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.