The number of fleet managers using different types of vehicle tracking system is increasing. This is not surprising considering the immense benefits that can be gained from fleet tracking, though purchasing a fleet tracking system is quite expensive. If a company has a tracking system, it’s usually attached to a software in the main office wherein all pieces of information concerning their fleet such as the location, speed, distance traveled, and maintenance details are accessible by the fleet manager.
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No doubt a vehicle tracking system can improve your fleet’s efficiency. Drivers no longer have to equip themselves with piles of map to find their way. Fleet tracking tools that aids fleet businesses will be the one to provide turn-by-turn direction to their intended destination.
GPS tracking systems provide a number of benefits. The most significant would be that it helps cut down delivery delays and reduce fuel cost, which are all important in fleet management operation.
Different Types of Vehicle Tracking System
There are three different types of vehicle tracking system available in the market today: cellular, wireless passive, and satellite real time. Each has various benefits and drawbacks.
1. Cellular Tracking
This kind of vehicle tracking is the most economical system to set up. It uses cellular phone to transmit fleet location information in which you will have the option to view the data on the Internet using the supporting software. The system is not that updated; however, location is relayed in either every five or 10 minutes, depending on your choice. You have to pay a monthly fee to avail this system service.
2. Wireless Passive Tracking System
If cellular tracking system service is paid monthly, for wireless tracking system, users only have to pay one time upon purchase and installation of the device though a bit more costly than the former. That’s because the system consists of both hardware and software plus a database. The main disadvantage of having this kind of system is accessibility. Data can only be accessed once the vehicle is home.
This means, passive tracking system doesn’t provide real-time tracking, making it not reliable in times of emergency situations such as road accidents or theft. However, this problem can be easily solved by installing additional model on the vehicle at an additional cost but still no monthly fees. The add-on tool allows the system to track vehicles live, which means fleet managers will be able to know the vehicle’s speed and whereabouts at any given time.
3. Satellite-Based Tracking Systems
Though very expensive with a monthly service fee, shipping and trucking companies prefer this type of tracking system because it gives detailed reporting and real-time updates on company fleets even in places where there is no cellphone coverage.
In the near future, we might see these three types of vehicle tracking system get merged into one system and will greatly benefit various industries. This is a possible scenario since technology is always evolving.
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