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What Is GPS Satellite Tracking?

GPS satellite tracking combines the network of Department of Defense satellites orbiting the Earth everyday and a GPS-enabled device to calculate position, and other location-based information. This information includes speed, stops made, time en route/departed, altitude, exact position and more. After the Selective Availability Act increased the precision and accuracy of GPS receivers available to civilians, businesses and consumers began utilizing GPS technology from everything from fleet management to teen tracking for safe driving.

How GPS Satellite Tracking Works

GPS satellite tracking combines the use of global positioning satellite systems, GPS receivers, cellular data modules, wireless/cellular networks, personal computers and the end user to monitor position and location-based data. Satellite tracking can be either passive or active, meaning data is either recorded upon the GPS-enabled device's internal memory or transmitted where user's can access it live in real-time.

Who Uses GPS Satellite Tracking Devices?

As the GPS tracking industry has advanced and become more competitive, the cost for sophisticated monitoring devices has declined dramatically, bringing the technology to small businesses and consumers working on a budget. Here is a short list of the people who are now using GPS satellite tracking devices:

  • Companies looking to improve the dispatching and routing efficiency of their vehicle fleet
  • Businesses wanting a unique way to monitor employee performance and productivity
  • Families looking to improve the safety of inexperienced teen drivers
  • Car owners wanting a theft-recovery solution to protect their automobiles
  • Large & small businesses wanting a device that can calculate and organize tax-deductible mileage driven
  • Adventure enthusiasts looking for a way to record travels, or alert authorities if they are ever in any trouble

What Special Licenses Or Permits Are Required?

After the United States government removed restrictions on civilian use of GPS devices, GPS satellite tracking systems became accessible and available to everyone. The fading restrictions sparked a boom in the GPS navigation and tracking industry, creating a multi-billion dollar market. Therefore, anyone wanting to take advantage of the highly sophisticated technology does not need to acquire a permit or special license of any sort to use satellite-tracking technology!

GPS Satellite Trackers: How Accurate & Reliable Are They?

Both navigation and tracking devices are accurate up to 1-2 meters, or nearly 6 feet, and continue to improve in accuracy as the technology progresses and modernizes. Navigation systems are usually installed to the vehicle and placed near the front windshield to acquire satellite signal. Since navigation units will always be placed in a location with a direct line of sight to the sky, they are purposely not engineered with a focus on antenna reception. However, GPS satellite trackers place heavy emphasis on antenna design because of the covert nature of monitoring applications. The end result is that GPS satellite trackers are accurate and reliable in covert placement locations such as under the front/driver seat, glove box and even underneath the vehicle!

Can Satellite Tracking Systems Be Difficult To Operate?

GPS satellite trackers are designed with the end user in mind, making the sophisticated technology simple to use. With devices that are easy to install or attach to an automobile, and software that can be navigated with simplicity, anyone can take advantage of the benefits associated with the use of satellite tracking. Web-based and software interfaces are informative and intuitive, engineered with a clean and simple display. Not to mention, free technical support is always available for the life of every product offered by the GPS Tracker Shop!

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