There is more than meets the eye regarding the technology that makes up a GPS vehicle tracking system. Most companies who are shopping for a GPS tracking system are not familiar with the behind the scenes technology that is the backbone to the performance of the system. We have several customers who bought systems from our “competitors” based on price alone and were sorry in the end. Don’t make the same mistake, contact MotoMon first.
When implementing technology into your company, it is important to remember this truism:
There is a price to purchase, and a cost to own, and if you purchase the wrong product, the cost to own will exceed the purchase price several times over.
When shopping for an On-Line GPS tracking system, there are several components that need to be carefully examined:
- The vendor – purchase from a reputable vendor who develops and maintains the software themselves. Are they passionate about their product? We are!
- Software used – Examine the software that the end-user will be running to track and report on vehicle/asset activity, is the software evolving or stagnate?
- Customizing the software – can the vendor customize their software to best suit your individual needs, will they charge you extra?
- Wireless Network – What is available and what are the different rates, what best suits your GPS tracking needs?
- Hardware Component – How does the tracking look, is it accurately following the roads, does it control the inputs you need to control?
- Unlimited Use – Go for a flat monthly fee. Use it, use it a lot. Check for hidden charges and surcharges. Examine the Polling rate and Monthly Billing Fees.
- Ask about the Maps – Check if maps used are detailed enough for your tracking areas, are your maps the latest and greatest versions?
- Multi language – Do you need more than just English? What languages are available?
Examine the Company you are considering as your vendor.
The Internet Service Providers do not screen a company’s qualifications or concern with providing a quality service. Many vendors are simply re-sellers and cannot provide a quality product. These systems are out-dated and operate on out-dated software. Most GPS vendors selling products over the Internet can hardly even operate it themselves! Take the time learn about your vendor.
The reputable companies generally will react quickly to your inquiry, provide you with a demonstration of systems available or give a demo access, provide references, offer multiple products to review and display their customers on their web site. At MotoMon, we allow you to view our product demonstrations online. We are proud of our distinguished list of customers, and we promote many of them on our web site: www.auto-gps.eu
Wireless Networks – GO GSM/GPRS
For On-Line GPS tracking, the wireless network is used to communicate the stored GPS data from the vehicle/asset, so location, speed and stop times can be viewed live in real-time. Think in terms of how mobile phones work. There are two types used: Digital Cellular, and Satellite. Obviously, digital cellular is more popular due to cost. This is the same with communicating On-Line GPS data for vehicle tracking.
Wireless Networks: Cellular vs. Satellite
- Digital cellular hardware is less expensive
- Digital cellular monthly service fees are less expensive
- Digital cellular offers superior network reliability
A digital cellular-based system is the best way to go for the vast majority of companies that want to use a real-time system for nearly any type of tracking.
Digital Wireless Networks
If you are looking to purchase a MotoMon GPS tracking system, then you should be looking for a system that operates on a GSM/GPRS digital wireless network. All of the 1st tier wireless communication companies in the U.S. market have moved to digital wireless networks. There are two types of digital wireless protocols that the major communication companies have utilized for the build-out of their wireless networks
- GSM/GPRS – Cingular/AT&T, T-Mobile
- CDMA (1xrt) – Verizon, Sprint, Alltell
Satellite Wireless Communications
Should only be used when worldwide or 100% coverage is an essential customer requirement, then usage of satellite communication is justified.
Web-based Client Software
A demonstration of any GPS system should show the software and reporting capabilities. The web hosted software interface determines the mapping and reporting features that the system offers as well as the overall end user experience and functionality. The software and the ability to adapt and customize it to suit your company’s needs are paramount.
The hardware is the actual GPS unit and antennas (GPS/GSM) that are mounted inside or outside of the vehicle. Most GPS units contain GPS, CPU, memory buffer and a wireless communication parts. All of our tracking hardware also has built in FLASH memory for storing tracking data when GSM coverage is not available.
Communication intervals & Monthly Fees
All On-Line systems have a monthly fee. In our case the monthly fee covers the unlimited usage of web tracking and reporting software, map data licenses and customization, technical support and data storage dating back 2 years at no additional costs. Data communication fee depends on the Wireless Provider of the customer’s choice and is to be paid directly to them.