You’ve probably heard by now that GPS tracking offers many potential benefits to businesses and individuals alike. Depending on your needs, the decision you must make is whether active or passive GPS tracking is the best choice for you. Understanding a few key details can help you make the right decision to protect your investments, your people (family or employees), and your interests. This is what you need to know.

Active GPS or Passive GPS – What’s the Difference?

Both active and passive GPS systems record important data about movements, speed, stops, and starts. The difference is that with active GPS tracking you can monitor these events in real time – or as they occur – because the information is transmitted continuously.

With passive GPS tracking the information is stored in the device and must be retrieved manually after the fact. It works very much like the flight recorders used to determine what happened in airplane crashes. The devices must be retrieved in order to obtain the information stored on them.

Pros and Cons of Active GPS Tracking

Active GPS tracking offers many impressive benefits – especially to people who own fleets or are attempting to protect investments in expensive equipment, machinery, vehicles, or cargo. Active GPS allows you to set up alerts that notify you instantly if the tracked item is moved outside of certain hours, goes beyond certain boundaries, deviates from the assigned routes, is driven at excessive speeds (or recklessly), and for other designated reasons. This allows you to be warned quickly if your possessions, business equipment, etc. is being moved when you’re not prepared. It also allows business owners to keep better tabs on workers who spend the bulk of their time out of the office and provides the means for faster response times during emergencies.

These benefits come at a higher price for initial installation and higher network costs. They are also dependent upon networks operating efficiently to ensure the right information gets to the right places.

Pros and Cons of Passive GPS Tracking

Passive GPS tracking doesn’t have the real-time tracking capabilities that active GPS offers, but it does allow you to monitor the same information, after the fact, at a much lower initial and ongoing price for your business. They are ideal for smaller fleets with smaller budgets and can help promote employee compliance because employees know you have access to the exact routes they’ve taken, speeds they’ve travelled, and more.

The real key is to determine your budget and choose the right GPS tracking system to meet the needs of your business, protect your investment, and promote safety and accountability for everyone – that will work within your budget.

If you have any questions about LiveViewGPS active or passive GPS tracking products, speak to one of our representatives by calling 1-888-544-0494 or use our live chat.

Finding the perfect gift for friends and family can be difficult in the best of times. When the holidays and special occasions roll around, the temptation might be to go to the standard gift card, but these great gifts for car lovers will make you hero of the day for finding the perfect gift that’s in tune with what your car fans love most.

WeatherTech Liners

WeatherTech offers innovative protection products for vehicles. From floor and truck liners that are measured to the precise make, model, and vehicle year; to seat protectors, window deflectors, bug deflectors, and more, WeatherTech offers the perfect solution for car and truck lovers everywhere.

Complete Car Care Kits

For those who love nothing more than to polish and shine their pride and joy, it’s hard to go wrong with a full-service car care kit that offers everything a driver needs to keep the interior and exterior of the car bright, shiny, and looking new.

A NASCAR Experience

NASCAR racing is one of the more popular racing sports in the United States – watched and loved by speedsters from all walks of life. Many U.S. raceways offer NASCAR Experience events where you can pay for your loved one to actually get behind the wheel of a racing car and drive on some of the top tracks in the country.

GPS Tracking Device

Giving the gift of an actual GPS tracking device allows your loved one to use the device to protect his or her favorite car from theft, track his or her travel adventures, or receive instant notification if the car is used during designated “sleep” hours or leaves certain boundaries you’ve identified. A fully-functional GPS tracking system can also provide turn by turn directions, accident re-routing, and other invaluable tools to assist with navigating around town and on longer road trips.

Remote Car Starter

No matter how much someone loves his or her car, going out in below freezing weather to get the car started is an unnecessary pain when you give the gift of a remote car starter. This system allows drivers to start their cars so they can be warming up (and windows defrosting) while the drivers are safe and warm inside their homes.

Car Detailing Gift Certificate

While you can opt to provide a complete car care kit where your car lover can wash, polish and shine his or her own car, you can also purchase a gift certificate to a local car detailing shop, where experts will renew and refresh the vehicle.

Any one of these gifts is sure to receive appreciation from your car loving friends and family. Give more than one to enjoy even greater adulation from the ones you care about – or gift some of these amazing items for car lovers to yourself.

global, positioning system

The holiday rush is in full force, and as a fleet business owner or manager, you still have to find ways to reduce costs, eliminate driver risks and improve efficiency. An effective tool to do this is GPS fleet tracking and many fleet managers are already taking advantage of this tool to optimize the transportation process and save money.

GPS tracking can be added to your fleet management system to help you coordinate and facilitate a number of transport-related activities like driver safety, regulation of drivers and comprehensive fuel management. Eight ways you can monitor your fleet using GPS tracking data are as follows.

  1. Speed of Vehicle

You can monitor your drivers’ behaviors when they are out on the road with fleet tracking GPS technology. For instance, if you have a certain driver who continually exceeds the speed limits, you will be able to take action to get them to start driving at safer speeds and obey the speed limits.

  1. Hard Braking

Your fleet vehicles endure a great deal of stress if you have drivers who brake hard. Along with this, hard braking can also affect your vehicles by:

  • wearing out the brake pads quicker.
  • overheating and damaging the rotors.
  • heating up and warping the brake discs.
  • adding more pressure to wheel bearings, suspension, brushings and ball joints.

Furthermore, more stress and friction can be added to the vehicle’s tires with this weight shift causing them to wear quicker. Additionally, it can also change the alignment angles causing changes in the contact patch of the tires and resulting in increased wear.

  1. Idle Time

You can’t avoid some idle time. Your fleet vehicles will have to stop and idle for a bit at red lights and other areas. But, if you have drivers who are idling excessively, it can negatively affect your resources and eat up fuel, labor and time without giving you a return on your investment. You can determine where and how often a driver idles with GPS fleet tracking so you can resolve inefficiencies.

  1. Hours of Service (HOS)

Keeping hours of service (HOS) paper logs can result in inaccuracies that lead to a decrease in business productivity and potential fines. GPS tracking technology can help you manage driver inspections and hours more easily to help you stay compliant with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). GPS automates the process so your drivers do not have to log their hours manually and maintain paper logs.

  1. Maintenance Alerts

If your drivers procrastinate with vehicle maintenance, this can lead to you needing vehicle repairs which can cost you money. GPS tracking maintenance alerts can help you and your drivers stay on top of vehicle maintenance as well as alert you for things like when it’s time to have the tires inspected or a vehicle needs a tune-up.

  1. Miles Per Gallon

You likely know the importance of keeping track of fuel consumption and vehicle mileage. Low MPG can mean a number of things such as inefficient driving behaviors like hard braking and hard acceleration, leaky fuel lines or fuel theft.

  1. State-by-State Mileage

With this feature, you can coordinate all your fleet vehicles and track your vehicles’ state-by-state mileage. GPS even records trip and fuel expenses so you can generate trip reports automatically for further analysis.

  1. Optimized Routing

With optimized routing you can organize a vehicle’s route by taking all the stops and locations of a particular vehicle’s route and create the most effective and shortest route for your drivers. Save time for both your drivers and dispatchers which will result in more jobs being completed in a day and lead to better driver productivity, reduced fuel costs and increased service revenue.

Aggressive driving behaviors like speeding and hard braking is dangerous for both your drivers and other motorists. It can also lead to a damaged reputation and expensive accident claims. Fuel is a huge operating expense for your fleet business and driver productivity is vital to the success of your business. With GPS fleet tracking technology, you can track all these things to ensure your fleet business stays profitable.

Contact us here at LiveViewGPS at 1-888-544-0494 today to talk about implementing GPS fleet tracking technology for your fleet.

About Live View GPS

We specialize in real time GPS tracking systems. GPS tracking, GPS monitoring and management for vehicles, assets, equipment, property and persons. Whether your needs are consumer or commercial based, personal or business related we have a cost effective GPS tracking solution for you. Locate in real-time and on demand vehicles, people and property from any web based computer. View these locations on our systems integrated maps. Our GPS devices are the real deal, they are tested and proven, they work.