Fleets of all kinds, including trucking, field service, public safety, K-12, and public transit have some on-board technology systems that rely on mobile connectivity. Many vehicles have multiple systems on-board requiring not only wide area connectivity, but the ability to communicate with each other. And everyone expects Wi-Fi – everywhere. In-vehicle networks enable a consistent connection so that mission critical data gets through regardless of where the vehicle is located, on-board systems can share data, and creates a stable Wi-Fi experience on the move. Orbital Installation Technologies has the depth and breadth of experience to deploy in-vehicle networks in even the most complex environments.

In trucking fleets, multiple devices and systems can be on-board – typically connected to the cloud- to monitor and manage fleets and drivers to help make them safer and more productive. Some of the on-board systems can include GPS tracking devices, fuel monitoring systems, telematics units, on-board diagnostics, camera/video systems, mobile data terminals, tablets and laptops. Any lapse in mobile connectivity can compromise productivity, safety, and customer service. In-vehicle networks provide steady mobile connectivity to optimize the performance of on-board fleet technology applications.

Field service fleets rely on mobile connectivity for various applications – tracking and routing, receiving dispatched job orders, accessing company networks for knowledge bases and inventory/parts, and processing payments and managing documents in the field. In-vehicle networks create a mobile office environment for field service workers to effectively manage their daily workflow.

Public transit fleets have many reasons to deploy in-vehicle networks. Mass transit vehicles utilize multiple technologies simultaneously– vehicle tracking to provide real-time arrival and departure information to fleet managers and customers, video surveillance and DVR systems to record and play back on-board activity on-demand, and automatic passenger counting (APC) systems to increase planning and operational efficiency. Finally, passengers and commuters now expect to tap into a Wi-Fi network every time they step onboard a public transit bus or train.

In-Vehicle Networks

In-vehicle networks provide a secure, on-board Wi-Fi environment on school buses. K-12 students can connect to a secure network to complete homework assignments while commuting to and from school or while on school trips. Uninterrupted connectivity can also enhance the performance and reliability of other on-bus applications such as child checkmate systems and video surveillance systems.

First responders – police officers, firefighters, and paramedics – always on the move, usually under extreme circumstances, have a critical need for reliable connectivity to manage the applications that help them preserve public safety and save lives. In-vehicle networks help emergency personnel stay in communication and exchange critical data with central dispatch, other first responders, and mobilized emergency response teams.

Police cars today have many on-board devices to collect and transmit data – including rugged dashboard computers and dashboard cameras. Police officers wear body cameras and carry tablets. These systems need to stream data in real-time, and have some level of interoperability. Police departments deploy on-board routers, hardwired into police vehicles, creating persistent, reliable connectivity to keep critical applications running.

Orbital Installation Technologies understands the rigors of vehicle environments, and is skilled in the proper placement of routers and antennas to optimize the performance of in-vehicle networks.