5 Clever Features that make Solid GPS a thief’s worst nightmare
Back in 2015, I lived in an apartment complex in Melbourne, my neighbour had a Ninja 300, it was a beautiful red and black beast.
He had owned it for a couple of years and spent hours working on it every week.
Even though it was cheap compared to other bikes, he loved it.
Every night he pushed the chain through the bike frame, locked it and hid it out of sight.
Trouble came one night when a van slowly crept into the parking lot and made a b-line for his motorbike.
They had easily passed through the gate because it had been stuck open for weeks and would never close, leaving everything extra vulnerable.
As that sneaky van slowly came to a stop, 4 guys exploded out of the van at a breakneck pace.
Rushing towards my neighbour’s bike, one carried bolt cutters and snapped the lock while the other three got in position and lifted it into their van.
In a matter of seconds, they were gone. My neighbour contacted police but I think deep down he knew it was hopeless, it was like a bit of his soul was stolen from him along with his bike.
A few years later and I got my own CFMOTO 650 and remembering the incident with my neighbour, I checked out the latest stats for motorcycle theft. What I discovered shocked me.
Stats for Motorcycles
Stats for Cars
After learning that theft is a massive problem for motorcyclists, drivers in general and to protect my own CFMOTO we set out to create a device that would help put these scumbags behind bars.
We did that and it’s called Solid GPS, here are five ingenious features that gives thieve’s headaches when they come up against our Aussie made tracker.
Wireless vs Wired: The Pros and Cons
Solid GPS is wireless but what’s the difference between a wireless and wired tracker? Below is a table outlining the pros and cons of each.
If you’re able to think of another pro for other wired GPS trackers I’d honestly love to know.
You can email me at Nathan@solidgps.com or go to www.solidgps.com/support and send us a message there.
Or if you can’t think of a pro for wired GPS trackers then sacrificing a bit of short-term convenience is worth it for long-term security by using a wireless GPS tracker instead.
Adaptive Tracking: The New way to Track
As you saw above, Solid GPS uses it own internal battery. How does it know when the vehicle is moving to transmit its signal? Through adaptive tracking.
Adaptive tracking works like this, instead of transmitting based on a timed interval, say every 10 minutes or so. Solid GPS tracks based on movement.
Whenever Solid GPS detects movement, it will send out its location every minute.
Providing accurate data because there is no point tracking an asset that is standing still.
Using adaptive tracking also allows us to achieve a long battery life, on average 3 – 6 months.
If driving is not a common activity and you just want peace of mind, for example, you only drive on the weekend, that’s fine too.
If no movement has been detected in 24 hours, Solid GPS wakes up and sends its location. Providing real 24/7 protection.
A World Class SIM card
Some companies require you to buy your own SIM card, others provide their own SIM card and charge a monthly or yearly fee, we do this too.
But it’s good to find out what kind of technology the SIM card they provide uses, for example, is it 2G or 4G?
In Australia, 2G was shut off between 2016 and 2017 by Optus, Vodafone and Telstra.
This was chaotic for companies that provided their own SIM card because their GPS trackers stopped working completely.
That’s not where the bad news ends, one tracking company decided to charge their customers to upgrade them from 2G to 3G.
Wasting a lot of time, money and leaving a horde of angry customers like this reviewer.
Things are done differently here, we provide a SIM card that has access to 2G, 3G 4G & 5G, which also automatically switches to the best mobile network available.
In English, that means if you’re connected to the Telstra network our SIM card will automatically connect to Vodafone instead if they have better coverage.
This new way of utilising a SIM card gives more coverage Australia-wide, it’s not limited to Australia either!
Check out solidgps.com/support to see which 176 countries also work with Solid GPS.
Down Under Design & Development
It’s safe to say hardware made in Australia is on the decline. But we’re bucking the trend by making our hardware here and that provides a few sneaky benefits that we did not know about till recently.
For one, since we built Solid GPS all by ourselves we can help with any problem and answer any question, there isn’t a massive wait-time (if you don’t believe me, head on over to solidgps.com/support and send us a message).
This goes doubly so for software suggestions, for example, one of our customers asked for the ability to create multiple boundaries.
In less than a week that feature was done, dusted and ready for ALL our customers to use (there’s no gatekeeping here).
How does this help with theft though? It does indirectly, let’s say you were curious to see if your GPS tracker could work in an area with no mobile network? Or maybe in a shipping container?
We can answer those questions (no to the first one and yes to the second depending on placement) and more.
Ask a $30 eBay listed GPS tracker for assistance and most of the time its radio silence because that price point doesn’t allow for any questions.
What you get at $30 is the lowest quality product with zero customer support.
So we help not only by creating great products but by assisting after the fact, with questions, suggestions and even replacements if something goes wrong during shipping, etc. You get what you pay for.
Everything is Included
I hate buying something, going home and then realising batteries are not included.
If I slowed down and read I would probably see it “Batteries not Included” plastered on the packaging but isn’t convenience better?
Using lazy people as inspiration, with a Solid GPS tracker there is nothing extra needed to buy.
We provide Velcro for mounting, the SIM card talked about above and batteries which can be easily recharged since a charging cable is included too. Click me to learn more about what you get with your tracker.
The faster your vehicle or asset can get protected the better.
These five features mix to create a nightmare for thieves, imagine running up against a device that:
- Knows where you are 24/7
- Is able to be hidden well
- Has zero connections
- Works almost anywhere
- And notifies the owner when leaving certain areas.
Talk about the unfair advantage called Solid GPS.