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Title: Conceptual Schematization of Tracking and Fleet Management Process
Authors: Yousef Ahmed Atiyah 
Supervisor: Dr. Sabah Al-Fedaghi
Degree Awarded: M. Sc Degree in Computer Engineering
Keywords: Conceptual Schematization , Tracking ,Fleet Management Process
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher:  Kuwait university - college of graduate studies
Abstract: Global positioning technology plays a key part in the current era, as it provides many advantages and reduces the negative effects of various problems. Its application, in the form of Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices, plays an important role in tracking moving objects and overcoming problems; such as safety, security and other location-related applications. Nevertheless, this field is still relatively new and raises many issues regarding its specification and design levels. Problems arise from difficulties in creating a well-defined and understandable description of tracking systems. Current available description of such processes provides a fragmental representation, that most of the time leads to unsystematic (neither uniformed nor holistic in the sense of applying to the parts and the whole of a system) diagrams. Additionally, most organizations working in GPS applications have repeated tasks that, once learned, continue on autopilot, and as they are passed on from one employee to another, often degrade in their effectiveness. Modeling can help to identify the building blocks that make up a system as a whole. It is a way to visualize processes regardless of complexity. Specifically, conceptual modeling can provide an underlying framework to construct a fundamental representation of processes in a tracking system. This thesis focused on conceptual modeling of tracking systems where object-oriented methods and languages were typically used to produce a description of the system. The thesis proposed a conceptual model for the tracking system processes based on new modeling technique, called a Thinging Machine (TM). TM is constructed from five operations on things (e.g., GPS signals, messages, data, requests, etc.), that exhibit itself in creation, processing, receiving, releasing, and transferring. The thesis presented some side-by-side contrasts of some modeling languages such as UML and flowcharts. Additionally, TM was applied to a case study of an actual tracking system in Kuwait that involved two applications to show the effectiveness of TM in providing a clear and concrete picture for the process of tracking and fleet management.
Appears in Programs:0612 Computer Engineering

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