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How GPS Fleet Tracking Devices Work

by Stacey Papp

Explaining GPS Tracking Devices

Modern fleet tracking devices were initially conceived for the shipping industry. Companies with large shipping fleets needed to know the location of any vehicle at any time. From this need the idea of using the Global Positioning System (GPS) to track and monitor fleet vehicles developed.

Companies that specialize in providing tracking device technology for fleet owners utilize a variety of methods to collect and transmit the data to authorized users. Most tracking devices work by using GPS technology. Some do not use GPS technology, however, and not all of them provide the same level of security.

Fleetmatics tracking devices specifically use GPS to determine precise vehicle location. The location data and other parameters – including speed, idle times, engine on/off and more – are transmitted to the Fleetmatics fleet tracking system every 90 seconds. This information can be accessed by authorized users 24 hours a day through any Internet connection worldwide. This gives fleet owners complete control over and access to what their vehicles are doing in the field.

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Fleetmatics' truck tracking devices are installed by a team of professional technicians in each client vehicle. The tracking devices work without any exposed wires and antennas. This allows for the equipment to be virtually tamper-proof, reduces the opportunity for theft and allows for covert installation if needed.

Once installed, the tracking device technology begins recording vehicle data. That data can help fleet owners to implement cost-saving efficiencies based on improved driving habits, and increase revenue by improving routing and increasing employee productivity.

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