Before we talk about choosing the proper GPS tracker for your
needs lets first dispel some myths about what a GPS tracking
device is and what it is not.
A GPS Tracker is an extremely sensitive, high tech piece of
equipment that allows the user to do things that was only
available to the likes of James Bond, law officers, and private
investigators up to a few short years ago. When placed properly
it is accurate to within a few feet.
With that said, many people have some misconceptions about GPS
Trackers. The movies show tracking devices the size of a dime or
even as small as a grain of rice. Unfortunately, trackers that
small simply don't exist.....yet. The reason is not because of
the GPS module itself. It is possible to make a smaller GPS
module, but battery technology has not caught up. Most of the
bulk from todays trackers comes from the battery.
When choosing the right tracker you should first 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.
Next consider 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 trackers use cellular networks to send the data so
there is a small monthly fee. Real time GPS trackers 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 GPS
logger is a great choice and there are no monthly fees. To view
the data with a GPS logger you will need to retrieve the tracker
and connect it to a computer which means you will be looking at
historical data after the fact. You will still get the same
information as you would with a real time tracker just not
If you need a real time tracker for only a few weeks you may
want to consider renting a real time tracker. You can see our GPS
Real time GPS tracker
Instantly locate and monitor your
tracker via the internet and/or cell phone
Small monthly fee
Tracker retrieved and connected to
your computer to view the data