Choose the most appropriate GPS tracking option for your application

 

If your business is in the market for a GPS tracking device to monitor one of your valuable assets, or even a whole fleet of company vehicles, it’s important for you to know what’s available so you can make the best choice to suit your needs. When examining the options, you should consider the tracking intervals, associated features, and most appropriate use cases for each device. Knowing your own needs will help you determine which device is the right choice.

First of all, a GPS tracking interval refers to the amount of time that lapses between moments in which the GPS tracker turns on to capture its location. Intervals can be anywhere from 10 seconds, which is frequent, to up to 5 minutes, which is very spread out. On demand tracking is an option that bypasses using intervals and only turns on to track its location in response to a user’s location request.

This post explores these various interval options available, the features that accompany them, and their most appropriate use cases.

 

On-Demand Tracking

The on-demand tracking option is the most minimal interval option available. This option works best for heavy equipment and machinery that is seldom moved but is high-value. For example, this option might work best for large equipment that may be stored at a construction or worksite. Because it is too laborious to move this equipment each day, it is often left largely unattended after hours. Owners can use the on-demand GPS tracking feature to ping the location of the equipment and make sure it is where it’s supposed to be. If the equipment has been moved, owners will also be able to see where it is in real-time, making recovery much simpler. This can also help minimize downtime while workers wait for the recovery of their important equipment.

On-demand tracking is a useful tool for parents and caretakers who want to be able to check on the location of a child or a person under their care who has special needs. The owner of the device can request the location by pinging the device. They will be immediately updated with the location of the device.

Devices that utilize on-demand tracking can be used for a high-profile tracking, such as for celebrities or officials who have security teams monitoring their whereabouts in order to protect them. Additionally, some trackers have SOS or emergency call buttons that can be pressed in case of an emergency situation.

 

5 Minute to 30 Second Intervals

The middle range of interval options have a variety of associated use cases. Most often, devices using tracking intervals in this range will be placed inside equipment or vehicles that may be often moved.

  5 Minute Interval 1 Minute Interval 30 Second Interval
Rapid
Tracking
No No Yes
Geofence
Alerts
Limited Yes Yes
Speed
Alert
Limited Yes Yes
Nano
Battery Life
21 days 14 days 10 days

EON
Battery Life

140 days 100 days 65 days

 

An option that may be available in this use category includes “burst mode,” which helps users, and in some cases, law enforcement, find missing items or vehicles. This allows them to track every location of the device while it is in motion. Additionally, these mid-range interval options allow users to have varying levels of control over their tracking, including geofence capabilities, speed alert options, and rapid tracking options, depending on the specific level the user has chosen.

Intervals like these can also be used to track users who are carrying a portable device on their person. Being able to see more to-the-minute tracking data allows the user to see not just movement and location changes, but also monitor direction of travel, pace, route deviations, and more, which might not be visible in more spaced-out location snapshots.

 

10 Second Intervals

The 10 second interval option is the most versatile option as it can be used to track in nearly real-time, in addition to other options such as rapid tracking, geofence alerts, and speed alerts. This option is often a great choice for law enforcement officers tracking a suspect as it keeps them aware of the vehicle’s location and movement at all times. It is most often utilized by users who need up-to-the-minute updates, making law enforcement teams some of its most popular users.

10-second intervals may also work for users who are tracking an important person, like a parents monitoring their children or security personnel tracking a public figure for their safety.

 

A Snapshot of Intervals, Features, and Prices

  On Demand 5 Minute Interval 1 Minute Interval   30 Second Interval  10 Second Interval
Rapid Tracking   No  No  No  Yes  Yes
Geofence Alerts  No  Limited  Yes  Yes  Yes
Speed Alerts  No  Limited  Yes  Yes  Yes
Nano Battery Life  21+ days  21 days  14 days  10 days  8 days
EON Battery Life  140+ days  140 days  100 days  6 days  40 days

 

Each of the different interval types offers its own collection of options for various use cases. The BrickHouse Security team can help users determine which device and which tracking interval is best suited to your particular needs. We invite you to contact our team to learn more.

 

Published September 26th, 2017

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