OmniTRACS Communications Unit

Description:

This is the processing unit of the OmniTRACS satellite-based two-way data messaging, automatic vehicle positioning, and dispatch product. The system allowed transportation companies to keep track of the whereabouts of truck shipments in real time. Combined with Web-based software and wireless data networks, transporters and buyers could track shipments at any time across the world.

Qualcomm's OmniTRACS Online provided wireless tracking of real-time freight data over the World Wide Web.. The version of the application used with this system was written and ran in a Microsoft environment, featuring the Microsoft Windows Distributed interNet Application (DNA) architecture with Component Object Model (COM) technology, the Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 suite of programming tools, and Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Enterprise Edition. The application was capable of scaling to handle two million database transactions a day, representing tracking activities for approximately 100,000 trucks.

Date Made: 1994

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Computers

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Credit Line: QUALCOMM Incorporated, OmniTRACS Business Unit

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1994.0384.01Catalog Number: 1994.0384.01Accession Number: 1994.0384

Object Name: Special Purpose Computer

Physical Description: manufactured (overall production method/technique)metal. plastic. (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7.4 cm x 23.5 cm x 32.5 cm; 2 29/32 in x 9 1/4 in x 12 25/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-36e2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_334664

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