Getting Started with a GPS vehicle tracking system

gpsA GPS vehicle tracking system is an ideal way to increase your business’ productivity and performance by allowing you to collect detailed, real-time information about anyone in your employ operating a vehicle – whether a few individuals or an entire fleet. They are capable of providing users with a wide range of information: from fuel supply to route monitoring, travel and stop times, to travel speeds and asset tracking. This data will help you to gain a more complete overview of your day-to-day operations, so you can be sure your business is always running at its most efficient.

How A GPS vehicle tracking system Works

There are two kinds of GPS vehicle tracking system available:

“Passive” tracking: Otherwise known as a data logger, this is where the device is removed from the vehicle after journey completion and the stored transit information downloaded onto a computer for analysis. This is a low-cost option as you will be spared having to pay the fees necessary for constant real-time data transmissions over a GPS network. Data loggers are useful for monitoring long-term patterns and behaviour, however, as you will not be receiving data in real-time you will not be able to respond to possible transit and routing issues immediately. If it is important for you to know where your vehicles are as they are travelling, consider an active GPS Vehicle Tracking System. “Active” tracking: Active devices typically collect the same data as passive devices, however they transmit the data in real-time back to a designated computer for analysis, either via a satellite or cellular network. These days it is common to have tracking systems which employ both active and passive capabilities, so that, in the event that your device is unable to transmit the real-time data, it will still be available for downloading later.

There are several ways of determining location coordinates using an active system, depending on what best suits your business’ needs and current financial capabilities. One option is to have a motion activated device, which will save battery power as it will only be on when the vehicle is moving. Another option is “Location on request”, which will only provide data when you request it. Finally, you can opt to have you tracking device on and the GPS vehicle tracking system monitoring your vehicle(s) constantly. Both on request and constant tracking systems require the device to be on and operational at all times, and as a result device battery life will be severely reduced. Therefore these options are unlikely to be cost effective unless you are prepared to wire the device into your vehicle(s).

How to Choose a GPS vehicle tracking system

The kind of system you choose for your business will determine the cost – and it may be tempting to write off bigger, more expensive packages if you are a small business owner – but bear in mind that
opting for a more advanced GPS vehicle tracking system at an earlier stage may prove to be a worthwhile investment as your business continues to grow. To get a better idea of how much it all costs, start by filling in one of our online forms for quotes from a wide selection of GPS Vehicle Tracking System providers.

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