GPS Tracking Cameras 101

When you choose to obtain fleet tracking for your organization, you are choosing to give your business a number of benefits. You can increase your revenue, reduce your overhead costs, and experience several other benefits, some of which may even be unexpected. With the advanced technology of TrackNet’s gps fleet tracking systems in your hands, you can keep up-to-date with the schedules of your vehicles and optimize the efficiency of your fleet. With features such as reporting and alerts, you can know in just an instant how you could be preserving resources and saving money.

Here’s how the Cloud-based TrackNet Fleet Tracking works:
First, we install the vehicles of your fleet with advanced GPS asset management systems. From the GPS satellite to your vehicle, wireless networks give you accurate and current answers via the internet. The system that uses this technology is both powerful and simple to use at the same time. When you use the Cloud-based Fleet Tracking, you can:

  • MAXIMIZE YOUR WORKFORCE

With access to fleet data 24/7 at your fingertips, you have more control when you need it. Spend less time searching and more time improving your efficiency.

  • STOP UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLE USE

With GPS tracking on all of your vehicles, you will know when a vehicle is moving after scheduled hours.

  • REDUCE VEHICLE COSTS

With our advanced technology, you can remove wasteful practices such as fuel inefficiency from your business, keep your fleet updated on vehicle maintenance and follow how fuel is being used.

  • IMPROVE FLEET SAFETY

Monitor your drivers’ behaviors by generating custom reports for a specific date, driver, or vehicle. Easily share your reports with others through multiple formats. Even use it to serve as a timecard. Utilize speed alerts and other tools to impede unsafe driving habits.

  • BECOME A GREEN BUSINESS

Through efficient routing tools, save on fuel costs and valuable time. Use fewer resources that negatively impact the environment.

  • IMPROVE CUSTOMER SERVICE

Through quicker response and ETA times, transform the way your customers experience your services.

  • ACCESS TO ACCURATE LABOR COSTS

With the fleet dispatch tool, you can track time that is spent with customers. View updated statuses on jobs and dispatch or re-route vehicles when needed.

  • INCREASE YOUR OVERALL REVENUE

Cut unnecessary expenses based on generated data reports. Increase your profit margins.

  • PROTECT YOUR ASSETS

Monitor your assets and know where they are and how they are being used at any moment through the our Asset Tracking Line.

Everything You Need to Know About GPS Tracking

How GPS Tracking Cameras Work

The U.S. Air Force opened GPS up to the world in 1993 and it has since infiltrated many facets of our lives and businesses. GPS is so seamlessly integrated into our daily lives, we sometimes don’t even notice it’s there. 

GPS is a network of over 30 navigation satellites circling the earth that continuously dispatches waves. It’s made up of three parts — satellites, ground stations, and receivers. When a receiver determines its range from four or more GPS satellites, it can determine where you are. GPS tracking cameras send signals across a nexus of satellites that circle both the earth and receivers on the ground. A GPS receiver in a vehicle uses simultaneous signals from several satellites to calculate speed and location at a specific point in time. It is accurate within a few yards.

GPS and GPS tracking cameras have shaped multiple sectors, including aviation, shipping, ocean navigation, agriculture, manufacturing, and even spaceflight. There is a GPS receiver in nearly every cell phone across the globe, as well as in environmental sensors, pipeline controllers, and cars — even in those without navigation systems. The technology improves everything from farming to shark tracking to geocaching games.

How GPS Works for Fleet Management

GPS tracking cameras use a wireless network to transmit the data collected from the receiver to other locations. One of the main functions of a GPS system is to pinpoint the precise location of a vehicle. A good GPS tracking cameras system transmits data in an easy-to-use format in real-time, so fleet managers and owners know where each driver, vehicle and asset is at all times. This knowledge can be used to benefit your fleet business in a myriad of ways and offer guidance in profit-making decisions. 

Combining GPS tracking cameras with wireless networks and software gives fleet managers a powerful tool to plan routes, create schedules and make decisions. The information collected can be sent in real-time to mobile devices, offices and other vehicles. In addition, all data is securely stored on TrackNet’s cloud servers and can be used at any time to generate reports, create training for drivers and more. Fleet managers can then use this real-time data to dispatch drivers, find the closest vehicle, verify timesheets, and evaluate driver behavior over time.

Benefits of GPS Tracking for Fleets

One of the top areas where GPS tracking cameras is most useful is when it comes to route planning. A route that is poorly planned causes fuel waste, unnecessary overtime and delayed deliveries. Whether your company operates an entire fleet of vehicles or oversees a smaller workforce of a few vehicles, you can gain significant benefits from improved routing. Other GPS tracking cameras benefits include:

  • Increased productivity. Through data analysis, the TrackNet GPS tracking cameras produce thorough, easy-to-read reports that, among things, provides you with the ability to analyze drivers’ routes over time. For example, if traffic isn’t optimal when your driver is scheduled to drive through, you can tweak the route, freeing up your driver to make another delivery.
  • Real-time dispatch. As a fleet manager, when you can see driver availability in real-time, you can assign deliveries to the driver that is closest to a job, not to the first driver that’s available.
  • Reduced problematic behaviors. GPS tracking cameras with dual dash cam puts you in the driver’s seat with your driver so you can observe everyday behavior that could be interfering with productivity. You’ll also see firsthand if drivers have unsafe habits or are distracted for any number of reasons. Excessive idling, unusual downtime or unscheduled stops can be discussed with your driver and stopped. 
  • Overtime elimination. Between route optimization and tackling troublesome driver performance, you will be able to greatly reduce or eliminate overtime.
  • Streamlining distance. There is a saying that the most expensive mile is the one you didn’t need to drive. By tapping into TrackNet’s detailed reporting capabilities, you will have an intimate look at each driver’s day and see opportunities to scale back mileage. 
  • Abolish fuel theft. Data from GPS tracking cameras will give you an accurate picture to ensure that all fuel purchased is for company business. 
  • Improved customer service. With realtime information about what truck is where you can provide customers with realistic estimated arrival times. You will also be able to anticipate possible holdups and modify delivery times or appointments so nothing is missed and no one is disappointed.

Choosing a GPS Fleet Tracking System

A GPS dash cam tracking system with telematics hardware and the right software bundle will help you keep track of your fleet, your driver’s behavior, and ELD compliance. TrackNet’s systems adhere to the latest government compliance laws, ELDs, the International Fuel Tax Agreement and driver vehicle inspection reports.

GPS tracking cameras can do a lot for your fleet management business but its main job is to gather important fleet data so you can better manage your business. Telematics software will give you detailed knowledge about fuel usage, driver behavior and more.

The right GPS fleet tracking service for your business:

  • Meets your business goals
  • Complies with government mandates
  • Works within your budget
  • Easy to use  

TrackNet’s GPS tracking systems can be scaled to fleets and businesses of all sizes and our competitive pricing is flexible and month-to-month — we don’t believe in long term contracts.

Having a GPS fleet tracking system is like having a virtual ride-along. There’s no need for you or anyone else to physically sit in the passenger seat and monitor your driver. With a GPS fleet tracking system, you can see everything from wherever you are. You can ensure your fleet is operating efficiently and drivers are being safe and responsible.

A GPS fleet tracking system is comprised of hardware and software. Some systems are plug-and-play, with devices that plug right into your vehicle’s OBD II port. Other systems are more sophisticated and require more complex installation with sensors. In either case, the technicians at TrackNet will handle the installation. Or, they will answer questions if you want to handle the installation on your own. 

To pick the GPS tracking cameras that’s best for your business and fleet, consider what features you need against what features are offered. All GPS fleet tracking systems should offer these minimum features: 

  • Integration with fuel cards
  • Driver safety tracking
  • Dashboards with on-key metrics
  • Communication and navigation options
  • Ongoing customer support

A good system should also have multi-faceted alerts with notifications sent by text and email in the event something goes amiss with either your trucks or drivers. Ideally, you should be able to set alerts for specific conditions and circumstances, e.g. if a driver has gone off-route or is speeding.

You also want a system that is easy to use and has a single streamlined dashboard that doesn’t require technical skills. App-based mobile access is also important and if you need anytime access to your data, make sure the system you choose has cloud-based storage.

The Future of GPS Technology

GPS III is on its way and is anticipated to bring more powerful and secure GPS capabilities. Considered to be the future of navigation, GPS III is set to roll out in 2023 and will be in our cars, phones, and watches. Current GPS receivers are accurate to within 10 to 33 feet. With the new satellites, receivers could be accurate to within 3 to 10 feet.

GPS systems in the U.S. have gone through six major iterations since 1978; the oldest active GPS satellite is about 26 years old. By 2034, all GPS satellites are expected to be GPS III models, which are more secure against jamming and cyberattacks.

This third generation of GPS is considered to be the most powerful GPS satellites ever on orbit. It will have three times better accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities. Ten satellites are being built as part of the project, which is being designed, developed and manufactured by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Air Force. 

Each satellite is built by hand and takes 18 months to complete. Lockheed Martin is under contract for up to 32 GPS III and GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) satellites. 

The first new satellite, GPS III SV01, launched Dec. 23, 2018, and was nicknamed “Vespucci.” The second one, GPS III SV02, launched Aug. 22, 2019, and was nicknamed “Magellan.”

The GPS III satellites are more accurate because of new atomic clocks carried aboard each one. They have more transmitter power, making the GPS reception more reliable, even indoors and in dense urban areas. The signals are also more resistant to jamming.

What that means is that navigation devices will be able to pinpoint your location with even more accuracy and reliability. Further, the new L1C signal is interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). 

The L1C signal shares the same center frequency as Europe’s Galileo network, Japan’s QZSS and China’s Beidou. GPS receivers in the future are expected to be able to gather location data from numerous global navigation satellite networks at the same time and use the data for extremely accurate tracking.

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TrackNet’s GPS tracking dash cam systems help fleet managers and owners boost performance, minimize spending and step-up customer service. And that’s just the beginning of what the right tracking system can do for you. We’re always ahead of what’s next. For more information about TrackNet’s products, features and support, call us for a no-obligation demonstration and price quote: (866) 654-2226.

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