How GPRS Tracking Works

You might have heard about the different kinds of tracking that are available for vehicles. GPRS tracking systems are one such type of device that is based on the GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) standard. GPRS is available on nearly every GSM (2G mobile phone) network worldwide, and is the most commonly-used wireless data standard. A GPRS device uses this system to communicate tracking data to whatever platform your system uses – whether web-based or a dedicated client.

GPS and GPRS Tracking– what’s the difference?

GPS is purely a tool to find location, and can work in conjunction with GPRS for vehicle tracking, with GPS data being relayed over GPRS. However, GPRS can also be used alone for tracking, by triangulating the position of the device from the relative signal strength of nearby GSM base stations (mobile phone masts). This GPRS tracking is much less precise than GPS, but it functions in a wider variety of locations, such as indoors. This manages to make location tracking much more robust by redundancy than GPS-only.

gprsWhy choose GPRS?

GPRS tracking gives the advantage of two-way data communication between drivers and dispatchers. It also allows real-time data transmission, of both vehicle location and vital vehicle statistics. Your dispatchers can now see where your fleet is located with ease, meaning the closest vehicle can be dispatched instantly for the pick-up, delivery, or service call.

Insurance premiums can also be slashed by the real-time tracking function that GPRS gives. Now a missing vehicle can be recovered within hours, instead of days or weeks (if at all).

Non-business vehicle usage can also be revealed immediately, by defining zones outside which the vehicle is not permitted to go. You can receive a text alert every time a vehicle goes outside its zone,
putting an end to bad habits among your drivers.

Improve fuel efficiency by knowing how long vehicles are left idling, and whether or not anyone speeds.

Is GPRS tracking much more expensive?

The extra functionality of GPRS tracking does have extra cost associated with it, but your business should find that the total cost of ownership is far exceeded by the savings and increased productivity
that can be realised with a GPRS system. It will put paid to inefficient driving practices and non-business related vehicle usage, as well as allowing you to keep customers updated with
up-to-the-minute information on their deliveries or service calls.

What if I need passive tracking?

Most GPRS devices will also provide a logging function, in case they cannot contact a base station for whatever reason. This gives you a backup and peace of mind – and the “missing data” will be uploaded as soon as the GPRS device comes back within range.

Take your first step into the world of GPRS tracking by filling out our quick and easy form. You will receive quotes for a range of services from a wide variety of GPRS tracking providers, helping you
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