GPS vehicle trackers are used by companies to make their fleet more fuel efficient and productive whatever its size. These improvements can result in significant savings, with most firms who install trackers seeing a drop in fuel costs of between 15% and 25%.
Additional benefits to utilizing telematics with your fleet include vehicle security and improved customer service. Stolen vehicles are more likely to be returned if they have GPS trackers installed. Delivery services can also be far more transparent with their customers if they can track their driver’s delivery route.
Types of GPS Tracker
While there are many different styles of tracker available in the US, the two main types of GPS tracker are ‘active’ and ‘passive.
Active GPS trackers update the location of the vehicle every few seconds to give real-time location and telematics. They use a combination of wireless and GPS signals to maintain maximum connection.
Passive GPS trackers record the data on a journey to be downloaded at a later time, for example when the driver returns to the base office at the end of each day or week.
Best GPS Trackers 2017
When looking for GPS trackers for your fleet it is best to compare the market and see which one would benefit your business the most. To get you started, we have reviewed some of the most popular models currently available;
VehiclePath GPS Trackers
VehiclePath produces the VP2500 range of GPS trackers which are fitted with the latest GSM and CDMA technology as well as a GPS antenna.
GSM carries out the same role as a GPS tracker, but instead of using satellites to triangulate its position it uses nearby cellphone masts, which increases its accuracy and reception.
All this tracking technology is fitted into a device that measures only 2 inches x 4 inches. These models are extremely robust as they have a working temperature range of -22 to 167 degrees Fahrenheit. The trackers support two way messaging as well as Garmin navigation.
VP2500 trackers can be installed in your fleet from as little as $99, a sum which includes activation, equipment and three months service on the Service Plus Plan.
However, if you require a more comprehensive GPS system, then the Knockout Service Plan offers full reporting for your business for a slightly higher monthly cost.
CES: GPS-150 Tracker
The latest GPS tracker unit manufactured by CES is the GPS-150. The system uses some of the most sophisticated vehicle location technology available and includes an integrated modem allowing it to communicate through any wireless device.
The GPS-150 is designed to be low maintenance but high performance which ultimately makes it one of the most reliable and efficient trackers available.
It can either accumulate data to be transferred at pre-programmed times, or it can provide up to the minute location to the fleet manager.
It works in conjunction with intuitive CES software for reporting as well as the CES mobile display terminal which allows drivers to send and receive messages to and from the dispatcher.
Prices for the CES tracking system will vary depending on the size of your fleet but prices can start from under $25 per month. If you already have a tracking system that requires upgrading, CES often offer significant trade in prices for your old hardware.
X5 GPS Trackers
The X5 GPS is a high performance tracker which specializes in live data, meaning you can have accurate vehicle locations transmitted to your dispatch team in the fastest possible time.
However, this speed has not compromised accuracy as the X5 technology is accurate to a distance of 8 inches.
Furthermore, X5 have developed a new web based vehicle tracking system which means that you can access your fleet from any internet connected PC in the world and the software is capable of tracking hundreds of vehicles at any one time.
Other features available in this model include the ability to disable the vehicle starter and two way communications with your drivers.
Unusually in the tracker market, X5 offers month by month services, meaning you will not be tied into any long term contracts and prices start from under $30 per month.
RTV5 Vehicle Tracking
The RTV5 is designed to maximize your businesses return on investment through reducing fuel consumption, increasing driver efficiency and cutting maintenance bills.
The RTV5 system is another web based tracking system and includes a number of features in addition to vehicle location such as; the ability to group vehicles, receiving boundary or speed alerts to your cell, remote start and enabling or disabling the starter.
These features increase the security of some of your most valuable assets. This is a tough device with the ability to operate in temperatures of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
The company offers differential pricing on the RTV5 GPS tracker with prices starting from around $1 a day for 10 second updates and these prices rise by a further 20-30% for firms that require tracker updates every 5 seconds.