A Global Positioning System (more commonly termed GPS) is utilized to ascertain the exact location of a person, a vehicle or any other object that has a GPS tracking mechanism attached to it. The GPS is a set of satellites that circle the globe and they belong to and are maneuvered by the US. These satellites give information regarding position, finding directions and timing. The GPS units or devices that are bought by a consumer can interpret this information so that you can find their location.
The tracking of a particular person or object by this device is only one more feature that is integrated into this procedure by recording the position in order to locate the device. This form of tracking has become extremely common in recent years and the possibilities of using this system are simply infinite. You can track vehicles, children, pets, valuables, the elderly people, cargo, the list is endless.
There are two main types of GPS trackers. You have the ‘Historical’ and the ‘Real Time” tracking devices. As far as the ‘Historical’ device is concerned you place it on a vehicle and when the vehicle returns you can get all information about the places the vehicle visited, the speed at which it traveled, the time it was not in movement etc. They do not cost very much and there is no recurring fee either.
In the case of the ‘Real Time’ tracking device you are in a position to immediately know the location of the device. These units have in-built transmitters that transmit location data to a central computer. You can, as a user log on to your PC to find where the GPS unit is stationed. This information is sent back to the computer by means of a cellular phone network.
The one disadvantage of the ‘Real Time’ tracking unit is that exactly akin to the mobile phone, it will not function if there is no network coverage in a particular area. Which means it cannot send you any information. The ‘Real Time’ trackers have a recurring monthly fee.
Technology has advanced so much that many of the GPS tracking devices have various means of interacting with the consumer. Irrespective of what you are, you will find that a GPS tracker will be extremely advantageous for your needs. These units are small and easy to carry along so anyone can locate where you are in case of an emergency.
With the flourishing reputation of the GPS, there are many companies vying with each other offering customers a variety of uses on their tracking devices and you only have to look up the Google directory to get the list of hundreds of companies selling the tracking units.