Global Positioning System or GPS, as it is popularly known is an electronic device. It has a GPS receiver embedded into the printed circuit board. The GPS tracking system has a CPU along with on board memory, which stores and processes the commands. The commands are received from the command center through an RF modem. The two way communication between the GPS tracking system mounted on any vehicle and the command center is well managed by the RF modem.
The GPS tracking system is enclosed in all-weather-resistant housing and can be easily mounted on the vehicles. The unit receives the power from the host vehicle and starts sending signals to the command center once the ignition of vehicle is switched on or off, or the vehicle starts to move. This is a great feature and the fleet manager can clearly see which particular vehicle has stopped or in motion and its current location. This constant monitoring helps the manger to know the right position of a particular vehicle at any given time.
In addition to this GPS tracking system provides numerous analytical reports pertaining to the condition of the vehicle. The system alerts the end-user when the vehicle moves. Transport and shipping companies track their vehicles and ships, and at same time get complete picture of their speed, direction and other physical parameters. Implementing a GPS fleet management system helps the transportation companies to keep a track of the location of each vehicle, accurately. In addition to the real time tracking, the GPS tracking device helps the management to maintain vigil over the activities of driver. The management can know when and where the vehicle was stopped and the frequency of such stoppages, to check for any deviation from the normal driving practices.
The GPS tracking system keeps detailed record of the fleet routes, which can be analyzed later to check overall performance of the fleet. The tracking device when integrated with customized fleet management software help the fleet manger to know the exact amount of fuel consumed during a trip, the route followed and time taken to reach the destination. The system also sends back the detailed vehicular data so that preventive maintenance of the vehicle can be planned and carried out as per schedule. This prevents last minute breakdowns and also increases the active life span of the vehicle.
The GPS tracking system protects the vehicle from theft because the management can easily know where there vehicle is at any given time and report the location to the police. In case of on- route failure, the support staff and vehicle can be rushed to the spot without waste of time to repair or haul back the vehicle to service center. GPS tracking system offers many benefits like fuel efficiency, protection from theft, continuous monitoring and efficient fleet management, longer vehicular life and timely delivery of goods to destination. This helps the transport and shipping company to increase productivity and increase the return on investment. In the present business environment it provides a competitive edge over rivals who do not use GPS tracking system.