Tracking Vehicles using the geolocation capabilities of the Celluar Phone: Is is feasible?
Anderson, Leon Ffloyd
Lovell, David J
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In 1996, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made it mandatory for all wireless communications services, such as mobile phones, to be equipped with Automatic Location Identification (ALI) capability. This required that all public safety answering point (PSAP) attendants who answer a 911 call from a cellular phone be able to locate the caller to a specified degree of accuracy. This requirement was the impetus that led to momentous technological activity to provide means to geo-locate wireless phone calls. The interest amongst transportation professionals in using this technology for fleet management applications was supervenient. This thesis investigates the feasibility of tracking vehicles, for example school buses, using the cellular phone geo-location technology. Specifically, the accuracy (or errors) of the RadioCamera technology of TrafficMaster (formerly US Wireless Corporation) will be evaluated and a conclusion on its suitability for vehicular tracking made.