Gps Tracking

Written by Dan Mintz
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You can't run a business without trust. For better or for worse, sometimes you just need to assume your employees are doing they're jobs, even if you can't possibly know for sure. Still, wouldn't it be nice sometimes to know what they're up to? With GPS tracking, it's easy.

GPS tracking isn't for every business, but if your company has employees drive company vehicles, it may be for you. With active GPS tracking technology, you can monitor a driver's speed and location in real time. A unit in a car or truck records the vehicle's speed and location, sending that information back to your office instantaneously. Or consider the cheaper passive GPS tracking technology, which records a driver's speed and location on an onboard unit, which can be accessed later when the driver returns to the office.

How GPS Tracking Works

You may have heard of GPS technology as a navigational tool. 24 satellites constantly emit signals to be received by handheld computers, such as the GPS Magellan units. A microchip then processes the signals to determine the user's location. Many then display this information on a map, so you can see exactly where you are and how to get to your destination.

GPS vehicle tracking works in a similar fashion, with a couple extra steps. As in GPS navigation, a GPS tracking unit, stored in a vehicle, uses satellite signals to calculate the vehicle's location. It then calculates the vehicle's speed and stores or transmits this information to be accessed by a third party.

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