The world of tracking is a weird and wonderful place. Those unfamiliar with it just assume all devices are the same. After all, they just track things, right?
That’s not entirely true.
When it comes to the tracking industry, consumers and manufacturers alike have to deal with price gouging, ruthless competition, and the differences between GPS, Satellite, Bluetooth, and OBD Tracking.
Unless you’re familiar with these terms and what they mean, you’re prone to get ripped off.
I’m here to unveil the mystery behind the tracking industry and give you the knowledge you need to become a tracking expert or at the bare minimum, give you the basic tools to get you the best deal possible when it comes to the best tracking devices.
Let’s take a look at the differences between the 5 primary types of GPS trackers namely:
Often small, convenient, and cheap, Bluetooth trackers are nifty devices sold by companies like Tile and Apple with their Airtag.
They operate on the Bluetooth network, which limits them to short-distance communication.
An important thing to take note of is that Bluetooth trackers are different from GPS trackers. These are usually effective for misplaced keys, wallets, phones, or even tracking your pets.
$5 – $100 AUD
– Simple Setup
– Cheapest Variant of Tracking
– Tiny in Size
– Short Tracking Range (<100 Metres)
– Short Battery Life
– Easily Detectable
OBD trackers are a variant of a GPS tracker, but instead of wiring directly to your vehicle’s battery, it connects to your vehicle’s OBD port.
It is easy to install as all you need to do is plug it into your vehicle’s OBD port and you’re done.
One downside to its easy installation is that your OBD tracker is also easily removed. An amateur thief will have no problem detaching the device from the port.
An OBD tracker allows you to receive in-depth telematics from your vehicle like:
– Fuel Consumption
– Engine Temperature
– Fuel Levels
– Driving Behaviour
– Fleet Management
$120 – $400 AUD
– Simple Setup
– Telematics (Fuel, KM Logging)
– Can Be Easily Uninstalled
– Can Be Switched Between Vehicles
– No Backup Battery
– Poor Theft Defence
– Can Be Easily Disabled
– Requires Constant Power
Satellite trackers are a variant of GPS trackers, but rather than using the cellular network to transmit location data, these trackers use satellites.
As a result, a satellite tracker can be used anywhere in the world, including locations without mobile coverage.
While regular GPS trackers rely on mobile signals to transmit data, satellite trackers connect to a satellite network that provides global coverage for your assets to be located anywhere around the globe.
– Shipping Containers
– Rural Areas
$600 – $1,000 AUD
– Works Anywhere Above Ground
– Can Be Wired In or Wireless
– No SIM Card Required
– Expensive Hardware
– Expensive Subscription
– Complex Setup
Wired GPS trackers are charged from your vehicle’s battery instead of using its own internal battery.
GPS trackers use the Global Positioning System to discover the exact location of your tracker.
Then the location of your asset along with other data such as speed, signal strength, etc is transmitted to a dashboard for you to view your vehicle.
This is why GPS trackers need a SIM card and charge a monthly fee, to use the cellular network and transmit the data that the trackers receive.
Installation can take over an hour to complete per vehicle. It can even take longer if you are planning to self-install these trackers as depending on the tracker, it can be complex.
Since this type of tracker is wired-in and installed to your vehicle, it is not easy to transfer these devices between vehicles.
– Fleet Management
$100 – $600 AUD
– Automatic Recharging
– Telematics (Fuel, KM logging)
– Real-time Tracking
– Strong Signal and Accurate Positioning
– Easy for Thieves to Find
– No Tracking While Vehicle is Offline
– Short or No Backup Battery
– Complex Installation
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Since no wires are connected, you can hide your wireless tracker nearly anywhere inside your vehicle.
One advantage of it being a portable device is it’s easy to transfer from one vehicle to another, saving you time and money.
Wireless GPS trackers get their power from their own internal battery and do not connect to any external power source.
Just so you know, most other wireless GPS trackers do not have these features.
So, I am only talking about Solid GPS in this section.
– Theft Prevention
– Tracking Anything On/Off Wheels
$150 – $300 AUD
– Simple Setup
– Long Battery Life
– Australian Made
– Sim Card Included
– Manually Recharge Every 3 to 6 Months
– No Tracking Without Cell Service
People don’t have much time these days and I understand that. Below is a simplified table of the information above
Every different tracker has certain use cases that may make them the most appropriate. However, most people will find wireless GPS trackers to serve their needs the best.
The Solid GPS tracker can be ordered for an affordable monthly fee, giving you access to state-of-the-art hardware that receives and transmits location data from cellular networks all over Australia. Protect your assets by checking out our plans today!
If you are interested in a reliable GPS tracker then look no further than Solid GPS.
Solid GPS is based in Melbourne, Victoria. All design, development and assembly is done in-house.