GPS technology has completely changed how companies manage their fleets of vehicles. Now, managers can keep track of their vehicles in real time, which is immensely important for businesses that rely on transportation. Fleet GPS tracking helps businesses work better and faster. Fleet management with GPS allows companies to get important information about each vehicle.
A high-tech tracking system like Azuga’s offers many benefits, including route planning and fuel management. Unfortunately, fleet GPS jammers can get in the way of your progress. Let’s explore more about GPS jammers and how to prevent them from slowing down your fleet.
What are Fleet GPS Jammers?
A GPS jammer is a small transmitter device that drivers can use to conceal their location. This device sends radio signals with the same frequency as your fleet GPS device. The result is interference that prevents your GPS device from determining your vehicles’ locations. These devices are illegal, but their ease of use means that many drivers disregard the law and use GPS jammers anyway.
How Do GPS Jammers Work?
A GPS jammer disrupts standard GPS signals. This disruption makes it difficult for devices to determine their location accurately. A driver can activate a GPS jammer with three easy steps:
- They plug the jammer into the auxiliary power outlet.
- The driver then places the unit near the fleet GPS tracker.
- When the driver activates the jammer, it creates an interference signal that lasts over a 5-10 meter radius of the fleet GPS signal.
Of course, you want to prevent your fleet drivers from using GPS jammers. Not only are they bad for your business, but they can also have serious consequences. They are illegal because they interfere with essential services like navigation and emergency communications.
Three Tips to Combat GPS Jammers
Tip #1: Privacy Mode Authorization
Some authorized drivers use their work vehicle for personal tasks, like taking it home or running errands during lunch breaks. In these situations, they might prefer not to be tracked. GPS tracking devices often have a "privacy mode" feature, allowing drivers and dispatchers to hide their location and activity temporarily. This feature helps protect their privacy without resorting to using GPS jammers.
Tip #2: Jamming Detection for Added Security
Advanced GPS tracking devices, like Azuga's Fleet tracking software, can detect GPS signal jamming. This feature safeguards against vehicle theft and aids in recovering stolen fleet vehicles.
Tip #3: Tracking Employees Using GPS Blockers
Even without jamming detection, you can still catch employees using GPS blockers. When an employee activates a GPS blocker, it shows as a missing or interrupted trip on the tracking map. Additionally, you can set up alerts for GPS signal errors to notify management when interference occurs. Using a blocker would likely draw more attention to their actions.
Tracking is Easier with Azuga!
Azuga’s fleet management solution can help you implement the above tips. Our state-of-the-art tracking software can detect signal jamming and track accurate driver location. Reach out to an expert today and try a demo of our software if GPS jamming is a concern within your fleet.