Unconventional Ways to Use a Micro GPS Tracker

Unconventional Ways to Use a Micro GPS Tracker

The mythical, fictional GPS tracker that's seen on TV—the ones that get embedded under people's skin—are just that: Fictional; at least for now. But while that brand of Hollywood magic isn't here yet due to battery and component sizes, GPS trackers have gotten significantly smaller in recent years, making them perfect for a number of really cool uses that will excite your inner James Bond.

Getting to Know the Micro GPS Unit

The small GPS units available on the market today may not be small enough for some of the uses we’ve all seen in the movies, but they do have a number of qualities specifically designed for covert, long term use. There are a variety of small GPS tracking devices which have the following features:

  • Long battery life
  • Frequent location updates
  • Ongoing remote monitoring capabilities
  • Easy storage inside of various containers
  • A compact design (smaller than a cell phone)

Devices like these (the Spark Nano is a good example) give you a ton of flexibility when it comes to keeping track of the whereabouts of your assets. This new breed of micro GPS tracker is small enough to fit inside a wide range of carrying containers for a number of application options. Below are a few practical though unconventional ways you may choose to use one of these micro GPS units.

Travel

We’ve all heard or experienced the horror story of losing a suitcase during travel. In fact, 21.8 million suitcases, or about 7 pieces of luggage per 1,000 travelers, are lost each year. This means you are far from alone in your luggage loss experiences. Stowing a small GPS tracking device in your checked bag can help you monitor its location, especially if it’s out of sight, if you suspect that someone else has claimed it or stolen it, or if it didn’t make it to the luggage carousel. Having a GPS tracker inside of your luggage allows you to eliminate at least part of the headache of wondering where your belongings are. It may also be able to help you assist the airline with finding your missing luggage and getting you on your way.

Business

Business people often carry briefcases containing important documents and classified information, or laptop bags containing critical projects. Laptops often contain sensitive information that may or may not be password protected and backed up on a cloud or server. Most digital file owners want to keep their information secure, so when sensitive information is being transported, it can be nerve-wracking wondering about its location. If you’re separated from your briefcase, or if you’ve entrusted it to someone else for transportation, having a GPS tracker inside allows you to monitor its location and movement from nearly anywhere. It can be a useful way to keep track of your important materials in the event that your bag is lost, misplaced, or even stolen.

Shipments

Shipping important documents or objects can be difficult because you have to relinquish control of your devices and assets to a shipping company or a courier. Depending on where your shipment is going, it could be beneficial for you to place a small GPS device inside the shipping package to keep tabs on its whereabouts. It can be frustrating waiting for a status update on a shipment tracking site when it’s absolutely possible for you to know exactly where your package is at all times.

Portable GPS technology maximizes your ability to monitor anything you can carry in a container, giving you greater control and management of your assets, and providing peace of mind when your valuables are out of your sight. 

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