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How to Install a Real Time GPS Vehicle Tracking System

Updated February 21, 2017

Do you have a fleet of vehicles that you need to track? Do you want to make sure that your employees aren't speeding or out fishing instead of doing their jobs? Then you'll probably be interested in knowing how to install a real time GPS vehicle tracking system in your cars or trucks.

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  1. Purchase a real time GPS tracking device. There are a wide assortment of vehicle GPS tracking systems available depending on what your needs are. Some are designed to track one vehicle, others can be used to track hundreds. Two that you might consider are Spark Nano Real-Time GPS Tracking Device, or LiveWire Unlimited™ GPS Tracking. You can find a wide variety of systems at or and they generally range in price from £129 to £259 for the unit plus a monthly fee of around £25.90.

  2. Install the GPS tracking device. Once you've decided on what your needs are and you've purchased a system, you'll need to install it. For some of the devices it's just a matter of placing them on the undercarriage of the car with the built-in magnet and turning it on. Within a minute the device will begin transmitting the data. Others will need to be attached to a live wire and are usually hidden somewhere underneath the dashboard. Other devices are completely self-contained and can fit in the palm of your hand. They just need to be turned on and can be hidden in the boot of the car, or underneath a seat.

  3. Track your vehicle. Once installed the device will begin sending data immediately. You just need to log onto the password-protected website that will be provided by the company whose product you purchased. Depending on what your needs are, in addition to the location on the map, the GPS may give you information such as longitude and latitude, altitude, speed, idle time, history and statistics to go along with this data. Locaion data is uploaded in real time and will be accurate within 15 feet.

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Things You'll Need

  • GPS Tracking System
  • Computer with Internet

About the Author

Palmer Owyoung holds a Master of Arts in international business from the University of California at San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a trained molecular biologist. He has been a freelance writer since 2006. In addition to writing, he is a full-time Forex trader and Internet marketer.

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