A GPS tracking unit or geotracking unit is a navigation device normally carried by a moving vehicle or person or animal that uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) to track the device's movements and determine its geographic position (geotracking). The recorded location data can either be stored within the tracking unit or transmitted to an Internet-connected device using the cellular (GPRS or SMS), radio, or satellite modem embedded in the unit. This allows the location to be displayed against a map backdrop either in real time or when analysing the track later, using GPS tracking software. Data tracking software is available for smartphones with GPS capability.
For companies with telematics needs, one part of the solution is setting up a reliable way to find out the location of the objects being tracked, another is managing the information that is produced into a cohesive and easily interpretable format.The easier GPS data is to read, the easier it is to put this data into use for both real time, on-the-spot troubleshooting and long term strategic decision making.
When location data is easily accessible in real time, problems that arise can quickly be identified and dealt with. The same can be said of problems using and integrating software solutions.One of the points where GPSWOX stands out is their 24/7 customer support that is ever vigilant to answer questions, examine, and fix any issues that may arise so that customers can get back on track.
GPSWOX provides solutions that are ideal as they scale from a parent wanting to know where their children are, to a logistics manager examining the performance of their trucking fleet over a period of time and looking for trends and opportunities to improve business.This is one of the biggest advantages of the GPSWOX server as the different tiers of service are affordable and almost seem tailor fit for a company's needs.
With large data sets that involve the inner workings of a company, security should always be a serious concern. Just like knowing where assets are allows for peace of mind with the physical assets that GPSWOX tracks, the company’s secure servers provide an added layer of protection as real time data is processed in a secure environment making this one less concern to worry about.
A data pusher is the most common type of GPS tracking unit, used for asset tracking, personal tracking and vehicle tracking systems. Also known as a "GPS bacon", this kind of device push (i.e. "sends"), at regular intervals, the position of the device as well as other information like speed or altitude to a determined server, that can store and analyze the data instantly.A GPS navigation device and a mobile phone sit side-by-side in the same box, powered by the same battery. At regular intervals, the phone sends a text message via SMS or GPRS, containing the data from the GPS receiver. Newer GPS-integrated smartphones running GPS tracking software can turn the phone into a data pusher (or logger) device. As of 2009, open source and proprietary applications are available for common Java ME enabled phones, iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, and Symbian.