GPS vehicle tracking
systems have a wide variety of applications. These devices tend are classed as either 'Past Track' or 'Real Time' systems. The difference lies in the accessibility and availability
of the data from the unit.
Past Track - sometimes referred to as 'history loggers' are used to store the
data about a vehicle’s direction, distance, speed, length of stops, etc
to the unit's internal flash memory, which can later be retrieved
from the vehicle and the information can be downloaded for
review. Advancements in Past Track devices now mean that they use integrated Bluetooth
technology, where the data can also be transferred wirelessly to a nearby laptop
without the need to retrieve the actual unit from the vehicle.
Real Time - used monitor and track a vehicles
movements live as the action actually happens. The data is quickly uploaded
to a secure server, which in turn translates the information to a
tracking console which can be viewed in full colour. The data is
transferred instantaneously, so you don't
miss a beat! This type of tracking can be securely accessed by
computer, PDA or mobile phone. This is generally much
more visual and detailed, and tends to be the more popular option for consumers.Five (5) simple uses:
- Discreetly monitor an employee's car to make sure they are only using the vehicle for business means
- Keep an eye on where your partner's car is driving to if you have suspicions about their fidelity
- Monitor a child's car driving habits - especially if they are newly qualified
- From a business point-of-view to enable you to give an accurate estimate of when a delivery or service will arrive
- To be able to deploy the nearest vehicle a particular location
The list of
applications for monitoring a vehicle are quite endless but
incredibly useful and above all are perfectly legal to use and present
to the Police and also for presentation in a Court of Law.
Businesses may use both types to monitor their fleet of cars, ensuring that their vehicles are taking the shortest route between two points, and saving fuel costs and improving customer efficiency and service. This is especially important when fuel prices are at an all-time high! Many systems will allow the user to enter a destination address, find the closest vehicle to that address, and plot the fastest and shortest route. Companies who issue employees with 'take-home' vehicles can also cut down on unauthorised use by using either type of tracker.
If a car tracker is bought to monitor the movements of a partner suspected of
infidelity, the Past Track option can be
hidden in the car and then retrieved and later retrieved for reading its
stored / logged data. A Real Time option can be used to monitor such
movements as the action happens so you are able to track every turn,
stop, start, and visually see the street the car is moving along.
Real Time - whilst being more expensive - do have distinct advantages over
Past Track units. For example, if you need to deploy a system to deter
theft and improve the chances of recovering your stolen car, then a Past
Track unit is not the correct solution because the tracker is stolen
along with the car - doh! Real Time versions are the perfect
choice if you need to know where your stolen car is the moment it is
taken, and you can then direct the Police with accurate detail or give
them temporary access to your tracking console in order for them to act
These types of location systems can also be invaluable general motoring
aids. Motorists have used the data gathered to successfully prove that their asset was
traveling at a drastically different speed than that reported by police
radar guns. One court case using data enabled a
motorist to demonstrate that he was traveling at 45 mph (within the speed
limit) and not the 62 mph the police officer noted on the citation. Today's systems are so advanced that battery life can exceed
many weeks and even months before a recharge is required.
All the above information is only
a general insight as there are so many vehicle tracking devices to choose from, each
with their own functionality.