GSM (Global System for Mobiles) is currently the most widely-used fleet tracking technology in the world, but that may be changing. A growing number of fleet companies have been looking at the competitive advantages of other tracking technologies, especially CDMA, and voting with their dollars.
CDMA, or Code Division Multiple Access, has been growing its market share in recent years, and there is reason to believe this technology could become dominant in the near future. The fact is CDMA has a number of important advantages over the more widely-used GSM tracking systems.
Already CDMA technology has been adopted by most of the top carriers in the United States, so compatibility should no longer be an issue. Fleet companies that want to make the switch will find that the majority of carriers now support the technology.
Security and confidentiality are two more potential advantages of CDMA trackers. CDMA technology uses a broad spectrum originally developed by the military. That means all the data captured by the CDMA system is encrypted prior to transmission, an important distinction for security-minded companies.
CDMA tracking also provides better coverage throughout the United States and Canada than GSM. This superior coverage gives fleet companies more flexibility and their drivers greater freedom. The greater coverage also translates to higher quality service and enhanced accuracy when tracking the positions of individual trucks in the fleet.
CDMA technology is superior to the older GSM standard in many different ways, from better security and pre-transmission encryption to pinpoint accuracy for individual vehicles. In addition to these benefits, CDMA technology often comes with a lower price tag than GSM. A good CDMA plan can provide substantial savings over time and give fleet owners a lower total ownership cost over the life of the system.
In addition to the cost savings of the plan itself, CDMA systems also use less power. That lower power requirement translates to a longer battery life and saves fleet companies even more money.
If you have been looking for a fleet tracking service that makes sense for your employees and your bottom line, there are compelling reasons to choose CDMA over GSM. From more robust security to superior accuracy, CDMA wins in a number of important areas.
If your business requires fleet tracking, you need a convenient and seamless way to track every car, truck, and van in the company. GPS technology provides that functionality, but the acronyms and competing standards can make choosing a fleet tracking technology difficult.
For fleet tracking purposes, there are two main competing standards – GSM (global system for mobiles) and CDMA (code division multiple access). At the moment GSM has the biggest market share, but that is starting to change as fleet owners are drawn to the greater security, enhanced flexibility and superior encryption that CDMA trackers can provide.
CDMA fleet tracking technology uses a spread spectrum technique to provide its tracking results. This spread spectrum technology spreads electromagnetic energy to give the signal a wider bandwidth. This spread spectrum technology allows multiple individuals on multiple cell phones to use the same channel and share the same bandwidth. This multiplexing allows CDMA to operate at maximum efficiency without compromising quality or accuracy.
CDMA trackers separate data and voice packets through the use of codes. Those separate data and voice packets are then transmitted through a wide frequency range. With CDMA more space is allocated for data, making the standard particularly attractive for high-speed mobile Internet uses.
While it is most often associated with fleet tracking technology, the CDMA standard was originally designed by Qualcomm. It is currently used widely used throughout the United States and in parts of Asia. Most U.S. cell phone carriers have adopted the CDMA standard, including such heavy hitters as Verizon, Sprint and Virgin Mobile.
While GSM provides more extensive coverage outside the United States, CDMA is often the superior standard for use within the U.S. and Canada. The superior coverage CDMA provides throughout the U.S. and Canada means better location accuracy, enhanced security and a host of other benefits for fleet managers.
A bill proposing a pilot GPS tracking program for state vehicles is moving through the Michigan state legislature. If approved, the bill would approve a pilot program for approximately a hundred of the state’s vehicles. If the pilot program were proven to be successful, GPS tracking could then be installed on all state vehicles at an approximate annual cost ranging from $500K to over $1M. The bill was drafted in part due to suspected misuse of state time, vehicles, and resources, including one case where state time and vehicle privileges were abuse on 84 occasions. If enacted, officials expect the vehicle tracking devices and GPS tracking software to save fuel, eliminate mileage reporting, and assist in monitoring employees.
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A New Mexico school district is investigating a claim made by a parent that a district school bus was speeding when it passed her on a local highway. School district officials said all buses in the district have GPS tracking devices installed, and with the use of GPS tracking software it is possible to pinpoint the speed and location of any bus at any time. While the district did not disclose what details were revealed via GPS tracking, they cited that the speeding bus incident will be handled internally as a personnel matter. GPS tracking software also has been used in the past to protect drivers from false accusations.
As car accidents remain the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, TrackingTheWorld is reminding parents of the benefits of GPS tracking devices to monitor teenage driving habits for both safety and peace of mind during prom and graduation season.
“Real time vehicle trackers allow parents to know where their teen’s vehicle is at all times, how fast it is moving, and even alert them to harsh driving such as sudden braking,” said Gilbert Walz, CEO of TrackingTheWorld, a firm exclusively specializing in tracking devices and GPS tracking software for more than 11-years.
For monitoring teenage drivers, TrackingTheWorld recommends its EnduroPro tracker, a compact real time tracking device which is easy to install and operate. The device can simply be placed in the vehicle’s glove compartment or under a seat, and can be magnetically mounted using TrackingTheWorld’s affordable MiniMag case.
With GPS tracking software services and an Internet connection, the EnduroPro also allows parents to create geo-fences, a set of pre-determined boundaries, for their teen. If the vehicle moves outside of the boundary, the tracker will immediately transmit an alert notifying the parents via programmed cell phone numbers. As added safety feature, the EnduroPro also comes equipped with a panic button which, when pressed, will automatically alert parents or other family members through a rapid series of location alerts, indicating that the teen needs emergency assistance.
Founded in 2003, TrackingTheWorld is based in Burlingame, California, and offers a broad selection of GPS tracking devices and accessories and tracking services. For more information about GPS tracking systems for teenage drivers, or to purchase GPS trackers directly from TrackingTheWorld distributors, visit www.trackingtheworld.com.
London’s Daily Mail recently reported the development of a crowd-sourced GPS tracking software application which utilizes the data from thousands of participating cell phones to potentially predict earthquake. The GPS software works by tracking changes in ground movement across a broad area. Researchers say that the application requires only a small percentage of a metropolitan area’s citizens in order to be effective, and would prove effective in providing an an advance warning system for earthquakes.
San Francisco is considering the installation of GPS tracking devices for city government vehicles with the goals of tracking the use of the vehicles, more efficiently responding to emergency situations, and save fuel. The city’s fleet consists of around 8,000 vehicles, with around 2,300 of them already equipped with GPS tracking. The cost for equipping the remaining vehicles would be approximately $1.8 million per year. Officials also cite the benefits of GPS trackers in the city’s emergency vehicles in assisting dispatchers with efficiently deploying emergency services when needed.
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If you’re a business owner with even a small fleet of vehicles, you’re certainly aware of how much time and energy is invested into tracking the mileage on your company vehicles. Manual mileage logging and then data entry of the information required to create a useable report is inefficient, frustrating and time consuming, and you still have no way of knowing whether your company vehicles are being misused by employees.
As a solution for tedious mileage reporting, TrackingTheWorld GPS tracking software offers automated reporting options, eliminating the need for manual logging, plus other features to assure the proper use of your company vehicles. For example, our tracking software offers geo-fencing which automatically sends alerts via cell phone or email to let you know when a company vehicle leaves a predetermined area. With the use of real time GPS tracking devices for company vehicles you’ll also be alerted to harsh driving patterns. GPS trackers are also ideal for providing an additional level of security for employees, with some models offering a panic alert button, which automatically launches a rapid series of location alerts to preset phone numbers and email addresses.
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