Guide to Vehicle Tracking Devices

03/23/2018 17:13

By definition, GPS trackers are portable devices that allow people to monitor and track their vehicles and trucks. There are various types of GPS tracking devices such as vehicle, personal or asset trackers. Each type of tracking devices has different features that can be used to keep track of their intended targets. With real-time tracking feature, a tracking device is capable of providing location, speed and direction data instantly. There is also a feature that allows you to set up alerts and notifications for important events.

So how does a GPS tracking device work? GPS trackers pick up the signals transmitted by the network of satellites in orbit to determine the location of the vehicle. The process is called trilateration which determines the physical location based on its distance from 4 GPS satellites. It is essentially the same technology used by the car navigation systems. The main difference between a vehicle GPS tracker and a car navigation system is that the navigation provides you with directions while the vehicle tracker transmits its location in real-time to the tracking platform.

What is the main purpose of vehicle tracking devices? They are mainly used to monitor the location of a vehicle in real-time. For security purposes, it is one of the best ways to protect your car from theft. In case your car was stolen, you can locate it immediately and inform the police about its exact location. Another way you can use vehicle trackers is to supervise your teenage children when they start driving. A vehicle tracking device relays all the necessary information for parents to adjust their driving habits or warn them to prevent a possible accident. 

Vehicle tracking devices are a groundbreaking development for fleet businesses. The ability to monitor your entire fleet on one screen is a tremendous tool for field managers to take action when necessary. Vehicle tracking devices designed for fleets transmit a wide range of information from engine error codes to fuel consumption. This information can be used to increase the overall productivity and lower massive expenses such as fuel and maintenance fees. 


How do you use a GPS tracker? GPS tracking devices are usually user-friendly, simple gadgets. Installing them on your car might require some professional help but once they are onboard, it is pretty easy to use them. Some of the vehicle trackers can be plugged into the OBDII socket and that is all you need to do to get started. Others may require to wire them to a car battery and more complex. After the installation, you can access the tracking device by installing the smartphone APP on your mobile device or connect them by using a computer through their website. Some of the trackers can be accessed and managed by SMS as well. With the smartphone APP, you can view the location of your vehicle in real-time or browse through the route history to check on your previous trips.

There may be an initial cost or sometimes a monthly subscription for GPS tracking devices but the benefits provided by having a tracker onboard definitely outweighs the cost. Some of the information provided by the cloud-based tracking software can even be used to lower your fuel consumption and maintenance costs. You will have the best security system in place and never have to worry about theft again. Vehicle tracking devices are certainly worth the investment.