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What is vehicle Tracking System?

Monitoring and managing the mobile assets are very important for any company dealing with the services, delivery or transport vehicles. Information technologies helps in supporting these functionalities from remote locations and update the managers with the latest information of their mobile assets. Tracking the mobile assets locations data and analyzing the information is necessary for optimal utilization of the assets. 

Vehicle Tracking System is a software & hardware system enabling the vehicle owner to track the position of their vehicle. A vehicle tracking system uses either GPS or radio technology to automatically track and record a fleet's field activities. Activity is recorded by modules attached to each vehicle. And then the data is transmitted to a central, internet-connected computer where it is stored. Once the data is transmitted to the computer, it can can be analyzed and reports can be downloaded in real-time to your computer using either web browser based tools or customized software.

Vehicle Tracking Benefits.   An enterprise-level vehicle tracking system should offer customizable reporting tools, for example to provide a summary of the any day activities. It should have the ability to produce and print detailed maps and reports displaying actual stops, customer locations, mileage traveled, and elapsed time at each location, and real-time access to vehicle tracking data and reports.

Vehicle tracking system can be active, passive or both depending upon the application. Here are steps involved in the vehicle tracking:

  • Data capture: Data capturing is the first step in tacking your vehicle. Data in a vehicle tracking system is captured through a unit called automated vehicle unit. The automated vehicle unit uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) to determine the location of the vehicle. This unit is installed in the vehicle and contains interfaces to various data sources. This paper considers the location data capture along with data from various sensors like fuel, vehicle diagnostic sensors etc. 
  • Data storage: Captured data is stored in the me memory of the automated vehicle unit. 
  • Data transfer: Stored data are transferred to the computer server using the mobile network or by connecting the vehicle mount unit to the computer.
  • Data analysis: Data analysis is done through software application. A GIS mapping component is also a integral part of the vehicle tracking system and it is used to display the correct location of the vehicle on the map.

Vehicle tracking systems benefits:

  • Increasing productivity of your mobile workers.

  • It helps monitoring employee driving habits and activities.

  • Helps you locate your employees are on-the-road.

  • Helps you verify the employee time sheet.

  • Helps you in monitoring all your vehicles.

  • Helps you in timely delivery of the consignments

  • Helps you monitor the vehicle speeds

  • Helps you in tracking the movement of vehicles on the road

This this section you learned about the various components of the vehicle tracking systems.

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