How does GPS tracking work?


Fleet managers use GPS every day to track their mobile assets. They can access data that will help them address safety, accountability, compliance, and efficiency. GPS allows fleets to run more profitably.

Behind-the-scenes: GPS Tracking in Action

The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) network is the basis of a GPS-based tracking system. The microwave signal from the network of satellites is transmitted to different GPS Tracker devices.

These are the components of vehicle tracking and vehicle communication technology.

Tracking Process

To collect all information about a vehicle or piece, such as idle time, speed, and diagnostics, a tracking device can be placed in it. To track any vehicle or equipment at all times, the device uses Global Positioning Systems satellites (GPS) to do so.

The data is sent via a wireless network, cellular network via providers. These wireless networks then send the data back to the server. The server acts as the cloud, which means you can access the data from any device, no matter if it’s a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

The most important information that your vehicle reports are real-time tracking of vehicles and equipment. The vehicle’s location data can be displayed on a digital map in near-real-time.

What is the system able to track?

GPS data can give you a wealth of information that will help you solve your business problems. Visibility into your fleet’s current and historical locations is one of the biggest challenges.

Who uses GPS tracking?

GPS tracking can be found everywhere, as we mentioned. It is not just a way to locate dots on a map. The important use of this technology is fleet management.

Any organization that relies on vehicles can reap the benefits of GPS tracking mobile assets. Not only large fleets but also local fleets can benefit from GPS tracking. Many vehicles rely on GPS technology including long-haul trucks, sedans, and government cars.

Reducing Emissions & Fuel Consumption

Before GPS tracking was invented fleet managers didn’t know where their vehicles and employees went after they left the office. They weren’t sure whom to dispatch or what jobs were being performed.

Fleet managers can now assess which vehicles to dispatch to their service locations. The fastest vehicle is more efficient, less expensive, and has lower emissions.

Stop doing side jobs

Fleet managers often find that employees are using company vehicles for other purposes. Fleet solutions allow you to track vehicle usage and pinpoint where it is going after hours.

Side jobs can be eliminated to reduce vehicle wear. It might even help protect your brand. It would be shameful for your company to be associated illegally.

Keep track of all your assets

Fleet tracking solutions are available for all mobile assets, not just vehicles. Fleet tracking solutions can also be used to monitor generators and trailers, giving you extra security.

Geofencing allows you to track the movement of assets within your worksite.

GPS can show that you are capable of doing the job

Sometimes customers may dispute how much time your employees spent at work. Customers might argue that the employees weren’t there.

This technology can be used to prove that the problem has been solved. This technology could show that some employees aren’t performing well.

Your employees will be held accountable. Customers will be held accountable by your organization. This will greatly improve customer service.

Tracking could save lives

It can alert drivers to unsafe driving habits such as sudden accelerations, hard cornering, hard stops, and sudden accelerations. Monitoring driver behavior can help you encourage safer driving habits within your fleet.