GPS trackers work by connecting to a series of satellites to determine an exact location.
GPS trackers triangulate position using three (or more) satellites from the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) network and one’s distance from them. This allows the tracker to determine longitude, latitude, time, and elevation.
In fleet tracking, GPS devices are installed in vehicles. The satellites triangulate the signal to locate the vehicle, sending the device’s specific longitude and latitude coordinates. The GPS tracking device then sends a signal with the coordinates, which is picked up by a wireless carrier tower. It then relays the information to a central cloud server, ensuring password-protected and secure access to the data.
Most GPS fleet trackers are powered by the onboard diagnostics (OBD-II) connector, an accessory socket, an internal battery, and a cigarette lighter.
The tracker’s collected information is transmitted to the software. This allows fleet managers and admin staff to aggregate and analyze the fleet data efficiently.