What is vehicle tracking?
Vehicle tracking, also referred to as a vehicle tracking system, represents the combined usage of automatic vehicle location in vehicles with computer software that keeps fleet data for a complete picture of all locations visited by vehicle. In modern times, most vehicle tracking systems use Global Positioning System (GPS) or Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) to locate the vehicle. Some vehicle tracking devices can use other kinds of automatic vehicle location systems. Software specialised for tracking or electronic maps on the Internet are used as information about vehicle. This tracking system has been growing in use in public transit, especially in bigger and more urban cities, but also in fleet management like the tracking of fleets, dispatching and even as protection from thieves. Also, one of the uses of GPS vehicle tracking systems is to monitor drivers, be it an employer tracking their workers or parents keeping their children in check.
Types of vehicle tracking devices
There are various types of vehicle tracking devices, but they are mostly separated into two groups, active devices and passive devices. The main difference between these two is when and where they transfer collected data. Passive devices first store all data collected and then when the vehicle reaches the chosen point, the device is removed from the vehicle and transferred to another device for further analysis. More and more passive devices are including auto downloading capabilities via a wireless network rather than connecting the device to a computer.
On the other side, active devices transfer collected data almost in real time via satellite or cellular networks to other devices or systems. Both of these devices collect the same data, like GPS location, direction, chosen point, and speed, but can also keep track of the data related to opening and closing of doors or the key being turned on or off. Almost all modern devices for vehicle tracking will be both active and passive. Which “mode” is used depends on if there is a cellular network device that can connect and transfer data or not. In cases where there is no open network, the device will store data in an internal storage and transfer it as soon as it catches the first signals of a cellular network.
Tracking vehicles in Australia
There are a number of companies in Australia offer vehicle tracking systems. Their offers usually combine both passive and active devices in one, and rely on real-time GPS information. The services of vehicle tracking systems are mostly used by businesses connected to public transit, companies dealing with fleets and cargos, but also individuals who want to feel secure about their vehicles. Some of the most reliable and best reviewed companies in Australia are Track My Ride, GPS Trackers Australia, Monogoose Automotive Technologies Australia, and ReadyTrack.