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Vodafone tracking offers a total solution, including supply of hardware, software, installations, training, 24hr monitoring and the communication network. Other GPS/GSM tracking systems do not own the communication network and must rely on a third party for this. Other competing tracking systems do not own the mapping rights, and some only licence the software they supply. Vodafone's commitment to the overall total solution clearly offers customers significant benefits, with seamless integration, and uninterrupted service quality in all aspects of the system.


Vodafone tracking is currently comparable in costs to all other systems currently available (There aren’t many), but offers far advanced features as listed here. Using SMS compression the costs are further reduced, and with Vodafone owning the communication network, they are able to offer significantly reduced SMS rates to tracking subscribers, unlike other companies who ‘use’ third party communication networks as ordinary phone customers.

Vodafone tracking costs are being reduced as the system grows, since the overall intention for the company is to generate network traffic, not simply sell a transponder like it’s competitors. The intention is to make the technology as accessible and hence widespread as possible. Ongoing costs start from only $40 per month. There are some extra charges for actual usage, which includes as low as 6c SMS costs (higher plans), and around $15 per month for Web access if required.

Through Technology leasing, the system is available on a lease/hire basis, with total costs around $4 per day per vehicle for most fleets, which is usually recouped with savings. (Overtime 20%, Insurance 10%, fuel/ running costs 1%-2% and many other areas) After the lease period, you can remain connected for around $40 per month per vehicle.

Feature by Feature Comparison

Issue Orchid from Neomatrix Most Other Systems
Hub Access Hub enables access via phone, web, or permanent software dialup. Data transmitted, stored & archived securely, 99.9% uptime, UPS power protection, hot-twin standby server, 24hr onsite support Peer to peer only. Less reliable, difficulties accessing data from multiple sources or larger fleets. Data loss if client PC fails. Specific receiving hardware required that might become outdated (GPRS) or have poor local coverage, dependant on a single GSM tower. Orchid HUB enables 100 vehicles to talk to 100 base stations – simultaneously
Mapping National mapping, with over 40 000 towns including some street numbers Often state maps only, no coverage outside cities. Some charge around $10 000 for state maps alone
Stabilty 5 years operation, stable in both technology and in business model. Supported by Vodafone, one of the 10 largest company in the world Less stable. Some suppliers have folded, leaving customers & expensive systems unsupported. No other system supported by such a large organisation.
Coverage National GSM coverage GlobalStar option under R&D Radio systems operate in major towns only, others can’t operate outside GSM coverage areas
Response centre Orchid team, 24Hr manned response centre, technical support, phone position requests, alarm monitoring Support limited, or not available 24Hrs
Network Orchid integrates with GSM supplier. Cheaper costs. Tracking SMS is priority traffic, not queued / delayed Use network providers third-party. Can’t resolve network billing & coverage issues. Higher costs. SMS can be queued for hours if congestion (Delayed alarms, positions)
Accuracy Differential GPS, accuracy <10m. Pinpoint positioning, especially with street numbers on Orchid maps Often use uncorrected raw GPS data – less accurate positions. Some radio systems only provide 100m accuracy, or worse in CBD areas
Reporting Advanced reporting, summarise & interpolates data automatically. Many reporting & analysis engines provided as standard Positions on demand only, or limited reports, such as basic trip replay. Rarely provide advanced reports as ‘Position vs. client’ showing text reporting of a vehicles attendance to known addresses by proximity, duration on-site etc.
Power Orchid uses 15mA in sleep mode, little more than a flashing alarm light Many other systems quickly run vehicle batteries flat (if not driven regularly) as they consume far more power
Memory 5000 position memory, stores data if out of GSM coverage, downloads when re-entering Lacks memory storage. Data lost on leaving coverage. Difficult to locate in carparks, where Orchid provides last position from memory, IE carpark entrance
Integration Open protocols enables integration to most software or hardware Proprietary hardware & software, difficult to integrate with existing, or third party solutions. Supplied applications only
Costs Subsidised, like a mobile phone plan. Lease options available – no upfront costs. SMS costs from as low as 6c Profit primarily on hardware & software, hence higher up-front charges. SMS costs higher, as systems use GSM networks third-party
Quality RACAL designed units, made in high volume, to high quality standards Manufactured by lesser-known companies. Some are hand assembled to lower quality standards

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