Thanks to advances in technology, almost any moving vehicle can be fitted with a tracker. This includes all road-going vehicles, such as cars, vans, buses and trucks. Tracking systems are also widely used on high-value construction equipment like cherry pickers, dumpers and excavators. In fact, even static and fixed plant equipment such as generators can be fitted with telematics devices to report on usage.
The nature of the tracking device varies depending on the type of vehicle, and the level of data that the owner wishes to extract from the vehicle. For example, a tracking device for plant equipment is usually hard-wired into the machine and enclosed in a water- and dust-proof casing to protect it on construction sites. This level of protection would not be required for a tracker in a van used for supermarket shopping delivery.
In fact, many road vehicles do not even require hard-wired devices. Since 2001, the European Union has made it a legal requirement for all petrol cars to have an on-board diagnostics (OBD) port. Diesel cars have had to feature an OBD port since 2003. Today’s telematics devices can plug directly into the OBD. This removes any vehicle down time associated with the fitting of hard-wired solutions, and also saves on costly installation fees.
Since the advent of smart phones, some companies are even offering app-based tracking solutions. So whatever types of vehicles you own, there is a tracking system that is designed to help you get the most out of them.