Active travel tracking is the next evolutionary step in tracking, and first appeared in 2010. Active tracking involves using technology to accurately determine the movements of the travellers. Active trackers import itineraries from the GDSs in the same way as the passive trackers, but that is where the similarities end. Active travel trackers will then monitor the itineraries until they are completed.
In its most simple form active tracking involves the tracker communicating with the traveller to ensure that the trip is proceeding according to the itinerary. The traveller will receive a pre trip confirmation asking the them to confirm or decline the travel. The confirmation can be an email, SMS or an automated voice all. As the traveller confirms or declines departure the tracker is updated and relevant parties are notified. The same process is used to confirm arrival. This process ensures that the travel tracker reflects the travellers actual movements.
With commercial flights it is now possible to monitor the location as well as the status of flights. If a traveller has confirmed departure, flight tracking allows you to see the progress of the flight and enables the tracker to automatically confirm arrival, removing the need for the traveller to do so.
The integration of location tracking using smart phones, tracking devices or satellite phones enables travel trackers to become automated. Instead of messaging the traveller throughout the journey the tracker can automatically update the itinerary as the traveller arrives at waypoints and destinations. All the traveller has to do is use the location tracker and the tracker does the rest.