Research has revealed that as of 2018, approximately half of the American population relies on the use of GPS for planning travel routes and getting assistance when traveling long distances.
In short, GPS has become an irreplaceable part of modern life. But how does it work? And how is it used in GPS tracking? In this post, we’ll dig deeper into the world of GPS tracking.
How Does GPS Work?
GPS stands for Global Positioning System, which relies on a GNSS network (Global Navigation Satellite System). This satellite system emits microwave signals that are sent to a range of devices that use this satellite network. These are GPS devices.
GPS is commonly found on smartphones, tablets, and other devices. However, it can also be installed on vehicles, with plenty of modern cars equipped with GPS technology. That allows them to be easily tracked in case of misuse or theft.
However, GPS vehicle tracking can also be implemented using specifically made devices that are attached to a vehicle. This allows any vehicle to be identified and tracked wherever it may go.
The Process of Tracking a Vehicle
The tracking process begins only if the vehicle has a GPS device installed – whether that’s within the vehicle or through an external device. Once installed, GPS allows the vehicle to be tracked wherever it goes.
The vehicle’s location information is stored in the device and then transferred via cellular or wireless networks. That information can then be accessed from anywhere through an online portal, either by a smartphone app or website.
This often includes the live location of the vehicle, which is portrayed on an up-to-date map. Providers can then help you access this information in the form of bread crumb trails, the speed of the vehicle. For the user, the process is a simple as logging in to receive alerts.
Use of GPS Tracking in Saving Lives
There’s more to GPS than tracking vehicles alone. GPS-based fleet tracking, for instance, can now allow users to spot drivers not using seatbelts, identify drivers disobeying rules by making sudden turns or acceleration, and much more. By monitoring drives in this way, police can ensure that traffic guidelines and driving laws are followed.
Now, GPS can even be used to send warnings and emergency alerts in the form of panic buttons. When a company employee, for example, presses the panic button installed in their vehicle, the company will receive an alert and can intervene to help – knowing their location from the GPS information.
Benefits of GPS Technology
- GPS can help identify the ideal route to follow to reach your destination
With GPS technology, you can identify the fastest, shortest route to your destination. It even alerts you about the traffic on certain routes and provides alternate options. With GPS, you can never get lost!
- GPS can help cut down fuel costs
With a GPS device in your fleet or personal vehicles, you can significantly cut down on fuel costs. The GPS provides the shortest and most efficient route to your destination and thereby eliminates fuel wastage in traffic jams. By traveling on the most efficient route, you can reach your destination on time.