What is GPS Vehicle Tracking?
The GPS relies on two basic elements: A small radio-receiver in your vehicle, and a network of satellites above our heads. Those satellites – more than thirty at present – are constantly broadcasting down two pieces of information:
- The time the signal was sent, and
- The exact position in orbit of the satellite.
The signals are then received by the GPS device in the vehicle that it’s installed in and they come from multiple satellites. Once the GPS connects with the satellites, an on-board computer can take those signals and triangulate its exact position below them.
This is then compared against a high resolution map, and it displays a graphic of your location. If you’re moving, it can continually track and update your position at a rate of about 2-3 frames per second. This ultimately gives you a highly precise estimate of both your location and speed.
More advanced GPS units may also include compasses, gyroscopes, or 3G/4F/WiFi antennas to gather additional data as well.
GPS Vehicle Tracking In Fleet Management
GPS systems have additional uses when deployed for a fleet of cars or buses, because that positional data can be tracked and archived in databases. Modern systems can even use the Internet to broadcast a bus’s location and speed data directly to the transportation office.
As such, GPS brings extremely accurate oversight to transportation systems. Fleet coordinators get a moment-by-moment map of their fleet’s locations, no matter how far away, and they also get a proverbial truckload of data on each vehicle’s performance.
Occasionally there may be short breaks in transmission, such as going through tunnels, but beyond that the data is uninterrupted whenever the bus is in open air. Because the data is (nearly) complete, statistics such as braking distances and fuel efficiency can be quickly derived, allowing for highly precise vehicle maintenance and optimization.
Fleet Tracking is Everywhere
It’s easy to see why GPS has become a core element in fleet systems around the world. It simplifies day-to-day navigation, while adding the precision of computer data processing to fleet management.
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