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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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