A GPS tracking unit device, normally carried by a moving vehicle that uses the Global Positioning System to determine and track its precise location, at intervals. The recorded location data can be stored to a internet connected computer or application on your cellular phone. This allows the assets location to be displayed against a map backdrop in real time.
Several types of vehicle tracking devices exist. Typically they are classified as passive and active. Passive devices store GPS location, speed and can trigger an event where options on the tracking system allow the user to listen in on the vehicle. Active" devices also collect the same information but usually transmit the data in real time via a cellular phone.
Urban public transport authorities are an increasingly common user of vehicle tracking systems, particularly in large cities.
Many modern vehicle tracking devices combine both active and passive tracking abilities: when a cellular network is available and a tracking device is connected it transmits data to a server, when a network is not available the device stores data in internal memory and will transmit stored data to the server later when the network becomes available again.
Historically, vehicle tracking has been accomplished by installing a box into the vehicle, either self-powered with a battery or wired into the vehicles power system. For detailed vehicle locating and tracking this is still the predominant method, however, many companies are increasingly interested in the emerging cellphone technologies that provide tracking of multiple entities, such as both a salesperson and their vehicle. These systems also offer tracking of calls, texts, web use and generally provide a wider range of options.
Vehicle tracking systems are commonly used by fleet operators for fleet management functions such as routing, dispatching, on-board information and security. Some vehicle tracking systems are bundled with or interface with fleet management software. Along with commercial fleet operators, urban transit agencies use the technology for a number of purposes, including monitoring schedule adherence of buses in service.
Programs affiliated with the tracking system are also used to provide customers with real-time information as to the waiting time until arrival of the next bus at a given stop, based on the nearest vehicles actual progress.
With the GPS technology being enhanced day by day, companies are coming up with devices that are compatible with phones and other modem gadgets. These devices provide live time activity of the fleet on personal devices without even logging onto their website as well. Keeping a track of fleet commanders actionable data, improving efficiency, reducing fuel cost, etc. also come under fleet tracking. These devices and software help in cost cutting.
Vehicle tracking systems are also popular in consumer vehicles as a theft prevention, monitoring and retrieval device. Police can simply follow the signal emitted by the tracking system and locate the stolen vehicle. When used as a security system, a vehicle tracking system may serve as either an addition to or replacement for a traditional car alarm. Some vehicle tracking systems make it possible to control the vehicle remotely, including block doors or engine in case of emergency. The existence of vehicle tracking devices can be used to reduce the insurance cost, because the loss-risk of the vehicle drops significantly.
Vehicle tracking systems are an integrated part of the layered approach to vehicle protection, recommended by the National Insurance Crime Bureau to prevent motor vehicle theft. This approach recommends four layers of security based on the risk factors pertaining to a specific vehicle. Vehicle tracking systems are one such layer and are described by the NCIB as very effective in helping police recover stolen vehicles.There has been a recent increase in demand for this technology.
The vehicle tracker app useage amounts to R115 per month. Terms and conditions apply.