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Author: Lance Holt
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Real-Time Vehicle Tracking and Equipment Tracking
Real-time vehicle tracking software tracks any vehicle class 1-8. Here are the primary vehicle types that encompass:
Light/Heavy duty trucks
Cargo vans and box trucks
All of these vehicles have varying device options as to what will work best for them. It’s always a best practice to consult with the real-time vehicle tracking provider to see what they suggest. If you can provide a vehicle list with the year, make, and model, it will help determine what device works best with an even greater accuracy.
You can also track equipment or other high-value assets. This can include either powered or non-powered equipment. Powered assets can include, but are not limited to:
Non-powered equipment includes, but is not limited to:
Finding a real-time GPS vehicle tracking provider that offers different device options will create the best chances of succeeding in tracking the equipment you need to be tracked.
Real-Time Vehicle Tracking Cellular Coverage
Having a real-time vehicle tracking provider that has the hardware necessary to monitor your fleet and equipment is great, but what if they only offer devices that work off of a cellular service that is weak in the areas you do business? If you do not know what role cellular service plays in real-time vehicle tracking, you can learn more here.
Some real-time vehicle tracking providers only offer one option for cellular coverage like Verizon or AT&T. If that one cellular service option happens to be what works best in the areas your vehicles and equipment travel, then that’s great! However, odds are that even if it’s the cellular service that works best in most areas your business covers, it may not work in all areas your business serves. This is why choosing a real-time vehicle tracking provider that offers different cellular services usually works out best for businesses. It can become especially true if your business operates in multiple areas or zip codes where the best coverage can change from provider to provider, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.
Don’t get trapped or tied down to one cellular service and be forced to wait long periods of time for the real-time vehicle tracking device to start reporting vehicle data again. Having the flexibility of being able to choose the best cellular service for each one of your vehicles and piece of equipment is crucial to avoid the headache of spotty and inconsistent reporting of devices.
NOTE: You will not have to deal with multiple bill or contracts from cellular carriers. You will only receive one bill from the vehicle tracking provider.
Back to Basics
It’s important to understand your strategic vision and overall goal with a real-time vehicle tracking solution, but if a provider can’t offer these two basic requirements of good cellular coverage and hardware options, then it will be doomed to fail. Make sure to partner with a real-time vehicle tracking provider that offers the cellular coverage you need and the hardware necessary to track your vehicles and equipment.