What is mobile phone’s role in vehicle tracking

One of the most asked questions we receive from our customers is “Why shouldn’t I just use my mobile phones to track my vehicles?”. This is an interesting question that I fully understand. Since most people and companies have mobile phones with them all the time, there is a natural attraction.

The problems with mobile phones to track vehicles and trucks are numerous. Of course, it depends on the needs of the customer.

First, for many companies, their assets are in the vehicle that is being tracked. Unfortunately, you cannot rely on a mobile phone being in a car, truck, or van. So, if the vehicle is stolen, there is nothing in place to track it.

A second issue is mobile phone battery life. It is incumbent  on the driver to keep the mobile phone charged.  If all of our drivers were reliable enough to keep their phones charged, we wouldn’t be talking about this!

Thirdly, the mobile phone can be undermined in the sense that it can be put in a toolbox disabling the signal.

Fourthly, the mobile phones do not allow you to track idling, ignition starts/stops, or allow for things like starter disabling.

The great benefits to a wired-in device are related to reliability and features.  With a wired device, you always know the device is in place.  You also get the benefits of a having access to vehicle information.

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