AVL's Future Holds Little Value without Integrated Data Communications for Total Mobile Resource Management

by Charles Taylor, Pinpoint Communications, Richarson, United States,
Louis Jandrell, Pinpoint Communications, Richarson, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference: Volume I: Advanced Technologies


The future of automatic vehicle location (AVL) lies in broadening its definition for greater market acceptance and applicability. AVL by itself is for limited utility. To solve real-world applications, AVL needs to be married to two-way mobile data communications. Providing AVL and mobile data communications through separate systems is inefficient and wastes radio spectrum. Future AVL systems also need to minimize the limitations of multipath and use more spectrum-efficient protocols. New technologies that combine these functions and features into an integrated, cost-effective service are the future of AVL.

Subject Headings: Communication systems | Automation and robotics | Satellites | Global navigation satellite systems | Waste management | Utilities | Terminology and definition

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