Considerations for Selecting GPS Tracking Hardware
One of the most important steps in implementing GPS tracking for your business, is to pick the right GPS tracking hardware with the help of your Agile Tracking Fleet Consultant. High-quality hardware is easier to service and maintain, and will help future proof your investment and get you the best fit over the long-term.
There are many kinds of GPS hardware devices available, and there are several features your business should keep in mind when honing in on the right GPS tracking hardware. When picking GPS hardware, you should consider:
The intended application
GPS tracking devices have a wide variety of applications and ideal use cases. The most common is for vehicle tracking. Many businesses use GPS tracking to keep track of the vehicles in their fleet. These devices are typically installed under the dashboard inside a vehicle and send a signal to the software system chronicling its movements. There are also passive GPS tracking devices that are more suited for keeping tabs on stationary objects, such as storage containers. A third kind of GPS tracking device is a personal tracker, which can be carried on an individual to monitor their whereabouts.
The type of battery
GPS tracking devices come with many types of batteries. And some don’t have batteries at all. The GPS hardware can have an internal battery pack, can be hooked up to an external battery pack, or can be hooked up to another power source. The positioning of the GPS device and the availability of external power sources will help determine the right kind of battery needed. Keep in mind, battery-powered devices will need to have their batteries changed or charged periodically. However, some low-powered GPS devices that only periodically or passively report their location can be active for a longer time on a single charge.
The method of communication
There are several GPS device types with varying communication methods including GPS, GPRS, GSM, GPRS, SMS, DTMF, AGPS, CDMA, etc. These are the various cellular and radio frequencies through which these devices determine and communicate their position. Most GPS hardware devices support several of these device types, but it is important to ensure the software you’re using is compatible with the communication method your device utilizes. Your Agile rep will be able to help with this.
There are other features unique to certain models of GPS hardware devices. These include audio monitoring; weatherproof or rugged casing for long-term deployment under rougher conditions; accelerometers to detect motion and sense aggressive driving; support for over-the-air software updates; different I/O configurations for custom sensors; WI-FI or Bluetooth connectivity; LCD displays; numeric keyboards; SOS/panic buttons; speed alarms; the ability to cut engines; fuel usage sensors; and many other features. There are many features to consider, but try not to get too caught up in feature sets. Think about your specific needs and choose a device that meets those needs.
Bring your own device
The GPS tracking software products offered by Agile Tracking Solutions are largely device agnostic. This means that your decision will be less about finding a device that works with the software and more about picking GPS tracking devices that are right for your business. You will have the freedom and flexibility to select and get recommended the hardware that is most suitable for your needs. The wide compatibility of Agile Tracking Solutions software also means that we may be able use your existing hardware — lowering your costs, and increasing your ROI…a Win Win!