How GPS Tracking Works

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These days, GPS is pretty much everywhere. But have you ever considered how it’s made possible and how it works so well for fleet managers and businesses? GPS stands for global positioning system. Through communication with a network of satellites, GPS allows us to use trilateration.

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What’s Trilateration?

You might have already heard of triangulation. Trilateration works along the same lines but is slightly more complicated. Like triangulation, trilateration uses three points of reference to determine the speed, location and direction of an object. When it comes to GPS, the satellites act as the reference points.

GPS satellites time just how long it takes for a bounced signal to go from the receiver to itself. By working out how fast the signal travels, the satellite calculates the distance the signal has travelled. Once the 3 satellites have their information collected, combining the results of the calculations and the relative positions of the satellites, we can work out the position of the receiver.

Thankfully, GPS equipment allows us to avoid doing maths at all. Once the receivers are installed in your fleet vehicles they will do the work for you.

The Importance of Fleet Tracking

So how does this translate into an ideal solution for your business? Essentially, if you’re always able to track where your vehicles are, they’ll be a lot easier to get back if they’re stolen. In addition to this, GPS gives you an insight into driver behaviour and allows you to tailor your company’s policies to save money and make your drivers safer. It also allows you to see which routes are the most efficient so that you can optimise your journeys.

Contact SafeTrac Solutions for more information

If you’re interested in GPS for your fleet and would like to know what the next step is, contact SafeTrac Solutions today! Our tracking solutions are ideal for both assets and fleets and we have a number of solutions available depending on your budget and your needs.

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