The Global Positioning System, more commonly known as GPS, serves many purposes. Today, the applications of the GPS include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- Disaster management
- Data mining
- Fleet tracking
Today, the most common application of the GPS is for tracking and navigation purposes. The GPS makes use of the concept of triangulation. Triangulation is a process through which you can find the exact location of the object which you are tracking. This is done with the help of satellites orbiting the earth. The target object is tracked by three (or more) satellites which are closest to it. The GPS calculates the relative distances by tracing the route of radio waves traveling to and from the satellites. The coordinates of the target object’s exact location are then obtained.
Since the year 2000, the GPS technology has been making continuous progress. The uses of the GPS have expanded widely. It is now used to detect the location of people, smart devices, and even vehicles. There are plenty of GPS software available which can be used for both personal and commercial purposes. Fleet management is an important application of the GPS. Some software also offers global coverage. Hence, they are ideal for both small companies and largescale multinational corporations. Oftentimes, the GPS software can also be downloaded and installed onto smart devices such as phones or tablets. This way, supervisors can also keep a track of their vehicles and drivers when away from their workstations.
In the area of fleet and vehicle management, there are several ways to ensure that the GPS is used to its full potential. Businesses can use it to obtain real-time location updates about the company vehicles. They can ensure that a particular vehicle is following its designated route. The number and location of the stops that a driver makes can also be monitored.
Some GPS services also keep a log of the travel history of each vehicle which is a part of the fleet. This way, if the company wants to see which locations a particular vehicle has visited in the past or how much time it has spent in transit, it can check the history. The GPS can also be used to watch the behaviors of the vehicle drivers.
Another very useful aspect of GPS is the geo-fencing feature. Using this, managers can make sure that company vehicles are fenced into a limited geographical space. The moment a vehicle moves into forbidden territory, a notification will be sent to the supervisor. Alerts are also issued when a vehicle enters the fenced space or if a vehicle is late in reaching a specified location.