We have collated the frequently asked questions about our industry-leading vehicle tracking technology. If you cannot find the answers you’re looking for on this page, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Fleet tracking means monitoring and managing a group of vehicles using GPS tracking devices installed in the vehicles. The GPS tracker in each vehicle feeds back data about current location, speed, mileage, and more. All this information can be accessed remotely using a desktop or mobile browser or app, allowing businesses to gain visibility over the whole fleet, increase efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance safety.
Some of the biggest benefits of using GPS trackers in your fleet vehicles include:
To find out more about the benefits of GPS trackers, check out our blog What is Vehicle Tracking and How Will it Help My Business?
For fleet tracking, small GPS devices with a discreet and compact design are installed in every vehicle. Using a GPS receiver, these devices are able to receive signals from GPS satellites orbiting the planet and triangulate the signals to identify a highly accurate current location. The tracking device then uses a built-in SIM card to send tracking data to a central server or cloud-based platform via the cellular network.
Once received, this data can be processed in a number of ways, including mapping location data, estimating fuel costs, and calculating the speed at which vehicles are moving. Users can access these insights and generate reports using the interface which can be accessed on a web browser or mobile app. They can also create geofences and configure other settings for more effective fleet management.
GPS, or Global Positioning System, is a navigation system that uses a network of GPS satellites that orbit the Earth to provide precise location information. The satellites transmit radio signals containing information about the location and time of transmission, which is picked up by GPS-enabled devices. These devices use the GPS signals to calculate how far the device is from each satellite, allowing it to triangulate the precise location.
GPS usually offers accuracy within a few metres, although this may vary depending on factors like signal obstructions, GPS receiver quality, and the number of satellites in view. In general, GPS offers highly accurate and precise real-time location information.
Yes, our solution offers real-time vehicle location tracking, sending information instantaneously from the in-vehicle trackers to your web-based portal. This means that fleet managers can gain total and accurate visibility over all fleet vehicle movements in real time.
No, GPS trackers can be used for fleet management in a wide range of businesses. From massive logistics companies to smaller car rental businesses or maintenance service providers, GPS trackers benefit all types of businesses that have a fleet of vehicles to track.
Yes, if you have FleetTracker’s Remote Immobilisation bolt-on then you will be able to quickly and conveniently immobilise a vehicle with one click from the Manager App whilst stationary. This functionality offers an increased level of vehicle security.
Yes, GPS trackers can prevent unauthorised vehicle use by triggering alerts when the vehicle is used outside of designated working hours or if it deviates from the assigned route or geofenced area. With the remote immobilisation bolt-on, fleet managers can also prevent vehicles from starting if an unauthorised user tries to use it.
Yes, the dashboard within the Crystal Ball admin portal can be configured to show driver league tables. This gives each driver a score and rating, listing the ‘top drivers’ and ‘bottom drivers’. From this data, management are able to identify careful and poor driving and reward/manage accordingly.
The best vehicle tracking device will depend on a number of factors including your unique requirements and budget. Here at Crystal Ball, we offer a range of different vehicle tracking devices to suit various needs including car tracking, van tracking, and lorry/HGV/truck tracking, as well as three types of insurance-approved Thatcham trackers.
While the exact ROI of vehicle tracking will depend on your organisation, installing trackers in your vehicles can lead to major cost savings for a number of reasons:
Absolutely. GPS trackers in your vehicles can provide accurate and invaluable driving behaviour and vehicle usage data, which can help you negotiate better insurance rates for your fleet. In particular, our insurance-approved Thatcham tracking systems are ideal for securing lower insurance premiums for individuals and businesses with high-value vehicles.
Dash cams or dashboard cameras are video recording devices that are mounted on a vehicle. Advanced models like Crystal Ball’s cloud-based 4G dash cam offer real-time footage transfer to the cloud as well as continuous SD card recording that can be downloaded remotely, and provide HD video recording quality.
There are a wide range of benefits from using dash cams in your vehicles, including improved safety and driver behaviour. Drivers using a dash cam have been proven to be 33% safer behind the wheel, and accidents have been reduced by 53% following the introduction of dash cams.
Moreover, dash cams offer evidence in the case of accidents and disputes and have been found to reduce the risk of theft of vandalism. For example, Crystal Ball’s 360° vehicle CCTV system can provide irrefutable evidence in the unfortunate case of a road traffic accident. Overall, dash cams are a great way to boost safety and security while protecting your insurance premiums and no-claims bonuses.
Yes, Crystal Ball’s SmartCam footage is instantly sent via the mobile network when a significant change of g-force is detected, and can be viewed in the Manager App or the admin portal. The dash cam is also integrated with GPS for fleet tracking, allowing users to view both location and footage in real time.
Yes, with our DVS camera system, sensor system, and audible warnings, we can help your fleet comply with the Direct Vision Standard HGV safety permit scheme.
Yes, we’d be happy to provide a quick free demo of our industry-leading vehicle tracking systems. Our specialists can provide an online demo of our solutions. Book your demo today. We may also offer complimentary trials!
The price of our fleet tracking solutions depends on a number of factors including the size and type of your fleet as well as the bolt-ons and additional services you may choose. To get a free, no-obligations quote that is customised to your business’ unique needs, fill out our form.
Yes, our expert auto engineers carry out installation of the trackers in your vehicles.
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