Which Vehicle Tracker Is Best For You: Active, Passive, Or SIM-Based Tracking?

Vehicle tracking became the most popular and essential activity, especially in the logistics and transportation sector. In today’s logistics sector, the driver shortage is one of the main problems so, ensuring their safety is our priority. Most of the fleet operators are never about their fleet size; they mainly use telematics technology to improve the safety and efficiency of both the fleet & drivers.  

GPS vehicle tracking technology has enormously improved in this innovative world, with more advanced and user-friendly options. Also, it is important what type of GPS vehicle tracker we choose for our fleet. Choosing the right vehicle tracking system brings maximum benefits to your fleet. 

What type of vehicle tracking systems are available? Active GPS vehicle trackers, Passive GPS vehicle trackers, and SIM-based vehicle tracking. The options are pretty good, but what type of vehicle tracking system do you want? It is really important to analyze both the fleet needs and device characteristics before choosing a vehicle tracker.  

Active and passive vehicle trackers are the same GPS devices, but they differ in their functionality, whereas SIM-Based tracking completely differs from normal GPS vehicle trackers. First, let’s get to know more about each type of device.

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Passive Vehicle Tracking Devices

Passive vehicle tracking is a type of GPS device. This device works the same as a basic GPS device, but it gathers the vehicle location and stores it in a memory card or inbuilt memory storage. These passive devices have limited memory storage though these devices don’t transmit the data to any server.  

These devices are connected to the power supply of the vehicle. If we need to access the data from the GPS device, we need to unplug the GPS device from the vehicle and connect the storage part to an external device.  

Passive devices are lightweight to the wallet and recommended for whoever needs a too basic device and doesn’t prefer a  real-time tracking facility.        

Pros of Passive Vehicle Trackers

  • No cellular network needed to transmit the data
  • Best for your pockets
  • User-Friendly device 
  • Data stored in the device

Cons of Passive Vehicle trackers

  • No real-time tracking is available
  • Only locating option is available. 
  • No SOS emergency options are available.
  • The device has to remove every time to transfer the data to an external device.
  • The vehicle cannot be located in an emergency state if any theft happens.

Active Vehicle Tracking Devices

Active vehicle tracking devices are GPS devices that most industry experts use. These devices gather the vehicle telematics data and automatically transfer the data to the server using a cellular or satellite network.

The cellular network is the most commonly used active GPS tracker. These devices transfer the raw telematics data to the server, and those data are converted and transmitted to the end-users as insights. Also, these trackers update the data to the server every 1 to 10 seconds.

The satellite-based tracker is used to track the vehicles in no cellular network area. So, these devices are used anywhere in the world. 

Active GPS tracking devices are a bit complicated to use but you have valuable insights on your hands. Active GPS trackers do not only provide you an option to locate your vehicle it also provides you analyze all telematics data of the vehicle like real-time tracking, mileage report, fuel consumption report, etc. Usually, these active GPS trackers are advanced vehicle tracking system.

Pros Of Active Vehicle Trackers

  • Real-time tracking is available
  • No limited storage.
  • Data updated in every 1 to 10 sec
  • No need to remove the device from the vehicle to transfer the data 
  • Applications are available to all operating system 
  • Used to track anywhere at any time.
  • SOS option is available on these devices.

Cons Of Active Vehicle Trackers

  • Bit expensive
  • Need proper signals to track.

SIM-Based Vehicle Tracking Devices

SIM-based tracking is a new-age vehicle tracking system that helps you to track vehicles without using a GPS device. It uses only SIM and mobile phones to track. 

SIM-based tracking helps you to track your fleet driver’s mobile number to get the location of your vehicle on a trip. SIM tracking is also called SIM consent tracking, you can track your driver’s mobile phone only with his/her permission.        

The SIM-tracking solution is perfect to track market-hired or Adhoc vehicles. In addition, this solution is cost-effective and no external device installation is needed.   

Sounds interesting right? Where do you get access to use SIM-Based tracking? Vamosys provides the SIM-tracking option to fulfill India’s logistics operation needs on a low budget. How to use SIM-Based tracking?

Step 1: Sign in or login into the FleetOS application. 

Step 2: Setup your FleetOS account if you are new.

Step 3: Get your SIM Tracking credits from the application. 

Step 4: Request the mobile number you want to track

Step 4: Once the driver provides you the concern; 

Step 5: Ping the mobile number and know the location.

Pros Of SIM-Based Tracking

  1. No external device installation needed
  2. Only mobile and sim card is enough
  3. You can even use Basic Mobile to track
  4. Cost-effective
  5. Perfect to market hired or rental vehicles
  6. You can use it with all Indian sim operators

Cons Of SIM-Based Tracking

  1. GPS trackers are preferred to permanent vehicles. 
  2. Difficult track in no cellular network area. 

Which Vehicle Tracker Is Best For You?

Need low budget and no need of real-time location tracking
Passive GPS Tracker
Need of real-time tracking and better options to track your complete fleet
Active GPS Tracker
Need of budget-friendly tracking for market hired or rental vehicles
SIM-Based Tracking

These three vehicle tracking systems have three different purposes to serve. Before choosing a vehicle tracking system for your fleet, understand the requirements of your fleet. 

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