We agree, today’s smart phones are capable of GPS-enabled tracking. But each & every equipment is built for a specific purpose. Why do you still prefer to watch movies on TV when you have a laptop at home? Coz televisions are meant for that purpose and you are more comfortable watching motion pictures when on a larger screen like TV. Similarly, mobiles are meant for the purpose of communicating via voice, SMS & data.
Of course, the mobile phones in market nowadays are equipped with GPS receivers to track their location, but can it help you track your vehicle 24/7? Once you are out of the vehicle with your mobile, you absolutely have no idea about what’s happening within.
GPS tracking devices/units are specifically meant for tracking vehicles, to give you an understanding on ignition based incidents, say stoppages, trip start & end with duration, precise real time location, engine idling, fuel wastage, mileage, periodic services and many more.
Why no mobiles for vehicle tracking?
Mobile phones help you track people, not your vehicles/assets.
Mobiles can easily be found out & can be switched off immediately. With mobile, you rely on the person who is carrying the phone.
Moderately priced mobiles mostly comes with poor GPS receivers; ie., a phone in a car glove box will have real difficulty to report a location that would be accurate enough to be used.
Mobile battery lasts for less than a day when GPS (location service) is switched on, whereas a GPS device can last for up to 7 days (depends on models) and can automatically switch to energy saving sleep mode, incase of no power supply.
GPS Tracking devices are in-built solutions making it difficult for anyone to tamper with as it is not visible outside.
Mobile phones with quality GPS receivers are expensive & require a minimum monthly voice plan, a data plan plus other services.
GPS Tracking devices are priced effectively with a one-time cost & only require a 50 MB data plan* & SMS facility, which helps you save money.
*Depends on data record size