How does GPS Tracking System Works

How does a car tracking system work?

GPS tracking integration

A vehicle equipped with a tracking system integrates with a GPS (Global Positioning System). A GPS receives its signals from satellites that provide navigation systems for the driver to find the way, but it also points out the location of the car. There are two types of car GPS tracking systems: passive and active.

Passive Car Tracking System

The passive car tracking system provides records of trip activities, mileage, destinations, and speeds used by the car driver. Some passive car tracking devices include features such as trip planning and itinerary maps. This type of tracking device transfers data to a computer over a short-range radio link. This data transfer occurs when the vehicle returns to the home location or base areas, such as a garage or home parking lot. The user can reproduce the data to view or download the report.

Active Car Tracking System

The active car tracking system provides a real-time data transfer and makes use of an internet-based tracking system to make its reports. This type of car tracking system can even provide alerts to a user’s email or fax to send updates on the vehicle’s whereabouts in real-time. This is integrated with the signal when the key is in the ignition, and if the car is moved without the key in or near the car, the alert message is sent. The satellite provides the data to the provider’s website. The user or driver can then visit the seller’s site and check on the reports as needed. Apart from the Internet, email, or fax, the user can also choose to receive alerts or reports through a cell phone despite an SMS (Simple Mail System) or texts. The active car tracking system is more expensive than the passive type, due to the transmission of data in real-time. In addition, there are new models that come without the bulky equipment eliminating the need for power cables and external antennas.

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Aside from tracking the location of the car, as well as providing data for car trips, a car tracking system can provide peace of mind. It can help deter vehicle theft, when a theft is happening all a driver has to do is press a button and help will be on the road. If the car thief takes the car, the car owner can find the car with the GPS tracking system to provide its location. This feature is also important when a driver has an accident or is stranded somewhere like the desert or flooded areas. With a one-button switch, the driver can call for rescue assistance. During an accident, when an airbags deploy, Some car tracking systems may feel that action, which signals this incident to the supplier who will try to contact the driver and ask for help when necessary. During a car problem when the driver needs towing or service, a full-service car tracking system can also provide added functionality to dispatch a tow truck or service technician on site.

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