Vehicle Tracking System: Things You Need to Know

Vehicle Tracking System: Things You Need to Know
Vehicle Tracking System Things You Need to Know

Background of Vehicle Tracking System

Through market research, the vehicle tracking system market is growing at a rapid pace as logistics and transportation companies are facing challenges in managing large fleets and the demand for fleet telematics is growing. Governments across the world are now developing regulations for vehicle tracking systems for passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles to improve the safety of passengers and drivers. The increasing adoption of car rental services in developing countries has enabled car rental companies to deploy trackers to improve their services. With benefits such as fleet management, ensuring driver and cargo safety, improving efficiency through real-time traffic alerts and accurate route planning, monitoring vehicle fuel levels, distance and speed traveled, and managing vehicles, vehicle tracking systems are providing advantages that are positively impacting the growth of the market.

I. What is Vehicle Tracking System?

About Vehicle Tracking System

Vehicle tracking system is a combination of advanced technologies including GIS (Geographic Information System) technology, GPS (Global Positioning System) technology and wireless communication technology. The vehicle tracking system based on GPS technology mainly includes 3 parts: vehicle tracker, data center and communication system.

After receiving the GPS positioning data, the vehicle tracker automatically calculates the coordinates of its own geographical location, and the tracker sends the data to the data center through GSM (Global System For Mobile Phones) at set intervals. The data center restores the received coordinate data and other data, and matches it with the electronic map of GIS (Geographic Information System), and combines it with the databases of other subsystems to display the vehicle information (goods-in-transit, delivery time, shipping place and arrival place, etc.) visually on the electronic map. You can zoom in and out, restore and switch to other windows to separately track different vehicles on the map itself. Users can search for information or issue dispatching instructions through the user interface on the Internet, and then the control center will send the instructions to the designated vehicles.

This system enables individual persons or companies to monitor their own vehicle or fleet. If you have problems of identifying the exact location of your vehicles or worries about the drivers’ driving behaviors, MOKO’s vehicle trackers can help you solve these problems.

Active Tracker vs Passive Tracker

Several types of vehicle tracking devices exist. Typically they are classified as “passive” and “active” based on how they report data. Their data collection methods are the same, but the timing of feedback to the user differs.

Active trackers, also known as real-time trackers, can transmit the collected GPS data to the user’s telephone or other terminals in real time via satellite and cellular data, providing timely feedback on the location and status of the vehicle. Active trackers also have a geo-fencing feature that provides alerts when vehicles enter or leave the predetermined location, which helps users track their trajectory in real-time as they move away from the marked geo-fence boundary. This system can also help prevent theft and help retrieve stolen vehicles.

A passive tracker is different from an active tracker in that it will continuously collect GPS data through the device, but will not transmit it to the user in real-time. The tracker will store the data. If we need to check the data, we need to remove the tracker and connect it to a computer and read or analyze the data. This is why we also call it data logger. Passive trackers are less costly and smaller and are suitable for people who record mileage for work purposes, or for businesses interested in reducing vehicle abuse.

II. How to Build A Vehicle Tracking System?

How to Build A Vehicle Tracking System

Building a vehicle tracking system should first consider the monitoring coverage, real-time performance, dispatching service, vehicle capacity, refresh rate to select the appropriate wireless data link and electronic map, as well as the development of the corresponding software to meet the user’s requirements. The system generally includes 5 parts: GPS satellite, vehicle tracker,  wireless network, GPS server, and user terminal.

1. GPS satellite

The telematics hardware installed in the vehicle will provide the location of the vehicle by communicating with the GPS satellite network. GPS can pinpoint the exact location of the vehicle, including its latitude, longitude, direction and speed.

2. Vehicle Tracker

Collects and transmits important vehicle data in real time.

3. Wireless Network

Sending data to regional servers via cellular networks. Recently, the coverage, signal strength and speed provide a reliable means of transmitting data efficiently.

4. GPS Server

The vehicle’s location information is transmitted to the GPS server, which acts as a “Cloud” that allows the users to access the information regardless of their location or mobile device.

5. User Terminal

User terminals can access data from the device via the Internet, which allows them to obtain real-time vehicle dynamics.

III. What are the Benefits

What are the Benefits

With the right vehicle tracking, you will be able to pinpoint exactly where your car is at all times. But GPS tracking system can do more than just identify the location of your vehicle. A powerful vehicle tracking system is suitable for your personal use as well as for many great business purposes.

1. Improve driver safety awareness

With a vehicle tracker, users can monitor drivers for speeding or other poor driving behaviors and help correct them by providing them with the appropriate information. Drivers will also be more aware of safe driving under monitoring.

2. Improve vehicle utilization

With the data obtained from the vehicle tracker, users can adjust their vehicle utilization plan in fleet management to make more rational use of vehicles and improve business efficiency.

3. Geo-fencing alerts

This is a feature in the vehicle tracking system that allows users to get instant alerts when a vehicle enters or leaves a predefined area.

4. Asset tracking

Users can get the real-time location of each vehicle and track their assets through the vehicle tracking system real-time.

5. Fuel monitoring

Users can also use the vehicle tracking system to see how much fuel is currently being used and how much is left, helping you better prepare for trip.

6. Add sensors

With additional sensors, users can expand their tracking system, including adding camera sensors and alerts.

7. Prevent theft

Users can get instant alerts when they notice unusual use of the vehicle or when it is out of its designated location. If a vehicle is stolen, vehicle tracking can help police departments recover the car.

8. History and reports

Users can view historical reports at the user terminal of the tracking system. It is ideal for commercial use and private use

9. Improved customer satisfaction

You can communicate the driver’s estimated time of arrival to your customers when they ask or need assistance. All the above-mentioned benefits can greatly enhance customer satisfaction.

Vehicle tracking systems basically work in a similar way, but MOKO’s vehicle tracker is more versatile than most GPS trackers.

 IV. Vehicle Tracking System Market Size and Trends

Vehicle Tracking System Market Size and Trends

The vehicle tracking system market is growing rapidly due to the growing concern of safety and security issues among passengers and fleet owners and the increasing demand for intelligent transportation systems. According to a market research report by Grand View Research, the global vehicle tracking system market size is USD 19.38 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.9% from 2022 to 2030. The research report has summarized the market size and trend analysis from various perspectives.

1. By end-use

The transportation and logistics sector has the highest market share of 26.4% IN 2021. The report expects it to reach the highest CAGR of over 17% from 2022 to 2030. The retail sector is also expected to accumulate the second highest CAGR of 14.1% during the forecast period.

2. By technology type

The market is segmented into GPS/satellite, GPRS/cellular network, and dual-mode. The GPS/satellite segment emerged as the largest segment in the vehicle tracking systems market in 2021. It is anticipated to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. The dual-mode segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.6% during the forecast period.

3. By vehicle type

The passenger car segment held the highest market share of over 42% in 2021. The segment is also expected to register the highest CAGR of 16.9% during the forecast period. The light commercial vehicles segment is projected to grow at the second highest CAGR of 12.5% during the forecast period.

4. By tracker type

The active segment dominated the market with the highest revenue share of 83.8% in 2021 and is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 14.6% through 2030. The passive segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.4%.

5. By market region

North America has the highest market share of 32.4% in 2021 and is expected to maintain its growth rate during the forecast period. Asia Pacific is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.4% during the forecast period.

Growing demand for commercial vehicles in regions such as Latin America, the Middle East and Africa is also a potential growth opportunity. The integration of IoT technologies in vehicles in developed regions such as Europe and North America will drive the adoption of vehicle tracking systems. In addition, Asia Pacific vehicle tracking market size will grow significantly during the forecast period, with Japan, India, and China as the key driving countries.These emerging markets have huge potential, mainly due to their large number of commercial vehicles.

V. How to Get the Most out of Your Tracking System?

GPS navigation system can realize vehicle tracking functions. Using GPS and other supporting technologies can display the actual location of the vehicle in real-time. User can zoom in and out, restore and switch to other windows to separately track different vehicles on the map. This function can help track important vehicles and goods for transportation. The technical teams have developed technology of combining GPS/ GIS/ GSM technology for real-time positioning, tracking, alarming and communication. This technology can meet the need of mastering the basic information of vehicles and remote management of vehicles, effectively avoiding empty running of vehicles. At the same time, customers can understand the details of their goods in the process of transportation through Internet technology.

1. Optimized routes

With Vehicle Tracker, you can plan accurate routes to ensure that your drivers arrive at each customer location on time. It helps you plan optimized routes to avoid traffic, roadblocks and other hazards. All you need to do is upload a list of addresses to the software and set some parameters. The route optimizer will provide a 100% accurate route with last-mile driving directions in just a few seconds. This will help you save travel time, reduce fuel costs, increase customer satisfaction, and ultimately increase your profits.

2. History report and analysis

Get vehicle history information through reporting and analysis. This will help you identify areas for improvement, control fuel costs, and improve operational efficiency.

3. Set Alerts

Set up custom alerts to know immediately when a driver exceeds the speed limit or goes off route. Alerts are the easiest way to monitor vehicles and save management time.

4. Restrict access

Advanced Vehicle Tracking provides access restrictions that allow you to set access rights for specific users. With these restrictions in place, only authorized users can access restricted details on a route. This will enhance the security of your data.

VI. How to Choose A Suitable Tracking Device?

There is a wide variety of equipment options in the vehicle tracker market today. Vehicle trackers come in all shapes and price ranges, but not all solutions are suitable for enterprise-level operations. The vehicle tracker you choose depends on what you need to use it for. Before selecting a vehicle tracker, consider the following questions.

1. What do you need the vehicle tracker for?

You need to determine what you want to track first. Do you need to track the location of the small vehicles (such as rental cars)? Are you trying to monitor a fleet of vehicles that you use for long-haul freight? Do you need to track rental equipment, such as portable generators or even refrigerated trailers? All of these fleet management needs require different fleet tracking device capabilities.

2. Do you need real-time data updates?

For many organizations, real-time tracking for fleet management is an incredible advantage. Real-time GPS trackers allow you to know exactly where your vehicles are at all times.

Real-time tracking is especially useful for law enforcement, emergency management, and other local or municipal government agencies. If you need real-time tracking, you can choose an Active Tracker. When you equip your fleet vehicles with GPS active trackers and track them with fleet management software tools such as geo-fencing, you can receive notifications every time your vehicle enters or leaves this designated area.

On the other hand, if your fleet management needs require battery life rather than continuous real-time location updates, then consider a Passive Tracker. This type of tracker is suitable for long-term tracking, and you can simply remove and connect the computer to read the data when you need to read it again.

3. Do you need to monitor both the equipment and cargo inside the vehicle?

MOKO trackers for fleet management allow you to track not only the location of vehicles or assets but also much more. Do you need to have access to the driver’s driving behavior reports? Or do you need to remotely monitor the interior of a refrigerated vehicle’s cargo? Do you need to keep a close eye on and monitor the performance of your vehicle? You can choose the most suitable tracker according to your specific needs.

VII. About MOKO Vehicle Tracker

Long-distance Transport of VT001 vehicle tracker
Long-distance Transport

MOKO develops vehicle trackers which are able to serve the unique needs and pain points of managing and tracking drivers and fleets. These devices integrate CAT.1/CAT.M/GSM/NBIOT, GNSS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a variety of sensors and extended GPIOs. It contains several variants covering different regions and networks around the world. The sensors help to collect combined and analyzed data as well as location details to provide accurate monitoring without any discrepancies. Airport use Bluetooth low-power radio transmitter beacons to track the indoor location of the airport fleet, which helps in theft prevention and reduces asset search time.

The vehicle’s position, movement, and state are monitored, which is encrypted (TEA, AES or RSA) into a package and uploaded to the cloud platform in real-time. In case of over speeding, jamming, excessive Idling, unplugging and crashing, the platform will display and report alarms. If necessary, with our device, it’s possible to turn off the engine remotely through the platform. So asset transportation scheduling and analysis can be managed through the cloud platform visually, which improves transportation efficiency and reduces risks and costs.

The device is compact and easy to hide in the vehicle. It directly connect to the car power supply for power supply. At the same time, the built-in small battery is used as an external power failure alarm and as a Bluetooth gateway to bind to multiple Bluetooth tags. It can monitor multiple assets in parallel in real-time. Stable connection and flexible configuration are ideal for cost-sensitive vehicle management applications.

VIII. Ready to Get Your Own Vehicle Tracker?

Ultimately, whether it is the right time to buy a tracker depends on functions you need and your budget. No matter why or where you plan on using your tracker, deciding whether it’s the right time to buy one depends on several factors such as how much money you’re willing and able to spend and where you plan on using it most frequently. Keep these things in mind when trying to decide if now is the best time for you to buy a GPS tracker so that you can get one with all of the features and capabilities that will work best for your situation. Please contact us if you have any questions related to vehicle trackers. We have various ones that can help you based on your needs.