GPS Logger Vs Real Time GPS Tracker

24 Mar 2008

I have had many people ask me if they should get a real time GPS tracking device or a GPS Logger.  In order to answer this question, it is important to make sure to understand the difference between the two.  While they do have some distinct similarities, they are two completely different devices. 


this was the first GPS logger introduced to the market about 3 years ago…

 

Let’s start by looking at the Real Time GPS tracking device.  This is a portable tracking device that is unlike anything else on the market.  They are small and very user friendly.  They allow you to track things like pets, children, vehicles, and other prized possessions very quickly.  This is done by attaching the GPS device somewhere on the thing that you want to track. You can then go to a web based system, log in and you will be able to find the exact location within seconds.  These systems can also be programmed to alert you when the device has left an area or various other setting (in the case of vehicles, speed, arriving and leaving a destination) which will keep you apprised of where your device is at all times.  It is a simple, yet effective way to know where things are anytime, anywhere across the globe. 

The GPS Logger (better know as the GPS Track Stick) is another option in GPS.  Much like the real time GPS tracking devices, the logger works anywhere there is a satellite signal.  This means that it is able to be used world wide. The biggest difference between the two devices is that with the GPS Track Stick you will not know any information about where the Stick has been unless you have the device.  Once you retrieve the device you can download exactly where the Tracking Stick has been.  The data provided gives you the exact date, times, latitudes, longitudes, direction of travel, altitudes and speed.  It will tell you exactly if the GPS Track Stick stopped and for how long.  This system does not keep track in real time. 

You can still get information about where anyone or anything that you have the device on is at all times, but not until you download the data.  It is a great way to keep track of things like time and distance for runners, for parents a way to know exactly where your children have been during the day and if you are an employer, you can monitor those employees who are on the road by where they go and how fast they are moving. 

So to answer the question which is better, The GPS Track Stick is a great little device for those who don’t need to know right away where there things are.  It is much cheaper then purchasing a Real Time GPS tracking device and there are no monthly fees associated with it.  If you need real time information about your employees, kids or vehicles then the better way to go is to purchase a Real Time GPS Tracking Device with the monthly service. 

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