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.
Are GPS Tracking Systems Difficult To Use?
Ease of operation varies from product to product. But in general, GPS tracking systems are very user friendly. If it is a software-based system, which many are, the consumer gets: the hardware (GPS tracking unit); and the custom software, that allows viewing and interpretation of the data. A personal computer is also needed for tracking of vehicle, asset or person. Consumers who are not particularly knowledgeable about GPS technology should seek out a provider with an effective, established method for fielding questions and feedback. This could be a live phone call, e-mail or a live chat on the Web site. Technical support is key.
Types Of GPS Tracking Systems Available
Basically two types of GPS tracking systems exist today: passive and real time. A passive unit maintains a record of every location it has traveled to in a particular vehicle. This information can then be downloaded onto your computer and viewed using the manufacturer’s software that is included with your tracking unit. Real time, or active systems, allow you to view the vehicle’s location whenever you desire. They collect the same information, but usually transmit the data in “real-time” via cellular or satellite networks to a computer.
Cost Of GPS Tracking Devices
A good quality passive GPS tracker unit will cost approximately $200 dollars, depending on the options available on that particular unit. On the other hand, a basic real-time GPS tracker will generally start at around $350 dollars and could cost up to thousands of dollars. Both real-time and passive trackers are commonly cellular based systems, which use cellular towers in the surrounding area to upload data they receive from satellites. If tracking in a remote area, where cellular service is not available, is desired, a two-way satellite system would be necessary. These, however, are much more expensive to purchase and operate.