It seems like almost everyday there’s another mention of GPS tracking. From tracking company cars to monitoring a teen driver, and everything in between, GPS tracking is utilized more and more for safety, security, and to improve efficiency. There are some important guidelines to remember when installing your GPS tracker to maximize its effectiveness.
What is GPS Tracking?
GPS, or Global Positioning System, works by using satellites to communicate a GPS’ location in real-time. The GPS receiver sends the location, velocity and time information to the Internet, so you can log online anywhere and check your tracker’s whereabouts. There are two main types of GPS tracking devices, hardwired and wireless/battery powered. The technology is basically the same, but the reasons for using one or the other are based on your security needs.
What Are the Different Types of GPS Trackers?
With a hardwired GPS tracker, you never have to worry about the battery running out because this type of device is wired directly underneath the front dashboard area and runs via the car’s power. This device is useful for long term tracking, since it does require initial wiring into the car. Wired GPS tracking is primarily used by companies hoping to monitor their delivery cars or fleet, or for individual’s looking to protect their car’s security in case it’s stolen.
The great thing about wireless or battery powered GPS tracking devices is that they are completely portable and wire free, meaning you can use them to track a variety of different things based on your needs. If you want to track your vehicle one day, throw it in your child’s backpack another, and then put it in a suitcase during a vacation, you can. Basically, you can put these trackers anywhere and switch them out if your needs change.
How Do I Install my GPS Tracker?
Depending on the vehicle, wireless/battery powered GPS devices can be attached to several different places. The most common locations are under the driver or passenger’s seats, hidden within the front or back dashboard areas, and inside the glove box. The GPS can only function in these areas of the car because it can transmit a signal through the window. That means if you put the GPS tracker under the hood of your car or in the trunk, the signal will probably be blocked and therefore the device will not work. The same goes for if you put the GPS tracker in a metal box or underground storage unit. Remember, the GPS needs open air to send a signal.
Some people choose to put their GPS tracker into a weatherproof case so they can simply attach the tracker to the undercarriage of a car or inside a wheel. The “slap-n-track” technology works because the GPS signal “bounces” or gets reflected off the ground via the space between the bottom of the car and the pavement.
Depending on your needs and what or who you need to track, either a hardwired or wireless/battery powered GPS can help you maintain security, safety, and even improve your business’ efficiency.