Vehicle Tracking Equipment

Tracking a vehicle using GPS requires the installation of a number of key components.

Firstly a GPS receiver unit is required, to receive location co-ordinates from satellites orbiting the earth. Communication between the receiver unit and satellites is facilitated by a dedicated external antenna, usually mounted near the receiver and hard-wired into the receivers circuit board. The GPS receiver has on-board memory, which allows it to store longitude and latitude c0-ordinates for transmission as needed by our mapping software.

A second external antenna allows communication between the GPS receiver and our servers, using the mobile cellular network (mobile phone towers).

Effective GPS tracking requires these key components to be properly installed! Poor installation will result in poor system performance, since incorrectly oriented antennas will reduce signal strength and therefore tracking accuracy.

At Motive Research, we check the installation of our devices in the field when using on-site contractors, to eliminate sloppy workmanship and ensure customer satisfaction.

GPS tracking – how does it work?

GPS is an acronym for Global Positioning System. It was developed by the US Navy to improve fleet navigation compared to traditional methods in the early 1970’s. The system uses satellites that work together to pinpoint a position on earth, from a number of locations in orbit. Initially designed exclusively for military purposes, GPS has since been made available to anyone with a GPS receiver. Naturally the system has been “de-tuned” for civilian applications like vehicle tracking, however it is accepted that a position can be accurately determined to within 1-2 metres.

Locations on earth are expressed as Longitude and Latitude co-ordinates, which can be converted to map positions with appropriate software. Motive Research has rigorously tested a number of receiver units to find the most reliable hardware on which to base our GPS tracking platform. Our field testing is your security, we wouldn’t risk your valuable assets with inferior hardware that was not able to provide dependable, accurate service every day. Fleet management has never been easier.

Motive Research Reporting

Distance reports show fleet usage
A report that shows the overall vehicle usage is a powerful tool for a fleet manager. A distance report includes the total time and distance driven and the idle time in between trips for each vehicle or driver.

Time on site reports improve customer satisfaction
The time spent at customer sites is a key measure for sales or service organizations. Time on site reports show details of customer visits and the customers that have not been visited. This makes it easy to both validate visits, and quickly take care of any missed customers.

Fuel and speed reports promote green driving
Fuel reports show the fuel consumption and also indicate how the vehicles are driven. With optional accelerometer information the reports show harsh accelerations, breaking and sharp turns. By monitoring the fuel consumption fuel costs can be cut by 10 – 20 % and by following speed limits another 10 – 20 % savings can be added as the vehicle wear is significantly reduced.

Idle time reports save money
Idling vehicles are costing companies significant amounts of money. An idle time report that reduces idling is often more than enough to motivate the cost of a tracking system. A heavy truck, or bus, consumes up to one gallon of diesel fuel per hour when idling. That unnecessary fuel cost amounts to $24,000 USD annually for a fleet of ten trucks idling two hours per day.