If you are considering that vehicle tracking may be a good option for managing your business’ vehicle fleet, or just want to learn more about how GPS vehicle tracking works, then it is worth doing your research as the potential benefits are enormous. Other vehicle tracking methods exist, but GPS is probably the most widespread and popular type of system.
These vehicle tracking devices utilise Global Positioning System (GPS) data, a form of technology which has its origins in the military world, to navigate and track using satellite radio broadcasting. First used by the US Department of Defence, GPS later expanded to a range of other practical applications, such as satellite navigation, to locate missing people / people in need of urgent aid, to navigate aircrafts, map out areas of forests, keep tabs on property and more.
In itself, the Global Positioning System is composed of up to 32 satellites that broadcast microwave signals that are detected by individual GPS receivers. The satellites are constantly rotating around the earth, and allow for positioning to be accurately pinpointed based on triangulating the signals from the satellites. Exact location on the surface of the earth is the most typical form of data that is detected and transmitted to GPS receivers. However, other types of GPS devices may be capable of gathering more detailed information, and this is often the case with vehicle tracking systems.
As well as location, GPS vehicle tracking systems can tell you the speed at which the vehicle is traveling or the state of the vehicle’s engine. This information is then again transmitted to the user on the other end – this may be the user managing the vehicle tracking system or a third-party. As such, a GPS receiver needs to be installed in each vehicle you require data for. Vehicle tracking for larger business fleets can amount to a costly initial investment due to the equipment and installation, but over time will save your business money in a number of ways.
Information that is broadcast live is known as active tracking. You can log the activity of your business fleet in real-time. The alternative is passive tracking, where the information is recorded consistently but stored, to be transmitted to the remote user some time after. You can opt to have detailed, personalised reports automatically sent out for each vehicle, or you can look at a map showing the vehicle’s current location or the route that they have taken.
Some more advanced vehicle tracking systems offer a high level of detail in their reports and data collection. The types of data that can be gathered depends on the GPS vehicle tracking provider you choose and the features/package that is offered. If your business requires certain specific details when it comes to vehicle tracking, it is worth checking if this is available before choosing a provider.
Investing in GPS vehicle tracking technology can boost the performance of your business in a variety of ways. You can save time, money, labour and improve your company’s reputation. If services and products are delivered reliably, which is even easier with vehicle tracking in place, then you will get more recommendations and more orders.