Advantech announces TREK-550 in-vehicle fanless computer

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Advantech has just announced the brand new TREK-550 in-vehicle fanless computer which will see action in transport trucks, buses, vehicle fleets and taxis, where it will be able to hook up to a range of monitoring systems. We’re talking about onboard diagnostics (OBD-II), a car area network (CAN), and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) amongst others.

Apart from that, it offers built-in wireless communications (comprising of WWAN, WLAN, Bluetooth) which enable the TREK-550 to send data back to a central site, not to mention to receive over-the-air (AOTA) updates and communicate with central dispatch. The $1,400 TREK-550 is also ISO7637/SAE J1455 Class A/ SAE J1113 certified; making it work just fine even in extreme temperatures as well as transient power conditions; as it can endure shocks and vibrations.

Besides that, the TREK-550 will offer dual-audio and video outputs that enable independent displays such as the TREK-303 to be attached, delivering in-cab or passenger display applications. As for the TREK-550 itself, it was constructed from ground up for use in vehicles, where obviously a rugged industrial design is more than essential. With an ISO7637-2 rating and car power management software (ignition on/off, delay on/off, and low battery monitor) that guard against electrical noise and surges, the TREK-550 is man enough to function environmental extremes common in vehicles. For instance, it is able to operate at a range of -30°C to 70°C, and its sealed unit carries a military grade certification (MIL-STD-810F, Method 516.5) against vibration and shock.

The TREK-550 will also overcome inherent limitations to satellite technology thanks to assisted GPS (AGPS) that allows positioning data to be sent to the unit using GPRS communications from an AGPS server, alongside dead reckoning, where the vehicle will continue to update its position based on velocity and gyroscopic calculations. To put it plainly, the TREK-550 can also report its position to driver and/or dispatch regardless of terrain or driving conditions.

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