The Purpose of GPS Tracking Devices

Monitor the Route and Progress of a Delivery Truck

Global Positioning System tracking is a method of working out exactly where something is. A GPS tracking system, for example, may be placed in a vehicle, on a cell phone, or on special GPS devices, which can either be a fixed or portable unit. GPS works by providing information on exact location. It can also track the movement of a vehicle or person. So, for example, a GPS tracking system can be used by a company to monitor the route and progress of a delivery truck, and by parents to check on the location of their child, or even to monitor high-valued assets in transit.


Used to Track Employee Location

GPS tracking is the surveillance of location through use of the Global Positioning System (GPS ) to track the location of an entity or object remotely. The technology can pinpoint longitude, latitude, ground speed, and course direction of the target.

GPS devices in smartphones and other mobile devices are often used to track employee location. Privacy advocates warn that the technology can also make it possible for advertisers, government, hackers and cyberstalkers to track users through their mobile devices.


Stolen Vehicle Recovery System

Most of those systems use a GPS device. In addition to the commercially available systems, it’s also possible to build a makeshift GPS tracking device with a cellular phone.

However, all GPS and cellular-based trackers can fail if the vehicle is parked in a building or driven to an area that lacks cell towers. LoJack is an older system that relies on radio transmissions that police cars can pick up with specialized antennas.

Aside from the aftermarket options, most of the OEMS offer some type of stolen vehicle recovery system.


Police Can Use GPS Systems to Track Offenders

GPS systems can be used to track the location of a family member or child. Businesses use GPS systems for directional purposes, as well as the ability to locate workers and packages. Police can use GPS systems to track offenders. Other industries that use GPS devices include aviation, maritime, trucking, surveying and emergency services.


GPS Tracker for Outings Such as a Wilderness Camping Trip or a Long Hike

You might also be tempted to consider a GPS tracker for outings such as a wilderness camping trip or a long hike, and, not surprisingly, there are devices designed for those adventures, too. One model, the Spot Satellite GPS Messenger, lets your child send an “I’m OK” or “Send Help” message with the push of a button, even in remote areas with no cell phone signal.


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