Aug 02, 2010

How Does Vehicle Tracking Work?

Vehicle tracking systems are becoming increasing popular for fleet based business due to their practicality in increasing productivity and reducing costs. They utilise state of the art technology in order to constantly keep business owners, drivers and customers informed at all times. Fleet tracking systems work by making use of a combination of GPS (Global Positioning System) satellites, mobile phone networks, the Internet, digital mapping and vehicle tracking software. There are a number of GPS satellites that orbit the Earth. They transmit information back to Earth that can be picked up by GPS receivers. By taking information for at least three satellites, the GPS receiver calculates a vehicles location to around the nearest 5 to 20 feet. Once the location information has been calculated, it is then stored in the on-board vehicle tracking system. It also stores other information related to the vehicle, such as when the ignition is turned on or off, and the length of the driver's breaks. This information is then sent to a central secure server, using the mobile phone network. Business owners can then access this information over the Internet and view the vehicle's location overlaid on a digital map. A vehicle's position can be viewed at street level accuracy. This technology is so beneficial that the GPS industry have had to catch up in order to meet demands. By utilising these reliable and advanced technologies, you can quickly see the benefits for efficiency, productivity and cost effectiveness that your business will reap.