WARPS is a peripheral device for mobile radios which transmits vehicle identity, GPS position and status when the radio microphone (Press To Talk) button is released, or when polled from a fixed base station.
WARPS avoids the use of standard data-transmission protocols, and uses a unique patent-pending solution to enable data transmission without interference over voice channels.
Physical Description of WARPS Positioning System WARPS is housed in a small rugged metal box (dimensions 156 x 102 x 45mm) with a base mounting plate (198 x 99mm) with holes allowing fixation where desired.
The WARPS unit connects to the mobile radio through the radio's auxiliary connector and by cable to a roof-mounted GPS antenna.
WARPS transmitted data integrates with commercially available mapping software to display all vehicles on a PC screen - as colour-coded pictograms or labels with vehicle ID and status. WARPS data can be simultaneously displayed across all networked computers.
Features of WARPS Positioning System
16 channel GPS receiver
Last good fix always saved
Internal Watchdog timer
Data transmission with Fast Frequency Keyed Shift modem provides improved signal to noise ratio - enables better performance in poor radio environments
Data transmitted in very short (<200 ms) audio packet over radio audio channel when mic PTT button is released
Does not require allocation of discrete channel for data transmission
May be polled for status and position from WARPS-equipped base station
Optional Features may be specified by customer, eg: transmit a regular time intervals or when activated by some external event.
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Warps International | Wireless Automated Response Positioning System
WARPS is a unique method for determining and transmitting the identity and location of remote vehicles over existing two-way radio networks, whenever the microphone press-to-talk button is used.
WARPS includes a GPS receiver, control unit and radio transceiver interface housed in a small rugged box that enables remote in-vehicle units to use existing radio networks to automatically transmit their identity and location to fixed base stations or mobile command units which are linked to a desktop PC or latop or handheld computer. All information received is displayed on the computer screen using standard mapping software, and can be projected for wider display using standard computer peripherals.
WARPS was designed specifically for rural fire fighters, but lends itself to a variety of applications and any type of vehicle on land, sea or air. It has applications for emergency services or public safety organisations such as coastguards, by airport (vehicular) ground traffic controllers, rail or road freight companies, and by mining and exploration corporations.
WARPS technology is protected by a worldwide provisional patent.