What is a GPS fleet tracker? This device captures the GPS location information as well as other vehicle information, at regular intervals, and transmits to a central server. Most vehicle tracking systems also include a wide range of communication ports which can be used to integrate other on-board systems, allowing fleet managers and drivers to check, control or automate operations.
If you own or manage any kind of fleet, it’s vital that things keep running smoothly for your business. A GPS fleet tracking service will help to make sure that the drivers of your vehicles, and their vehicles, are safe; that they follow pre-set routes; and they don’t make any unauthorized stops. Most GPS fleet tracking services also provide information on driver safety and other data on your vehicles. Before you choose a service, it’s important to think seriously about what you want from a fleet tracking service, so you can be sure that the one you choose matches all your needs. And, of course, whichever GPS vehicle tracking system you buy, must deliver value for money and be affordable.
What can you do with a GPS vehicle tracker?
GPS tracking helps to get real time information on issues such as:
- State of maintenance in your vehicles
These are monitored through a GPS hardware device that’s installed in each vehicle. The device automatically reports back to the cloud-based GPS fleet tracking software. Customers pay a monthly fee to the GPS tracking service company in order to use the software and get access to customer support.
Do the best GPS trackers cost less than ever?
That is a very good question. But, there’s no one size fits all type of answer. There are some standard costs as well as a number of add-ons – which might well be charged as extras. So, let’s look at some GPS tracking costs.
Purchase or Rental: That is the question. First, you need to decide which one suits your requirements. From the cost perspective, renting the devices will eliminate the upfront cost by bundling the device cost and monthly service fee into one package. And, if there are some discounts based on volume (the more you buy, the less the unit/monthly service cost is per vehicle or asset) then the service becomes more cost effective.
Type of GPS tracking device: This will also affect the cost. If you are buying a basic vehicle or asset tracking device, the cost will be about the same, but the monthly service fee tends to vary significantly between vehicles and assets. Typically, tracking vehicles costs more per month than tracking assets.
Some providers have been known to offer the service at a lower price, but it’s important to remember that, as far as GPS tracking is concerned, you get what you pay for. When you install any type of business software, you want to make sure that it will solve the most challenging of situations and provide the most accurate and reliable data. We recommend that you don’t settle for a system just because its cheap.
Update Frequency: Depending on how frequently you need your GPS tracking device to update (update the vehicle or asset’s location on a map or alert/report), your monthly service cost ca vary. Generally, standard update frequencies for vehicles are every two or five minutes. It is much less frequent for assets, which reduces the monthly costs. Update rates for assets are measured as pings (on-demand communication) instead of by time e.g. two minutes. The more pings per day, the higher the cost per month.
This is an additional cost to the customer. Typical per vehicle installation ranges from $75 – $100 depending on:
- The vehicle type
- How and where the GPS device needs to be
- Are there any additional add-ons to install
While we can’t say for sure whether GPS tracking systems are cheaper than ever, we would like you to Keep in mind that these additional costs are minimal – and pale into insignifance when compared to the savings your business will make from the GPS fleet tracking software.