For many transport concerns, operators often want all their units able to communicate or connect. This connection is one base item that works for things like US fleet tracking. There is only some needed apps, gadgets and communication process that a company can have to have a workable system of tracking.
Monitors and tracker devices are really excellent these days, especially when they are connected to the use of apps and the internet. Without these latter two items, the tech will remain somewhat inaccessible. The translation into civilian use from the space and military programs has meant systems that required much money to run.
This was before the advent of usable computing devices and the software that run them. Even so, the tech is not new and has been in actual use for transport and logistics concerns. However the use was limited and had a range that could be considered like playground stuff as compared to the most efficient and effective items.
These are very much affordable and could be operated without much more expense. And the gadgets are handy, the apps navigation so easy and instructive, you need only to familiarize yourself with the process to operate it well. This is an age of instant connections and satellites of course are a large part of the system.
These days lots of vendors are out there with any number of electronic items and software you could use. For fleets it is best to work within one brand or have your stuff mostly from one brand. Their might be some interchangeability but for settings and usage and even configuration there are variances that could make it complex when you use several brands.
Going with one brand does not mean you are not able to connect with any brand. Systems can work all through the networks, since these are shared because they have to be. This makes the tracking apps, systems and other monitors workable, and the one thing that could mean failure could be that of networks crashing.
Crashes can disable fleet communications and other systems that run on electricity or the internet. But there are failsafes available, one of them being the older systems. These may be made of the old CB or ham radios, but tracking that is related to satellites may be harder to get back up again.
Fleets have rolling stock as its lifeblood and without proper monitoring, they cannot be coordinated. Even the CBs can be good enough, so it works best when some or most of these are retained while modern apps are the primary items being used. The backup cannot crash because they run on batteries.
Most truckers or transport drivers rely on the old radios in private communications these days. Fleet operators allow this and it is a safer system that is backed up. The main negative element about modern tracking is that it can be blocked by certain factors, like weather, temperature and even atmospheric disturbances, so tracking is not actually a totally foolproof process.