Definition- â€œA GPS tracking unit is a device that uses the Global Positioning System to determine the precise location of a vehicle, person, or other asset to which it is attached and to record 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, radio or satellite modem embedded in the unit.â€ according to wiki.
So these GPS Tracking devices can specify your position wherever you are Land,air or sea.these devices make use of different kind of trackers and based on the type the working effects . basically the data trackers are of Three type:
- Data loggers
- Data pushers
- Data pullers
in which Data Pullers are coming into more common usage in the form of devices containing a GPS receiver and a cell phone which, when sent a special SMS message reply to the message with their location.
A GPS logger simply logs the position of the device at regular intervals in its internal memory. GPS loggers have either a memory card slot, or internal flash memory and a USB port. Some act as a USB flash drive. This allows downloading of the track log data for further analyzing in a computer.
Data pusher:A GPS receiver and a mobile phone sit side-by-side in the same box, powered by the same battery. At regular intervals, the phone sends a text message via SMS, containing the data from the GPS receiver. This is the type of tracking that is used for most companies for Fleet and Vehicle Tracking.
Data pullers : Contrary to a data pusher, that sends the position of the device at regular intervals push technology, these devices are always-on and can be queried as often as required. This GPS Tracking is now used by various areas such as buisness and police department very freqently such as stolen vehical searching, fleet control, law enforcemnet and etc.
GPS vehicle tracking or also known as fleet tracking, is a cost cutting system that helps companies save money on fuel and labour costs as well as many other benefits.
Each company and industry uses fleet tracking for different reasons. Someone elseâ€™s reasons for using fleet tracking may not be the same as your reasons, however we can show most companies a multi-fold return on investment immediately after installation. We have written testimonials to show the return on investment and the ease of use of the system. A brief 30 to 40 minute meeting is needed to determine how these benefits may apply to your company.
On a percentage basis we can help companies reduce fuel, labour and other costs, whether you have 2 trucks or 200 trucks.
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MYTH 1. We donâ€™t need GPS tracking because we trust our people.
GPS tracking is not about monitoring employeesâ€™ every move. Itâ€™s about reducing operating costs and inefficiencies in the field. GPS tracking systems have proven to reduce fuel and maintenance costs, increase routing and dispatching efficiency, provide safety and security for drivers, and increase response speed and accuracy to customer questions.
MYTH 2. All our drivers will quit if we get GPS tracking.
Experience with thousands of customers contradicts this belief. In fact, once field employees gain experience with GPS tracking, they depend on it for routing information, roadside assistance, verification of work performed on time, etc. In many cases, GPS tracking eliminates time-consuming paperwork and provides additional security for both drivers and cargo while on the road.
MYTH 3. GPS tracking systems are complicated to install and use.
Most fleet tracking systems comprise the same basic components: a GPS receiver installed in each vehicle and a user interface that organizes and displays gathered information. Both installation and use of these systems are simple.
A reputable, experienced GPS tracking vendor works with fleet managers to:
- Implement the fleet management solution as seamlessly as possible.
- Interpret system data and apply it improve the operational efficiencies.
- Provide knowledgeable, accessible technical and sales support to cover service issues.
MYTH 4. GPS tracking is unnecessary.
I can track my fleet well enough using cell phones/handhelds.
Though useful as communication tools, cell phones/handhelds cannot provide information useful to fleet managers: real-time vehicle location, engine status, history of stops and stop times, and other valuable metrics, such as mileage, fuel consumption, or speeding patterns. Cell phones and handhelds can be turned off easily, not carried in the vehicle, dropped/damaged, etc. Even when cell phones are functioning correctly, they track people rather than mobile assets.
â€œWith handheld GPS cell phones, we were unable to track vehicles. We had some instances where employees would just simply turn the phones off. If the phone is turned off, you canâ€™t track the trucks. The system becomes totally ineffective,â€ said John Boucher, founder & owner, Boucher Real Estate Co., Woonsocket, R.I.
MYTH 5. All GPS tracking systems are essentially equal.
â€œIf you can tell me where all my vehicles are at any moment and can give me information about their daily activities, thatâ€™s good enough for me.â€ That demand sounds reasonable enough on the surface, but the business-enhancing potential of GPS systems for fleet management goes well beyond tracking dots on a map. Most GPS tracking service users realize the full impact of the gathered information only after regular use.
Many providers simply set up basic GPS tracking capabilities, but donâ€™t commit to helping customers leverage this powerful technology to transform the way they do business. When evaluating GPS tracking providers, determine how much interest each has shown in learning about the customerâ€™s business and specific requirements and goals.
This myth does does contain an element of truth, however. Technology is not the most important criterion in choosing a GPS tracking service provider. Experienced users know the relationship with the provider over the course of the service contract is where value truly lies.
â€œWe started using the technology about five years ago, but quickly became unhappy with the system we had purchased. Once we had bought it, we had to maintain everything. It became clear that we needed a more capable and sophisticated GPS partner,â€ said John Doyle, director of technology & communications, Alure Home Improvements, Inc., Plainvew, N.Y.
MYTH 6. A GPS tracking system is another product I can buy to help make my business more productive.
GPS tracking should not be viewed as a product. Rather, fleet tracking is a service to which a fleet subscribes â€” a service that delivers information a fleet manager lacks the means to collect, but helps increase the companyâ€™s overall productivity and profitability.
All GPS tracking vendors ask customers to sign a service agreement, typically for three to four years. So the question is which vendor does the fleet manager trust to help manage the companyâ€™s mobile assets for the next several years? Service is the crucial factor when it comes to effective GPS fleet tracking.
MYTH 7. My company canâ€™t afford a GPS tracking system.
Cost is an understandable concern. GPS tracking systems typically require an investment in hardware for each vehicle and a monthly fee for data and wireless services. However, these systems identified inefficiencies and practices in the field that already cost companies hundreds, or even thousands of dollars every month: excess overtime, inefficient routing, side trips, excess engine idling, reckless driving, etc. The cost of these inefficiencies often exceeds the monthly investment required for a GPS tracking service. Most fleet achieve an immediate return on investment after using the system, due to savings in overtime costs, fuel expenditures, lower insurance premiums, reduced vehicle maintenance, and more.
MYTH 8. GPS tracking is an unproven technology.
GPS technology itself (the ability to locate and track objects at any time and in real-time using satellites and wireless communications) has been used effectively for decades. The core technology is now prevalent throughout the consumer market with such popular brands as Garmin and TomTom.
In commercial applications, GPS systemsâ€™ effectiveness in increasing productivity and reducing operational costs has been well-documented by reputable third-party sources.
MYTH 9 . â€œOur company is so busy, weâ€™d never use a GPS tracking systemâ€
Why? Because it costs too much not to have GPS vehicle tracking.
It’s not a matter of “if”, but “when”. It’s only a matter of whether the business owner will install GPS tracking to pull ahead of the competition or to keep up with the competition.
Hereâ€™s the logic and the reality:
- No employee (even a model employee) is 100% productive.
- Every employer measures and monitors every employeeâ€™s productivity through a variety of different methods
- Fleet tracking gives employers a much more accurate tool to measure and monitor employee productivity and customer service.
- The ability to control a cost is directly related to the accuracy of the measurement.â€
- Most employees will become more productive when they are aware that their job performance is more accurately measured and monitored
- Fleet tracking is being used to cut costs and increase revenues in every industry that has employees driving vehicles.
- Fleet tracking provides most companies a minimum 2 or 3 times return on investment in the very first month
- Most business owners do not readily adopt change until after their competition has adopted the change.
- Over 95% of businesses, who commit to installing one or two units, quickly outfit all of their vehicles with vehicle tracking.