GPS

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite-based navigation system made up of a network of various satellites placed into the orbit. GPS was originally intended for military applications, but in further process the government made the system available for civilian use. GPS works in any weather conditions, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day.

How it works

GPS satellites circle the earth twice a day in a very precise orbit and transmit signal information to earth. GPS receivers take this information and use triangulation to calculate the object’s exact location. Essentially, the GPS receiver compares the time a signal was transmitted by a satellite with the time it was received. The time difference tells the GPS receiver how far away the satellite is. Now, with distance measurements from a few more satellites, the receiver can determine the object’s position and display it on the unit’s electronic map.

A vehicle tracking system combines the use of automatic vehicle location in individual vehicles with software that collects these fleet data for a comprehensive picture of vehicle locations. Modern vehicle tracking systems commonly use GPS technology for locating the vehicle. Vehicle information can be viewed on electronic maps via the Internet or specialized software. Urban public transit authorities are an increasingly common user of vehicle tracking systems, particularly in large cities.

Major constituents of the GPS based tracking are

  • GPS tracking device: The device fits into the vehicle and captures and sends the GPS location information apart from other vehicle information at regular intervals to a central server. The other vehicle information can include fuel amount, engine temperature, altitude, reverse geocoding, door open/close, tire pressure, cut off fuel, turn off ignition, turn on headlight, turn on taillight, battery status, GSM area code/cell code decoded, number of GPS satellites in view, glass open/close, fuel amount, emergency button status, cumulative idling, computed odometer, engine RPM, throttle position, GPRS status and a lot more. Capabilities of these devices actually decide the final capability of the whole tracking system.
  • GPS tracking server: The tracking server has three responsibilities: receiving data from the GPS tracking unit, securely storing it, and serving this information on demand to the user.
  • User interface: The UI determines how one will be able to access information, view vehicle data, and elicit important details from it.

Benefits

  • Historical reports and real-time alerts
  • Useful MIS reports
  • Complete Tracking Solution for individual Vehicle or complete Fleet
  • Theft Protection
  • Speed Management
  • Minute-by-minute updates on vehicle location, usage and status
  • Thermal Sensor
  • Fuel Monitoring
  • Manage Routes and Rules for Alerts