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Vehicle Tracking – How Does it Work?

Most of us have heard of the vehicle tracking system and we’ve all got a good idea of what they do. However, if you are planning to install vehicle tracking in your transport fleet and you’re not entirely sure how they work, this feature may help you to understand them.

A vehicle tracking system uses the Global Positioning System to take the location, speed, direction and time data provided via satellite from the GPS to a receiver unit in a vehicle. This information is then transmitted to a central computer in your fleet tracking office, allowing you to monitor the movement, direction and speed of any vehicle that has a tracking unit installed.

You will also be able to look back at previous data of the vehicle’s movements and locations, which may sound a bit like an Orwellian Big Brother system, but can be invaluable in the event of an incident which affects your company or staff. Because they use GPS, the vehicle tracking system is extremely accurate, showing the position of your vehicles on a digital street map which is correct to within fifteen metres.

Despite the cutting edge technology involved, fleet vehicle tracking is simple and easy to use. If you can use a computer you will have no problem operating the system. Developments are rapid in this field, and the latest vehicle tracking system allows you to view the vehicle location information on your mobile phone. This is updated automatically every couple of minutes meaning you can keep track of your fleet no matter where you are.