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Fleet Vehicle Tracking Devices Explained

January 12, 2011 by Andrew Mead

Modern tracking devices for fleet and individual vehicles were initially conceived for the shipping industry. Companies with large shipping fleets needed to know the location of any vehicle at any time. From this need the idea of using the Global Positioning System (GPS) to track and monitor fleet vehicles developed.

Companies that specialise in providing tracking devices for fleet owners utilise a variety of methods to collect and transmit the data to authorised users. Not all of them specifically use GPS technology, and not all of them provide the same level of security.

Fleetmatics tracking devices specifically use GPS to determine precise vehicle location. The location data and other parameters – including speed, idle times, engine on/off and more – are transmitted to the Fleetmatics system every 90 seconds. This information can be accessed by authorised users 24 hours a day through any Internet connection worldwide. This gives fleet owners complete control over and access to what their vehicles are doing in the field.

Fleetmatics fleet tracking devices are installed by a team of professional technicians in each client vehicle. There are no exposed wires or antennas. This allows for the equipment to be virtually tamper-proof, reduces the opportunity for theft and allows for covert installation if needed.

Once installed, our vehicle tracking system will begin recording vehicle data. You can immediately implement cost-saving efficiencies based on improved driving habits, direct routing and increase employee productivity.