The number of dimensions to the technology that is the tracking of automobiles seems infinite. As soon as one think s/he has gained a firm understanding of one aspect of the tracking of vehicles, another, even more detailed aspect seems to pop up out of nowhere. Once having reached a point which allows for a basic comprehension of how vehicle tracking works, the next stop would ideally be to endeavour to wrap one’s head around the mechanics of auto tracking systems.
Auto Tracking Systems for your car
Someplace at the beginning there exists the concept of active auto tracking systems versus passive auto tracking systems. Passive systems are those where the tracking device which has been fitted to the automobile will record data such as location and speed while the driver is at the helm using its internal memory. Once the vehicle has stopped, the tracking device may be detached from the vehicle in order to retrieve the stored information by downloading this information to a computer at which point the information may be analyzed. The information that is evaluated is of a historical nature.
Active and passive auto tracking systems collect the same details. The fundamental difference lies in the fact that where active tracking systems are concerned, the device is linked to a cellular – or satellite network, which in turn is connected to a computer or computers. The result is that the information that is picked up while the automobile is driven will be sent to the computer as a live feed via the cellular – or satellite network. The reading of the data can happen as and when it is received.
The public transport industry has found active tracking to be particularly useful. A bus driver travelling his route, for instance, may be able to view a computer which updates with real-time information indicating whether or not he is on time. At a stop, passengers waiting for this same bus may be able to view the same information.
Passive tracking systems are proving to be more and more popular among parents. Because they are able to access and view historical data highlighting all the locations their vehicle(s) has been to, they know whether or not one of the children “stole” the vehicle(s) in their absence.
It has become virtually impossible to lie about where a vehicle has been and at what time and for how long. Scary?