How does GPS tracking work

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GPS technology is one of the most remarkable inventions of our time. As technology advances, more fleets around the world are turning to it for driving directions and vehicle tracking. 

What is GPS tracking?

GPS stands for Global Positioning System. The system consists of a network of satellites orbiting the Earth that bounce signals offdevices that assist in determining the position of an object or a person.

GPS technology was initially created in the 1960s when a specific satellite system for tracking was developed by the US military to monitor troops and military activities. It was then made available to the general public in 1983, with advances and use cases increasing over the years.

What does a GPS tracker do?

GPS tracking involves the installation of a tracking device in a vehicle, on a piece of equipment, or on a person. This vehicle tracking system reports on the exact location and movement of a vehicle, equipment, or person., for example, where a truck is on its route,  or where assets are being transported.

The benefits of GPS tracking

GPS tracking improves fleet processes such as:

  • Improved customer service: With real-time fleet status, a fleet manager can help provide more accurate arrival times and identify the locations of the drivers.
  • Optimized routing: GPS data can assist fleet managers in better understanding traffic and road conditions, allowing them to deploy their drivers on more efficient routes.
  • Increased cargo security: Most fleet tracking solutions allow you to set up geofences that warn you when a vehicle departs a specific location.
  • Understanding driving behaviour: Fleet managers can also monitor particular driving patterns and behaviours of the drivers.

GPS trackers vs car navigation

The difference between a GPS tracker and a car navigation system is that the navigation system provides you with your location and driving directions. A tracker, on the other hand, either records your driving behaviours or broadcasts your location in real-time.

When a GPS tracker for a car broadcasts its location, it typically uses the same technology that your cellphone does to make calls or connect to the internet. This is why some GPS automobile trackers, charge a monthly subscription cost.

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This article was written by AS Digital – a full-service marketing agency.