Today, it has become commonplace for fleet managers to use GPS tracking systems to monitor the activity of their vehicles and drivers. Not only do GPS vehicle tracking solutions help fleet managers in improving the efficiency of their vehicles by cutting down costs, they are also a great option for service and delivery companies looking to improve their customer satisfaction rates. In order to have a better understanding of how GPS tracking systems can be beneficial for a company, it is very important to know how such a system works and what features it offers.
How does GPS Tracking Work?
In order to understand how GPS tracking systems track and record activities of your fleet vehicles, it is necessary to know what Global Positioning System (GPS) is.
Global Positioning System or GPS is a worldwide radio-navigation system that was initially designed for military purpose, but today, the system entertains several millions of civil users across the whole world. The system is controlled by the US Department of Defense and is formed from a constellation of 24 satellites and their stations.
GPS tracking is a method of knowing the exact location of anything. Not only does it tell the exact location of a person or vehicle, but it also tracks the movement of the object under observation. In GPS fleet tracking, a GPS tracking device is placed in a vehicle, which tracks and records the activity data and sends it to the central database using a cellular network. The data is displayed in a real-time manner on a dashboard or control panel and the customer can analyze it to extract valuable information.
Cellular vs. Satellite Vehicle Tracking
We can categorize GPS tracking devices into two types – depending on the type of wireless network used to transmit data to the administrator.
- Cellular Tracking Device – These devices use a cellular network to track and transmit activity data. These are preferred in urban areas or any other area where there is reliable network coverage.
- Satellite Tracking Device – Satellite tracking is used for fleets traveling in areas without reliable cellular network coverage.
Features of Btracking GPS Tracking System
Not all GPS tracking systems are equal. There are some GPS fleet tracking systems offered by companies that offer very basic features only, while there are others that offer advanced features, such as our Btracking GPS vehicle tracking system. Here, we are listing some advanced features offered by our system:
- Fleet maintenance reports – Set maintenance alerts by calendar time, mileage, or engine on time.
- Mapping data and interface – Worldwide coverage with Google Maps, reverse geo-coding, automatic updates of maps, etc.
- GeoFence – Draw zones to define limits of work territories and receive alerts when a driver deviates from the route.
- Mobile Viewer – Real-time tracking compatible to be reviewed on smartphones and tablets.
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