GPS technology was developed in the U.S. for safety and defence purposes. Modern GPS tracking technology has advanced since its public release. Now people can install GPS tracking devices in their vehicles to monitor the location, previous stops, routes followed, and even driving speeds. It is greatly beneficial for businesses with fleets of any size to manage their fleet costs using a GPS tracker. These tracking systems come with web-based mapping software where a complete log of each vehicle’s history is stored.
How it is beneficial?
GPS tracking systems are used by owners and managers to keep an eye on the routes and progress of company vehicles, which allows them to manage their fleet costs. This includes fuel costs, hourly wages, overtime, and increased efficiency. This, in turn, improves customer satisfaction. Parents can also use GPS tracking devices to keep track of their children’s whereabouts, providing them with peace of mind.
Types of GPS Tracking Systems
There are four different types of vehicle tracking systems available on the market. Each has different features and capabilities. Here is a brief description of the four different types of tracking systems available:
- Cellular:These tracking units operate over a 3G cellular network and transmit information regarding the whereabouts of a vehicle. A variety of update frequencies are available. The set up cost of these tracking systems are lower than that of other systems.The cost of this service is payable as a monthly charge.
- Satellite: Satellite trackers are much more expensive, but use low flying satellite technology to transmit tracking data in locations where cellular technology is unavailable.
- Passive: Passive tracking systems are distinct from cellular systems because they only require a one time purchase fee. This system is slightly more expensive since it is only used by a limited audience. Each system includes hardware, software and a database to store vehicle history. The information is recorded on the system’s hard drive and transferred to the database when the vehicle returns.
- Real time:This system is known as an active tracking system. Real time devices continuously send tracking information to your phone or PC. With this system, tracking vehicles live on a smart phone or computer is made possible.
Although the differences between the four types of systems are nuanced, it’s important to choose the right device based on your tracking needs.