Tracking with an app vs. hardware…what’s the difference?

It may seem easiest and cheapest for you and your employees to simply download an app that provides a tracking service, but look past the surface of convenience and you’ll find that cell phone tracking apps are significantly less reliable and more controversial than a hardware GPS tracking devices, such as the Logistimatics Mobile-200 or the Protect Plus tracker. 

Let’s take a look at the differences:

Drain phone battery life quickly 2-3 week of battery life between charges
Dependent on cell phone service, which can be spotty and inaccurate Uses only GPS satellite for quick, dependable, and accurate location pinpointing  
Requires employee to use personal device for tracking Company owned and provided, doesn’t involve employee’s personal property
Could track during off-hours, creating issues with privacy No tracking during off-hours and/or when employee is not present, securing privacy
Location data could easily be shared with third parties Security of location data, never shared with third parties
Subject to user error, such as turning off location services or phone dying    Doesn’t depend on the user being tracked, needs no action on their part


While this table mainly highlights the differences between tracking apps and GPS devices for business purposes, they also apply to more personal situations, such as tracking a child or elderly loved one. Not relying on the abilities of the person being tracked – such as, an elderly parent forgetting to charge their phone, or a child accidentally turning off their location – ensures you always have reliable and accurate information about their location. Using a hardware tracker instead of a cell phone tracking app also protects the privacy and feeling of independence of your child or loved one being tracked, knowing they are only being tracked when they are carrying or wearing the device.  

Logistimatics provides you with reliable, accurate, and efficient means of tracking your assets and those most important to you, all from your mobile device or computer. Check out our Mobile-200 and Protect Plus models, or contact us if you have any questions.

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