Choosing the Right GPS System

Mobile Tracking and Consulting Services can help.

Surfing for the right GPS system can be time consuming and often leads to poor results or costly mistakes. It’s important to choose a GPS system based on your needs, expectations, and how you anticipate using the system.

Before getting started, let’s drill down on some fundamental basics

1. GPS Carrier: VERIZON is the clear choice when it comes to GPS data coverage. Other carriers have inferior data coverage that often results in delayed messages, stuck locations, or out of range notices. This problem is typically corrected by resetting the GPS device, which requires you to disconnect and reconnect the power source.

2. Lifetime Warranties: Make sure your GPS devices come with a lifetime warranty and the RMA process is fast and easy. You should only have to pay return shipping.

3. No Contracts: Make sure never to sign a contract, whether the GPS devices are rented or purchased. Technology changes too fast to commit long term. Simply pay month to month for the service and agree to return the GPS devices if rented when you cancel service.

4. Rent or Purchase: In most cases the return on investment (ROI) is about two years. So, if you plan to keep the GPS system for more than two years, always purchase the equipment. The big disadvantage to renting is that you cannot deactivate or suspend the GPS devices during the rental period and must return the GPS devices when cancelling service.

5. PNP (Plug-N-Play) vs. Hard-Wired GPS devices: Only use a PNP device if you need remote engine diagnostics. The advantage of using a PNP device is the installation process is easier, but the disadvantage is the signal strength is weaker and is susceptible to losing power due to blown fuses. A hard wired GPS device is more reliable because it’s connected directly to 12 volts and has a stronger satellite antenna.

6. OBD2 Splitter Harness: Always use a splitter cable when installing a PNP GPS device. Never plug this type of device directly into the vehicles diagnostic port because it can easily break by hitting it or come lose and stop reporting. Also, the satellite signal strength is reduced because of its location below the dash. The advantages of using a splitter harness are; covert installation (hidden), improved satellite signal strength and tamper proof.

Decision Time – Scenarios

1. Single user sharing login credentials: Accountability only. Vehicle locations, speeds, mileages, idle times, time at location. Basic reports and alerts. Recommendation: EZ Fleet Lite Edition. Go to Tab called EZ Fleet Tracking – Overview for product details.

2. Multiple users with separate login credentials: Group vehicles, assign drivers, dispatching, dashboards, posted speed limits, maintenance alerts, automated reports and more. Feature rich reports and alerts. Recommendation: EZ Fleet standard Edition. Go to Tab called EZ Fleet Tracking – Overview for product details.

3. Multiple users in different departments with different permission levels: Needs 3rd party system integration. Remote engine diagnostics, diagnostic trouble codes, fuel consumption and performance, driver behavior scorecards, maintenance logs for tracking expenses, custom maps for individual users. Recommendation: Fleet Connect. Go to Tab called Fleet Connect GPS System – Overview for product details.

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