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Personal Tracking Device Buying Guide

SPOT X satellite messaging and GPS tracking

It’s quite interesting to look back on how we used to track things. Everything was manually done, including counting the items and writing the information in a logbook for inventory. Fast forward to several years later, the advent of GPS technology made tracking much easier with almost no human intervention. All you need to do is to check and use the acquired data for any purpose.

GPS trackers have proliferated over the years, becoming a consistent part of many people’s daily lives. They are a simple means of determining a particular asset’s whereabouts, such as cars, packages, and customer-bound products. In some instances, GPS devices are used for tracking people.

Personal trackers are smaller and easier to install. These devices allow you to share your location with your family and friends. In this guide, you will learn more about personal tracking devices and their uses. We categorise the applications into two: personal and business.

Tracking Devices for Personal Use

Personal tracking devices are portable, allowing you to carry them anywhere. They provide a straightforward method of tracking certain people or items. The units are practical, lightweight, and easy to use. They typically have an SOS function so that the user will only need to push a button to get assistance.

  • Kids: Worried parents can get the peace of mind they need with a GPS tracking system. A discreet unit that you can tell your little ones to keep with them at all times. Whether your child is in school, at a playground, or even enjoying a field trip, you can rest assured knowing the kid’s range of motion. An excellent example of a GPS tracker for children is the SU-7500. It’s a personal safety device that your kids can use, as well, because of the following qualities:
    • Small and lightweight
    • Can conveniently be recharged
    • Waterproof
    • Live tracking
    • Location updates are available every 60 seconds
    • SOS button

Guide your child on how to use the SU-7500. It comes with plenty of features, including an SOS button, which can send quick alerts to five contacts. This affordable device already comes with a SIM card and data that you can use for up to 12 months. It is also packaged with free access to the unit’s software. The Duress Watch is also a useful tracking device for kids. You can teach your child to press the button trigger to give you alerts. Because it is a watch, your child will love wearing it.

  • Pets: Most dogs love to run fast and are generally curious. It’s easy for them to take off and may not come back for many hours. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a device that you can just attach to your dog’s collar, for example, to know their location? As for those who own small dogs and cats, there is always a solution. SPOT Trace is originally designed as an anti-theft tracker, but you can also use this device for locating your lost pet. It’s small enough that your pet will not mind having it attached to them wherever they go. This tracker is powered by satellite technology, so you never have to worry if your pet slips into an area with weak or no reception.
  • Elderly: Personal trackers help families take care of the elderly, particularly those who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Older people are more prone to falls, and they may not know where they are, so they cannot ask for help. It’s a good thing you can now detect falls through a combination of Fall Detection Pendant, Duress Bluetooth device, and the Duress App. They all work together to monitor and detect slips and accidents, offering live emergency video streaming, audio, and accurate real-time location.
  • Cars and Other Valuables: Prevent theft even when you’re away with personal tracking devices that you can install in your car, boat, motorcycle, and many others. The Gs63h is a dashcam with ultra HD 4k resolution that can record your trip. It complements your tracking device to detect your vehicle’s movement. SPOT Trace is a great option for real-time tracking, enabling you to learn where the valuables have been taken in case they were stolen.
  • Travelling and Outdoor Adventures: Lost luggage is a common issue for travellers. You can once again use SPOT Trace to find the missing bag. This satellite tracker also uses GPS, so it has everything covered. Other SPOT devices are designed for those who love going hiking, cycling, or camping. SPOT Gen 3 and SPOT Gen 4 are useful for anyone who embarks on an outdoor adventure. Use these trackers to let your loved ones know you’re OK. They both have powerful features that let you send your location to contacts. They also allow you to communicate with emergency responders when quick assistance is necessary.

SPOT Gen 4 - this pocket-sized device is part of your essential gear, and stay connected wherever you play or work.
SPOT Gen 4 – this pocket-sized device gear, helps you stay connected wherever you play or work.

For Business Use

Are you a business owner? If so, you know how crucial it is to keep track of your assets, including fleet vehicles and employees.

  • Remote Workers: If you’re a remote worker, you know how crucial it is to let your loved ones know you are doing well. In case of an accident, you want responders to get to your location right away. SPOT X is a unique tracking device that provides two-way satellite messaging. That means you do not need to be within any network’s reach to send a message to a family member, friend, or employer. Duress Wearable is specially created for lone workers. If you work with miners, electricians, healthcare providers, and other remote employees, you need to provide them with this helpful device. It employs wearable technology that protects workers 24/7. They can send help to their team, notify managers, or call emergency responders with just a touch of a button.
  • Employee Safety: It’s not always easy to communicate at a distance, especially with social distancing measures in place. You have plenty of options here, including Duress Wearable and Fall Detection trackers. Determine the risk that the employees typically face. Fall detectors are extremely beneficial for people vulnerable to falls, such as those working alone or at large sites where they cannot be easily seen or heard when in trouble. Workers in high-risk industries and those with medical conditions need to use fall detectors to get immediate help. Duress Falcon is another wearable device worn on the wrist. You can also opt to attach it to a lanyard. It allows you to send for the police as discreetly as possible and even set a live stream of an incident.
  • Asset Tracking: You can find a wide variety of asset trackers here on Simply Unified. GPS trackers have added measures to secure assets, such as vehicles and inventory. You can find tracking devices, apps, and solutions that meet your needs as a business owner or manager. Choose an asset tracker with real-time data, worker monitoring capabilities, tech support, and reasonable pricing.
The Duress Falcon has automated features that keep your staff safe without them having to do anything.
The Duress Falcon has automated features that keep your staff safe without them having to do anything.

What Features to Look for When Buying a GPS Tracker

Knowing why you need a GPS tracker will help you narrow down your list of choices as you shop for the device that fits your exact purpose. However, some features are usually non-negotiable. When considering the GPS tracker to purchase, there are five main factors to look into:

1. Real-Time Tracking

The main reason people use GPS trackers is to track a particular asset. While some trackers are useful even though they have some delay in transmitting location data, they can still be useful in some cases. However, if you truly want to take advantage of GPS technology, you need real-time tracking.

The ability to provide real-time data differs from one device to the next. Some trackers can manually ping the tracker, which then gives you the precise location at any given time. On the other hand, some devices can give you updates at specific intervals, such as every five or ten minutes.

Apart from the capability of the device itself, it also depends on the satellite tracking system in orbit, which is predetermined by the country. For example, GLONASS is used in Russia, Galileo in Europe, BeiDou in China, and GPS in the US. Australia is one of the few countries with high visibility of these four mentioned navigation satellite systems, which consist of 20 to 30 satellites. A tracker with connections to various positioning systems can provide accurate location anytime.

In line with real-time tracking features, you should also look at the device’s location update intervals. Short update intervals can easily drain the battery, but they can give you more accurate data. This capability is useful if you regularly check a person’s driving behaviour, such as if they have strayed to a different route or are taking too long to get to the intended destination. As for longer update intervals, they are ideal for checking locations once or twice daily.

2. Design

You surely do not need a tracker that’s flashy or one in your favourite colour (although that may be a plus for some people). When it comes to design, what matters is the sturdiness of the device. It should be durable for it to withstand extreme conditions. Along with the rugged design, the GPS tracker should have an easy access SOS button in case of an emergency. Water-resistance is certainly an advantage but often not a requirement. The tracker should have good quality buttons made of durable material and an accessible charging port.

The device should be easy to use. Having lots of buttons may appear feature-rich, but it’s not intuitive and may cause confusion in a crucial situation. The important thing about using a personal tracking device is that it stays online and can provide its location without disruptions. As much as possible, there should not be any initial setups involved.

3. Monitoring Capabilities

Monitoring through smartphones, tablets, or desktops should be supported. Some trackers, however, do not have a mobile app, which is not entirely a requirement. If you can access your computer anytime, the absence of smartphone tracking may not matter. Ideally, though, the tracker should automatically upload its data to a web-based platform. That way, you can access the information you need using any Internet-connected device.

Trackers with iOS or Android-compatible apps make tracking so much easier. If supported or enabled, you can instantly receive notifications, such as speeding and geofencing. Geofence zones are a great feature that the tracking device you buy should have. These zones are digital fences that you can customise on the map. Every time the device enters or leaves the defined areas, you will receive a notification. This feature helps locate kids, the elderly, pets, and assets.

To get a summary of the device locations for a specific period, you may also want to pick a tracker that offers route history. The tracking platform stores previous location data so that you can access the information you need anytime.

Duress provides monitored protection to those who need it most.
Duress provides monitored protection to those who need it most.

4. Tech Support Availability

The tracker you purchase should always offer efficient technical support. Some manufacturers provide direct phone support, but many consumers prefer live chat or email. Using the device means that you should have at least basic tech knowledge. You can watch videos that will help you set the tracker up, and you can also read all the pages in the manual. However, nothing can beat a quick and knowledgeable tech support team.

You can manage your device better and get assistance in real-time by simply contacting the manufacturer. Make sure that you understand the warranty terms for the device and support. For example, you may be able to receive assistance for a lifetime as the device’s owner, but some may limit tech support to up to two years.

5. Pricing

Given all the features mentioned above, you can surmise how much the tracking device will cost you. That’s not to say that the tracker should break the bank, but you certainly cannot expect it to be cheap. With these tracking solutions, you get what you pay for, so be prepared to shell out some reasonable amount of cash if you want a good quality device.

Pricing depends on several factors, including the features, brand, services, GPS chipset, design, international coverage, and battery life. Please remember that GPS trackers need to be connected to cellular service. They may also come with software service so that you will be charged periodically. If you subscribe to additional services, you will pay for them on top of the monthly service fee. Some devices do not have SIM or cellular costs, so make sure that you enquire about the features and services included (and excluded) in the fee.

Add the devices you need for your team or your tracking requirements to your virtual shopping cart here at Simply Unified. You can also contact customer support to get more information.