GPS tracking is a modern day utility that has increasingly become popular among private and business vehicle owners. GPS tracking is a system whereby an electronic device is installed in a vehicle, or a fleet of vehicles, with custom-designed computer software that enables the owner to track the vehicles location. Not only this, but the device can be used to collect data during the vehicle’s journey from its location to its destination.
When using a tracking system, vehicle owners can view their vehicle’s information on electronic maps via the internet or through specialized software. As long as they have internet access, they are able to follow the system anywhere they are. This enables them to always know the location of their vehicle or vehicles and to determine certain parameters such as speed at which the vehicle is or has traveled without actually being with the vehicle.
Locating systems have become an integral part of many small and large fleet operations, which require the ability to track their fleet vehicles at all times. Specific functions that a tracking system perform in fleet management, includes on-board information, security, routing and dispatch. Being able to view this information at anytime and anywhere (providing there is internet availability), allows the management of fleet operations to ensure they meet the need of customers more efficiently.
GPS fleet tracking is also commonly used by commercial urban transport companies such as buss companies that rely on the punctuality of the buses to ensure customer satisfaction. These companies are now able to use GPS techniques to monitor schedule adherence such that they are able to change the destination display signs on their vehicles or trigger the prerecorded voice announcements.
GPS vehicle systems can also be used to monitor driving behavior such that employers can supervise the safe driving of their employees or parents can do likewise with their teenage or young adult children.
For fleet companies that often have valuable or semi-valuable assets in transit on many of their vehicles, GPS fleet system is an easy way to track the progress and location of the goods in real-time. This also ensures that goods arrive on time and at the correct allocated destination.
Apart from its use in commercial industry, GPS systems has become increasingly popular among private vehicle owners and many vehicle insurance companies are now insisting on the installation of such devices.
For private vehicle owners, a GPS system holds the advantage that it can be used to prevent vehicle theft or if the vehicle is stolen, as a location device. Not only are these devices extremely useful to police in the case of vehicle theft but some can even be used to remotely control the vehicle by locking the doors or cutting of the engine in the case of an emergency.
Having a GPS tracking system installed is beneficial to not only commercial fleet owners but also to the private vehicle owner. These modern day devices give people the tools to protect some of their most valuable assets.