Continuing from the last weeks blog here are 5 more items to consider when choosing a GPS tracking system. Once you have decided what you need the next step is to look at the quality of the hardware and pricing. All quality systems will have a monthly fee. In order to receive live updates, information must be moved from the GPS device to the server. To do this all devices have sim cards, just like your cell phone. This enables the information to be transmitted to the server via cell phone technology. This is why you have a monthly fee. Without this service it is impossible to have live updates.
- Quality Components. All GPS tracking devices look the same from the outside, what counts is the quality of the components inside. Cheaper devices will use old versions of chips which are not very accurate. Cheaper chips can show locations that could be actually 1 mile away. SiRFstarIII and the MTK all in one are the latest most accurate chips, just below military grade.
- Warranty. Is the Warranty for 1 year, maybe 2? If the device is hardwired who will remove the old and install the new device if it needs to be replaced? Will there be a charge for this? The best companies should offer a lifetime warranty as long as you are a customer. It only makes sense that the company stands behind the product.
- Training. Is there a charge for Training? Will the company come to you and train you and your staff? Are you just getting a manual and a thank you, or is the company always going to be there to train new staff?
- Length of Contract. Many companies require long term contracts which are almost impossible to break. What happens if you decide or need to reduce your fleet? Are you stuck with a monthly payment? Deals with contracts may seem a great value but in the long run are they really a value? Beware of free hardware and no cost installation. Nothing is ever free and more than likely your monthly fees (and hidden fees) will cost you more in the long run.
- Hidden Fees. Activation fees, internet usage fees, special software fees are all extra fees that can make a great deal not so great. Always question any of these extra fees. A good quality system should never have any extra fees.