GPS tracking has become a ubiquitous technology, but many people do not fully understand how it works. If you are considering a vehicle tracking solution for your fleet, it is useful to comprehend the difference between GPS tracking and other types of systems so you can make an informed decision. You want to be sure that the system you select has all the capability you need to most effectively manage your fleet.

How Does GPS Tracking Work?

A GPS, short for Global Positioning System, transmits signals between a network of satellites that orbit the earth and receivers in vehicles on the ground. A GPS receiver in the vehicle uses simultaneous signals from multiple satellites to calculate speed and location at a particular point in time. This information can then be recorded and displayed to the driver. Most modern GPS systems are accurate to within a few yards.

In a fleet tracking system, GPS is used to collect and record driver data that is then transmitted from the GPS receiver to other locations via a wireless network. The information can be sent in real-time to other vehicles, office locations, or even mobile devices. Fleet managers can then use this real-time data to dispatch drivers, find the closest vehicle, verify time sheets, and evaluate driver behavior over time. Combining GPS tracking with wireless networks and powerful software allows fleet managers to have more control than ever before.

GPS Tracking vs. Other Technologies

GPS is not the only way to track vehicles. Other systems use radio frequency to locate vehicles as needed. Rather than constantly communicating with satellites, a radio frequency tracking system transmits a radio signal that can be detected by a tracking receiver. Unlike GPS, radio frequency can only be used in a limited geographical range and vehicles cannot practically be tracked in real-time.

Many people now use smartphones to help navigate or find locations on a map. While this may be useful to drivers in the field, it does not allow fleet managers to track location or speed. Simple smartphone navigation also does not allow you to create alerts, set up geofences, or run analytic reports on driver behavior over time. Only a GPS system integrated with fleet tracking software can give you a true view of the big picture.

GPS Trackit provides a range of vehicle tracking solutions for businesses of all sizes. Whether you need a robust system to effectively manage a large fleet, or simply want to know where your vehicles are in case they are stolen, we have a solution that will match your needs. Speak with a Fleet Advisor today to learn more about our customizable solution.

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