How Do GPS Trackers Work?
Gps Tracker use trilateration to determine their location. This is often confused with triangulation, which measures angles. Trilateration relies on global positioning satellites to pinpoint the exact location of a device. The GPS device on the ground picks up the signal from an earth-orbiting satellite. The signal shows on a monitoring system as a circular area where the device could be. It is still too vague to be of any use. So the device locks on to a second satellite signal, which forms a second circular area. That means there is now a common area between the two circles, locating the device. Yet that is still too vague; that common area could cover miles and miles. So a third satellite signal is sought by the tracking device. Once there are three circles, the common ground reduces, and discovery is far more likely.
Yet the GPS device doesn’t stop there. It continues to pick up other satellite signals until they pinpoint its location. The tracker data stores current location and movement. The operator accesses it later, or monitors in real time via a smart phone app. A GPS tracker app displays the device location on a map. GPS location tracker apps use the same technology as cell phones. They connect to the web and phone networks. This means paying a monthly subscription to a provider. Most GPS devices have rechargeable batteries. They can last as long as 90-100 days before they need charging again. Car, and other vehicle GPS trackers, are either battery powered, or hard wired into the vehicle’s electrical system. Some newer trackers combine tiny integrated solar panels with rechargeable lithium batteries. That ensures the device has an uninterrupted power supply.
GPS Personal Tracker
A personal tracker is usually (but not always) a Gps Tracker. People carry them, place them in their luggage or clip them into clothing. Trackers make use of satellite technology. They broadcast a signal independently of any cell, internet, or telephonic network. Portable tracking devices generally had a battery life of 12-24 hours. The newer trackers benefit from recent developments in technology. They use alternative energy supplies resulting in increased battery life. There are many reasons why a personal GPS locator provides peace of mind. Many parents, carers, anxious spouses, pet owners, and business proprietors use trackers to maintain their peace of mind. Knowing their loved one’s whereabouts is enough to lower anxiety levels. As well as personal trackers, you can place a GPS vehicle tracker in or under a car, so you can check its movements and data in real-time.
Gps Tracker are either portable and independently powered, or hard-wired. A GPS tracking device works in a similar way to your vehicle navigation system, or satnav. The difference is: your satnav is pointing toward your future route. And the GPS tracking device is recording data about where you currently are, and the route you have taken. A car tracker will broadcast your vehicle’s location even after your cell-phone has run out of charge. Thus you have an extra layer of security should you become stranded in the middle of nowhere. Relatives and rescue services will be able to pinpoint your location. They can then send in the calvary to deliver you from the wilderness… and possible disastrous consequences. One useful, tracking application, is the ability to locate your parked vehicle when you have forgotten where you left it.
RFID and Bluetooth Trackers
An alternative to Gps Tracker. They’ve been around a while and mainly employed to track cattle. They are also used in commercial and retail applications. RFID trackers are simple tracking devices. They can also store data, such as a person’s buying habits or medical records. RFID trackers use little energy. Power comes from solar photo-voltaic cells, a tiny internal battery, or even a person’s electro-magnetic field. RFID has a limited range and requires a corresponding reader or scanner to decode the data. The scanner has to be within a few yards. Even the most powerful RFID scanner only has around a 500 yard range. Many schools are using RFID trackers to track student whereabouts and attendance. Recent attacks on schools means it is important to know each child’s location. RFID trackers work as wristbands or incorporated into student IDs.
A bluetooth tracker is a different kind of thing to a GPS mobile tracking device. It has a limited range but is useful for locating small items. Add small bluetooth-enabled tags to objects and install the associated smart phone app. This means you can find your keys, your purse, and anything else you may misplace. Should you be the kind of person who puts things down and can’t find them again these inexpensive bluetooth tracker tags are the answer. A recent development, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), enables tags to carry tiny batteries. This allows them to operate for around 12 months without needing replacement. Meanwhile, their itsy-bitsy signal barely registers as a drain on your cell-phone battery. Remember that you cannot use a Bluetooth tracker in place of a GPS system. Their range is far too limited.
Vehicle Tracking: Safeguarding Teens and Elderly Parents
It’s tough for parents these days. You have to find the balance between allowing children independence appropriate to their age and making sure they are safe. When your teen acquires their driving license, anxiety stretches to the limit. Install Gps Tracker anywhere on a vehicle:
- Mounted on the dash
- Fixed into the OBD II port (On Board Diagnostics)
- Located in the glove compartment
- Out of sight under the car or wheel arch and fixed into position by magnetic mount cases.
Sophisticated devices provide diagnostic information. This includes: exact distance driven, speed, and maintenance reports. Installing a vehicle tracker makes perfect sense. GPS tracking units track the car’s whereabouts. A real-time tracker also records speed, rate of fuel consumption, movement, and driving style. So you can check if your teen is driving like a maniac. For total tracking, consider a device that incorporates a dash-cam.
You may have elderly but independent parents to worry about. It’s good that people drive for as long as they are able. But remember, as they grow older, they are less capable of dealing with routine situations that most of us take in our stride. Becoming lost, getting involved in a minor incident, or scrape causes panic in an older person. Not to mention when they forget where they parked their car. The tracker provides extra data depending on its level of sophistication. Your parents or grandparents might need an added layer of protection and monitoring. Try to persuade them that installing a GPS monitoring device on their vehicle is a good idea. Of course you might meet with some resistance. Once you show them how a vehicle tracking system works to keep them safe, they will have a change of heart.
Tracking Children and Vulnerable People
A tracker might save your child’s life. In 2015, a mother from Rowlett, Texas, was able to track down her teenage daughter. Her daughter has Aspergers syndrome. Mom fitted a Gps Tracker to safeguard her. The teen was abducted and raped. But the device displayed the route the attacker took as he dragged her along. The device had a microphone so the mother could hear her child in distress. She knew immediately the teen was in danger of losing her life. Mom followed the tracking signal and found her daughter fleeing the perpetrator. It possibly prevented further attacks by other assailants. Your child can wear their GPS tracker as a wrist band or in their clothing. Attach child GPS trackers to buggies and baby transport systems. Why take the risk when protecting your child is such a simple, inexpensive thing to do?
When an Alzheimer’s patient goes missing, police use valuable resources to find them. Persuade an elderly relative with dementia to to wear a small GPS tracking device. You can know exactly where they are at any given time. Elderly people, even those unaffected by debilitating conditions such as dementia, may get confused and lost. Having them wear a tracker will give both parents and their adult children peace of mind. Many people depend on smart phone apps to track their loved ones. But remember, elderly people can lose or forget cell phones. Another factor is their short battery life, which means if the signal drops you won’t be able to find them. Use your smart phone for locating them, but don’t depend on their cell phone signal to continue broadcasting their whereabouts. Choose an independent, long battery life device to provide reassurance.
Wearable and Portable GPS Trackers
Gps Tracker have been around a while. Recent innovations mean you can easily keep track of your child, parents, or vulnerable adult. Trackers incorporated into stylish jewelry, clothing, and watches ensure their protection. You can also clip magnet-secured devices into clothing and accessories. These trackers have varying features. They might include:
- Panic buttons that notify your friends and family you need help. Some will alert the emergency services.
- Vibrating notifications tell you someone is calling or texting when your smartphone is buried in your backpack and you can’t hear or feel it.
- Basic fitness functionality, such as step tracking and calorie counting.
- Social media capability; sending alerts and panic messages to selected contacts.
- Deterrent alarm: a loud audible signal to send an attacker running.
- Levels of alert: low-level – ‘Checking in’, yellow level – ‘Can you come get me?’, and red level – ‘Danger—help!’
Gps Tracker to a key fob. Drop them into a purse, backpack, lunch-box, briefcase or laptop case. Snap them onto a pet’s collar, clip them to a belt loop, purse strap, or lanyard. Some children’s and adult backpacks now come with built-in trackers which connect to a dedicated smartphone app. Many portable GPS devices have built in motion sensors that enable them to power down when not in motion. That saves battery power and extends the time between charging. If you own valuable antiques, install portable trackers on a discrete part of the item. Same goes for any significant assets of high value. Should anyone break into your home and steal them, you’ll be able to track and locate them with minimal fuss. Once you begin to use trackers, you’ll discover all the uses for them to safeguard people, pets objects, and so on.
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