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Trackers

A tracker is a device that is connected to a vehicle (or moving object) that will be sending at least the following information:

  • Latitude.
  • Longitude.
  • Timestamp.

Astara Connect allows you to specify within the tracker the type of the vehicle that it is connected to:

  • car
  • van
  • bike
  • kickscooter

Supported providers

Astara Connect can be used with OBD2, CANBUS and OEM direct connected vehicles.

Providers

We have integrations with different providers, using various types of hardware. However, we also provide a solution for the Internet of Things (IoT) in case that you want to become your own provider and send GPS data yourself.

OBD2 (On Board Diagnostics)

We currently support Astrata OBD2 devices.

Canbus (CAN Controller Area Network bus)

We currently support:

  • Astrata
  • Cartrack

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) connected car

We currently support:

  • Mercedes-Benz
  • BMW

Info

In most cases, the tracker type is just an informative setting to complete. Eventhough, for OEM connections it is mandatory to specify that the tracker will be via OEM and what is the name of the provider (writing in the way we have done above).

Registering trackers with Astara Connect

You can register trackers using our api (check the trackers section for more information).

The API provides methods for the most common tasks:

  • Registering a tracker.
  • Validating tracker access.
  • Getting a list of registered trackers.
  • Get specific information about a given tracker.
  • Update a given tracker.
  • Delete a given tracker.

On top of these basic CRUD methods, Astara Connect provides specific endpoints that will give you access to new information about how those trackers are behaving.

Info

You can register in bulk a list of trackers using a CSV file. You can get a template of the CSV within the user interface and use it as the starting to point to register hundreds or thousands of trackers with only one call.

Connected trackers

You can get a list of connected trackers (trackers that are receiving valid data from the GPS unit of the tracker) sliced by:

  • make
  • model
  • vehicle type

Moving vehicles

You can get a list of moving vehicles (trackers connected to vehicles) sliced by:

  • make
  • model
  • vehicle type

Stopped vehicles

You can get a list of stopped vehicles (trackers connected to vehicles) sliced by:

  • make
  • model
  • vehicle type

Last position of a given tracker

You can also get the latest position of a tracker, using its OID:

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GET https://api-staging.astaraconnect.com/v1/trackers/{tracker_oid}/position