You might think that a GPS tracker is simply a GPS tracker, and that’s all there is to it. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case – you might as well say that a car is simply a car. We all know there’s a difference between a Chevy and a Lamborghini, and while both will get you to your destination, the same can’t be said for all GPS trackers.
Your GPS tracker should protect you from theft or the loss of your prized possessions. You can keep a check on where your friends and family are, and fleet management is simplified. However, whatever you want to use a GPS tracker for, low-quality GPS trackers will stop your plans from working out.
Don’t hurt your business with low-quality GPS trackers
Most companies will use GPS trackers for fleet management purposes. You’ll know where your vehicles/drivers are, and where your equipment is…in theory.
1 – Fleet Management
The most important part of tracking your vehicle fleet with GPS is the ability to know where everything is at any given moment. If your tracker is not of high quality, you may only get intermittent updates, and when those updates come through, they may not be accurate.
Imagine trying to locate a piece of equipment when you knew where it was (within a 3-mile radius) two hours ago! If you know where it was in the last 10 seconds to within a 10-yard radius, you’ll find it to be much more effective.
Similarly, speed tracking and other systems will be inaccurate if the location data is flat-out wrong.
2 – Equipment
Expensive equipment also benefits from GPS tracking, and the same issues apply. Even if the tracking device works as it was intended to, the accuracy of low-quality GPS trackers is much lower than good trackers.
The best trackers can be accurate to within a few feet, while lower quality ones will have a resolution of 50 feet or worse.
Low-quality GPS can be bad for personal use too
Businesses are often all about the bottom line and will try to pay as little as possible for equipment – even GPS trackers. Consumers can make the same mistake – if you want to keep anything safe, don’t use a low-quality GPS tracker!
3 – Personal Tracking
One of the prime uses for a GPS tracker in a personal setting is to keep track of friends or relatives, with youngsters and seniors being the most common categories to track. Cheap trackers tend to lack a lot of important features, such as geolocation alerts.
Geolocation alerts send messages via SMS to warn when the tracker leaves or enters a specified area. If a child is kidnapped, or a senior gets lost, wouldn’t you want to know right away?
4 – Vehicles – cars, bikes, trucks, etc.
Nobody appreciates having their vehicles stolen, and one of the easiest ways to locate it when it goes missing is with a GPS tracker. You need high accuracy and a long battery life – something which is often lacking in low-quality trackers. And if you need to remove the device every day to recharge it, your vehicle will spend a lot of time without a tracker installed!
You might save yourself a small amount of money by opting for a cheap low-quality GPS tracker, but a high-quality tracker will actually do the job it was designed to do.
Would you really want to risk the safety of your fleet, equipment, vehicle, or family member just to save a little cash?