How GPS Tracking Works & What It Can Do For You

Ever wondered how vehicle tracking systems work? In this article we’ll look at what makes GPS tracking technology possible and why it’s such an important tool for fleet managers.

Tracking a vehicle through the Global Positioning System (GPS) involves communicating with a network of satellites that orbit the Earth.

These satellites are intrinsic to how GPS tracking works, as they allow us to take advantage of trilateration.

What is Trilateration?

Trilateration is a more complex version of triangulation, and operates on the same principle. Essentially, it relies on using three points of reference to determine the location, speed and direction of an object.

GPS vehicle tracking uses the satellites mentioned before as these reference points.

A GPS satellite times how long it takes to bounce a signal from the receiver and back to itself. Then, by knowing how fast this signal travels it is possible for the satellite to calculate the distance that the signal has travelled.

Once three satellites have this information, by combining the results of these calculations and their relative positions it becomes possible to work out the position of the receiver.

By keeping track of this information – for example, how that position changes and the rate at which it’s changing – we can work out the speed the vehicle is travelling at and the route its taking.

Getting Access to the Information

So, this is how GPS tracking works. It all sounds very complicated and, in some ways, it is. Thankfully, once you have receivers installed in your vehicles the benefits of fleet tracking technology are available to you.

Technology has now progressed to the point where you can get access to real time updates on the locations of your vehicles through an online dashboard – taking the incredible power of the GPS network and putting into the hands of fleet managers.

The Power of GPS Vehicle Tracking

The applications for GPS vehicle tracking are widespread.

At the most basic level, it can give you more security. If you can always track the positions of your vehicles, it makes it far easier to locate and retrieve them if they’re stolen.

Beyond that, it gives you access to hard data about what your fleet is doing. If you want to learn about the challenges your business faces, then this kind of information is invaluable.

Consider being able to analyse the routes your vehicles take. Are there some routes that always result in your vehicles being late? With vehicle tracking you can start to work out why, without having to make uninformed assumptions.

Is there something wrong with the route itself or is the way the vehicle is being driven the problem? Once you start tracking your fleet, you can start to answer these kinds of questions.

Get Access to the Information

Now you know how GPS tracking works and the kinds of information it can give you access to, it’s time to talk about applications.

If you want to find out how you can get fleet tracking installed, and how you can get access to an online dashboard that gives you up to date information from a network of GPS satellites, then get in touch with us today and let’s give you the power of GPS vehicle tracking.