A microcontroller (sometimes abbreviated µC, uC or MCU) is a small computer on a single integrated circuit containing a processor core, memory, and programmable input/output peripherals. Program memory in the form of Ferroelectric RAM, NOR flash or OTP ROM is also often included on chip, as well as a typically small amount of RAM. Microcontrollers are designed for embedded applications, in contrast to the microprocessors used in personal computers or other general purpose applications.
In today’s world, a Controller Area Network (CAN) is used in diverse industrial machinery which may consist of multiple microcontroller modules that need to communicate to each other for safe, efficient and uninterrupted operation and provide an extended functionality. Be it a refrigerating trailer unit or paver, a bus or a drilling rig, a truck or a combine-harvester, they all utilize a very sophisticated communication mechanism with... More
Sensors all have a basic function of measuring something, and they have to output that data in some computer readable format. This is the point where there are so many options and limitations but I will call them "interfaces". The most popular interfaces are digital, analog voltage, analog current, 1-Wire, RS232, RS485, CAN bus, and Bluetooth/ANT. Some of these interfaces can support multiple sensors per connector by daisy chaining or unique... More
To start with, the Micro is not specifically a tracking device, it is a processing engine that has access to transmit and receive data over the global Iridium satellite network, position information, sensors, etc. It has a very powerful virtual machine on board that allows realtime processing of scripts by compiling and executing without any external tools.
The basic scripts on the unit will power up GPS, get a position, and then compress and... More