GPS Tracking Systems
A GPS tracking system gives your business the ability to track the location of your vehicles, assets and personnel in real time predominately using GPS technology.
A GPS tracker is a device that uses the Global Positioning technology to determine the precise location of a vehicle, person or asset to which it is attached and records the position of the asset at regular intervals. The recorded location data can be stored within the tracking unit, or it may be transmitted to a central location data base, or internet-connected computer, using a cellular (GPRS or SMS), radio, or satellite modem embedded in the unit. This allows the location to be displayed against a map backdrop either in real time or when analyzing the track later, using GPS tracking software.
GPS tracking systems used in commercial fleets are often configured to transmit location and telemetry input data at a set update rate or when an event (door open/close, auxiliary equipment on/off, geo-fence border cross) triggers the unit to transmit data. Live GPS Tracking used in commercial fleets, generally refers to systems which update regularly at 1 minute, 2 minute or 5 minute intervals, whilst the ignition status is on. Some tracking systems combine timed updates with heading change triggered update.
GPS personal tracking devices are being used increasingly to assist in the care of the elderly and vulnerable. Devices allow users to call for assistance and optionally allow designated careers to locate the user’s position, typically within 5 to 10 meters. Their use helps promote independent living and social inclusion for the elderly. Devices often incorporate either 1-way or 2-way voice communication which is activated by pressing a button or sliding a switch. Some devices also allow the user to call several phone numbers using pre-programmed speed dial buttons. Trials using GPS personal tracking devices are also underway in several countries for use with early stage dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers. These devices are also used by some parents to track their children. The supporters claim that if cleverly used, this actually allows children more independence.
GPS Fleet tracking is the use of GPS technology to identify, locate and maintain contact reports with one or more fleet vehicles in real-time. Immediate access to the location history of individual fleet vehicles allows precisely time-managed, current and forward journey planning, responsive to changing travelling conditions.