Wednesday, October 3, 2012

GPS Tracking System

GPS Tracking Devices come in many shapes and sizes. This is meant literally and figuratively. Some of them are so small they can easily be hidden in the dash of a car - out of sight, out of mind. But, what is a GPS Tracking Device?
A GPS Tracking Device is a set of electronic components with an embedded GPS receiver mounted on a printed circuit board with some type of power supply and in many cases a RF modem. The GPS Tracker Device will have a CPU and on-board memory so that basic commands can be stored in the unit and thus control how it works. The device can store GPS location records or waypoints in memory to be downloaded later on for analysis. If a RF modem is built into the Device, it can transmit the data over the airwaves to the end-user for immediate analysis.
While GPS Tracking Devices have many uses, there are units designed for specific purposes. Units with an enclosed waterproof housing and self-contained battery pack for the power source are ideally suited for affixing to trailers, and other highly mobile unpowered assets. It can help locate the asset. In addition, it can alert the end-user when it moves and provide numerous analytical reports. Other types of GPS Tracker Devices are better suited to being installed in a vehicle and obtaining its power requirements from the host vehicle. In many cases the GPS Tracking Device can sense when the ignition of the vehicle is switched on or off. This helps the end-user to "see" where the vehicle stopped, the duration of the stop, or even if the vehicle is idling excessively.
While there are many types of GPS Tracking Devices, the benefits are common. They serve to identify where vehicles or assets are, where they have been and for how long, how fast they have been going, and if the vehicle has been running while in a stationary position. Enabling the end-user to know these things help them to take corrective action to create a safer, more productive mobile workforce.
Big fleet businesses have long known the value of outfitting their fleets with GPS Tracking Devices, but now smaller companies are realizing the benefits. Costs of hardware and the monitoring service have continued to drop to the point where the small businessman can afford to invest in this type of technology. With the cost of fuel skyrocketing, and a competitive marketplace in a shrinking economy fighting for less business, it is the business that runs more efficiently that will be able to stay ahead of its competitors. Modern GPS Tracking Devices make this possible.

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