GPS vehicle tracking systems or devices actually track vehicles so people can determine where they are and where they have been. There is a great deal of data that can be collected such as dates and times of traveling, the direction the vehicle is heading, addresses of where the vehicle is located, and latitude or longitude. It also could tell supervisors how many stops the vehicle made along with how long each stop took. Mileage and speed can also be logged. With all of this data being saved and viewed, there are many reasons why people may want to incorporate tracking systems.
There are basically two different types of trackers. One is passive tracking and the other is real-time or active tracking. Passive tracking is one in which the tracker will continuously keep track of where the vehicle is and when it was at each location. It is a continuous feel to the device and the data it gets is stored in the device’s internal memory. When the vehicle gets back to the owner, he or she can take the device, hook it up to a computer of some sort and look at all the data that has been stored. Many people will use this type of system if they just want to see the routes that are being taken or are not concerned with where the vehicle is at exact moments in time. Real-time or active tracking is a system where the owner can locate where a vehicle is at that exact moment. He or she could even have the system set up so it refreshes every so often, depending on what the setting is. It could refresh every three seconds or it could refresh up to say every five minutes. It all depends on the user and what is needed or wanted.
Many times tracing methods are used for a variety of reasons with several different types of people using them. Businesses that have vehicles being used every day might want to know where their automobiles are and if their services are being rendered on time. If someone is lost, they might also be able to receive help from the employer in finding their way exactly to the correct path. Employees who drive the vehicles should be more deterred from making extra stops or speeding or doing things in general that they shouldn’t. If an employer gets a call from someone that is unexpected, they could find the nearest driver and reroute them to the call. These are just a few benefits that can be made for employers who have vehicle fleets.
Law enforcement agencies may want to use GPS to keep track of the police vehicles or to follow perpetrators and criminals. There may be people that want to use these systems for personal reasons. Parents could keep track of their young teenagers to keep an extra eye on them. Maybe some use them to help with insurance.