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.