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16 Ways GPS Tracking Can Boost Your Fleet's Productivity
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Active and Passive GPS Tracking Systems

Real-time data


Ability to reroute vehicles based on variables

Users can make decisions and adjustments during the workday


Can handle issues as they arise


Helps vehicles arrive at destination on time


Allows drivers to react to real-time traffic data


Solutions allow for smart phone access to data


Disadvantages of Active Systems


Requires a monthly fee


Often requires a contract


Requires cell data coverage


Passive tracking begins recording data when signalled, usually by the start of the vehicle engine. At the end of the workday or vehicle route, the GPS tracking device is removed from the vehicle and the data is then downloaded to the company’s computer system.


Advantages of Passive Systems


No installation costs


Relatively inexpensive one-time cost


Gives accurate view of routes driven


Disadvantages of Passive Systems


Memory will overwrite itself if data is not downloaded in time


Does not enable users to make decisions on the fly


Does not offer the ability to communicate with driver through device


Cannot be used to track stolen vehicles


Data cannot easily be accessed on multiple computers or phones


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