What is the difference between telematics and GPS?

What is the difference between telematics and GPS?
Simple Fleet Telematics: Understanding the Difference Between Telematics and GPS
In today’s connected world, the terms "telematics" and "GPS" are often used interchangeably. However, they represent different technologies with distinct applications, especially in fields such as fleet management, construction, and beyond. This blog aims to clarify these differences while highlighting how telematics is revolutionizing various industries.
What is GPS?
The Basics of GPS
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite-based navigation system. It provides geolocation and time information to a GPS receiver anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. Developed by the United States Department of Defense, GPS is freely accessible to anyone with a GPS receiver.
How GPS Works
GPS works through a constellation of at least 24 satellites that orbit the Earth. These satellites transmit signals to the GPS receivers on the ground. The receiver then calculates its distance from four or more satellites, using this data to determine its exact location on the Earth’s surface.
Applications of GPS
GPS has a wide range of applications:
• Navigation: GPS is used in vehicles, smartphones, and navigation systems to provide accurate directions.
• Timing: Synchronizing clocks and networks.
• Mapping and Surveying: Used in creating accurate maps and for surveying purposes.
• Fleet Management: Tracking the real-time location of vehicles.
What is Telematics?
The Basics of Telematics
Telematics is a broader field that combines telecommunications and informatics. It involves the transmission of computerized data over long distances. In the context of fleet management, telematics refers to the integrated use of telecommunications and information technology to send, receive, and store information related to remote objects, such as vehicles.
How Telematics Works
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