GPS tracking systems are a game changer. Using satellites and delivering nearly up to the minute location updates, GPS tracking makes keeping tabs on anything equipped with a tracking device a snap. Kids love being able to locate their tablet or phone, which is buried under pillows, piles of clothing or sofa cushions, with the swipe of a finger using mom’s cell phone. Families and enthusiasts having been using this for years to explore, track and locate cashes hidden in rural and urban areas.

Fleet managers are using the this technology to better manage their fleets, their workers and customer inquiries. Access to real time data is a busy manager’s dream. How fast is work getting done. What is the average speed of a given truck on a given highway. Where are trucks 2, 3 and 4 during the lunch hour. Is there a truck in the vicinity of an urgent service call? No walkie talkies or calls routed through dispatch. With a swipe of a finger, managers have the data they need to answers all these questions and more.

Businesses can use GPS tracking systems to provide customers with real time information and keep both customers and service providers on track. GPS tracking can also be used to reward superior service times and collect data to be used in training initiatives and employee incentive programs.

Drivers everywhere are benefiting from GPS guided driving. Routes planned and re-planned all while on the go. Detours, heavy traffic, and unfamiliar areas are no longer a problem. With GPS tracking, drivers can navigate even the most difficult of routes, with confidence. This can be especially helpful, when a fleet manager is down a driver and needs to assign a sub in hurry.

This isn’t just for business. Hikers, skiers and even runners are utilizing GPS tracking to make their hobbies safer and easier. A compass is great for a back to basics hike or as a back up, but a GPS tracking device makes it easier to explore unfamiliar territories and makes the hikers or runners easier to locate in the case of an emergency. Elite runners also use GPS tracking to measure their speed, run times and course conditions. Data collected run to run can be used to adjust their training plan.

This systems do require some maintenance from time to time, especially those with map displays. If the GPS tracker in question is merely a transponder type system, likely all that will be required is a power source. Some can be hardwired into the vehicle and other work on a long lasting battery, while others will require daily charging. The newest GPS tracking systems are applications, designed to work on a mobile device.

While some people fear for, equating them with the long arm of big brother, they are enhancing the safety of many activities and GPS tracking is already the industry standard in fleet management. It is a worthy investment for any business and those who do not adopt it, will certainly fall behind their competition. This technology enhance safety and provide customers with the answers they need.