What are the important factors to consider when searching for a GPS tracker?
You have concluded you need a GPS tracker to track something or someone that’s important to you, but how do you find the right device that will accomplish the kind of tracking you really need? There are many types of trackers out there that track a variety of different ways, so it’s essential to find a device that aligns and functions with your specific tracking goals, if you take into account a few basic considerations before purchasing a tracker, you can find the perfect tracker for you and avoid ending up with a device that doesn’t cut it.
A recap of important factors to consider in your search for a tracker:
Report frequency really lays the foundation for what type of tracking you are doing. For some people, 2 reports a day would not help them accomplish their more frequent type of tracking purpose, while for other people it is all they need. You may need the device to report as much as possible. The more a tracker reports the more you can actually determine exactly where that device is or was over a period of time, so think about how often location reporting would best benefit you. In this article, battery life has been mentioned several times and for good reason. You can’t do any tracking if there is no power to the device, so, you want to make sure you have the right battery for the job. Understanding the differences in devices that recharge and may last for weeks of use, devices that last for years with infrequent location reports (ie: 1x per day) with one battery charge, and devices that are powered by a vehicle or other power source is essential to figuring out what battery style you need for your tracker(s).
The placement of the device is also a key component of your tracking success. You may need the tracker to function unseen on the undercarriage of a vehicle tucked away, or you may be fine with the device inside the cab in plain sight but disguised as a USB charger. If you are tracking expensive equipment, the device needs to be hidden somewhere that nobody would know to look inside the equipment so you can successfully track and recover your asset. It is also extremely important to place your tracking device somewhere where it can get a clear enough view of the sky to communicate with GPS and cell tower signals. This means not putting the device in the trunk of a car, underground, or anywhere surrounded by metal and concrete. Last but not least, you should ask yourself what type of Geofences and Alerts you will need in a tracker. You will likely want alerts when the device goes to certain places or leaves certain places. You may need alerts if the device reaches a certain speed, or temperature, or maybe when the device has been tampered with. How can you receive alerts exactly? Look for tracking devices that can give you alerts via text message, email, or push notifications.
You will likely find that no matter what type of tracking you are doing, you will have to make a determination regarding the items in the recap graphic above. According to the GPS Vehicle Tracker FAQ, you are well on your way to finding the right tracker and accomplishing all of your tracking goals.
Can real-time GPS trackers pinpoint your exact location?
Sometimes. GPS tracking devices triangulate their location by sending and receiving satellite signals. Just like your cell phone, your GPS tracker might also experience some interference that can knock the location's accuracy off.
My car GPS tracker says it’s moving when it’s not. Why is this happening?
When you’re in an area with a lot of buildings, your GPS tracker’s signal can bounce off different surfaces and cause false alerts. It can be annoying and worrisome to get an alert in the middle of the night telling you your car has moved from the garage, but it’s not uncommon for this to happen with GPS trackers. If the alert shows that the car has just moved a short distance, like down the street, it’s usually a false alarm.
Will my GPS tracker still work in rural areas?
If you live in an area where cell service is spotty, then you’ll likely experience some spotty GPS coverage as well. This doesn’t mean the GPS isn’t working, it just means it’s unable to get the location information to your phone because there aren’t enough cellular towers around to send the signal.
GPS trackers can be incredibly useful if you own and operate a business. They can help you keep track of your products, property, and staff, all from the comfort of your phone or computer screen. There are a variety of trackers available to suit your business needs. We are a company fighting over 20 years in the GPS Tracker industry, with over 2000 employees, including 600 engineers for R&D.
Currently, we have Asset trackers, Vehicle trackers, Personal trackers, all of which are under our own development, including our tracking platform. If you want to learn more about GPS trackers, at https://www.iconcox.com/about/contact_us.html