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Microlise announce the availability of their newest in-vehicle Tracking Unit (MTU).
Adding to the very successful and globally approved range, the latest unit includes a GPRS modem with EDGE capability which increases the speed of data communications transfer.
This is especially useful for CANBus telematics, proof of delivery or other mobile workforce applications where higher amounts of data may need to be transmitted between a mobile data terminal connected to the MTU and the host Microlise Transport Management Centre software.
GPRS has become the standard method for telecommunications of data in mobile applications and can typically transmit data at 32 - 48 kbps using 5 timeslots or data channels. EDGE, which stands for Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (and is also known by Enhanced GPRS (EGPRS)), increases the speed of each timeslot to 48 kbps and allows 8 timeslots to be used to increase maximum data transfer rates to 384 kbps, nearly 10 times the speed of normal GPRS.
EDGE technology is widely available on GPRS networks around the world and is becoming more prominent in Europe. In places where an EDGE network is not supported, GPRS will automatically be used instead. Mr Nadeem Raza, Managing Director of Microlise stated, "The increased throughput and speed of GPRS with EDGE capability enables us to provide a greater level of detail in telematics solutions and feature rich mobile workforce applications"
Microlise is a privately owned, UK-based company, established in 1982. Microlise develops and integrates technology solutions for the logistics and physical supply chain industries using key software, hardware, communication and auto identification technologies developed in-house and from market leading suppliers. Microlise solutions include ; Opus WMS - sophisticated warehouse management and automation control software, Microlise Fleet & Distribution - for managing goods in transit and the assets used to transport them, Microlise RFID Systems - Integration of RFID technology within supply chain and logistics applications, Opus Voice - Hands-free, eyes-free voice activated technology for all stock transactions and movements within the warehouse.