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What is GPS Tracking?

March 01, 2011 by Andrew Mead

GPS fleet tracking uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) to monitor and track vehicles in a business fleet. Generally, a GPS module is installed in each vehicle to track the vehicle’s precise location. The modules can also monitor a wide variety of vehicle information including speed, engine start up and shut down, routes and idling.

The information from each vehicle is then often transmitted to a remote user. Depending on the GPS fleet tracking system used, remote users can view maps of vehicle locations and routes or access available reports on vehicle status via the Internet or specialised software.

Business owners, fleet managers and dispatchers commonly use GPS fleet tracking to improve fleet routing and expedite dispatching. In addition, GPS can be used to monitor unwanted driver behaviour, reduce fuel consumption, prevent theft and provide various operational efficiencies. Many businesses find that these various cost-cutting benefits of GPS fleet tracking outweigh any costs for the system.

The Fleetmatics solution goes beyond traditional GPS fleet tracking to provide a variety of customisable manager reports that give managers the ability to gauge the effectiveness of their fleet in the field. Customised alerts notify management of unwanted driver behaviour and can be used to encourage fuel-saving practices.

GPS fleet tracking has gained wide-spread popularity in the European market and is quickly emerging as an essential business tool in the United States. Once fleet owners install GPS tracking systems in their vehicles, they quickly discover how important the technology is in streamlining and improving their entire operation in ways never imagined.