By: Corbin Campbell, Electronics Support Services. Missouri State University
Just a little history, our Assistant Director of Public Safety had a project for me. Missouri State University had the ability to GPS track the shuttle bus fleet for the students, faculty, staff, and public safety. This was done using a wireless carrier and through a smartphone on each shuttle. The problem was the speed and the recurring data cost. We wanted to be able to track our shuttle fleet without the cellular cost and in real time. Other GPS systems that we looked at had cellular data fees and would only update once a minute. The cost of these systems were also not in the public safety budget. He knew there had to be some other options. Being the campus radio guy, he thought that I might have seen something that would do what he wanted. After some looking and talking with other GPS tracking vendors, I came to the website of Raveon and the RV-M7-GX GPS modem. I knew that I had something that would do what I wanted but I wanted to to find out more.