- Category: GPS Tracking
How Simple Is It Using A GPS Tracker?
Information On How To Use A GPS System For Monitoring
The way a GPS vehicle tracking system works is really quite easy. How the process begins is by a business or consumer placing a tracking device inside or outside of the vehicle they wish to monitor. Since many GPS systems are weather-resistant and designed with magnetic mounts to give the user easier outside placement, placing a vehicle tracker on the outside frame or bumper of a vehicle is actually a simple process.With the vehicle tracker equipped to the target car the user can then gather an assortment of information and data regarding driving activity either live (real-time tracking) or later (passive tracking).
GPS tracking devices can be powered by a regular alkaline or lithium ion battery packs, or hard-wired to a vehicle for direct power. Cigarette lighter adapters are also available for many models. Therefore, people can use their GPS system as a long-term installed solution or portable solution.
Passive Tracking: Record Now, View Later
GPS trackers that are classified as passive devices, such as the GPS Tracking Key and GPS Tracking Key Pro allow the user to monitor activity without having to pay costly and inconvenient monthly fees. Passive trackers do not transmit information, only receiving data from satellites. Therefore, if the user wants to access the recorded GPS information they must first remove the GPS device from the automobile and manually download data. The advantage to using a passive tracker is that the device does not require any cellular service or Internet capabilities in order to work. However, the drawback is that the data from the unit cannot be accessed in real-time.
By far the most common form of GPS tracking sought out by consumers and businesses, real-time devices give users the ability to view tracking data live via web or mobile phone! Consumers who need to monitor a vehicle while in transit must use live tracking units such as the SilverCloud tracking systems. This data is either viewed online, or through a software program downloaded to the user’s personal computer. The advantage to using a live tracker is it gives the user the ability to instantly acquire driving activity. This is ideal for those wanting to add security to prevent auto-theft, or simply improve fleet management. Of course, the convenience comes with a monthly service cost that the user must be in order to continue having access to the data.
Whatever choice a consumer or business goes with there is no denying that the use of GPS tracking systems in the home or business can improve safety, efficiency and more. Data from a GPS tracker can be manually downloaded to a computer through a USB port, or GPS tracking data can be accessed live over the web as it acquires information via cellular data networks. Both forms of GPS monitoring have their advantages and disadvantages, and that is why it is important to speak with a fleet tracking expert prior to investment in any form of tracking device.