GPS stands for Global Positioning System. The technology was introduced by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) exclusively for military operations. Back in the 1970’s, GPS technology was used heavily by the armed forces to navigate using radio frequency waves. However, a few years later, the DOD decided to open up the technology for civilian usage.
At present, the commercial applications of GPS tracking are many. GPS fleet tracking, specifically, enables fleet managers to locate, track, and monitor their fleet of vehicles on a real-time basis.
A GPS antenna is connected to a GPS Trackit unit with a lead wire, typically 10-15 feet in length. The unit is then attached to the object (vehicle, trailer, or asset) to be tracked. Using the antenna, the GPS Trackit software transmits the trilateral satellite location data to the unit.
This unit can detect and process events like hard braking, hard turning, and the crossing of specified speed thresholds. This information is relayed to GPS Trackit’s secure servers, where it is processed and delivered to authorized parties (dispatchers, fleet managers, etc.). This enables authorized users to view events and locate vehicles, trailers, and other assets in real time (and on any device) with the Fleet Manager™ dashboard.
Installing a GPS Trackit unit is quite simple. The vast majority of our customers install the systems themselves. Installation involves simply connecting the device’s power wire and mounting the GPS antenna. Should you require the assistance of an installation specialist, we will connect you with one here.
GPS Trackit’s Fleet Advisors™ are telematics experts. We work with you to develop the right system for your business—one that will save time, maximize profits, and decrease expenses.
If necessary, GPS Trackit will allow suspension of service for up to 90 days.
Generally, if the vehicle is the property of your business, you can conceal the GPS tracking unit from your drivers. The small units can easily be installed where drivers will not detect their presence.
We typically recommend that those adopting a vehicle tracking solution inform their staff of such. There are many benefits of GPS tracking for drivers that make it an excellent tool for incentivizing employees.
We advise that you review your state and local laws if you plan to conceal your units in company-owned vehicles.
No. Cell Phones rely on local towers to determine their location. Thus, areas with limited cellular coverage have limited (if any) geolocation capabilities. GPS Trackit’s vehicle tracking solution utilizes a network of GPS satellites that are always available, 24/7/365, anywhere on Earth.
See a comparison of Cell Phone and Installed GPS vehicle tracking:
|Cell Phone Tracking||Installed GPS Tracking|
|Reliability||Subject to signal loss, user error, and misplacement.||Wired to vehicle battery–always on, always tracking.|
|Monitoring Capabilities||Extremely limited monitoring (location only)||Tracks and records vehicle events and location in real time.|
|Resilience||Subject to employee sabotage.||Any attempted tampering triggers an alert.|
|Visibility||No ability to monitor driver behavior or equipment use.||Keeps dispatchers and managers informed with real-time updates.|
|Alerts and Reports||Reports and text alerts lack actionable information.||Yields reports and alerts for fuel consumption, speeding, idle time, maintenance needs, and more.|
Every business has its unique needs and challenges, which is why “one-size-fits-all” solutions often fall short. GPS Trackit offers scalable, customizable fleet management solutions to ensure fleets of every size and type can enjoy the benefits of GPS tracking. From tackling compliance challenges to keeping tabs on your most valuable assets, our solutions are built to help you get the best return on your investment. GPS Trackit is an industry-leading company that has been developing and providing fleets with powerful telematics solutions for over 17 years.
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No two businesses are the same—the solution which works for one business may not be the best fit for yours. These guides will help you decide what criteria your business should use when assessing potential telematics providers.
We are a U.S. company headquartered in Roswell, Georgia.
Since 2002, GPS Trackit has been a pioneering force in the telematics industry, setting the standard for GPS vehicle tracking technology.
Yes—GPS Trackit, a division of Global Tracking Communications, Inc., has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
We do. Our powerful fleet management software is written, programmed, and controlled by us. We have our own in-house software engineers, product developers, and quality control personnel located in Southern California, Florida, Georgia, Peru, and Colombia to ensure the highest quality product.
Our hardware is capable of using all major wireless carriers. This allows for a wider range of service and coverage.
Absolutely. Our solution lets you compare trip reports with timecards to improve accountability and payroll accuracy.
Depending on the specific hardware used, our GPS units are either hardwired or plugged into the vehicle’s OBDII port.
With a phone or battery-operated device, reporting fails once the device is turned off or the battery life diminishes. A GPS Trackit unit is constantly on, gathering and reporting data.
We are licensed with Google to use their maps, which are supported by the most accurate and updated mapping system in the world.
We store your data securely and indefinitely and allow access anytime at no additional charge to our customers. Most GPS tracking companies archive or purge client data after 90 days or 6 months.
We offer a vehicle maintenance system included with Fleet Manager™. This system could potentially help you save thousands on repairs by alerting you with texts, emails, and reports when certain engine events and maintenance deadlines occur.
We offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty for all current customers.
Trick question, there are no contracts.
We offer a completely free 30-Day Device Trial. GPS Trackit’s free hardware trial gives you the opportunity to take our solution for a spin and get acquainted with the technology.
Unlike other GPS tracking companies, we provide you with unlimited free training anytime you need it. We never limit the length of training or cap the amount of times you can receive it.
GPS tracking systems, when purchased and used by businesses, generally qualify as tax-deductible under Section 179. Consult your CPA or tax professional to check if your business can save on taxes with GPS tracking.
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