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What is GPS?
The term GPS refers to the Global Positioning System, which is a specific geolocation system first conceived in the late 1950s and further developed by the US military navigation and intelligence operations. Civilian permitted usage of GPS began in the 1980s following an Executive Order signed by Ronald Reagan in response to the Korean Air Flight Incident 007.
The US military maintains the GPS system and it is free to use for anyone in the world with a GPS receiver. From the 1990s until the present day, GPS has steadily become widely adopted in a variety of business and consumer applications all over the world.
The technology behind GPS consists of 24 satellites in orbit that constantly broadcast data signals back to GPS receivers on earth. GPS receivers on earth "listen" for the signals sent by 3 or more GPS satellites simultaneously, and will then translate these signals into time, location, and velocity data. GPS receivers can be found in devices used all over the place in day-to-day life; from smartphones, smartwatches, and navigation devices, as well as use-cases like car tracking, shipment tracking, and personal tracking.Learn more
History of GPS
The genesis and foundations of GPS began in 1957 when a group of scientists at Johns Hopkins University observed the Doppler Effect when viewing the Russian Sputnik satellite as it orbited the earth.
This observation allowed the scientists to track the location of Sputnik based on the radio signal frequency being transmitted from the satellite. This concept of locating satellites based on radio signals would quickly develop into the ability to locate things on the ground in the same manner.
During the 1960s, GPS steadily developed in capability thanks to advancements in computers, microprocessors, atomic clocks, and Timation. By 1973, The US Defense Department approved a proposal to launch a 24-satellite system which used atomic clocks, and that laid the foundation for modern GPS. The remainder of the 1970s and throughout the 1980s saw GPS developed further for US military and intelligence applications. By 1989, we saw the beginning of civilian GPS usage with hand-held GPS units appearing in the market; and it was in 1999 that a GPS receiver was first featured inside a cell phone.
In the last 20+ years since then, we've seen the technology behind GPS steadily evolve. This has fueled the wide adoption and innovation of GPS across a variety of different consumer and business tools and use cases.Learn more
GPS Trackers for Cars
It is estimated that around 750,000 cars and vehicles are stolen in the US each year. How can you make sure you don't fall victim and someday find your car missing, only to be discovered days or weeks later trashed? That is where GPS trackers for cars can change the game. Installing a GPS tracker in your car ensures that you can monitor your vehicle asset anytime, and recover it quickly if it is ever stolen.
When it comes to choosing a GPS tracker for your car or vehicle, you have options. You can utilize a hidden tracker with an internal battery that lasts around one week between charging. Another option is to use a tracker that can wire to your car's power. This way the tracker can be hidden, it can always be "on", and you can always see exactly where your vehicle is.
We've got you covered when it comes to the best GPS car trackers with long battery life. Harness the power of a GPS car and vehicle tracking system with real-time monitoring and alerts.Learn more
GPS Trackers for Assets
GPS asset tracking is becoming more widely used as a way for people and businesses to protect their most valuable property. GPS asset trackers can save time, save money, and recover property that is lost or stolen.
What is an asset? An asset is defined as "a useful or valuable thing, person, or quality". With this understanding, the definition of an asset is based on what different people or businesses find valuable. Examples of common things people track and classify as assets include equipment, vehicles, tools, instruments, shipments, containers, and more.
GPS asset trackers help people monitor the location of their assets and also see the past locations traveled by the device. When it comes to maximizing efficiency, loss recovery, time and money savings, and gaining peace of mind, the clear solution is to utilize GPS tracking for tracking your valuable assets.Learn more
What is a GPS Tracker?
A GPS tracker is a specialized geolocation device made to inform people about where the tracker's current location is and where it has traveled historically. Tracker location data is typically represented on a map with points displaying locations. GPS trackers specifically utilize the Global Positioning System (GPS) to provide their location data.
A GPS tracker will generally look like a small inconspicuous box, and will often have a strong magnetic side for easy and secure installation. GPS trackers can be rechargeable and last for weeks at a time or longer between charging. Other trackers will utilize the power of a car or vehicle battery and can be hidden within a vehicle always on and reporting location.
GPS trackers come in a variety of sizes and include a variety of different features depending on what needs to be tracked. GPS trackers are becoming more widely used by the general public and businesses for tracking valuable assets, equipment, vehicles, and people.Learn more
GPS Trackers: All Benefit
GPS trackers have exploded in popularity among the general public over the past few years and for good reason. Using a GPS tracker to protect valuable assets, family, and property, provides a number of great benefits with little to no downside.
GPS tracking saves you time. With a GPS tracker on your valuables, you will no longer have to drive across town to monitor them anymore. You can simply open your mobile tracking app or web browser to see exactly where things are.
GPS tracking helps you recover things that go missing. GPS trackers can give you real-time alerts sent directly to your phone or email when your assets or property start moving. These alerts allow you to react quickly and recover lost or stolen assets.
GPS tracking gives you peace of mind. There is nothing quite like stressing over knowing if your property or family is safe. GPS trackers allow you to know the location of things at any time which eliminates the stress of not knowing.
GPS tracking helps your bottom line. One of the most important benefits of using GPS trackers is the efficiency gained and money saved by utilizing the features of tracking. You will know the location of valuables quicker, have a fuller context to make decisions, and be able to react as soon as your property moves or goes missing.Learn more
GPS Trackers for People
Families often face the issue of needing to know where a family member is at a certain time and not having the ability to get this information. When it comes to knowing if your child made it off the bus at the right stop when you can't be there, or quickly knowing if an elderly parent has started driving away unexpectedly; there is nothing more valuable than knowing loved ones are safe and where they are supposed to be.
Personal GPS tracking helps people and families keep up with loved ones for safety and security. The term "personal GPS tracking" refers to when an individual wears or carries a GPS device small enough to conceal in a bag or pocket. Personal GPS tracking devices are capable of reporting back their location so that the tracker's movement can be monitored on a map within a mobile app or web browser.
Utilizing a GPS tracker for a loved one can be one of the best decisions you can make for your family. In some cases, it can literally be a lifesaver. Add an extra layer of safety and security to your family with a GPS tracker for people.Learn more
GPS Trackers for Equipment
GPS trackers are perfect for tracking important equipment of all kinds. Whether it's personal tools used at home or work equipment for businesses, GPS tracking must be considered when protecting valuable equipment investment.
GPS tracking can be utilized to monitor all kinds of equipment such as light construction, heavy construction, trailers, boats, ATVs, campers, lawnmowers, containers, and more. Installing a GPS tracker on equipment can make the difference if your valuable property goes missing.
GPS trackers come in many sizes to accommodate different equipment forms and use cases. Additionally, there are different power/battery options for GPS trackers depending on the equipment being tracked. Some trackers recharge by USB and can last over 7 days reporting location fairly frequently. Other trackers have batteries that can last over 3 years and report location only 1-4 times per day. Consider the best tracker for your equipment based on tracker size, available power/battery options, and reporting frequency.Learn more
How Does a GPS Tracker Work?
GPS trackers are designed to produce location data indicating their precise location on earth. Trackers accomplish this feat by utilizing satellite signals sent from the Global Positioning System (GPS) and then translating these signals into discernible location data.
In most cases, GPS trackers will send their location data back to a central server which then allows the data to be represented on a map and visual interface for a user. Tracking map interfaces for GPS trackers are usually accessed within a web browser or within a mobile app.
People use GPS trackers by placing a tracker on or within an object or asset that needs to be tracked. GPS trackers can often report location data constantly, so a user of a GPS tracker can quickly learn the current location of an asset in addition to the historical movement of the asset.Learn more
GPS Tracking Solutions
When it comes to providing GPS tracking solutions for people and businesses, that is the thing we do best. Whether you are looking to get visibility into the location of valuable assets, or you are wanting to monitor the movement and routes of vehicles in your fleet, our GPS tracking solutions will help you track the things you care about most.
We sell a variety of GPS trackers for different tracking applications. Whether you are wanting to track cars or vehicles, construction equipment, smaller equipment, shipments, trailers, people, or anything else that you consider a valuable asset and need to track; we've got you covered.
GPS Tracking solutions for small and large businesses. Tracking systems for all kinds of businesses Real-time GPS monitoring and alerts. Long-term battery life options. Gain efficiency and save money for your bottom line.Learn more
GPS Trackers for Construction
GPS Trackers have become essential for tracking light construction and heavy construction equipment of all types. Construction crews have equipment go missing from sites constantly, and construction equipment loss in the US has been reported as a significant issue.
When GPS tracking is utilized on construction sites, crews can virtually eliminate the risk of equipment loss, and they also gain the ability to recover stolen equipment quickly.
it's not hard to understand why the construction industry would want to utilize GPS tracking to keep up with their assets; a single piece of construction equipment can be worth up to $150k!
Being able to monitor valuable equipment from across town while on another job site or at night when things tend to go missing is invaluable. GPS tracking gives construction managers visibility and the ability to react before it is too late.Learn more
GPS Tracker with Live Audio
The Mobile-200 4G GPS tracker with Live Audio monitoring is the best GPS tracker for tracking cars and assets. This versatile and powerful GPS device not only shows you where it is on a map, but it can also allow you to listen to the surroundings of the tracker with the Live Audio feature.
A GPS tracker with Live Audio? That's right. You can place a one-way call to the Mobile-200 GPS tracker from your cell phone discreetly, with no indication on the tracker that you called it. Start a Live Audio session to silently listen inside your vehicle and know exactly what is happening at any time.
The Mobile-200 is rechargeable with around 7 days of battery life. This easy-to-use GPS tracker can quickly be installed and hidden inside of a car or vehicle with the included magnetic mounting plate. See new location updates every 30 seconds when the tracker is moving. Bonus, the tracker will automatically conserve battery when sitting still. Need alerts? The Mobile-200 will alert you when the tracker enters or exits a specified area, keeping you in the know.
Track your car, vehicle, or assets with the Mobile-200 GPS tracker. Monitor your property at all times and recover your car if stolen. Protect your valuables and add an extra layer of security to the things that matter. What are you waiting for? Get your Mobile-200 today!Learn more
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Frequently Asked Questions
To determine the current location and past locations traveled, with timestamps and direction indicated, of a specific person or object.
- Real-time location monitoring
- Historical tracking data
- Custom alerts
- Specialized features per device
There are a variety of GPS trackers specifically designed for tracking the location and historical movement of cars. GPS trackers for cars are made with a wide range of differences in size, shape, battery life, features, and reporting frequency, depending on what is needed for a specific use case.
Car GPS tracking devices are typically installed hidden either inside or on the outside of a car. Car trackers can be powered by an internal battery that is rechargeable with several days of battery life. Another option is a GPS tracker that can be wired into a car’s battery, thus eliminating the need to manually recharge the tracker over time.
Once a tracker is installed on your car, you can easily monitor the movement of your vehicle using a mobile app that displays the tracker’s location on a map.
Generally speaking, it is legal for you to track things or assets that you have ownership of such as vehicles, precious objects, pets, etc. One of the best and most common applications of GPS trackers is tracking vehicles to prevent car thefts. People and businesses benefit from tracking the things they own and care about for safety and security reasons. If you have further questions about how GPS trackers can legally be used in your state, make sure to review your local regulations to confirm you are in compliance with the law.
If you suspect someone has placed a GPS tracker in or on your car without your consent, it is recommended that you contact law enforcement for assistance.
In regards to locating a GPS tracker in or on your car, GPS trackers are often magnetic and can therefore be quickly attached somewhere out of sight. There are some specific and common places you will want to check, such as under the seats, inside the glove box, underneath the steering wheel area and dashboard, and finally, underneath the vehicle.
There are also specific devices or "GPS detectors" you can buy that can detect when a cellular or GPS signal is being transmitted near the detector. These detector devices are not widely used but can be found online on sites like Amazon.
A majority of GPS trackers contain a SIM card that allows the tracker to communicate with cellular networks like a cell phone. While GPS trackers get their location data from GPS satellites generally, trackers still need to get their location data back to a server so that the data can quickly be displayed on a map for the person tracking. For this reason, GPS trackers typically contain a SIM card so that the tracker can utilize cellular networks to send location data quickly.
Some GPS trackers also use cellular networks for additional location reporting ability. Cellular derived location pings are typically not as accurate as GPS location pings, and often cellular pings show the location of the nearest cellular tower instead of the GPS device. However, GPS trackers with this cellular reporting feature can provide a general location ping at times when the device is in a location where it cannot achieve a GPS signal.
GPS trackers work best outdoors but they are also capable of working indoors inside a home or building. The type of materials the building is made of and anything around the tracker can impede the ability for the device to achieve GPS or cellular signal.
A good rule of thumb is to try and avoid the GPS tracker being surrounded by metal, which is a material that is is hard to penetrate with GPS or cellular signals. You may find a GPS device can work well in certain buildings but not in others.
Tracking Service pricing
All Logistimatics trackers require a tracking service plan. GPS trackers provide value by showing you their current and historical location data within an easily accessible app or interface. This location data must be stored and typically hosted on a cloud server that has costs to maintain.
Most reputable and trustworthy GPS companies will require a monthly or yearly service fee to account for the application development and storage of tracking data.
Tracking interval or delay is the time that GPS trackers take to update the location, coordinates, or relative information within the tracking app.
In practice on a map, a location update looks like a dot that appears indicating the position of the tracker and the time the position was recorded. The amount of time it takes for the next location update dot to appear is called the GPS tracking interval. For real-time tracking, you want a device that updates the location every 30 seconds when moving.
To save cellular power, most upgraded GPS devices come with motion activation circuits. The GPS tracker will only give you an update of the location when it is moved. Therefore, if it is not moving or changing positions, you will not get an update. This GPS option is useful to save battery health.
A Geofence is a virtually created geo-boundary or zone that is permanently stored in the tracking app until deleted. Geofences are typically created by first typing in an address that the Geofence will center around. Once a Geofence is created, GPS trackers can then send alerts to the user when the tracker enters or exits a Geofence area.
There are three primary options for how to power a GPS tracking device:
- Hardwired GPS devices - wire the GPS device permanently into an external power source, such as a vehicle’s electrical
- Plug-in GPS devices - plug the GPS device into an OBD or lighter port of a vehicle
- Battery-powered GPS devices - utilize a GPS device with an internal battery that is rechargeable easily by USB cable
Your phone will typically not allow you to find a GPS tracker hidden or installed on your vehicle or property. To detect a GPS device, you will either need a device that detects a GPS signal or detects a cellular signal. Most GPS devices utilize both of these signals to operate and track. Companies develop and sell apps that can allow a user to download an app and track a cellular phone. These apps require having access to the specific phone you want to track beforehand to download and install the app in question.
There are many free mobile apps that will allow you to track someone so long as they consent to be tracked, and the person also downloads the tracking app on their own phone (if they typically carry their phone with them most times). This is a common tracking technique for families that monitor loved ones for safety and security purposes. If a person needs to be tracked and the mobile app on a phone tracking method will not work for a situation, that is where a physical GPS tracker and tracking service can really benefit. A tiny GPS tracker like the Pocket Tracker can easily fit into someone's pocket or bag they are carrying and allow someone to monitor track all of their movements.
Absolutely. Once you have a GPS tracker installed on your vehicle, equipment, or asset, you no longer need to worry about what happens if something goes missing or gets stolen. You gain peace of mind knowing you can monitor your valuables at any time and you can also receive alerts if your asset starts moving unexpectedly. Save time, stay informed, reduce stress, and save money for your bottom line. GPS trackers can benefit people and businesses in a variety of different ways.
This answer will depend on the type of GPS tracker and what powering options are available for a specific use case. Some GPS trackers can last for weeks and will need to be recharged periodically. These trackers typically report their location constantly and can be used for vehicle or personal tracking. Other trackers don't recharge and instead feature a long-term battery of 3+ years! These long-term battery GPS trackers typically only report a single location once per day. Finally, there is a type of GPS tracker that receives power from an external source, such as a car battery or the battery of a piece of equipment. These types of GPS trackers can wire to an external source or they can utilize specific ports such as a vehicle's OBD port or lighter port.
We ship in case quantities (20pc) to locations outside North America and in single pieces to select countries. If you are located outside the US, please contact us for more info on placing an order.
Yes. We provide a full featured API which allows you use your realtime tracking data in your existing company workflows.
Almost certainly. We would love to talk to you about your application and find a solution that works. Our development team can deliver custom GPS tracking solutions.