What is GPRS and how is it used with GPS Tracking Devices.

25 Jun 2008

No, there is not a new technology out there on the market.  GPS Tracking & GPRS, or General Packet Radio Services has been around for quite some time.  Established in the early 2000’s, GPRS is an extension of the Global System for Mobile Communications. This means that it uses the same system as cellular phones.  GPRS has been called the 2.5 G system.  This is because it was developed after the 2G cellular networks and before the 3G systems that are currently showing up on the market today.  GPRS is still widely used across the globe today. 

General Packet Radio Service works by allowing data to be stored into ‘packets’.  This data is then transmitted in an efficient manner across the mobile network.  GPRS however is much faster then the cellular network systems.  This type of networking system can be used worldwide without difficulty. 


GPRS devices are extremely versatile.  The devices allow the owner to use it for many different things.  Any device that has GPRS capability will allow the user to have not only mobile communication but also access to the internet for things such as e-mail, and internet browsing.  Some devices even have the ability to act as a means of communication between two individuals (such as a parent and a child or a family member and an elderly person).  This is done by keeping on part of the device with each party.  You can even adjust various settings on the device in order to keep track of thinks like changes in temperature, sound and motion.  GPRS devices also have the ability to further its functionality by allowing the user to add on things like cameras and GPS receivers. 

GPRS is technology that many GPS tracking devices are utilizing in order to get up to the minute information with tracking.  Once the GPS device records the data it can then be transmitted through GPRS to another central location such as a computer or through an e-mail.  It is the GPRS technology that allows for real time updates to GPS tracking systems.  It is this direct GPRS connection that gives the user of the GPS system the most reliable data available on the market today. 

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