Definition of and Uses for a GPS Tracker

GPS is the abbreviation for “Global Positioning System.” A GPS Tracker is an electronic device that pinpoints where something is, via satellites specifically designed for this function, anywhere on the planet. There are several different technologies available, each with different sensitivities and transmission capabilities.

What a GPS Tracker is

The size of a GPS unit varies, also, depending on what the device is needed for. A GPS function can be made part of a cellular (mobile) telephone via software, or be a dedicated GPS unit usually larger than telephones and with greater ranges. This is especially useful when the precise movement of what is being tracked is not known.

What a GPS Tracker is used for

Common uses for GPS tracking devices are for keeping track of members of military operations, operators in commercial fleets, locating vehicles (cars, trucks, etc.), monitoring the movements of contestants in sporting events, keeping an eye on children and pets, and tracking the movements of wildlife.

What kind of movement a GPS Tracker is best used for

GPS Tracking is most useful in monitoring movement when the precise path is not known. It helps find a missing or misplaced something, or someone, shortens rescue time by showing rescuers where to go, and contributes to safety when movement is unpredictable.

How to use a GPS Tracker

A typical GPS tracker has a transmitting unit on the individual or vehicle being tracked, and a receiving unit in the possession of the whoever is doing the tracking. A GPS transmitting device needs to be in range of the receiver, and the receiver must have software compatible with the sending unit.