Gps Vehicle Tracking Guide

Written by Wes Farrell
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GPS (global positioning system) technology was popularized as a navigational tool, the information age version of a map and compass. By reading signals from 24 different satellites, a GPS unit can determine its user's exact location, and display it on a map.

For someone who needs to drive for their job, an onboard GPS unit is obviously useful. But even if don't drive yourself, but just sit in an office and manage a fleet of vehicles while your employees do the driving for you, GPS technology can still come in handy. Onboard units can determine your driver's speed and location, transmitting this information to your office, so you can keep a close watch on your employees. Of course you need information before deciding whether GPS tracking technology is a worthwhile investment for your company, and if so, how to find the right system for your particular needs.

How GPS Tracking Can Help Your Business

By receiving signals from GPS satellites, a unit can easily determine a driver's location at any given moment in time. From there, it's just another simple calculation to determine the vehicle's speed. By accessing this information, you can maintain an objective record of employee activity even when their assignments take them far away.

While you want your driver's to make good time, reckless driving like speeding can put your company's assets in danger, along with innocent lives. With GPS tracking, however, you can monitor driving behavior, reprimanding employees or even calling their cell phones when you see that they're driving too fast. Or if a driver heads off in the wrong direction, call him immediately before he's accidentally wasted valuable time. This system can provide services you need to run your business more efficiently.

What is the Right GPS Vehicle Tracking System for You?

As you explore the various options, note that the most advanced GPS tracking systems use a technology called "active GPS tracking." This allows you to see your driver's speed and location in real time. An onboard unit relays this information to your office, providing an instantaneous snapshot of your entire fleet's activity.

If this type of real time access is unnecessary, you can find cheaper alternatives that use something called "passive GPS tracking." Instead of relaying vehicle information back to the office immediately, to be displayed in real time, a passive GPS unit uses its own memory to store a record of vehicle activity to be viewed once the driver returns to the office.

Other Uses for GPS Vehicle Tracking

While GPS tracking may be used primarily for monitoring a fleet of vehicles, other uses have emerged as well. Does your business rent out vehicles to customers, for example? GPS tracking units can help you better monitor customer activity and respond to their needs.

You can also use GPS tracking in your personal life. Instead of paying hundreds or thousands of dollars to hire a private investigator, for example, just install a GPS unit in someone's car, and you can see everywhere they go. Or keep tabs on your teenagers to make sure they're safe.


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