How Does A GPS Vehicle Tracking System Work?

Updated: March 17, 2011

A vehicle tracking system using GPS takes the location, speed, direction and time data provided via satellite from the Global Positioning System to the GPS receiver unit in a vehicle and transmits it to a central computer connected to a private network or the Internet.

Vehicle Tracking Systems are Easy to Use

If you are the user of a GPS vehicle tracking system you will be able to sit at your PC or laptop computer, login to the system and monitor the movement, direction and speed of any vehicle that has a GPS tracking unit installed for your system.

You should also be able to look back at historical data of where the vehicle has been, when it was there and how long it stayed there.

On more expensive systems the amount of historical data you can store is considerable and you will also get analysis tools to monitor trends and calculate vehicle running costs.

You will be able to do this at any time because the GPS unit in the vehicle will operate correctly in all weather conditions.

GPS Vehicle Tracking is Very Accurate

Because they use GPS, these tracking systems are extremely accurate and will be able to show you vehicle positions on a digital street map that is correct to within 15 meters.

For the user GPS tracking is very powerful yet simple and easy to use. If you can use a computer you will have no problem enjoying all the functionality that it has to offer.

The latest development of these systems now allows you to view the vehicle location data on a map on your cell phone, which is updated automatically every couple of minutes.

Vehicle Tracking Systems can provide a lot of Historical Data

For the fleet manager or anyone running company cars, vehicle tracking systems are invaluable as they can provide up to date and historical data on routes taken for all their drivers whenever they are driving. If they are doing overnight or late deliveries you can check the system first thing next morning to check that everything went to plan.

With the lower priced consumer GPS tracking products you may find that in order to use the data it records you will have to take the unit out of the vehicle and connect it to your PC or laptop via a USB port. The data can then be uploaded and viewed on mapping systems such as Google Earth.

However there are also tracking systems for the consumer which operate similarly to the systems used by fleet managers, but these will obviously cost more and there is normally a monthly subscription.

The best GPS Vehicle Tracking System for you is the one that provides you with what you want and is affordable.


For information on locally available Tracking devices, visit us on

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  1. Dickson

    March 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Hi I got interested in your great product on vehicle tracking. I wanted to know what data am able to view on my phone about my car.
    I will highly appreciate prompt feedback, thanks.

  2. Angela

    March 23, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Hi Dickson,

    Thank you for your interest in our tracking devices. We do have one called Tramigo, please visit this page and you will be able to get more information. I hope this will be of benefit to you. Incase of further queries, do not hesitate to contact us.


  3. Peninah

    October 23, 2012 at 10:10 am


    How much on average does it cost to get a car-tracking device (GPS)?

  4. Mary Njeri

    June 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Kindly send us quotation for a car tracking system

  5. Admin

    November 16, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Hi Mary, did you get the quotation for car tracking?

  6. damma

    January 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

    So how much does it cost to install say one of these devices into my lorry?

  7. Admin

    January 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Damma, the cost of a reliable tracking system for a truck/lorry ranges from Ksh. 25,000/- to Ksh. 50,000/-. You can contact Track Dev Security ( that offers one of the best tracking solution which works across East and Central Africa. There tracking solution for trucks costs around Ksh. 38,000/- with no monthly recurring charges.

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