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Best GPS Fleet Tracking Software and Systems 2016

Best GPS Fleet Tracking Software and Systems 2016
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When searching for the best GPS fleet tracking software, we looked for solutions that were affordable, easy to use and let you monitor both vehicle and driver behavior. We also looked for tools that were customizable, came with vehicle maintenance tools and didn't require a minimum number of vehicles or long-term contracts.

Here is a roundup of our best picks and how we chose them. To help you find the right GPS fleet tracking solution for your business, check out our guide, Choosing a GPS Fleet Tracking System.

  • Small Business Overall
    InTouchGPS
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    • Pricing
      $23.95 per vehicle per month
    • Contract length
      No long-term contract
    • Customer service
      Phone, live chat and email support
  • Low-cost
    Fleet Genius
    Read Review
    • Pricing
      Starts at $3.95 per month per vehicle
    • Contract length
      No long-term contract
    • Customer service
      Phone, live chat, helpdesk and email support
  • Mobile App
    GPSTrackIt
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    • Pricing
      Custom pricing based on features
    • Contract length
      Choose from 1-, 2- or 3-year contract
    • Customer service
      Phone, live chat, email and social media support

InTouch GPS comes with everything you need to track vehicles and drivers at a small-business-friendly price. Features include vehicle locators, vehicle maintenance, dispatching, analytics, mobile access and custom alerts. It also lets you keep an eye on driver behaviors and create driver scorecards to monitor performance and address issues like excessive speeding and extensive idle times. We also like that InTouch GPS can handle even the smallest fleets and doesn't require any long-term contracts. [Go here for a full review of InTouch GPS fleet tracking software.]

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GPSTrackIt offers a full-featured, cloud-based mobile app that lets you monitor and manage your fleet even when you're out of the office. Whereas many GPS fleet tracking apps limit capabilities, GPSTrackIt's mobile app comes with everything you need to monitor vehicles and drivers from your iOS or Android device. We especially like that GPSTrackIt lets you customize the service, so you can build the perfect GPS fleet tracking app and cater it to your business's unique needs. [Go here for a full review of the GPSTrackIt GPS fleet tracking mobile app.]

Fleet Genius is a super-affordable GPS fleet tracking software that's built specifically for small businesses looking for a low-cost way to track vehicles and drivers. The software is packed with features, but also offers a ton of flexibility with custom solutions and services. Packages start at just $3.95 per vehicle per month, and we like that there are no long-term contracts and no minimum number of vehicles required to use the software. [Go here for a full review of the Fleet Genius GPS fleet tracking software.]

To find the best GPS fleet tracking software for small business, we started by creating a comprehensive list of vendors. Our sources include reputable review sites, business websites and input from small business owners themselves.

Next, we narrowed down our list to those that are suitable for small business. We then further cut down that list based on specific criteria and different use-case scenarios (the best-picks categories above). To come up with these criteria and categories, we asked small business owners what they look for in a GPS fleet tracking software and what they like and dislike about the one they are currently using. We also considered insight from vendors to gain a better understanding of what types of GPS fleet tracking software are best for small businesses.

As part of our research, we also contacted vendors, posing as small business owners shopping around for GPS fleet tracking software. This helped us better evaluate each software individually while assessing each company's customer service. In addition, we tested software demos and apps when possible, to see which ones were easy to use and which were not worth the time or headache.

In total, we compiled a list of nearly 50 GPS fleet tracking software. Our top picks are InTouch GPS, GPSTrackIt and Fleet Genius. Those that made it to our short list include Fleetistics, NexTraq, FleetOutlook, Teletrac, Telogis, Fleetmatics, GPS Insight, Networkfleet by Verizon, Rhino Fleet Tracking, Geotab, Collective Data, LiveView GPS, Omnitracs, TomTom and Virtual Fleet Supervisor.

Here are the criteria we used to evaluate each GPS fleet tracking software:

  • Small-business features (versus enterprise-level tracking)
  • Price (monthly charges, hardware costs, setup fees, etc.)
  • Ease of use
  • Customization options
  • Personalized alerts
  • Minimum number of vehicles required
  • Long-term contract
  • Analytics
  • Custom reporting
  • Customer support
  • Service limitations

Here is a full list of GPS fleet tracking software and a summary of what each company claims to offer. This alphabetical list also includes our best picks.

3dtracking — 3dtracking offers logistics and tracking services for vans, trucks and other commercial vehicles. It focuses on tracking, reports and alerts, so you always know what's going on with your fleet. 3dtracking.com

Advanced Tracking Technologies (ATTI) — ATTI is a GPS vehicle tracking and fleet management software that aims to make your fleet more efficient, productive and cost-effective. It's built for a wide range of industries, including repair services, construction, food, delivery, plumbing, landscaping and more. advantrack.com

Azuga Fleet — Azuga offers low pricing, rich data, a mobile app and cost-savings tools. The easy-to-install plug-and-play technology delivers solutions to fleets in industries such as pest control, landscaping and security. It also comes with a unique incentive program that rewards your top drivers with cash that they can redeem at places like Amazon, Walmart and Burger King. azuga.com

BrickHouse Security — Although it's primarily a security and surveillance service, BrickHouse Security also offers robust GPS software for all types of businesses. The software can track individual vehicles, entire fleets, assets, people and personal property. brickhousesecurity.com

Btracking — Btracking uses GPS technology to track everything your business sends out to the field, including vehicles, assets and personnel. Features include real-time mapping, alerts, job durations, mileage reports, ignition monitoring and mobile access. btracking.com

CFAWin — CFAWin offers enterprise-level GPS fleet tracking software for businesses of all sizes. In addition to vehicle and driver tracking, CFAWin offers asset monitoring, inventory tracking and fuel consumption management. cfasoftware.com

Collective Data — Collective Data is a Web-based GPS fleet tracking software that focuses on delivering key information to help you make better decisions about your business. It is also completely customizable and scalable to your business's needs. And if you prefer to keep your data on your own servers, Collective Data is one of the few GPS solutions that can be installed locally. collectivedata.com

Dispatch.me — One of our runner-ups, Dispatch.me is all about improving customer service through up-to-the-minute tracking and more efficient dispatching. It lets you track jobs, technicians and contractors, as well as keep customers in the loop with real-time status updates. We also like that Dispatch.me is easy to use and accessible on mobile devices. dispatch.me

*Fleet Genius — Our pick for the best low-cost GPS fleet tracking software, Fleet Genius is built for small business fleets and budgets. It comes with a ton of features and customization options, and plans start at less than $5 per month, with no long-term contracts. Read our full review here.

Fleet Harmony — Fleet Harmony lets you build a customized GPS fleet management software, so you're only paying for the features you really need. The software is built for businesses with fewer than 250 properties (cars, vans, trucks and assets) to track and is available on Windows and online. fleetharmony.com

Fleet Maintenance Pro — Fleet Maintenance Pro, by Innovative Maintenance Systems, lets you track and maintain fleets to avoid hefty repair costs later on. We like that it comes with preventative maintenance features (such as service alerts and automated reminders), repair logs and analytics to reveal vehicle neglect or abuse. mtcpro.com/fleet-maintenance.htm

Fleet Commander — Fleet Commander by U.S. Bank uses the Voyager Fleet Card to help businesses manage fleet accounts, fuel consumption and maintenance records. It also comes with customized reporting options, billing tools and other fleet management resources. fleetcommanderonline.com

Fleetio — Fleetio is on our short list of the best GPS fleet tracking software because it offers a simple way to track and manage your vehicles. We really like that it comes with complete vehicle maintenance and repair tracking tools, and breaks down costs using a wide range of metrics, such as average fuel cost per mile and average price per gallon in real time and over a certain period. fleetio.com

Fleetistics — Fleetistics is a popular GPS fleet tracking software that serves businesses of all types and sizes. It comes with all the basic vehicle and driver monitoring features, along with advanced capabilities like engine data analysis and NFC-enabled driver ID readers to automatically associate vehicles with drivers. fleetistics.com

Fleetmatics — One of our favorites, Fleetmatics offers two types of GPS fleet tracking solutions. Fleetmatics Reveal is a fleet management service that lets you track vehicles and drivers, and Fleetmatics Work helps you manage schedules, personnel, paperwork, accounting and other areas of fieldwork. Each comes with a bevy of features to help you keep an eye on your fleet while helping you save money and run a more efficient business. fleetmatics.com

FleetOutlook — FleetOutlook, by Cal Amp, makes it easy to see how your fleet is performing and helps you quickly identify issues. We like that it comes with robust analytics and customizable drill-down reports, a personalized dashboard with at-a-glance graphs and charts, and API integration so you can connect it to business apps you already use, such as mapping, workforce management and billing solutions. calamp.com/products/fleet-and-asset-management/fleetoutlook

GE Fleet Services: Small Business Solutions — Designed for businesses with 100 or fewer vehicles, GE's small business fleet services offers big business features at a small business price. GE also provides personalized service, so the company's business experts can help you find the right GPS fleet tracking solution for your needs. gefleet.com/fleet-solutions/small-business

Geotab — Geotab offers one of the most powerful GPS fleet tracking solutions. Its advanced plug-in hardware gathers extensive data directly from vehicle engines, so you can get any type of information you need. Geotab even has its own app marketplace, so you can expand the software with a ton of additional functionalities. geotab.com

GPS Insight — GPS Insight is a location intelligence and fleet management software that aims to help businesses lower operating costs, such as those for fuel, overtime and repairs. We also like that its website is filled with videos and other resources to help you learn more about GPS fleet tracking and how it can help your business. gpsinsight.com

*GPSTrackIt — Our pick for the best GPS fleet tracking app, GPSTrackIt doesn't compromise on capabilities just because you're on a mobile device. Available on iOS and Android, the GPSTrackIt mobile app comes with all the features you need to monitor vehicles and drivers wherever you are. The best part is that it is completely customizable to fit your business's unique needs and is fully optimized for viewing on a smaller screen. Read our full review here.

GPSWox — GPSWox is a global GPS fleet tracking software that's both affordable and easy to use. Instead of offering specific packages, GPSWox gives you flexible pricing based on the number of vehicles you want to track. A free version is even available if you're tracking only one vehicle. GPSWox also offers 24/7 tech support, unlike many vendors that offer support only during business hours. gpswox.com

infoTRAK — infoTRAK by Infospectrum uses Garmin technology to provide real-time Web-based GPS fleet tracking for different types of businesses. Its main objectives are to lower fuel and maintenance costs, create more efficient fleets, make communication easier for dispatchers, and improve road safety and driver performance. info-spectrum.com/3/fleetvehicle-tracking-management.htm

*InTouch GPS — InTouch GPS is our pick for the best GPS fleet tracking software overall for small business. It's an affordable and easy-to-use software that lets you track fleets, maintain vehicles, monitor and dispatch drivers, create alerts, generate custom reports and more. There are no long-term contracts or minimum-vehicle requirements, making it an excellent choice for small fleets. Read our full review here.

LiveView GPS — One of our runner-ups, LiveView GPS offers a wide range of affordable GPS tracking and location services for small businesses. We like that the company gives you many options, so you can build the right solution for you. One cool feature we really like is that you can watch vehicles via a live feed, and the historical playback capability lets you review this data from within the past 90 days. liveviewgps.com

MyRouteOnline — If you need only a basic mapping solution, consider MyRouteOnline, an easy-to-use GPS route planner that aims to help you optimize routes and minimize fuel costs. It's as simple as importing address lists from an Excel file and sending directions to your GPS navigator or mobile app. myrouteonline.com

National Fleet Tracking — National Fleet Tracking is built for delivery services, oil and gas fleets, and trucking companies. Features include up-to-date ETAs, reduced accidents, real-time reporting, driver monitoring and custom alerts. It's also an affordable solution that costs less than $1 per day to help you lower fleet management costs. nationalfleettracking.com

Networkfleet — We like Verizon's Networkfleet because it offers a GPS fleet tracking and management system that's built specifically for small businesses. Networkfleet provides 360-degree views of vehicles and drivers, with the goal of reducing expenses, such as by optimizing fuel usage, promoting driver accountability and extending the life of your vehicles. It also comes with vehicle diagnostics and roadside assistance at no extra cost. networkfleet.com         

NexTraq — NexTraq, another one of our runner-ups, is a complete fleet management system that's both easy to use and won't break the bank. Besides GPS vehicle tracking and driver monitoring, we like that NexTraq also comes with fuel card integration to help you manage fuel costs. nextraq.com

Omnitracs — Does your business own a private fleet? Omnitracs is a GPS fleet tracking and management solution built especially for for-hire fleets. In addition to location and tracking services, Omnitracs focuses on safety, compliance and driver retention, so you can be a better fleet contractor to your clients. omnitracs.com

OpenGTS — Also known as Open GPS Tracking System, OpenGTS is a Web-based, open-source GPS fleet tracking software. It's built as an entry-level software, but its open-source nature allows anyone to improve and scale it to a business's specific needs. It is also completely customizable, from its look and feel to its features and reporting capabilities. opengts.sourceforge.net

Pantonium — Pantonium is a two-in-one dispatching and transportation management system. It specializes in "dispatching without dispatchers," meaning it automates things like scheduling, routing and vehicle visibility to save you time and money. It also uses field data and feedback to adjust schedules and other events automatically. pantonium.com

PeopleNet Fleet Manager — PeopleNet is a complete vehicle intelligence, safety and compliance, and driver communications system. Its GPS fleet tracking feature, called Fleet Manager, does everything from online mapping and messaging to billing, alerts and reporting based on key performance indicators (KPIs). It also prides itself on security, so all your settings and fleet information stay safe and private. peoplenetonline.com

RASTRAC — RASTRAC is a GPS fleet tracking software and asset management tool that aims to help businesses reduce expenses by fixing problem areas like fuel waste, breakdowns and repairs, and other costly issues. Supported industries include construction, public safety, transportation and education. rastrac.com

Rhino Fleet Tracking — Rhino Fleet Tracking is an enterprise-level GPS fleet tracking software that aims to help fleets become more productive. It also focuses on reducing expenses, especially fuel, maintenance and labor costs. rhinofleettracking.com

Roadnet — Roadnet's GPS fleet tracking software for small business earned a spot in our top 10 list for its routing and dispatching features. We like that it aims to make your business better by lowering mileage and driver overtime, boosting customer satisfaction, and improving driver performance and productivity. roadnet.com

RTA Fleet Management — RTA Fleet Management goes beyond just locating, monitoring and dispatching vehicles and drivers. It is a customizable, advanced fleet management system that comes with additional features like parts, tires and fuel management; work orders; purchase orders; billing; and more. rtafleet.com

TeleNav by AT&T — TeleNav is a simple GPS solution that tracks vehicles using the Scout app on your smartphone. Instead of physically installing hardware into cars, TeleNav connects vehicles to mobile phones via Bluetooth, Mirrorlink, USB or Wi-Fi. If you need a more customized version, the Scout for Developers SDK is also available, so your developers can expand the app to better fit your business's needs. scoutgps.com

Teletrac — Teletrac is one of our runner-ups for the best GPS fleet tracking software overall. We like Teletrac because it offers advanced features at a small-business-friendly price. It also goes beyond vehicle and driver monitoring by helping businesses reduce fuel waste, improve road safety and stay compliant with industry regulations. teletrac.com

Telogis — If you're looking for a more advanced GPS fleet tracking software, consider Telogis, which combines navigation, telematics and navigation into a single solution. It also comes with built-in intelligence and diagnostics tools, and fully integrates with car models from Ford, GM and Volvo. telogis.com

TomTom — You've probably heard of TomTom for consumer or personal navigation systems, but the company also offers robust GPS fleet tracking and telematics software for small business. Its WORKsmart technology comes with features like real-time fleet tracking, driver monitoring and automatic reports. We like that TomTom can also give you detailed data on carbon emissions and fuel usage to help you become a greener business. business.tomtom.com

WorkWave GPS — WorkWave GPS offers GPS fleet tracking for small businesses in the field service, "last mile" delivery and other fleet-based industries. It is a full-featured, cloud-based telematics platform that offers real-time vehicle tracking, comprehensive driver behavior alerting and satellite-based asset tracking. WorkWave GPS also shows you the whole picture: Review activity from the start of the day to the last stop, monitor driver behavior, set alerts and get the info you need to stay connected to your mobile workforce. workwave.com/gps

VehiclePath — VehiclePath by Spireon is all about helping businesses become more efficient through vehicle and driver monitoring. This GPS fleet tracking software focuses on providing all types of data to lower operating costs, identify fraud, and improve personnel performance and accountability. vehiclepath.com

Virtual Fleet Supervisor — Part of InTouch GPS, Virtual Fleet Supervisor is one of our runner-ups for the best low-cost GPS fleet tracking software. We like that it is a complete GPS tracking solution that also comes with payroll and other integrations, all for less than $40 per month and no long-term contracts or hidden fees. virtualfleetsupervisor.com

Ready to choose a GPS fleet tracking software? Here's a breakdown of our complete coverage:

Are you a GPS fleet tracking software provider that would like to be added to this list and possibly considered for our next round of reviews? Please feel free to contact Sara Angeles at sangeles@purch.com.

Editor's note: Looking for information on GPS fleet tracking software? Use the questionnaire below, and our vendor partners will contact you to provide you with the information you need:

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Sara Angeles
Sara Angeles

Sara is a tech writer with a background in business and marketing. After graduating from UC Irvine, she worked as a copywriter and blogger for nonprofit organizations, tech labs and lifestyle companies. She started freelancing in 2009 and joined Business News Daily in 2013. Follow Sara Angeles on Twitter @sara_angeles.