS and possibly sell more silicon.
The main application market in 2010 for fabless MEMS was data processing, which includes devices such as inkjet print heads, timing devices for hard di.