Opinion: How the growing smartphone & tablet market affects vehicle tracking systems

One of the biggest advantages that Fleet Management Systems posses going into the next few years is the fact that vehicle tracking technology can only get better with each passing day and month.

Experts already have forecasted an increase in deployment of a vehicle tracker, since the purchase and operational costs of these units are coming down constantly thanks to cheaper components and software solutions that are highly cost effective and efficient.

This has meant that vehicle tracking technology, the primary and most sought after part of a fleet management process is under constant change in a market where every provider wishes to offer cutting-edge solutions.

And one of the biggest changes that all vehicle tracking providers now need to brace up for is the advent and evolution of mobile communications and how handheld devices are quickly making the desktop and the laptop a lot less effective.

Projections from tech firms predict that there will be around 8 billion handheld devices by 2016 and the way in which current smartphones are improving both on features and processor performance, bringing vehicle tracking systems to the smartphone and tablet arenas is almost already mandatory.

Those who deploy and use vehicle tracking systems can now check the status of their fleet while on the move and thanks to both 3G and 4G services globally, providing instant real-time data is no longer a hassle over mobile carriers.

This gives those operating fleets the freedom of moving away from their desks and still managing fleets to perfection. And with features like ‘pinch to zoom’ and smooth and stunning interface, users expect everything on their desktops to be translated to the smartphone world.

That means graphs, charts, vital stats, updates, alerts, history and an easy menu to manage it all. Many companies have already turned to both Android and iOS platforms to take advantage of tracking on the move. And those who do not adapt to this new platform will most likely fall behind very quickly.

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