The History of Vehicle Tracker

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Personal Computers and the Internet

Major credit for these widespread GPS facilities among the citizen is also due to the rise of personal computers and the internet. 

The combination of these two cleared the major limitation as previously, only the government was authorized to utilise GPS. But with the growth of the internet, this power was bestowed upon the citizens too.


The personal computers allowed proprietors to take control of their business and utilize GPS to its maximum potential. The reason being computers, unlike their predecessors, were not large and space consuming but were fast, small and rather adaptable.

The Internet spread like wildfire and so did the operating ways of fleet management. Soon, all the fleet management programs were updated to be web-based.

This had many advantages but the prominent was the free flow of data between the driver, manager and the owner of the fleet. From maintenance records, vehicle sales to vehicle ordering, every detail was now being uploaded online, reducing paperwork drastically, along with increasing transparency.

GPS Navigation and Fleet

The fleet management industry received a big boom when the internet teamed up with GPS technology. The early technology was a huge change in the management but had many limitations. They were found to be quite expensive and not very dynamic in terms of portability. 

Even though the device worked properly, but these limitations made it tough for the users to reap the benefits. Due to the heavy expense, only the large and wealthy businesses could enjoy the technology.

After GPS navigation was incorporated within fleet management, the mapping technology became available to the commercial drivers as well. This increased driving efficiency and improved business operations.

It took approximately another decade for this technology to emerge as an efficient tracking system. The Internet of Things (IoT) was yet to take over the world, but its predecessor, M2M or Machine to Machine communication was responsible in the evolution of navigation technology into the tracking system.

Modern Technology

As time passed, M2M evolved into the IoT or Internet of Things. With the entry of sensor parameters and cloud-based technology, mapping accuracy increased significantly. 

The fundamentals of GPS tracker still remain the same. Today’s GPS tracking system is based on the GLONASS or the Global Navigation Satellite System network. It works as a combination of locator along with the software which updates you with your real-time location. 

The network combines a series of satellites that utilize microwave signals which are transferred to GPS devices. This provides data on location, time, vehicle speed and direction. The GPS system can work both ways as giving the live location as well as recording past movements.

Economy increased, trade increased and as a result, the freight industry surged. So, for large fleet the requirement for effective management also arose. This lead to the development of vehicle tracking systems to fulfill different tasks. 

The early versions of the GPS tracker could only give live update and past movements but had many limitations. The current versions have evolved and have the following advanced features -

Recovery of Stolen Vehicles – With continual increase in crime rates, rampant vehicle theft emerged. But with the help of GPS trackers for cars, stolen vehicles can now be recovered and tracked.

Asset Tracking - Valuable assets need to be tracked by companies for safety, customer satisfaction and insurance. It is the vehicle tracking system that assists them in doing so.

Field service management – Proper maintenance is what keeps a company enjoy profits, rather than spending an unnecessary fortune on regular and sudden replacements. The repair and maintenance of the vehicles can be planned with the GPS vehicle tracker.

Weather Updates - Advanced Vehicle Trackers which use the Fleet management software (FMS) give weather updates. This helps the driver to know beforehand if the route he is taking has manageable weather, to avoid unnecessary halts and delays. 

Fuel Management – GPS trackers for cars come with the ability to optimise the routes that your carrier needs to take. This enhances fuel management, as it presents the shortest route possible to the destination, taking the least amount of time. This allows business owners to save copious amount of fuel on a yearly basis.

Engine Health - Engine is the heart of the vehicle. In order to maintain the vehicle’s efficiency, it’s very important for the company to look after the engine. It is through VTS that a detailed report about the engine can be obtained. 

This massive evolution also shows how far technology has come since its inception. Moreover, the incorporation of Telematics in fleet management is bound to expedite this progress. Only time can tell what the future will look like, but following such advanced growth, one thing is certain: the fleet industry is booming and there is no stopping it.