GPS Vehicle Tracking Units – What’s the difference?
In finding the best GPS vehicle tracking device, many service companies are curious about what the difference is between types of GPS tracking units. There are three different types of GPS tracking devices which include Data Loggers, Data Pullers, and Data Pushers.
Data loggers include your standard GPS devices available from any electronic store such as Garmin, Magellan, and TomTom. Data pullers include real time GPS devices that regularly send data to a server for real time retrieval and software integration. Data pushers are GPS devices that can be queried on specific time intervals or a set limit for latitude and longitude coordinates and typically include cell phone GPS tracking or mobile phone GPS trackers.
Data loggers such as TomTom, Garmin, and Magellan are personal devices that are usually with built in mapping and a screen. These devices are designed to show the user where they are at a given time and to log information about where they have been. The user has complete control over the device and information. These GPS devices can provide turn by turn directions on screen or in a computerized voice.
Data Pullers are GPS tracking units that submit data at specific intervals and under certain conditions. GPS vehicle tracking devices work in real time and send a variety of information in increments of 1 minute. This information includes situations such as when a vehicle turns a certain amount of degrees, goes past a certain speed, or enters an area. The information is typically sent to a server where the data is retrieved and pulled into a software program.
Dispatched uses this type of device to provide real time vehicle tracking information in the software program. The software will display the vehicle’s location, speed, altitude, and coordinates. Speeding alerts and geofencing notifications can be set to notify particular users of the software.
The GPS data is also logged to produce a “bread crumb trail” of where the service vehicle has been. For true real time GPS vehicle tracking, data pullers are the only way to optimize routes, find the closest technician to a site, and monitor the vehicle status. GPS vehicle tracking and service management software is a must for service businesses.
Data pushers include cell phone GPS tracking or mobile device GPS tracking. Many companies currently rely on this type of device to track their service technician locations. The device is typically a GPS enabled mobile phone that can be queried for its location using a web site interface.
Most of the current mobile phone providers such as Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon typically limit the number of queries to 4 an hour or the interval to every 15 minutes. Usually, a GPS vehicle tracking report is not available, and if it is, it will only display up to 4 locations per hour. This means that there is no way to tell where the device has been. Furthermore, all GPS enabled phones can easily have the GPS tracking feature turned off by the mobile phone user.
Global Positioning System solutions are now affordable to the small to mid-size business. With the rising fuel costs, your service business can not afford to operate without real time GPS technologies. DeFNiC Software offers purchase and leasing options starting at very economical prices.