Introduction to Vehicle Tracking Devices: What is GPS and how does it Work?
Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite system based in space which gathers and provides information on the location of items on Earth. It helps you make your business more efficient by allowing you to track your fleet vehicles in real time. GPS can help your business' security, fleet tracking, vehicle tracking systems and individual tracking.
The satellites communicate with a network of receivers on the ground. The receivers use the information to map the satellites' locations and deduce the position of GPS devices. Using commercial GPS, it is possible to pinpoint an object to an accuracy of 3-15m (10-50ft).
Legal Vehicle Tracking
A vehicle tracker is legal as long as the driver of that vehicle is aware he or she is being monitored.
Sometimes company vehicles are not used in the way they are meant to be. Users may drive them outside of the agreed route or at reckless speeds, which wastes the company's and driver's time, wastes money on fuel and can create potential speeding incidents or accidents.
Vehicle tracking systems can bring all of this under control, although some drivers resent being monitored.
Illegal Vehicle Tracking
Tracking a vehicle without the driver's consent is illegal, whether for business purposes or not. The implications of telematics or vehicle tracking systems are considerable. Drivers should be informed of the full capability of the tracking technology before being held to account for their behaviour.
GPS reminds drivers of their behaviour helping them to drive safely and to schedule.
Covert Tracking Devices
There is a growing market for covert tracking devices, designed to secretly monitor a vehicle's movements. Covert GPS tracking systems are long-life battery operated devices attached to the underside of a vehicle using magnets.
These devices are not practical as long-term security devices for the prevention of theft, and are illegal for private use in the UK.