What is meant by GPRS?

What is GPRS data communication?

The transport industry has experienced multiple benefits of GPRS-based data communication over the past few years. Most of today’s on-board computers make use of GPRS (Global Packet Radio Service). This type of data communication allows the back office to exchange text messages with drivers, in real time, and permanently follow up the fleet remotely.

GPRS: higher efficiency at a lower cost

Thanks to GPRS, carriers can now communicate with their drivers and vehicles on the road at a relatively low cost. GPRS data communication uses the GSM network, but allows more data to be received and sent than with regular mobile phones or modems. The network is used more effectively, as data are sent fragmented. Carriers who use data communication, do not pay per message sent, as with text messaging, but per amount of data sent.

GPRS and the on-board computer

An on-board computer with GPRS connection enables the back office to remotely monitor the conditions in the trucks and trailers, i.e. the fuel level, door openings or temperature. As they receive real-time information on the truck’s / trailer’s position and status, they can easily update the work schedule. Drivers, for their part, receive data like order numbers via the on-board computer. Additional data are then automatically integrated into the transport management system (TMS).

GPRS also enables on-board computers to automatically sent digital tachograph data to the headquarters.

Benefits of GPRS data communication in the transport sector

Thanks to GPRS, drivers can forward data which are crucial for the invoicing, planning, customer services or driving style coaching from their vehicle to the back office in real time. Planners can rapidly and efficiently inform drivers on the road about new jobs or a modified schedule. Last but not least, the combination of GPRS and track & trace enables carriers to protect their fleet against theft or loss at a low cost.