GPS Vehicle Tracking
GPS vehicle tracking: track your fleet
These days you will be hard pressed to find a fleet of vehicles or vessels that has not been fitted with a GPS vehicle tracking system. Vehicle tracking gives managers the ability to track the position of delivery vehicles and provide retailers and consumers with crucial information about their orders.
Vehicle tracking also allows employers to keep closer tabs on their employees. GPS tracking systems supply information such as the direction a vehicle is traveling in, the speed at which it's moving and the amount of time it spends at a specific location. In this way employers are immediately alerted should a driver exceed the speed limit or stop at a destination that is not on the delivery route. In public transport networks, GPS tracking allows controllers to coordinate vehicle spacing efficiently so as to avoid delays and prevent collisions. The emergency services also use tracking to enable dispatchers to see which vehicle is closest to the scene of an emergency, thereby reducing response time.
Companies like V-SOL, QUALCOMM and EarthTRACK specialize in vehicle tracking systems for large fleets and businesses. Most vehicle tracking systems consist of two components, a GPS receiver that is fitted in each vehicle and mapping software that is loaded onto a computer in an operations centre. GPS receivers can be programmed to relay coordinates around the clock, or only while a vehicle is in transit. Tracking information can be sent to the central dispatch point 24 hours a day or at regular intervals such as daily or hourly. Tracking systems can also be customized to locate individual vehicles, convoys or entire fleets of vehicles depending on what information is required.
Trucking companies throughout the United States have been using GPS vehicle tracking for some time now. The United States Department of Defense has installed a specialist tracking system into all its vessels to monitor arms and ammunition shipments. Large parcel and mail delivery companies like UPS and DHL track delivery vehicles in order to provide consumers with up to the minute information on the whereabouts of their parcels. Customers can pinpoint the location of their parcels at any time by logging onto company websites and entering a parcel reference number. Unfortunately, systems such as these are not yet fool proof and the accuracy of information is dependent on the efficiency of delivery drivers.
Tracking systems are by no means limited to land based fleets. American President Lines led the way over a decade ago by installing vessel tracking systems on its container ships. Today GPS tracking systems are used to monitor the flow of traffic in and out of harbors, ports and airports worldwide.
The number of employers using GPS tracking to keep a tab on their workers is increasing by the day. GPS chips are fitted into cellular phones and security cards, giving employers and managers the ability to trace employees from the second they arrive at work. In this way productivity levels can be evaluated on a daily basis. Might be a plan to start watching the clock on those tea breaks after all!