What is a GPS/GSM tracker
A GPS / GSM tracker utilizes either the Global Positioning System satellites or the Global System for Mobile Communications to determine precise location. However, while GSM and GPS tracking devices both accomplish similar tasks, they do so in very different ways.
What are the key differences between GSM and GPS tracking?
Both GPS tracking and GSM tracking are accomplished by a receiver collecting data from at least 4 satellites in order to determine precise position. GPS GSM tracker devices accomplish this task by referencing information from the cellular tower that is closest to the GSM / GPS tracking device. Between the two technologies, GPS systems are capable of much more precise location measurements, within a meter, whereas with GSM tracking technology, positioning can only be determined within 10 meters.
What devices are capable of being a GPS/GSM tracking device?
In today’s market GSM / GPS tracking technology is being widely implemented in cars using GSM vehicle tracking, in cell phones, watches and in/on any other asset that one may be interested in tracking. With devices nearly as small as a pack of matches, placing a GPS / GSM tracker is now easier than ever!
Can my cell phone be used as a GPS/GSM tracker?
Many of the smart phones available on the market today from makers such as Blackberry utilize several technologies to achieve GSM (GPRS) / GPS tracking. In this situation a GPS module inside the phone receives satellite signals to determine its precise location. Software installed on the phone then translates the GPS information and utilizes either the GPRS or the GSM capabilities of the phone to communicate the data over the service provider’s cellular network.
GSM vehicle tracking:
Recent advances in the software supporting GSM vehicle tracking have allowed for this technology to supplant GPS alternatives as the most appropriate solution for many scenarios. Even in systems which attain location data capture through GPS, GSM vehicle tracking allows for the transfer of powerful information such as location, direction of travel, speed, engine idle, engine start and stop times, and more.
Putting it all together:
With a myriad of solid hardware available on the market it is easy for one to lose sight of the single most important aspect of operating any GPS or GSM tracker system for maximum benefit. The manner in which information is presented will ultimately determine how thoroughly your business incorporates a GPS or GSM tracker and makes use of the available information.
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