Freddie Harold, Negosentro | Rapid accelerations in technology and its applications in the daily human lifestyle has given rise to GPS and cloud technology, and their functionality as real-time tracking devices has made it possible for fleet organizations to utilize them seamlessly in their operations. It has been made possible, through this technology, to have an accurate determination of where vehicles are within the world, and this has helped ease the minds of users of all ages.
For example, real-time tracking of school buses has made it possible for parents to know exactly where their children are at the time, and what routes is their transportation taking them through. This ensures that their sons and daughters are safe and will be arriving within a certain window of time. Likewise, real-time tracking has made it possible for customers of ride-hailing services such as Grab and Uber to track the current location of their hailed vehicle, as well as track where they’re currently traversing through. Drivers, on the other hand, can use the GPS services to have an accurate journey even if they’ve never been to the place before.
Although it might depend on the kind of service provider they use, logistics and delivery companies can use real-time tracking so they and their customers can track where the courier is currently located. This helps secure the on-time delivery of packages and mail and makes sure that errors are strongly avoided during the delivery.
City bus companies can also use this technology to keep track of the route and conditions of the vehicles registered under their operations. In fact, some cities and public transport organizations actively support the usage of GPS tracking on city buses and other public transportation after seeing its strong efficiency and the way it has improved quality of service provided.
But when it comes to choosing the right platform to use and integrate in the operations, it can he difficult to make a solid decision with so many options out there. However, in fact, the options in the market can simply be categorized into two classifications: tracking software embedded on mobile devices/smartphones, and standalone GPS devices which have “dedicated” GPS chips in them.
Standalone devices were used before GPS tracking tools were included in smartphones, and when WiFi or mobile internet was not yet as prevalent as it is today. Because they rely on GPS chips, some drivers tend to prefer them as they can be conveniently left attached in their vehicle until it’s time to use it again. This can be the perfect option for those who have the tendency to leave their phones at home, or for those who may pass through routes that give them connectivity issues which lasts for a while during their travels.
However, with the growing proliferation of mobile phone usage, and all the other innovations that have developed to make the remote usage as smooth and efficient as possible, smartphones with tracking software are becoming a more popular option. While it ultimately boils down to where a user is more comfortable with, there’s no doubt that a growing percentage of the user population are making the switch from dedicated GPS devices to using their phones for real-time tracking concerns and activities.
Here are the key takeaways on the biggest benefits of mobile devices with GPS over standalone GPS devices for real-time GPS tracking, no matter what you may use it for, as seen in this infographic by myTrackee:
- Flexibility and capabilities
- Ease of use
- Mapping accuracy
- Additional features
Find out more about these benefits by checking out the infographic now.