Global Positioning System (GPS)

A Global Positioning System (GPS) is a system that uses satellites to precisely locate an object on earth. Trucking companies use GPS to locate over-the-road equipment and drivers. A GPS receiver calculates:

  • the latitude,
  • longitude,
  • altitude,
  • time of day of an object.

The coordinates can be displayed on a map or used for navigation.

In logistics, GPS is often used for fleet management. Fleet managers can track the location of their trucks in real-time. This allows them to optimize their delivery routes and make sure that their trucks are where they need to be. GPS can also help managers find their trucks if they are lost or stolen.

Additionally, GPS can be used to monitor driver behavior, such as speeding and hard braking. This can help fleet managers improve safety and reduce fuel costs.

GPS is a valuable tool for logistics professionals. It helps them keep their operations running smoothly and efficiently.

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