GPS Introduction

About GPS Tracking

GPS trackers are used to locate people, pets, or things almost instantly as long as the one you’re trying to locate has a device on him or her or it. You can track your family members, household help, valuables, luggage, or even your car in seconds, with the added expectation of getting their GPS locations in real time. The information you need can be sent to you via text or email or even through maps in any computer or smartphone that you can access.

Originally for the US military, the global positioning system consists of 24 satellites in orbit above the planet and receives signals from these satellites to use them to pinpoint and track a device location, with an accuracy of within a few yards during optimal conditions. Trackers use multiple satellites to exact their gadget locations via triangulating patterns. This means that the more satellites the device can “see,” the more accurate it will be in pinpointing locations.


Features to look out for

There are different kinds out there, but in choosing GPS trackers, you have to check if it does what you need it to do. Think about what activities you’ll be doing with it. If you're using trackers for covert tracking, for example, you'll want to look for a small, battery-based device. If fleet tracking is your end goal, a hardwired alternative to guarantee constant service is available. Weight is a huge factor to consider for pet and drone tracking. On the other hand, the SOS button in a GPS tracker is a highly important feature to watch out for when tracking your loved ones. If you’ll be using trackers for pets, kids, drones, cars, trucks, and boats, water resistance will matter to you. If you're constantly traveling, worldwide GPS coverage is an important feature.

Easy-to-customize geo-fences are highly necessary for any GPS tracker, while battery life affects how your tracker reports its information, which is why you have to make sure that yours will be apt for use depending on your intended use for the device.

Lastly and most importantly, how much money you’ve allotted for trackers is obviously going to influence which models you end up considering. For the most part, the cost of a GPS tracker really has nothing to do with accuracy. An expensive GPS tracker isn’t necessarily more powerful than a cheaper model. Once you’ve figured out what exactly you’re going to use the GPS tracker for, as well as which features you really need, you’ll end up snagging the best deal on a tracking device.

How GPS tracker works