What is GPS tracking? What is the difference between real-time tracking and passive tracking? The are some of the common questions you may have when discovering the game-changer for field-based business that is passive GPS tracking.
GPS stands for Global Positioning System and is a system of satellites in space maintained by the US Government that is free to use by anyone for calculating location at any time.
Real-time GPS tracking systems use satellite signals and sometimes cell phone network signals to calculate the location of a tracking device and then send that position back to a central server in ‘real time’ (say, every 30 seconds). This sort of system is expensive to setup and run, but is useful for taxis and other businesses who need to know exactly where their assets are at any given time, and are prepared to spend a lot of money on it.
Passive tracking provides a record (or ‘track’) of the location of a tracking device at regular intervals (say every 30 seconds) also, but the difference is that the information is stored on the tracking device and is uploaded later, so that a record of movement and location throughout the day can be monitored and shared. Passive GPS tracking is much cheaper than real-time GPS tracking and provides the same information at the end of the day (or at the end of a delivery run, for example). The cost of passive tracking is so much less because there are no SIM cards, data transfer costs, no central servers, no communication networks, etc.
How do I upload my tracks?
At ManageMy GPS we have developed TrackShare - an easy-to-use computer program that allows one-click uploading of tracks from your GPS tracking device to your ManageMy GPS account. TrackShare is free to download from the ManageMy GPS website once you are logged in to your account. Once installed on your computer TrackShare makes it easy to upload GPS tracks for viewing and sharing.