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Technology in transport: GPS vehicle tracking

Published: 28 April 2016 - Sarah Mead

Ruth Nixon, Managing Director of Zycomm, discusses the importance of technology in the transport industry, focusing on GPS vehicle tracking.

Technology is changing the world at a phenomenal pace, and the transport industry is no difference. Connected and autonomous vehicle technology is constantly evolving and will potentially save businesses huge sums of money. With traffic and population on a constant upward trend, the demand for more transportation infrastructure and new technologies won’t let up.

Optimising transport in a business context can be done through various new technologies such as alternative fuels, keyless fleet management and traffic analytics. But the most common, and one of the most effective is through Global Positioning Systems (GPS). GPS fleet tracking technology has made vast improvements in terms of features and functionality in recent years.

GPS consists of 24 operational satellites (with several spares) orbiting the earth at an altitude of approximately 11,000 miles. The satellites orbit the earth twice per day in a pattern which ensures that at least 4 satellites can be viewed from the earth at any position any time of the day. Typically, however between 5 and 7 satellites may be in view.

GPS devices provide both transport information users and provide network operators with data and a platform to manage and improve services. Helping monitor and manage traffic flows and build customer relationships. For businesses within the transport industry in the UK, specialist web-based GPS vehicle tracking solutions are now vital. Recently, vehicle-related GPS services and devices have become more sophisticated and able to relay quite specific information to drivers as well as business owners.

This can include warnings about the speed the driver is travelling at relative to the standard of the road ahead, or the device may display an ideal route map for drivers that have to make multiple stops within a small area. Vehicle tracking enables round the clock visibility and control of mobile workforces, as well as great value for money. Businesses should do whatever they can to reduce business risk, whether that be road incidents, incorrect routing or failed deliveries. GPS vehicle tracking systems gives you the control you need to monitor and action corrective measures to benefit a business as a whole.

GPS receivers are a vital part of vehicle tracking and GPRS device inside (much like that found inside a mobile phone). This allows the receiver to transmit its information from the receiver back to the host server in real time via the internet. GPS receivers also calculates a variety of fleet management information (speed, heading, distance, idling and driver behaviour) which is transmitted along with the vehicle location tracking information.

Implementing this vehicle tracking solutions aids both large fleets as well as companies that only have a small quantity of company vehicles. Do not underestimate the importance of vehicle tracking for businesses. Here is a rundown of the top benefits:

  • Saves valuable time and money
  • Improves efficiencies
  • Improves security
  • Monitors driver behaviour
  • Reduces fuel and vehicle maintenance costs
  • Reduces idle times
  • Increases productivity
  • Enhances security

Vehicle-related GPS services and devices have become more sophisticated and able to relay quite specific information to drivers as well as business owners. Moving on from this is businesses are incorporating dash cam technology. While the technology may not appeal to everyone, the payoff in the unfortunate event of an accident might just make it a must-have. Here are the top benefits of vehicle tracking with dash cam:

  • Have first-hand evidence of a car accident
  • Prevent fraud
  • Protect your no-claims bonus and insurance premiums
  • Keep a record of your fleet and driver’s activity
  • Cheaper car insurance
  • Taxi and Private hire protection


 
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