GPS installation Tips

At Fleetistics, we understand the pivotal role that precise GPS installation plays in optimizing fleet management. Our cutting-edge fleet management software empowers you with real-time insights, making every journey a well-planned and efficient one. To ensure you harness the full potential of our technology, we’ve compiled these comprehensive GPS installation tips for a seamless experience.

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GPS Installation Concepts

In situations where customers need assistance with a GPS installation, Fleetistics can provide installation services through a network of GPS installers. This allows Fleetistics to support customers in almost every part of the United States and Canada. For those wanting to DIY, Fleetistics offers many resources to help a customer be self-sufficient and save money.

With the introduction of OBD GPS trackers many customers opt to do their own installations to save time and money. An OBD device can be installed in 20 minutes in most vehicles once a few have been completed. If in doubt, contact a professional installation company.

If wiring the GPS device is needed, it is better to hire a professional who is familiar with proper connection points to avoid damaging a vehicle.

OBD GPS Vehicle Tracker

There are pros and cons to the simple installation of GPS devices in the OBD port. Serial number zip ties can be used in an effort to discourage employee tampering with devices but it can become a game of cat and mouse.
OBD GPS Vehicle Tracker
Placing the GPS device in the OBD port is a fine way to start to see how it goes. If you run into excuses and issues, get a Y-harness. This avoids spending money on Y-harnesses before you know they are needed.

Most fleet managers are opting to install an OBD tracker with a Y-harness. This leaves the OBD port available for future maintenance without removing the GPS tracker. The GPS tracker can then be secured in the dash to avoid accidental removal.

Securing the device to the vehicle is important to receive quality accelerometer data. If the GPS device moves independently of vehicles frame, you will get a lot of false positives. In extreme cases the GPS manufacturer will deactivate the accelerometer due to excessive network traffic.

GPS Fleet Tracking 3-Wire Install

GPS Fleet Tracking 3-Wire Install
3-wire installations are definitely more challenging and take more skill and experience. These types of installations are most often done by professionals or people with automotive experience. If you do this wrong, you can end up damaging the vehicle.

Modern vehicles have a lot of expensive computers. Connecting to the wrong wire could result in damage or a safety issue not covered by the manufacturer warranty. Outsourcing the installation generally means the work can be done at night or on weekends to avoid impacting operations.


Install Tips Part 1

  • Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions. These instructions do not supersede the manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Inventory all parts on receipt. Check for damage or missing components.
  • Always use a 3 to 5-amp in-line fuse to protect the unit from damage and prevent damage not covered by warranty.
  • Install real-time units as quickly as possible. Real-time service billing starts within 14-days of the units being delivered.
  • Use Torque Seal on connections or a serial number zip tie to identify tampering issues. OBD devices do not require this step.
  • Connect wires using the poke and wrap connection method or double bladded Scotch Locks. Do not use T-taps or single blade Scotch Locks; they work loose over time.
  • Always use a multi-meter to find your connection wires.
  • Make sure wires are not pinched or repeatedly closed in doors.

Install Tips Part 2

  • Install GPS unit behind the radio, in the OBD or J-Bus port or near the steering column.
  • For 3-wire installs, make sure GPS unit gets constant 12v power even when the ignition is off by testing with a multi-meter. Watch the power when the vehicle is started and shut down. Some power leads can lose all power during starting which will cause problems with the GPS systems. It should not dip below 9 volts.
  • For 3-wire installs, make sure you have a good ground secured with a screw and Torque Seal.
  • For 3-wire installs, if using switched power test, test the power as the ignition is turned on and off.
  • Do not block or cover the GPS antenna with metal.
  • For 3-wire installs, the optimum location for the cellular and GPS antenna is on the windshield of the vehicle.
  • Antennas are directional; make sure it is facing up and lying as flat as possible. Secure them in place with 3M automotive tape or zip ties or a mounting bracket so the device moves with the vehicles frame.
  • For 3-wire installs, secure antennas placed inside the dash so they don’t shift at a later time and create a communication issue.
  • Make sure the GPS system is operating correctly before closing up the dash. Check lights, tones, on-line display or sample data depending on system. This may require driving the vehicle for 3-5 miles in poor cellular coverage areas.
  • For 3-wire installs, never tap into wires that may impact the safety of the vehicle such as an airbag wire. Steering columns is generally the best option.

GPS Tracker Mounting Bracket

GPS Tracker Mounting Bracket
The install bracket is a very simple, but important component, although it may not always be required. The GO GPS device snaps into the bracket and can be secured with zip ties as shown. The bracket is mounted to the frame of the vehicle using more zip ties or automotive tape. The ensures the GPS device moves with the frame of the vehicle. If the GPS device is not firmly mounted to the frame you will get excessive vibrations resulting in bad accelerometer data.

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With Fleetistics’ comprehensive fleet management solutions and these GPS installation tips, you’re on the fast track to streamlined operations, improved efficiency, and enhanced productivity. Experience the power of precision with Fleetistics – where every installation is a step towards a smarter and more connected fleet.
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Your Guide to Seamless GPS Installation

As the heartbeat of modern logistics, installing GPS trackers in your vehicles opens up a realm of possibilities for optimizing operations. Imagine a world where every mile is purposeful, every stop is strategic, and every decision is data-driven. At Fleetistics, we recognize the transformative power of precise GPS tracking, empowering you to take charge of your fleet like never before. In this guide, we present invaluable tips for seamless GPS installation, ensuring that you unlock the full potential of our cutting-edge fleet management software.

Choose the Right Location

Selecting the optimal installation site is crucial for accurate tracking. Install the GPS device in an inconspicuous yet accessible location, ensuring minimal interference with the vehicle’s daily operations.

Power Source Considerations

Make sure to connect the GPS device to a stable power source. Many devices can be hardwired to the vehicle’s electrical system for continuous power. Alternatively, choose a device with a backup battery to ensure tracking persists even during power outages.

Securing the GPS Device

Ensure the GPS device is securely fastened to prevent any potential damage or disconnection during transit. Use durable mounting solutions to withstand the rigors of everyday use, guaranteeing longevity and reliability.

Integration with Fleetistics Software

Effortlessly integrate your GPS devices with Fleetistics’ state-of-the-art fleet management software. Our user-friendly interface provides real-time data, insightful analytics, and customizable reports, allowing you to make informed decisions that drive operational efficiency.

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