Back in the early 1990s, the vehicle theft industry went through a revolution with the development of GPS (Global Positioning Satellite Systems) vehicle security systems. The technology permitted the tracking of a stolen vehicle over a map on a computer.
It was and still is a high tech way to track a stolen car and assist police in recovering the vehicle and arresting the person who took it.
The technology was possible due to the launching of 24 global positioning satellites that were intended to assist the U.S. armed forces know exactly where on earth they were. Each satellite transmits a signal that is processed by a GPS receiver in a car. When the car is receiving signals from three satellites then a process known as triangulation takes place allowing the system to track the vehicle on a computer screen.
It was all the rage and most if not all the major vehicle security manufacturers offered it. The technology has been enhanced through the years so that it can also be used to manage a fleet of trucks, permit parents to observe their teenage children’s driving sojourns, and keep track with the location of the elderly and small children.
One company that offers 22 different types of GPS tracking systems that include all the latest technology is LiveViewGPS in Valencia, California. The company offers products that allow the tracking of a vehicle, person, or some other asset on a computer or a smartphone.
LiveViewGPS product inventory includes devices that feature GPS technology or a combination of GPS technology with GPRS or GPS/GSM.
GPRS or General Packet Radio Service is the world’s most commonly used wireless data service and is available with GSM or Global Systems for Mobile Communication or cellular network. A GPRS tracking device uses the cellular network to communicate data through the Internet to a computer or smartphone. It can work in conjunction with GPS, which gathers the location information. This data is then delivered to the Internet via GPRS. However, a GPRS system can also work independently by using cell stations to determine a vehicle’s location. Although GPS is more precise, GPRS allows the communication of more highly sophisticated data. LiveViewGPS recommends this technology for people who want a two-way system of communication between dispatchers and drivers, and receive tracking location information and vital vehicle statistics in real time.
GPS/GSM tracking uses either the Global Positioning Satellite System or the Global System for Mobile Communication to determine location. Thus GSM uses cellular towers to ascertain location. This technology is being used to track vehicles, in cell phones and watches and in or on anything you may want tracked. So it can be used to monitor the location of elderly or children. The software that supports GSM has been improved to allow it to gather and communicate data on such things as location, direction of travel, speed, engine idle, engine start and stop times, and more. This allows the generation of reports that provide such information as dates, time, location, and duration of stops; stops and starts based on ignition or movement; route deviations; state-to-state mileage; aggressive driving; excessive idling; vehicle mileage; vehicle operation; and speed.
The fact that LiveViewGPS offers 22 different and distinct tracking products that feature a variety of state-of-the art technologies means that you should be able to find the system that best meets your needs for an affordable price.
To find out more about the technologies used in tracking as well as details on each and every product the company offers we suggest you visit the LiveViewGPS website.