GPS Tracking Review

GPS Tracking Review is a website dedicated to giving the consumer up to date information on the latest in GPS tracking technologies. We test and review all forms of GPS tracking systems—both real time systems and passive data loggers. Whether you are in a business and wish to track your employees’ whereabouts or simply want to keep tabs on your loved ones, GPS Tracking Review will help you determine what’s available on the market today, and provide a better understanding of how to meet your GPS tracking needs for your business and/or personal life.

What is GPS tracking?

GPS tracking uses a system of satellites orbiting the earth to find an approximate placement of the receiver within a few meters of its actual location. These systems are known for their accuracy and reliability and can generally give you a precise reading within a few feet of your position.

 

Feb 11 2019

Telespial Builds Improvements into Trackstick Model

Telespial Systems makes some big claims in advertising for its Trackstick Mini, a passive tracking device that was introduced to the market last year. Among them, the southern California company boasts that the compact GPS unit has seven times better sensitivity than any of its other tracking systems and that it’s the longest-running vehicle tracker on the market.

In fact, the Trackstick Mini represents a complete overhaul over Telespial’s three other passive devices – the Trackstick II, the Trackstick Pro and the Super Trackstick. Set beside its predecessor, the Super Trackstick, this new device is certainly different in size, shape and color. Putting appearance aside, the other features of the Trackstick Mini begged for a road test.

1.  Passive GPS Technology Overview:

Those new to GPS tracking technology quickly learn that there are two types of GPS vehicle tracking devices: passive and active. Both acquire GPS signal in the same manner. The difference is in how that data is handled and viewed/read.

All GPS systems are receivers.  They capture signals from satellites and calculate the unit’s location with a mathematical formula called triangulation.

If the user wants to see that location information immediately (real time), a method must be used to transmit it “live” to a computer server. A modem and cellular data technology are usually the solution. This system involves additional monthly fees.

Passive vehicle tracking systems have no additional fees, because the location data is stored in the device’s internal memory. The user later retrieves the device and downloads the data onto a PC for viewing.

Most consumers initially prefer a real-time solution. But the monthly fees – and often an annual contract – could be financially burdensome. Passive devices work equally well and are cost-effective. They also can store significantly more data than real-time units.

2. Manufacturer Claims and Model Specs:

Two important qualities in GPS tracking devices are always debated: power and signal acquisition. Usually, to get a consistently good signal, GPS devices need a clear shot at the sky. That is the case with GPS navigation devices.

Passive devices like the Trackstick Mini must prove themselves worthy in less-than-ideal conditions. Covert installation is sometimes necessary. The Telespial pitchman addresses this on the company website. The Trackstick Mini has a 360° internal antenna, so, the company says; it doesn’t need to have its face to the sky.

The Trackstick Mini operates on an internal lithium?ion battery that is recharged through a computer’s USB port. The thin design of the unit and the black color are appropriate for covert placement. As an added layer of environmental protection, the Trackstick Mini includes a soft rubber sleeve that surrounds the recording device. The magnetic clip permits quick mounting on metal components. Another improvement includes a significant gain in sensitivity as identified by the manufacturer. The Trackstick Mini is supported by Trackstick Manager software. The same is being used on the company’s other passive models.

Features:

  • 5-second sampling rate
  • Motion sensor/vibration detector
  • On/off switch
  • Built?in USB port
  • Magnetic mounting surface

New features include:

  • Sleek, water?resistant housing
  • Soft rubber boot surrounding the enclosure as added protection from the elements
  • Significant gain in sensitivity (Seven times, according to the manufacturer’s website)
  • Lithium?ion rechargeable battery

3. The Test

The Trackstick Mini was fully charged and then placed deep under the driver’s seat of an ordinary four-door sedan. Our test involved moving it every two days to a new location in the vehicle until the unit ran out of power, all the while checking for proper signal acquisition. The accuracy and consistency of readings would be analyzed upon data download.

The placement rotation was as follows: Under the seat, under the vehicle on the frame, inside the glove compartment, in the trunk near the rear window and inside the rear bumper.

It is important to note that, when the Trackstick Mini’s battery is depleted, it simply stops operating. No data already in memory is lost (non-volatile).

Figure 1 below shows the location of the LED light on the Trackstick Mini.

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The Telespial Trackstick Mini uses the same LED, located on the lower right corner of the device, for battery and GPS status. The flashing GPS status is also an indication of each recorded position. There is no way to identify the battery status of the Trackstick Mini when not plugged into a PC. The LED will flash green once every 5 seconds when locked onto a GPS signal. When the battery expires, the unit simply shuts down.

The test car was driven about 40 miles per day, for about two hours daily of wheels-in-motion recording time. After two days, the device was moved to the next position in the cycle. In every placement position, the Trackstick Mini light indicated that it had a good, continuous GPS lock. That meant it was performing well in not-the-best-of circumstances.

Eleven days after the test started, the Trackstick Mini stopped tracking due to a lack of power. Roughly calculated, our test resulted in about 25, perhaps 30 hours of driving/recording on a battery charge, which is far less than the 80 hours the manufacturer advertises.

It was time to download the data and find out how well the Trackstick Mini worked.

4. Download and Review of Data:

The Telespial Trackstick Manager is a menu-driven software program that is used to extract and display the GPS tracking data on a PC. Interface is via the USB port. It is important to point out once again that the Trackstick Mini recharges its lithium-ion battery while downloading data at the USB port.

Place Figure 2 here showing software and numbers

The Trackstick Manager software is user-friendly. Once the data is downloaded, the user can select from the dates recorded as shown in Figure 2, item 1. The end date for our test period was the date the Trackstick Mini’s battery expired. Viewing the graphic portion of the data is accomplished by creating a Google Earth® file, also known as a KMZ, Figure 2, item 2. The recorded latitude/longitude positions are recreated and displayed onto the Google Earth® map with a path connected between each of these positions. The stops on Google Earth® are identified with red dots, but they are not identified individually. However, you can place the mouse over these dots and the details will appear for the corresponding stop. Figure 2, item 3 shows the sequential positions recorded throughout the recording period. Each of these positions includes a link to Google Maps® allowing the user to identify a graphic reference to each recorded point (geo-tagging). At the bottom of the list is a breakdown of the number of positions recorded, hours traveled, and miles traveled. The user can isolate dates and times to modify the breakdown and make it the subject of a daily summary report.

The Trackstick Mini’s data display was adequate without being misleading. But the travel replay on Google Earth® was at times choppy and wavered from designated roads. We have seen similar GPS tracking products on the market that have more mapping and viewing options in their software.

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5. Results:

  • Battery Life: In our experiment, the test car was driven about two hours a day (39 miles), and the Trackstick Mini gave us 11 days of recording on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery. The user is the ultimate judge, but 11 days hardly seems enough to give the unit the title “the longest-running vehicle tracker on the market.” The lithium-ion battery seems to be a convenience, but that is lost when the need arises for a hot?swap solution. A drained battery in the Trackstick Mini means that the entire device must be charged for an hour or two prior to returning to service. The system doesn’t have a secondary power option. We feel this would be a major drawback for law enforcement and/or private detectives that require rapid turnaround. The Trackstick  Mini has a motion sensor/vibration detector to conserve battery life. That seemed to have performed very well in our test.
  • Signal Acquisition: A quality GPS tracking device quickly acquires a GPS signal, even when it is located in a compromising position on the vehicle. In this test, the Trackstick Mini performed better than its own company predecessors, so it does have a more powerful receiver and the 360° antenna apparently does work. On a larger scale, acquisition could be considered average and not as good as we’ve seen from other products in the market. The sampling rate of five seconds is also adequate, but it could be more frequent for a smoother trip flow.
  • Accuracy : The accuracy of the Trackstick Mini’s readings was acceptable, but we’ve seen other products on the market that performed much better. With the Trackstick Mini, many times the graphic replay of travel activities showed the vehicle drifting off the road (Figure 5). That’s usually the result of poor signal acquisition, poor placement of the device in the vehicle, and data interpretation.
  • Software: The software package performed quite well. It is menu-driven and user-friendly. But its viewing options are limited. There are other products currently being sold that have more of a variety in trip recaps.
  • Device Design: The Trackstick Mini’s physical design is quite attractive and functional. It’s unobtrusive and easily portable. The USB connection has a protective cap. The magnetic mount is adequate. The rubber case or boot is a good idea, because it would provide an extra level of protection from weather and being knocked around. The dual purpose GPS signal/battery indicator light is not practical. A second, low-battery light would have been helpful.

6. Conclusion:

If looking for a passive vehicle tracking device that can be easily and cleverly hidden, the Trackstick Mini is a good contender. The software and the hardware itself are easy to operate. Due to an improved receiver and antenna, this product does seem to perform better in both GPS signal acquisition and data accuracy than predecessors from Telespial Systems. But competitors in the field have a better track record. Superior power is advertised, but in our test, the product did not deliver to that high level.

Pros:

  • Improved signal acquisition
  • User-friendly software
  • Weatherproof rubber boot

Cons:

  • No low battery light
  • Battery requires at least 2 hours to recharge
  • Limited data viewing options
  • Data often shows vehicle drifting off road

Ratings:

Ratings based on a 5-point scale for each feature.

Battery Life:                 3

Acquisition Time:        4

Accuracy:                      3

Software:                      3.5

Device Design:              4

Overall Rating, Trackstick Mini:

3.5 of a possible 5 stars

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Feb 04 2019

GPS Under Skin

Published by under GPS Tracking

Child Microchip Tracker

Child GPS Tracker

Human Tracking Chip With GPS

One of the most popular questions concerned parents have regarding GPS tracking system technology is the availability of child tracking chip implants. Specifically, a microchip implant in humans that uses real time GPS tracking to give parents 24/7 access to where their child is located. The hope is that by having a solution in place that allows parents to quickly locate a child that parents will be able to keep their most precious assets safe.

Under Skin GPS Tracker

Microchip Tracking Devices For Humans

The basic concept of microchip implants for humans is simple: put a GPS tracker under the skin of a child and then be able to track that child in real time. This type of technology could literally save lives and give parents everywhere peace-of-mind. Especially, in circumstances where a divorced parent might concerned about another scorned parent forcefully taking a child. Or another scenario where parents simply take their child to an amusement park, sporting event or other large public gathering, and a child wanders off. By having a GPS implant under the child’s skin, parents could simply pull their cell phone out of their pocket, access a live GPS tracking app, and quickly determine where a wandering child is!

  • Put GPS Implant Under Skin Of Child
  • Use Real Time GPS Tracking App To Locate Child

GPS Microchip Tracker

The nano-GPS tracking that would be used as an implant sounds amazing in theory, but microchip trackers simply are not manufactured that small. Yes, there are small portable personal GPS trackers that a child or teen could keep in their pocket, but there is nothing on the market small enough to be implanted under the skin.

There is no GPS microchip implant for humans!

The main reason why there are no microchip implant for humans is because of battery-life. If a GPS tracker was implanted in a child it would need a power source. Especially, if that tracking device was transmitting locational data consistently in real time. GPS technology is certainly progressing at an exponential rate, but it will be many years before a GPS microchip will be available for parents to keep track of their kids.

Can You Put A Tracking Chip In Your Child?

Child microchip trackers under the skin are not available at the moment so discussing the legalities of that technology is sort of discussing drilling rights on Mars. Sure there will be some things that will need to be clearly defined, but that is so far in the future it really is not worth addressing at the current moment. However, parents who are concerned about child safety should look into the other real-time GPS tracking options that are available at this time. These are small GPS trackers that can:

  1. Provide Live Locational Information On Kids
  2. Alert Parents If A Child Wanders Away
  3. Give Children A Panic Button Feature To Call Out For Help

The cost of these GPS child trackers is roughly $199.00 with a monthly data plan requirement of about $24.95. This is the technology parents can currently access if they want to enhance child safety through GPS tracking!

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Jul 25 2017

LandAirSea 54

Review Of 54 Live GPS Car Tracker

GPS 54 Tracker Review

One of the most popular selling live GPS tracking devices to hit the market in the last 5 years has been the GPS 54 developed by LandAirSea. Naturally, with so much buzz surrounding this particular product our experts at GPS Tracking Review were anxious to get their hands on the micro car tracker to test and verify the claims by the manufacturer. So was this tracker another one of the many cheap vehicle tracking systems or was it the real deal? Well here is what our team had to say about the product and its performance!

What Is The GPS 54 Car Tracker?

GPS 54 is a tracker that allows people to monitor a vehicle, asset or person in real-time. The tracking system was engineered to record the movement of a child walking to school, the driving activity of newly licensed teen, company equipment and pretty much anything! Measuring 2.2 x 2.2 x0.8 real time GPS tracker 54 can provide location updates as quickly as every 3 seconds, making it ideal for those wanting accurate monitoring data of a car, asset or individual. The manufacturer claims that the GPS 54 provides its users, “peace-of-mind by allowing you to track the whereabouts of anything or anyone, 24 hours a day”. They even go as far to say that the GPS 54 tracker is 100% Waterproof. Here is what our testing concluded from the GPS 54 review!

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TEST ONE: Online Interface Functionality

One of the most important things for buyers is that when they purchase a technology product is that the device is not too complex. That means user-friendly controls and functionality. So that is where our test began. Once the GPS 54 was charged (the device comes with a wall charger like that of a cell phone) and activated (activation took about a minute to complete) our then team explored the online interface. The desktop version of the online interface was fantastic and very easy to navigate. GPS Tracking Review had no issues with basic GPS functions such as setting up geo-fences, creating speed alerts or accessing historical driving activity. So we were certainly impressed with desktop version. For the mobile version we downloaded the SilverCloud App and found that it was great if you wanted to view where a vehicle was located, but was a little cumbersome when it came to accessing reports. This was just because the screen size though and something we have found to be the norm across all GPS trackers. Therefore, our recommendation would be to use the app for viewing live tracking data or setting basic alerts, but if you want to get into the meat and potatoes of the detailed reports that the best bet is to use a desktop computer.

Overall the online interface functionality was very good. However, we were most impressed that the interface had a “Live Chat” option built in for support. Not to mention, the device also came with free technical support available 7 days a week. That was a huge plus for us!

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GPS Tracker 54 Review

TEST TWO: On Vehicle Tracking

The next GPS 54 review/test was placing the tracker on a car and seeing how it performed. Since the car tracking device was engineered with an exterior magnetic mount our experts decided to test GPS 54 on the outside of the vehicle. More specifically, underneath the Toyota Corolla we used for the review. Here are some bullet points of the GPS 54 real world testing:

    • The magnetic mount was VERY STRONG. The device NEVER fell off
    • GPS tracking data was continuous without interruption
    • The small size of the tracker made it great for covert car tracking
  • The battery-life actually EXCEEDED the 50 hours of movement tracking (57)

Overall GPS 54 performed pretty darn close to the manufacturer’s claims. We were very impressed how easy it was to simply slap the GPS tracker on a vehicle then monitor it from our iPhones. Very impressive.

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GPS 54 Tracker

GPS 54 REVIEW CONCLUSION

After 3 days of testing the GPS 54 we actually think this is probably the best tracker on the market for consumer applications. This is the ideal product for a family who wants to track a child, record outdoor travels, monitor where a teen is going, track the vehicle of a small business or heaven forbid, track a cheating spouse. GPS 54 tracker is very user-friendly and for $99 and $24.95 is really a great value for the small investment. The tracker DOES NOT have a hard-wire option so it might not be great for large businesses looking for a complete fleet management solution or diagnostic reporting, but anyone interested in a small, covert, accurate and cost-effective GPS car tracker will really love this device! We give it 4.5 out of 5 stars!

4.5 stars

WHERE TO PURCHASE GPS 54 TRACKERS

Those interested in purchasing the GPS 54 can access this online special offer for $99 by visiting GPS Tracker Shop and CLICKING HERE TO PURCHASE the live GPS car tracker.

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