Many businesses across industries use tracking solutions. These solutions are composed of discrete hardware and software systems for various applications. Tracking systems are not based on a single technology but are a convergence of several technologies such as RFID, GIS, GPS, and mobile and communication providers.
RFID tags are used for tracking items, people, and animals in indoor or small areas. They are used for recording data such as attendance and tracking and identifying assets or animals such as livestock. GPS tracking technology, on the other hand, is used for covering large areas such as for tracking vehicles and individuals on the move.
Of all the tracking tools, GPS tracking technology is becoming popular with the increasing use of GPS-enabled smartphones. Businesses, in turn, are finding newer and creative uses of mobile-based tracking applications for mass consumption.
In this blog, we discuss about a GPS tracking system and its manifold features and use in business and the consumer industry.
What’s A GPS Tracking?
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a worldwide radio navigation system that is commonly used in tracking solutions – a way to know where something is located. It was initially used for defence purposes by the US government. Technological advancements have expedited and diversified its use. GPS-based tracking systems are now increasingly used for civil and commercial purposes. A GPS tracking solution can track the movement or the location of persons, vehicles, or animals over large areas in real-time.
The development of communications technology has popularized the use of the cell phone as a tracking device. GPS technology in smartphones means anyone carrying such a phone can now be easily and accurately tracked.
Active and Passive GPS Trackers
GPS tracking systems can be broadly categorised as passive and active – useful for different purposes.
A passive GPS tracking system monitors the location and stores the data related to location usually in an internal memory, a device, for later use. For example, if you want to track just vehicle mileage on a monthly basis without immediate feedback, you could used a passive tracker.
An active GPS tracking system is one where the system sends the information from the GPS system to a device in real-time. This is mainly suitable for security and commercial purposes. The active system has geofencing and instant alerts and notifications capabilities useful for, say, preventing theft.
Salient Features of a Vehicle GPS Tracking System
There are several features of a cloud- and mobile-based GPS tracking system. It is important to note that the quality of the equipment used matters for accuracy and swiftness of data transmission.
Real time tracking
Alerts & Notifications
Trip history and reports summary
Ease of installation and maintenance
Uses of GPS Tracking System
Traditionally, a vehicle GPS tracking system has been used by the logistics and transportation industry. But today, it has diverse uses across industries and among direct consumers.
Many businesses are finding new and creative uses of tracking solutions. These solutions are now not limited to just tracking and monitoring fleets and streamlining internal processes, but also improving customer service.
No One-Size-Fits-All Tracking Solution
There is, of course, no one-size-fits-all solution for any tracking condition and application. Depending on the needs and requirements, a tracking solution combining the right hardware and software can be developed.
VersionX has developed its tracking solutions based on the specific needs expressed by its users. VersionX’s GPS-based vehicle and people tracking solutions are currently used in various industries across sectors. We further customize them depending on business needs.