The market for GPS tracking devices for vehicles is extremely widespread in the UK. For a customer with a background in technology and gadgets this means competitive pricing and – if you choose right - high-quality devices, but, it could also mean a difficult decision-making process. Especially when choosing vehicle trackers for different types of vehicles such as; cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles, there are hundreds of tracker models you will have to consider. Depending on the types of vehicles on a fleet, and following the latest innovations and developments in the GPS industry, there are several things to look for while choosing a GPS vehicle tracker.
The first thing you should do is establish a good sense of the purpose of a tracking system. Make sure you know why you want a vehicle system, what features you will need and your budget. You need to understand how vehicle tracking works and the benefits of integrating tracking systems.
The main benefits of installing a vehicle tracker on personal vehicles;
· Improved vehicle security and theft recovery,
· Real-time location of the vehicles - on demand,
· Fuel management and reduced fuel costs,
· Improved driving performance,
· Easier route planning,
Additional benefits of installing trackers on vehicles in a business fleet;
· Increased efficiency and job completion rates,
· Improved fleet vehicle and driver safety,
· Preemptive vehicle maintenance management,
· Faster customer service,
· Lower overall costs,
What are the key features to look for before buying a Vehicle Tracker?
· Design and features of the tracker,
· On-demand Real-time tracking,
· Location update intervals,
· Monitoring capabilities and Mobile APP,
· International use,
· Costs & Support
Rewire Security tech team have spent thousands of hours testing vehicle trackers in the office and on the roads. For the past five years, we have tested tens of vehicle trackers from manufacturers all around the world. We came to the conclusion that essentially, what you need is what you should get. There are trackers on the market ranging from £50 to £500. You should never pay more for a tracker that you won’t utilize to its full potential and never buy a cheaper model that won’t cover your needs. As a result, we focused on only offering our customers the most reliable and affordable GPS based vehicle trackers along with a GPS tracking software and mobile app to ensure the users can locate their vehicles on demand, anywhere in the world without paying thousands of pounds for GPS systems.
While for everyone we hope the best in life, unfortunately, bad things happen in life. Having your valuable car stolen is one of the worst, and it will leave you frustrated and, in many cases, without any ideas on what to do next. Buying a vehicle tracker before your car is stolen is a no-brainer, to say the least. And if you made up your mind to buy one, we came to a conclusion that; when you are choosing a GPS system for your vehicle or your business, the list below is what you should be looking for.
1. Design and features of the tracker
First of all, a vehicle tracker must have a solid and waterproof (or at least water resistant) design to endure the harsh environment conditions when placed inside a car. The tracker must have a well-placed GPS and GSM antennae to able to receive GPS signals and transmit location data via GSM. Most of the latest tracking devices have a GNSS module instead of a GPS module. GNSS combines four different satellite systems – GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, GLONASS - into one to make sure you get the most accurate location anywhere in the world. Make sure you are purchasing a vehicle tracker that’s GNSS compatible and has a rugged design to withstand the test of time.
2. On-demand Real-time tracking
The most distinct feature of a vehicle tracker is that it enables the user to view the location of an object in real-time, which is what sets them apart from vehicle alarms. But there are some trackers on the market that either doesn’t offer a real-time update or do not use GPS at all. Some of these trackers store the location of the vehicle to memory inside to be retrieved and monitored later. Make sure you chose a vehicle tracker that’s capable of transmitting the location of an asset in real-time.
3. Location update intervals
Location update intervals are an important factor when buying a vehicle tracker for your car. Each vehicle tracker on the market has a minimum and maximum update interval settings. Consider how frequently you’ll need the location updates. Lower update intervals (5s – 10s) are better for accuracy and the accuracy of the history trail when monitoring where the car has been in the past, higher update intervals (30s - 60s) are not ideal for tracking a vehicle because you will have access to the location on the map at every interval.
4. Monitoring capabilities and Mobile APP
Vehicle trackers are not the type of gadgets that you will interact with every day. Instead, most people only install the device and do not even see the tracker again for months or even years. What you interact with is the GPS tracking software that displays the location of the tracker in real-time. Make sure to choose a brand that offers a reliable software; that’s easy to use yet functional. The existence of a mobile tracking app comes handy when you are out and about and what to check out where your vehicle is. If you do not have access to a computer or if you’re abroad, you should still be able to locate your vehicle using a simple mobile app.
Vehicle trackers come with a long list features and it’s almost impossible to get a tracker that offers all of these features, even if you can find one, the price will be exaggerated and you could end up paying big bucks for what you don’t need. However, there are some features you will have to make sure your vehicle tracking system covers.
Speed alerts: Try to choose a GPS provider that lets you set alerts for speeding, such as if a driver is traveling over the legal speed limit. Alerts should be delivered via SMS, email and smartphone notifications.
Ignition on/off alert: Alerts for when the vehicle engine is turned on or off.
Route history log: You should choose a provider that saves and stores to routes taken by a vehicle. Detailed route history should be easily accessible to manage a fleet properly.
Geo-fence zones: Geo-fence zones are virtual boundaries on the map that you can draw to get a notification when a vehicle breaches that zone.
Smartphone notifications: Instant notifications should be delivered right on your smartphone, free of charge.
Different map views: Different map views allow the user to easily assess where the vehicle is. (Satellite - roads - hybrid)
5. International use
If you or your business fleet often travel abroad, make sure you chose a vehicle tracker that’s able to transmit data using GSM in foreign countries. Most of the trackers offered in the UK are only able to work in the UK. A foreign country is one of the easiest places to lose track of your vehicle; if you’re planning to travel, you should choose a brand that offers Global Roaming option.
6. Costs & Support
A vehicle GPS tracker is your last line of defense when it comes to securing your vehicle or business fleet so make sure to buy a tracker that’s backed by capable customer support. Try to look for manufacturers that offer at least a direct phone contact in case you need help with the tracker. Make sure the tracker come with at least one year warranty. Consider the initial tracker price as well as monthly subscription price before making a purchase. GPS tracking software subscriptions range between £10 and £30, make sure the service is reliable and good enough to handle all your specific requirements from a tracking system.
Conclusion: It’s always a good idea to research before making a purchase, so in the long run, you don’t end up regretting your decision. Having a vehicle tracker is a necessity for both personal use and fleet businesses because it will help you run your business smoothly and give you peace of mind when it comes to figuring out the whereabouts of your vehicles and employees. For the most part vehicle trackers operate smoothly and do not require any maintenance. Make sure you purchase a tracker that fits your needs, comes with a software and mobile app, offers international coverage and doesn’t have an expensive monthly subscription.