Our GPS Tracking Software
How Fleet Technology Works
- The location of your fleet vehicles in real time, 24 hours a day from anywhere
- The historical status of each vehicle, including when it started up and shut down, as well as its idling status, location, speed, and more
- Preventative maintenance information to recognize potential risks
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The Science Behind GPS Tracking Software
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a combination of 27 satellites that transmit signals to GPS receivers all over the globe.
By measuring the travel time of the radio signals between the receiver and the satellite, the distance between the GPS receiver and the satellite can be determined. Here's the formula for GPS tracking:
By combining, or triangulating, the distance from the three or four nearest satellites over time, location, speed, and direction of the GPS receivers can be determined.
This location data becomes useful for fleet owners when it’s aggregated for all their vehicles and presented on a map and/or in reports.
Active vs. Passive Fleet Tracking Technology
Active: the data from the GPS receiver is transmitted every 90 seconds to a remote user at regular intervals. This gives you real-time location information.
Passive: all the GPS data is stored in the receiver and must be downloaded once all the vehicles return to the office.
Real-time GPS tracking has become the most popular method of this fleet technology despite its higher cost because of the huge benefits of having real-time information to make on-demand management decisions.
Covert or Open?
Some vehicle tracking companies offer units that have no exposed wires or antennas, allowing for covert installation. Some business owners prefer covert installations of GPS tracking to keep behavior honest while providing subtle coaching when problems are detected.
Other business owners and fleet managers prefer to keep GPS tracking out in the open and let employees know that they're watching. The choice isn't always easy, but we offer some tips on how you can share tracking with your team.