What is GPS Tracking?

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GPS tracking is the system of monitoring the exact location of an something using GPS technology. GPS (Global Positioning System) is a network of GPS satellites and ground stations, all synchronised by atomic clocks, that that enable mobile phones and other electronic devices to calculate their exact position using trilateration.

In simple terms, the object (cell phone, navigation system, etc.) being tracked is fitted with a GPS receiver and some way to record the location information that GPS signals provide at regular intervals. This recorded GPS data can be relayed in near real time over a GSM or 4G cellular network (if the GPS tracker is equipped with a mobile modem) or the data may be manually downloaded from the device after it has been retrieved. The latter is referred to as data logging.

GPS tracking software needs to be used to make sense of the recorded data, translating the logged location data into dots on a map.

GPS tracking isn’t just restricted to the latest iphone or android device -
GPS tracking devices can be attached to all manner of objects to enable GPS asset tracking, vehicle tracking, even pet tracking. When used in vehicles, GPS vehicle trackers can be plugged into a vehicle’s OBD port or wired into the vehicle’s ECU to provide additional telematics data for fleet tracking software.

GPS fleet vehicle tracking systems

GPS vehicle tracking is an import part of fleet management software, allowing fleet managers to access near real-time GPS location of their entire fleet of vehicles, equipment and people. When combined with functionality like geofencing and engine diagnostic reporting, fleet gps tracking systems can help reduce urgent maintenance servicing and help improve fleet safety and security.

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