How does a GPS Tracking System work?

How does a GPS Tracking System work?

In our present ecosystem of Red-Light Cameras, Demerit Points and Reformed Fixed Penalty Ticketing (that’s a mouthful!), the need for GPS Tracking has catapulted itself to the top of what we might describe as our hierarchy of vehicle needs. In this post we will explain exactly how GPS Tracking works and why it’s important to have it. 

What is GPS Tracking and Why Does it Matter?

For those of us out there who do not know what GPS stands for, it means Global Positioning System. Don’t feel too bad about it, I didn’t know before I researched it either. But there you have it. Three words that represent a market that was valued at USD 1.19 billion in 2016 and projected to reach USD 3.54 billion by 2025 (Kenneth Research, Global GPS Tracking Device Market, 2020). The Global Positioning System entails a network of 24 satellites in orbit and devices on the ground that can establish a person or object’s location on Earth with astonishing precision (I’m already wondering about how I can use this on my sixteen year old!). A GPS tracking unit is a device, normally carried by a moving vehicle or person, that uses the Global Positioning System to determine and track its precise location, and hence that of its carrier, at intervals (music to my parental ears).

Now while GPS Tracking has its obvious benefits to protecting and securing our loved ones, owning a vehicle is a huge investment and for many of us, it’s an extension of our home and our office or in the case of my kindred ladies – our shoes collection! From whatever perspective lens you look through, it is an understood statement that we need to protect our vehicle and the ones driving it.

How does GPS Tracking work?

If you are a cartoon buff like me, you would have seen the movie, “Happy Feet”. Twice. The tracking device was placed on one of the penguins to find his waddle (a group of penguins in the water is called a raft but on land they’re called a waddle! Other names for a group of penguins include rookery, colony, and huddle – something else I didn’t know either!). So, how exactly do this thing work?

According to, GPS requires the use of many satellites orbiting the Earth. These satellites continually broadcast their locations and status above us. This is continually monitored by the GPS Master Control Station, as well as other tracking and monitoring stations here on the ground, to ensure accuracy and proper function. The Master Control Station is also responsible for maintenance and correction, should anything go wrong.

A GPS device on Earth receives these signals, interpreting each one’s unique data. By mapping the locations of four or more satellites in relation to the tracking device, it can triangulate its exact position in three-dimensional space. More satellites are often used to validate data and provide a more accurate location reading.

What is GPS Tracking used for?

In addition to using it to secure (I will be stalking, a parent can never be too careful) your child and your vehicle, GPS Tracking has many other uses. GPS Tracking plays an important role in search and rescue operations. When looking for survivors from a major disaster or trying to locate a missing person the use of GPS helps to ensure that each area is searched thoroughly, and no area is searched twice at the expense of other locations. In the case of missing persons, we know how time is a crucial factor. In this case, time doesn’t just save you money, it can save a life.

On the commercial side of things, there is the use of GPS Tracking in Land Surveying where one can accurately survey and mark land. For more on how this is done check out this site.  Another powerful commercial use of GPS devices is to track commercial fleets. By having a GPS on every vehicle, companies with fleets can keep track of an exact driver’s location and status, collect powerful insights about fleet efficiency, and be able to provide roadside assistance immediately if necessary. Statistics show that GPS systems in vehicles have reduced accidents by 38% for small businesses. With our 2019 reports citing more deaths on our nation’s roads, this is definitely good news to support the use of GPS Tracking. GPS Tracking supports safer roads for everyone and an improved reputation for your fleet of vehicles.

Key Takeaway points

Now that we know what GPS and GPS Tracking is and why it’s important, I am sure you are thinking about your next step. I got you covered. While there are many GPS Tracking companies in Trinidad and Tobago, albeit doing exceptional work, Cylo Tracking is one of the better ones. With easy to use, cost effective, worldwide real time tracking, you can’t go wrong. Accessing GPS Tracking with them is a simple 5 Step process:

For more information, call to talk to the Customer Service Team at +1 868 339 1237 or

+1 868 376 1048 or via email

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