Entry-level fleet owners are being provided with the peace-of-mind that their vehicles are as safe as large cross-border fleets, thanks to the cost-effective, highly-efficient QIC-SUR GPS tracking unit developed by top asset management solutions provider QCIC.

QIC-SUR is an economical, full-featured vehicle tracking product designed by Pretoria-based QCIC to ensure easy and reliable installation in all types of motor vehicles, and it is the ideal solution for all automotive tracking applications where internal backup battery is required.

QCIC director Brian McKenzie states that QIC-SUR is a complete vehicle tracking and communications device incorporating next-generation, super-sensitive GPS technology on GSM/GPRS cellular networks for installation in any 12 and 24 volt mobile vehicle.

“Entry-level fleets that include sales reps, delivery vehicles, courier services, maintenance vehicles and even private individuals that require more than a dormant recovery device with no added functionality can benefit from the added value that QIC-SUR offers,” he explains.

McKenzie indicates that superior internal antennas for both cellular and GPS connections eliminate the need for wired antennas, thereby ensuring that the QIC-SUR device is mountable almost anywhere in the vehicle to ensure a user-friendly and inexpensive installation.

“Messages are transported on the GSM/GPRS network using enhanced SMS or UDP messaging to create a reliable 24/7 communications link between the device and the application servers. This ensures near real-time activity reports via a desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone,” he adds.

These reports include; areas visited, speed reports and trip reports coupled to accurate mileage done. In addition to its superior GPS performance, QIC-SUR also boasts an internal 200 mAh back-up battery and Inputs/Outputs (I/O) for starter disable, panic button and other accessories.

For added value, QIC-SUR employs QCIC’s industry leading on-board Programmable Event Generator (PEG) alert engine, which monitors external conditions and supports customer-defined threshold conditions related to time, date, location, geo-zone, input and other event combinations.

“These exception-based rules can be programmed by QCIC at a customer’s facility, or over-the-air once the unit has been fielded, in order to meet the needs of a specific application, no matter how demanding it may be,” McKenzie continues.

QIC-SUR also leverages QCIC’s industry leading over-the-air device management and maintenance Programming, Updates, and Logistics System (PULS), which allows configuration parameters, PEG rules and firmware to be updated over-the-air.

Since the official QIC-SUR launch in June 2012, QCIC has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the market. McKenzie notes: “The device has proven to be particularly popular for automotive insurance use, stolen vehicle recovery, vehicle finance and auto rental applications.”

Looking to the future, McKenzie is optimistic of continued success. “Vehicle tracking is becomingly increasingly important, and QIC-SUR is a highly-effective solution that is affordable for businesses with small budgets. In order to make QIC-SUR more easily-accessible, QCIC provides the market with three purchase options, namely; cash, rental and free fitment rental options,” he concludes.

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