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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Looking at The History of Fleet Tracking

By Adriana Noton

Fleet tracking makes use of GPS technology to track, deal with and observe after contact with automobiles instantly. GPS is space based and utilizes satellites to assist navigate and supply location in all weather anywhere on Earth. Several GPS satellites nowadays are maintained by the United States government, though countries throughout the world relish its' benefits. GPS, global positioning system, was developed in 1973. This technology was based on lots of ideas from the 1960's, and was developed by the United States department of defence. This device grew to be completely functional in 1994, and since has grown to be technology used by ordinary people, organizations and military. Some countries have started to develop other systems. For example, the European Union employs Galileo positioning system. These GPS systems have huge implications for fleet tracking.

When GPS was being developed in 1972, it was first tested on the ground using ground based pseudo-satellites. In 1978 the first GPS satellite was launched into space. Initially this technology was developed by the government for military use only. In 1983, after the death of over 200 people, the United States government changed their view, and decided that GPS would be available to civilians also. The Soviet Union shot down an airplane because it had entered into private airspace. This was the result of a mistake in navigation, and the unfortunate even that is responsible for civilian access to GPS today. Civilian access gave rise to GPS fleet management software that has improved efficiency and profits for many transportation companies. The duel use of GPS by the military and civilians was made official in 1995 by Bill Clinton.

GPS continues to be upgraded and improved by the United States government, with politicians like Bill Clinton, George Bush and Al Gore all passing policies to improve the technology. Satellites have been improved and replaced with increased accuracy. The oldest satellite that is still in operation today was launched in 1990. In 1998 GPS was inducted into the Space Foundation Space Technology Hall of Fame. In 2004 GPS was first successfully tested on a mobile phone, giving people instant navigation in an extremely portable format.

GPS has become increasing popular among civilians in the late 90's and early 2000. GPS is now available for personal vehicles, on phones and on computers. GPS technology is used by civilians to synchronize clocks, map making, navigation, aircraft tracking, surveying, recreation and fleet tracking. Businesses are taking advantage of this GPS fleet tracking technology as well. GPS technology is used heavily today in the transportation industry. Fleet tracking is used to improve productivity and cut costs. GPS fleet tracking can be applied to logistics, multi-drop delivery and haulage. Fleet tracking can scale to fit the needs of any business, large or small. Manual tracking was the method used previous to GPS technology. Drivers would use map books to find warehouses, and fill in log books to track the loads they had hauled. With fleet tracking firms can more accurately manage the location and operation of their fleet.

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