Active Vs. Passive Vehicle Tracking

by Admin on May 16, 2011

Vehicle tracking uses radio or satellite technology to track the location of a vehicle. Modern systems often use GLONASS or GPS to track the vehicle, but there are also other automated tracking systems that can be used. Information on the vehicle’s location can be viewed using a specialized program or the Internet, depending on the service.

Active vs. Passive

An active GPS tracking system is called a “real-time” device. This system provides instant information on the direction of travel, stops, location, and speed of a vehicle. Wireless networks are deployed to transmit data to a local computer, allowing users to view the information on an electronic map.

Passive vehicle tracking systems use the same technology to gather vehicle information, but the data is stored away for access at a later time. The tracking device must be physically removed from the vehicle and connected to a PC to access the data.

The Best Choice

Companies who are concerned about the efficient delivery and dispatch of their vehicles should invest in a real-time vehicle tracking system. This will allow the company to access the current location of any vehicle in their fleet at any time. Some GPS devices also allow the operator to talk to the drivers and pass commands. If a vehicle moves past the specified virtual boundary, the system will send an email alert or text message to the operator.

Insurance companies sometimes offer discounts for vehicles equipped with an active GPS system, since it greatly decreases the chance of losing the vehicle. This system is also recommended for regular car owners who want protection from theft. Many thieves will not realize the vehicle can be tracked via GPS, allowing the police to find both the car and the culprits. However, an active vehicle tracking system is fairly expensive to purchase and will involve a $20 – $60 monthly subscription fee.

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