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Types of GPS Vehicle Tracking Systems

written by: Haresh Khemani•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 2/28/2009

There are two types of GPS vehicle tracking systems: passive and active. The passive vehicle tracking systems store GPS location, speed, heading and sometime a trigger event such as key on/off, door open/closed.

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    Types of GPS Vehicle Tracking Systems

    There are two types of GPS vehicle tracking systems: passive and active or real-time. The passive vehicle tracking systems store GPS location, speed, heading and sometime a trigger event such as key on/off, door open/closed. When the vehicle reaches a predetermined location the device of passive vehicles tracking systems is removed and the data is evaluated in the computer. The active vehicle tracking system also collect the same information, but they send the information in the real-time via cellular or satellite networks to a computer or data center for evaluation.

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    Passive Vehicle Tracking Systems

    The passive vehicle tracking systems comprise of a device that is fitted in the vehicle, which is to be tracked. This device records various locations as the car is driven around. Later you can retrieve the device and connect it to your PC to read the data. From the devise you can get reports in details. For instance apart from various locations that the car had passed you can also know when the door was closed and opened, you see the speed variations of the car. You can also know when the car had gone out of the safe zone and so on. All these reports are available for free.

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    Active or Real-Time Vehicle Tracking Systems

    The active or real-time GPS vehicle tracking systems are connected to the internet so you can view the location of your vehicle at any time and from anywhere via your web browser. In active vehicle tracking systems there is no need to retrieve the device to get the information you are looking for. It can distantly broadcast the GPS position using the GSM/GPRS network, SMS, and even Satellite communication. The device can also send data as an SMS text message or over the internet and can even switch to Satellite automatically when it is out of cellular network coverage. This means that you can easily track the assets anywhere in the world.

    GPS real time Vehicle tracking is becoming more prominent in the service industry. The device helps them to improve the customer services. Business owners are opting to use this new technology to monitor their employee’s hours on the job as well as keep track of company property. This way they can use their resources effectively and also protect their assets.