Modular and exandable telematics device with Flexi-Card slot

  • Modular, expandable and customisable via FlexiCard slot
  • Multiple communication options
  • Iridium satellite hybrid version available for position updates when no cellular coverage is available
  • Compact 2G or 3G GPS built-in modem and antenna
  • Concurrent GPS and GLONASS for amazingly fast latch times


Vehicle and fleet tracking
Lone & Remote Workers
Mining, Oil and Gas Rigs
Accident, rollover and harsh driving
Out of cellular coverage locations

The DG100 Normal is a compact 2G or 3G GPS tracking device with a variety of inputs and outputs to cater for the most demanding applications, and a FlexiCard slot allowing for the most flexible expansion options in the industry – including Iridium satellite modem and others.

With the internal GPS and cellular antennas installation is a breeze. The internal backup battery provides alerts and tracking operations even when external power is removed.

Hardware Features

Compact rugged housing

Made of sturdy UV resistant plastic the housing clips together for easy assembly, and has 2 convenient mounting tabs.

Dimensions: 125mm x 65mm x 30mm
Weight: 250 grams


24 pin connector
A harness is supplied as standard with the DG100 Normal, see the DG100 Normal user manual for connector pin details.

Automotive power

8V to 45V DC

Operating Current:
15mA average (battery fully charged)
135mA average (battery charging)

Sleep Current:

The DG100 Normal passes stringent automotive power “load dump” tests to ensure that it will continue to operate in the harshest electrical systems. A built-in self-resetting fuse makes installation easy and safe.

Operating Temperature

On external power
-20°C to +60°C

Below 0°C the standard internal backup battery’s ability to deliver sufficient power to operate the cellular modem is reduced. Below 0°C and above +45°C the internal backup battery will not be charged as a safety precaution due to dangers associated with charging batteries at extreme temperatures.

High sensitivity GPS


  • Supports concurrent GLONASS and other GNSS systems
  • 72 channel high sensitivity receiver
  • -167dBm industry leading tracking performance
  • Battery backed up for optimal hot-start performance
  • AssistNow Offline aiding data for extremely fast time-to-first-fix and performance in urban canyon environments

Concurrent GPS and GLONASS

The DG100 Normal supports position tracking using both the American GPS satellites and the Russian GLONASS system concurrently. This results in amazingly fast and accurate tracking with double the number of satellites available for use.

Low noise GPS Amplifier

GPS signals are boosted by a special low-noise amplifier (LNA). This allows the DG100 Normal to operate where other units will fail to receive GPS signal.

2G or 3G (NextG)

The DG100 Normal can be manufactured for specific markets around the world with cellular modem modules approved by all the major networks.

2G Modem:
Quad Band GSM/GPRS Class 10
850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G Modem – EU:
850 / 900 / 2100
EMEA / APAC / Latin America

3G Modem – NA:
850 / 1900 / AWS
North America

3G Modem (Global Option:
800 / 850 / 900 / AWS / 1900 / 2100
Global coverage at a higher cost

*enquire for other bands and LTE / 4G options


CE, A-Tick, ICASA, others in progress

Iridium SBD

Global coverage – anywhere in the world.

The DG100 Normal can be fitted with an Iridium SBD module that allows it to communicate via the Iridium satellite network. The DG100 Normal will automatically switch over to using Iridium communications when out of range of the cellular networks.


The DG100 Normal can be fitted with a WiFi FlexiCard – allowing it to communicate on a WiFi network which saves on SIM data costs

Internal Antennae*

Internal GPS and cellular antennae.

Having the primary antennae inside the housing makes for very simple and quick installation. The DG100 Normal has had its antennae tuned by top laboratories to ensure optimal performance.

*Iridium modem and other wireless FlexiCards may require an external antenna

Backup Battery

The standard 800mAh LiPo backup battery allows the DG100 Normal to operate when external power is removed for up to 4 days, depending on the amount of movement. Optional HUGE battery pack of 1800mAh available on special order.

5 x Digital Inputs

  • 1 x Ignition line
  • 4 x Digital Inputs with configurable pull-up / pull-down
  • Numerous configuration options including switches, duress/panic alerts, pulse counting.

2 x Digital Outputs

2 x switched ground digital outputs, easily wired up to switch external lights, relays, buzzers, sirens, motors and other devices. Can be used to immobilise a vehicle

Internal Buzzer

Audible alert without requiring the installation of an external buzzer. Can be used for speeding alerts, harsh driving alerts, reminders to swipe RFID tags, error conditions and other events.

Diagnostic LED

The diagnostic LED makes it easy to see if the device is operating correctly.

3 Axis Accelerometer

The 3 axis accelerometer allows the DG100 Normal to detect harsh driving events (harsh acceleration, braking and cornering) and this information can be used to monitor driver behaviour and unsafe driving. It also allows the DG100 Normal to go to ‘sleep’ when not moving, resulting in extremely low standby current.


Communicate with common one-wire iButton devices.


RS232 receive and transmit allow the DG100 Normal to communicate with external RS232 devices. These can include fuel monitoring, Garmin FMI, tyre pressure monitoring. The RS232 interface can also be used to configure the device and to test and debug.

Switched 5V Out

The DG100 Normal can provide power to external peripherals via this 5V power line, allowing for easy installation and doing away with the need for additional external power supplies.

Maximum current: 300mA

DMCAN Peripheral Port

Digitallink Tech has a range of peripherals that connect to the DG100 Normal via the DMCAN peripheral port. Peripherals such as the RFID Driver ID reader, 5 digit keypad, data console and RF gateway use the DMCAN port.

Flash Memory

The DG100 Normal has sufficient memory to store over 50,000 records in its flash memory. Normally the data will be sent to the server immediately but if the device is out of range then there is sufficient space to ensure that no data is lost – for many weeks of driving!

The flash memory is also used to store parameters, GPS aiding data, accident data, driver lists, geo-fences and other important information that needs to be securely stored.

FlexiCard Expansion Slot

The DG100 Normal has one FlexiCard slot. This card slot allows the device to be upgraded to support extra functionality:

  • Iridium satellite modem
  • WiFi data transfer
  • Bluetooth
  • Radio gateway
  • SDI12
  • RS485
  • Additional RS232 ports
  • Digital Matter can design custom cards by request

The innovation of FlexiCards allows the DG100 Normal to be the most flexible telematics device available on the market.

6 x FlexiCard IO

The FlexiCard slot is connected to 6 pins on the DG100 Normal connector. This allows the cards to provide functionality to the outside world via the connector pins.

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Firmware Smarts


Auto-APN allows the DG100 Normal to analyse the SIM card and select the correct APN details from a list that is pre-loaded in the device’s firmware. This means that the DG100 Normal can be shipped world-wide without requiring specialist setup for SIMs.

Text Message Setup

The DG100 Normal can also be sent text messages to setup the APN, server and other details.


The DG100 Normal can be configured to roam across multiple networks and to automatically use the different APN details for the roaming networks.

AssistNow Offline

The DG100 Normal will track successfully where other devices just give up.

This fantastic technology allows the GPS to predict which satellites are in orbit above it and to dramatically reduce the time-to-first-fix of the GPS, and the overall performance of the GPS, especially in ‘urban canyon’ or forested environments.

Flexible Logging Parameters

The DG100 Normal trip logging is flexible and can be configured to log based on a variety of parameters including:

  • Elapsed time
  • Distance travelled
  • Change in heading
  • Change in speed
  • On Stationary
  • Accelerometer events (harsh driving)

Accident and Rollover Detection

The DG100 Normal uses the built-in accelerometer to detect high G impacts such as accidents and rollovers and reports these events to the server for emergency alerting.

Harsh Driving

The DG100 Normal automatically calibrates its built-in 3 axis accelerometer and uses this to detect harsh driving events:

  • Excessive acceleration
  • Harsh braking
  • Cornering at speed

These events are logged in the DG100 Normal along with additional event statistics that allow back-end server platforms to perform sophisticated driver profiling and scoring.

Accident Data

The DG100 Normal keeps a second-by-second “blackbox” recording of valuable GPS and accelerometer data for a two hour window. This data can be automatically uploaded to the server when an accident is detected, or it can be requested manually.

Driver Identification

The DG100 Normal supports a number of ways to identify a driver:

  • RFID reader and a card or keyfob
  • 5 digit keypad to enter a PIN code
  • Console with built-in RFID reader
  • iButton 1-wire reader

Driver Lists

The DG100 Normal can be updated from the server with lists of Drivers that are allowed to drive the vehicle that it is installed in. When a driver or operator registers on the DG100 Normal it will check the Driver List to see if that person is authorised to drive the vehicle. The list also includes information about the driver such as whether they can perform supervisor functions.

The DG100 Normal can be installed to immobilise a vehicle and only allow authorised drivers / operators to drive it, or to annoy an unauthorised driver with a loud buzzer.


The DG100 Normal has the capacity to hold hundreds of geo-fences that can be downloaded to it from the server. The DG100 Normal can use this geo-fence information to:

  • Implement arrival and departure alerts
  • Implement speeding zones with audible warning alerts
  • Implement “No-go” and “Keep-out” areas
  • Automatically control outputs, for example to switch on warning lights when inside a special area
  • Warn drivers when approaching dangerous intersections
  • Disable data communications within intrinsically safe areas

Emulated Ignition

This setting allows the DG100 Normal to determine that a trip has started based on accelerometer and GPS data and to automatically set the ‘ignition’ input on the device to emulate the ignition line.

This means that the DG100 Normal can be installed with the option of not wiring in the ignition line and ‘emulating’ the ignition based on movement.

Run Detect

This setting allows the DG100 Normal to monitor the system voltage and to detect changes in the voltage that indicate if the engine is running or not.

Please call 03 9024-9400 more information.

Click here for a datasheet: Datalink DG100 normal

Device Management – OEM Server

All Datalink Techonlogies devices are fully managed Over-The-Air (OTA) via our OEM Server web interface. The OEM Server seamlessly manages:

  • Device firmware – firmware updates can be done remotely
  • Network (administrator) parameters relating to critical communications
  • System parameters, including GPS parameters, IO configuration, logging options and general device behaviour settings
  • GPS AssistNow Offline aiding data files
  • Remote debugging of devices, including being able to trace data, view detailed debug message logs, and view a live trace of the server debug messages
  • Remote disconnect and reboot of devices
  • Driver list downloads to devices – this allows for the Driver Identification on the device to check if the RFID tag / username / PIN is valid, and for specific drivers to be allowed to drive / operate particular vehicles, for example based on licences or permits.
  • Geo-fence syncing with the devices – this allows the device to do advanced in-cab alerting and monitoring such as geo-fence arrival and departure, speed limit alerting, dangerous intersection warnings, turn on warning lights inside a geo-fence, and disable communications inside intrinsically safe zones such as gas plants.
  • Provides a command and message queuing platform to the devices and is incorporated into the remote management and debugging applications

Data Connectors

The OEM Server provides Data Connectors that forward data records on to the software platform of your choice.

If you would like to integrate the DG100 into a software system then please contact Datalink Techonlogies for more information on our integration protocols.