Vehicle Fleet Tracking is becoming more and more popular with fleet-based businesses due to the increase of productivity in their employees and the cost reductions. This technology is perfect to keep business owners, employees and customers aware at all times of their whereabouts.
As the roads become more crowded, with more drivers on the road than ever before; it is important that employees practice safe driving habits. By installing a vehicle tracking system employers have the ability to ensure that safety is a top priority and employees become more aware of how they are driving knowing a tracking system is installed on their vehicle. Safe driving not only ensures safety of other road users by it can also protect the employees and the company.
Vehicle fleet tracking works by using GPS (Global Positioning System) satellites, mobile phone networks, the internet, digital mapping and relevant vehicle tracking software.
How does GPS work?
GPS tracking was developed in the 1970’s for the military with there now being over 30 GPS satellites orbiting around the earth. These satellites constantly emit a radio signal to detect GPS trackers that are on the Earth’s surface. This information is taken by at least three satellites, and the GPS receiver calculates the vehicle’s location to the nearest 5 to 20 feet.
GPS relies on radio waves and is relatively weak so it can be affected by physical obstructions such as mountains or building, however, most GPS trackers have technology that is also built in to help magnify the signal and overcome this challenge.
GPS trackers don’t just track real-time events but can also track historical data. The data that the GPS trackers collect can be analysed by business owners to see drivers long-term driving habits and be able to monitor driving conditions.
What happens next?
Once all the information has been calculated from the receiver it is then stored in the on board tracking system. The vehicle tracking system also collects other information related to the vehicle such as when the ignition is turned on or off and drivers break lengths. This information is then bounced onto a central secure server using a mobile phone network which then allows business owners to access the information over the internet and locate the vehicle on an overlaid digital map. By using GPS a vehicle’s location can be viewed at street level accuracy.
This technology is so beneficial that the GPS industry has had some catching up to do to meet demands. By utilising these reliable and advanced technologies and being able to see instant results when it comes to efficiency, productivity and cost effectiveness, vehicle fleet tracking is really a no brainer. To see the advantages of vehicle fleet tracking take a look at our recent blog post.