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How Does Vehicle Tracking Work?

Aug 21, 2008
Vehicle tracking is an essential business tool for the modern commercial fleet for all logistics and security fleets.

Whatever your business type, if you have a commercial fleet of vehicles, keeping your team's movement transparent is vital when it comes meeting deadlines for your clients. Having your fleet kitted out with a vehicle tracking system keeps you up to date with the location of your driver and can mean you can reallocate a job to another driver in order to make the deadline.

This technology is a cost effective means of keeping your business on track and it works using GPS satellite communication with the receiver unit in your vehicle. GPS tracking systems work by receiving exact microwave signals from satellites, which can determine a vehicles precise location, speed and direction.

Once a GPS tracking system has registered your vehicle via satellite, its receiver unit can track the vehicle's position as often as every minute. The co-ordinates picked up by the satellite are then translated into a longitude and latitude reading of the vehicle's whereabouts and are then displayed in the form of a map on a computer screen via the Internet.

The exacting nature of the mapping technology means you can assess the location of your vehicle as well as its speed, location and direction. Ultimately the collating all of this information gives you greater opportunity to monitor any vehicle's progress alongside the rest of your fleet. Once you can oversee how your vehicles are being driven and how long they are on the road for, you will have peace of mind that the efficient service your business advertises is the service being provided.

Having access to such a vast scope of status reports on all vehicles gives you real time access to your fleet's movements so you can manage your assets remotely and even work out faster routes if there's a problem on the road. Using this kind of tracking system cuts the cost of communication with your drivers and means you can solve any problem as it occurs without making expensive phone calls to mobiles.

Vehicle tracking systems run on data push technology which means you can also have real time updates as to any vehicles status. This means you can resolve any traffic problems by despatching a new vehicle to the client rather than lose out on meeting a deadline while checking the engine vitals of the delayed vehicle at the same time.

Using this kind of data push technology as a base for your business' tracking requirements means you can even see whether a vehicle is stationary and even if the door has been opened. In terms of security this feature can be useful in detecting possible robberies or interference with high value goods. It is also very helpful in the event of a vehicle breakdown and allows you to despatch a new vehicle to the client faster than ever.
About the Author
Kent Stabler - Marketing Manager - Chameleon Direct are suppliers of gps vehicle tracking systems, hands free car kits and speed camera detector equipment. With over 1 Million UK customers Chameleon Direct they also provide hands free installation services.
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