How to choose a GPS tracker for Vehicle Fleet Management
Jimi loTJimi loT2020-01-02

Integrating GPS technology into fleet management can help enterprises operate fleets more efficiently and improve economic benefits. When choosing a GPS tracker for vehicle fleet management, enterprises need to consider the followings:

1. Determine what features you need
According to different types of vehicles, application sceneries and specific needs, determine which functions are required. For example, do you need to track small vehicles, large trucks, long-distance freight, container transportation, cold chain transportation, or high-value assets? Each type of tracking device equipped with different functions, choose the most suitable one is the best.

2. Real-time tracking or regular uploading
Many companies prefer to real-time tracking. Real-time GPS trackers allow you to know exactly where your vehicle or asset is 24/7. With intermittent updates, the device will periodically transmit new locations as the asset moves.
Real-time tracking is more suitable for municipal agencies such as law enforcement and emergency management. It can know the location of vehicles or assets anytime, anywhere. It is more conducive to o visually manage and dispatch vehicles and assets, as well as achieve high efficiency for law enforcement personnel and task management.
Compared with the real-time positioning function, the timed upload function saves the battery consumption of the device and can prolong the battery life. Generally, it can be used for three or five years, depending on battery capacity and upload intervals. The device is generally equipped with a vibration alarm, geofence alarm, anti-disassembly alarm and other functions, which can reduce the power consumption and prevent theft and loss.

3. Short-term or long-term usage
You need to figure out your requirements for the hardware working time. For example, It should last for months, for years or for days at a time?  After that, you decide to choose a wired or wireless tracking device.
a.  Wireless GPS tracker
Wireless GPS trackers usually come with a strong magnetic mount and easy to install. Some are disposable batteries, some are rechargeable batteries, you can choose to upload data in real time or at a certain interval to save battery life, and wireless GPS tracker is often not easy to be discovered.

b. Wired GPS tracker

If you need to track vehicles or assets for a long time, it is best to use a wired GPS tracker. Power can be supplied from the vehicle's power system and no extra battery is required.

c. Cold chain GPS tracker
The cold chain GPS tracker is equipped with temperature detection, humidity detection, temperature Bluetooth broadcast, overtemperature alarm and other functions. The battery can ensure a working time of about one week, and provide real-time temperature detection changes and early warning for cold chain cargo transportation, so as to avoid cargo damage and effectively guarantee the freshness of the goods.

d. Solar GPS tracker
Solar-based GPS trackers can be applied to the vessel. Generally equipped with a built-in battery and solar panel, there is no need to worry about power exhaustion. It can be recharged repeatedly, which is more environmentally friendly. With its wireless application firmware upgrade, there is no need to worry about tracking device firmware becoming outdated or vulnerable.

4. Realize information management
High-quality GPS tracker for fleet management can not only track the location of vehicles or assets, but also help companies better manage fleets. GPS euipment with "cloud + terminal" intelligent tracking and decision-making platform can help enterprises to achieve fleet information management, optimize transportation routes, and efficient dispatch management. Fleet tracking devices plug directly into the vehicle's on-board diagnostics (OBD) interface, and can detect driver behavior and vehicle collisions.

5. Exclusive or non-proprietary
Many companies offer a variety of GPS tracker for fleet management. However, they may be reluctant to tell you whether their device is proprietary, meaning that their device can only be used with specific software. In this case, after you purchase its equipment, you also have to buy a third-party software platform to adapt to it, which will definitely incur additional costs.

Choosing a GPS Tracker for Vehicle Fleet Management mainly depends on your needs. If you still have no idea, welcome to reach us (info@jimilab.com). We provide customized service and could offer the right solution for you. Jimi IoT fleet management solution is independently developed from the positioning terminal to the software. The solution is easy to use, mature, stable and of scalability, reliability, security. Cilck here  to know more.

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