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Which Tracking Device Is Right For You


First, think about how you want to monitor your tracking device. If you want to be able to locate the tracker instantly over the internet you will need what is called a real time GPS tracker. Real time tracking devices use cellular networks to send the data so there is usually a nominal monthly fee. Real time tracking devices can also be set up to send you alerts via text message or email.

If you don't need real time monitoring or text alerts, a passive tracking device or GPS logger is a great choice and there are no monthly fees. To view the data with a passive tracker you will need to retrieve the device and connect it to a computer. Meaning, you will be looking at historical data after the fact. You will, however, receive  identical information that you would with a real time tracker, just not live online.

When choosing the right tracking device you should consider how the tracker will be powered. If you will need to move the tracker from vehicle to vehicle, if you are tracking a person, or if you are tracking an asset you will probably need a battery operated GPS tracker. This is what most private investigators use. If you have access to the vehicle and you don't want to worry about changing or charging batteries you can install a hard wired tracker in less that thirty minutes in most cases.

If you need a real time tracking device for only a few weeks you may want to consider renting a real time tracker. This could save you money. You can see our GPS rental page here.


Real time tracking device

  • Instantly locate and monitor your tracker live via the internet and/or smart phone
  • Small monthly fee

Passive tracker


  • Tracker retrieved and connected to your computer to view the data
  • No monthly fees
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