Everything you need to know about a car GPS tracker

GPS trackers are small devices that allow fleet managers, rental companies, but also all other (business) car owners to track and monitor the use of their vehicle.

A GPS tracker for your car

GPS trackers are small devices that allow fleet managers, rental companies, but also all other (business) car owners to track and monitor the use of their vehicle.

A real-time GPS tracker in the car ensures that information about the vehicle is transmitted continuously, and therefore, all information can be viewed remotely. This is a big difference to the simplest GPS trackers, as these only store the information in the device itself. As a result, the information can only be read afterwards. With a modern car GPS tracker, it is even possible to receive an automatic notification on your mobile phone when a driver is speeding or when the car leaves a certain location or area.

How does a GPS tracker work?

GPS devices use a network of satellites to determine the location of the device. The Global Positioning System, as the system is fully known, consists of a minimum of 24 satellites orbiting the earth in a number of fixed positions. If a GPS receiver can pick up the signal of at least four satellites, it can determine its location on earth. Depending on the circumstances, this can be as close as 1 to 2 metres. A GPS car tracker uses the same technique to determine its current location.

 

The difference between regular GPS navigation and a GPS tracker is that the navigation system is meant to give you the route to a destination based on your current location. A tracker is used to transmit useful information, such as the location of a vehicle, its speed and other details, in real-time, i.e. at the moment it happens.

To ensure that you can retrieve location data, speed and other things with software from anywhere in the world, a car GPS tracker uses the same technology as a mobile phone. The tracker connects to the internet to ensure that the vehicle’s location can be seen in the software within seconds. This requires a data connection, and that is why the use of a car GPS tracker is subject to monthly fees.

What do you use a car GPS tracker for?

The main reason why many of our customers choose a GPS tracker is so that they can always see where a vehicle is located. There are many situations in which this is useful. An obvious case is theft. If a tracker is installed in the vehicle, you can immediately let the police know where your property is.

GPS trackers are proving their worth in fleet management on a daily basis. Companies use the technology to see where their rental cars, company buses and trucks are at any given

What do you use a car GPS tracker for?

The main reason why many of our customers choose a GPS tracker is so that they can always see where a vehicle is located. There are many situations in which this is useful. An obvious case is theft. If a tracker is installed in the vehicle, you can immediately let the police know where your property is.

A tracker for every application

GPS trackers are proving their worth in fleet management on a daily basis. Companies use the technology to see where their rental cars, company buses and trucks are at any given moment. Not only does this enable them to better coordinate their daily activities, but it also helps them to keep track of their administration, as a GPS tracker flawlessly records the routes and kilometres driven, and all this information can be effortlessly converted into reports.

How to use a car GPS tracker?

Installing a GPS tracker in a vehicle is easy. However, the way the device is installed and used can differ per type of tracker. The most important difference is whether the device uses its own battery or the power supply of the vehicle.

An OBD tracker is designed to be easily inserted into the OBD-II connector of your car. This port is often located under the dashboard near the driver’s feet. A big advantage of this type of tracker is that they get their power from the diagnostic port in the vehicle. This port is generally easy to reach, and so this car GPS tracker can be installed in no time.

A car GPS tracker with its own batteryis one of the least conspicuous solutions. They can be placed almost anywhere and can be easily transferred from one vehicle to another. Because these trackers have their own battery, they do need to be taken out of the vehicle at regular intervals for recharging

A wired GPS tracker is connected to the power supply of the car. The device will, therefore, always have power, and you can call up the location of the vehicle 24 hours a day. The installation requires more dexterity than, for example, an OBD GPS tracker, but it is no problem for a person with some technical knowledge. Because this type of GPS tracker is directly linked to the electrical system of the car, it offers extra possibilities. For example, it becomes possible to remotely block the starting of a vehicle. Also, an emergency button and even a smoke detector can be placed in the vehicle. This makes this car GPS tracker very suitable for car hire companies, but also for construction machines, buses and motor homes, for example.

The law and a GPS tracker in the car

A GPS tracker in your own car is your choice and, of course, permitted.

When it comes to a company car driven by your staff or in the case of a vehicle that is rented out, it works a little differently. As an employer, you naturally have the option of automatically collecting information about your employees. However, you must take privacy into account.

The most important condition you have to take into account is that you have a good reason for collecting the information. Installing a car GPS tracker must be necessary to achieve that purpose. For example, a good reason to place a GPS device in the vehicle could be to always be able to see which vehicle is closest to the customer. Or to protect your company vehicles against theft.

Before installing the car GPS tracker in the vehicle, it is, therefore, advisable to carry out a privacy test (or have one carried out). This involves weighing up the interests and rights of the owner of the vehicle against those of the driver. In most cases, you will have to make clear what is forbidden and how you will monitor this, for example, by drawing up rules of conduct.