GPS Tracker Introduction
A GPS tracker is solely reliant on the Global Positioning System – 27 government satellites that circle the earth – to transfer the locations and other information on vehicles, people and other objects. Gathering intelligence from the satellites, this information is then transferred to a computer, using technology embedded in the GPS unit, where it can then be analyzed and accessed according the user’s requirements. Reports can be detailed with data on exact positioning, departed and arrival timings, journey length and speeds travelled at. The unit contains a large memory to enable it to hold all the necessary information before it is transferred either via GPRS or SMS.
Types of Devices Available
When choosing a GPS tracker is important to fully understand the four basic systems on the market and their uses. Hardwired devices are most commonly found in vehicles, such as cars and vans, and depend on the vehicle’s power to make it operational. The bulk of the unit is typically stored under the bonnet, along with the engine, although some models may require the additional use of an antenna. Loggers are a type of tracker that records and stores the required information so it may be downloaded at a later time/date. Also known as a passive tracking systems, no information can be gathered from the device while it is on its journey, only once it has reached it final destination. A personal tracker is a device found in a mobile phone or something that resembles at beeper, which can be strapped to a belt, carried in a bag or in a pocket. Families often use these types of devices as method of safeguarding their children or other loved ones, and they normally have the added function of a panic button so they can call for attention immediately.
Real Time Tracker Units
Real time trackers can transmit precise information at any given moment, using satellite navigation. Real time updates are more commonly used and available with today’s more modern GPS tracker units, and are obviously the preferred choice as they give accurate information at the touch of a button. These can throw up some legality issues regarding privacy but the units have proved to be very useful when it comes to situations such as locating stolen cars. This type of technology has seen certain industries revolutionized, such as any that uses large fleets of vehicles. A GPS tracker can help an employer map out the journey and stops made by a driver.
The types of GPS tracking products typically available include:-
Car and van trackers. Small tracking devices that are easily fitted to domestic or commercial vehicles and give complete information, either live or passively via a memory chip, as to distance, direction and speed travelled. Fleet vehicle trackers are useful for monitoring the whereabouts of multiple vehicle users such as taxi firms or parcel couriers and delivery companies.
TruthSpy Tracker can be used to transmit a signal every two hours from anywhere on the planet, whether in remote locations, at sea or in the middle of a busy city. Useful for tracking commercial containers, following adventurers, sailing or following long road trips.
Personal trackers are a range of miniature devices that allow users to trace movement on laptops. These are useful for monitoring dogs, kids or progress while undertaking sporting activities such as marathon running. Covert trackers are useful for investigative or secret tracking when you do not wish an intended target to necessarily know they are being followed or for the use in car security and recovery.
These include pen trackers, matchbox sized devices and watches that can be easily attached to an individual or object needing to be followed. GPS mobile phones, the majority of modern touch-screen phones contain a tracking facility and by downloading functional apps such as maps and street guides or social functions like restaurant and estate agent programs you can find places to eat, sleep and entertain yourself at the touch of a button.