Fleet Tracking: Top 10 Things to Look For in a Dual-Mode Device

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Fleet tracking deviceWhile some fleet managers opt for tracking devices that communicate solely over cellular networks, many are choosing dual-mode satellite-cellular devices because they offer a service guarantee that is not attainable with cellular-only devices: the ability to communicate over both cellular and satellite networks for tracking and monitoring applications.

Satellite service is no longer only afforded by large companies and government agencies. Driven by competition, improvements in technology, and increased adoption, satellite-enabled devices and airtime costs have become very competitive. In some cases, a few extra dollars per month buy fleet owners a reliable secondary communication source for their asset tracking solution.

When selecting a dual-mode satellite-cellular product, consider the following 10 factors:

1. Alerts
Can customized alerts be created? Can those be sent via email and text messages to the people who can act on the information?

2. Geofences
How many geofences can be programmed into the device? Is it easy to add, remove and change them? Can the user tailor the behavior of the device within and outside geofences?

3. Reports
Does the user have access to reports by vehicles, customer and fleet? Are the reports customizable? Can those be sent via email and text message to the people who can act on the information?

4. Interfaces
What needs to be monitored for effective vehicle operation? Can the device be connected to any external sensors? Can it extract vehicle engine and diagnostic information?

5. Power
How is the tracking device powered? Can it be self-powered or connected to the vehicle power?

dual-mode vehicle tracking white paper6. Installation
Does the device form-factor meet the requirements of the application? Can the device be hidden if required for security reasons?

7. Ease of Use
Is the device configurable or programmable to the needs of the owner?

8. Integration
Can the data be integrated with other business software like dispatch systems?

9. Costs
What are the costs to purchase and install the tracking equipment? Are there any integration costs? What are the monthly costs to operate the device and use the tracking application?

10. Reliability and Security of Data
How is data sent to the tracking application? What is the reliability of the tracking device? Is it designed for extreme conditions?

Selecting a tracking device with dual-mode satellite-cellular capabilities affords fleet managers the ability to send and receive large amounts of data in urban areas and continuous monitoring of the location and status of their assets – no matter where their assets travel.

For more information, contact ORBCOMM online or email

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Mark Kuiack

Mark Kuiack is Director of Digital Marketing for ORBCOMM. He is responsible for the strategic direction of ORBCOMM's web and social media presence, and has over 15 years of experience in marketing and writing about various technology applications.

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