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Application areas of GPS tracking

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GPS trackers are small and reliable. Your areas of application are inexhaustible. For example, they are used to track pets like dogs or cats. GPS transmitters also play an important role in locating people. The small GPS transmitters can also save lives. GPS trackers are often used in the care sector, especially when protecting people with dementia. But children are also protected by using location devices. A GPS tracker can serve as a calming helper, e.g. if the child is late from school. Trackers serve the feeling of security alone. It can be checked by locating where the GPS transmitter is. The SOS button built into some devices opens up further protection options.

In addition to people and animals, vehicles such as cars, trucks or motorcycles are also protected with a GPS tracker. There are two options here: firstly, the device can be permanently installed in your vehicle and connected to the vehicle battery, and secondly, a device with a battery can be used. The FINDER is then flexible and can be placed in the trunk, for example.

Another way to use a GPS transmitter would be to protect personal items. For example, a suitcase or a bag are already used areas of application. Luggage was quickly located and found using GPS tracking after a loss. The loss of important documents with a GPS transmitter in your luggage can be a thing of the past. Even drones are equipped and protected with our small FINDER. The list of potential areas of application can be continued for a long time.


Historically GPS tracking

GPS was launched in 1973. It was developed by engineers Bradford W. Parkinson, Richard Schwartz and James Spilker on behalf of the United States Department of Defense. In the first step, GPS replaced the US Navy’s previous satellite navigation systems and the Vela satellites for locating nuclear explosions. GPS was the first global satellite navigation system (GNSS). It is still operated by the U.S. Army – specifically, the U.S. Air Force. After a test phase lasting several years, the first GPS satellites were sent into orbit at an altitude of around 20,000 km in 1978. From 1989, these so-called Block-1 satellites were gradually replaced by a new generation of location satellites. The technology of today’s 30 GPS satellites is constantly being developed. In May 2017, the first Block III satellites were launched to optimize GPS location.

GPS alternatives include the European satellite navigation system Galileo, the Russian GLONASS and the Chinese system Baidu. However, GPS continues to be of great importance worldwide.

A decisive turning point for the private economy is the first possibility of civil use. It is also the cornerstone for private GPS tracking. The then US President Ronald Reagan announced in the early 1980s that the system should also be released for civil use after its completion. The reason for this was a tragic incident: In 1983, a Korean airliner that had gone off course had entered Soviet airspace and was intercepted by interceptors. After the system reached full functionality in 1995, its civilian use was initially limited by the so-called limited availability (Selected Availability). Artificially worsened signals meant that position determinations outside of military use were only possible with an accuracy of around 100 meters. The limited availability for civilian users was finally lifted on May 2, 2000.

Since then, GPS location has established itself in a wide range of applications. Airplanes and, more recently, unmanned drones can be navigated using GPS devices. GPS transmitters also enable seamless tracking of the locations and routes of vehicles and people – these tasks are important for smooth logistical processes, but GPS tracking is also very important for security authorities and personal protection. In addition to extensive digital technology, the concept of autonomous driving also requires control via GPS. The system is also indispensable for professional sports today. With GPS, geodata is collected to control competitions, but also for the live transmission of sporting events on the Internet. Private users use GPS tracking for security functions, for sporting activities and in navigation systems.


Legal Aspects

Today’s GPS trackers are small and handy. In fact, these are mobile surveillance systems that can be used to fully track the movement of people. A GPS transmitter can be used to determine where and how long a person is at a certain point in time, where he is going and what route he has chosen. This results in legal aspects that active users of GPS trackers have to consider. Otherwise, they could make themselves punishable by violating personal rights and data protection issues.
In the private area, GPS location of adults is only permitted if the person concerned has knowledge of it and has given its consent. Anyone who secretly installs a direction finder in his partner’s car or locates it without his knowledge using his cell phone is committing a violation of the law.
The use of GPS tracking is permitted in companies under certain conditions. In this case, the operational interests must be of greater importance than the interests of employees. Examples of this are fleet control via GPS, monitoring of very valuable transports or the use of GPS to guarantee the safety of employees. However, the data obtained in this way must not be personal. For example, a tracked vehicle should not be assigned to a specific driver. Employees need to know that the company uses GPS tracking and give their written consent. In addition, GPS monitoring of employees is only permitted during working hours. If you are allowed to use your company car privately, you do not have to accept GPS location by your employer in your free time. It is strictly forbidden to continuously monitor individuals or to use tracking data in connection with the employment relationship of an employee. Exceptions apply to individual cases if a crime is suspected. In this case, GPS monitoring is subject to the same legal regulations that apply to the state investigative authorities: it must be a suspected crime of considerable importance. Monitoring by GPS location must be proportionate.
The right FINDER for every application

GPS trackers are therefore versatile location devices. Whether suitcases, cars, motorbikes, bicycles, trailers, drones, trucks or fleet management – the areas of application are very diverse. Of course, it is now a matter of finding the right FINDER for the area in question. For this decision, the different requirements of the individual areas of application are considered in more detail.
Battery life is an important category in GPS tracking. Except for vehicle tracking, if there is a possibility of completely avoiding charging via a direct connection to the battery. In all other areas of application, the importance of battery life is crucial. In addition, even the best GPS transmitter is of no use if it suddenly goes out during use. That is why we continue to develop our batteries as best we can and currently achieve top values ​​compared to the competition. Our POWER Finder in particular is unbeatably durable with its approx. 40 days of battery life. Our ALLROUND Finder doesn’t have to hide – considering its light weight and manageable dimensions – with a battery life of around 20 days.
Which brings us to another very important aspect of GPS devices: size and weight. People and animals in particular should experience more security through our trackers, but not more weight that is perceived as disturbing. If you want to keep an eye on your cat or a smaller dog, you should definitely take our fly weight. Weighing just 28 grams, our PET Finder is not a burden for four-legged friends. In addition, it is hardly bigger than a key. Our EASY Finder is not even one weight class above. Even with the practical metal buckle, the GPS transmitter weighs less than 50 g. So it can easily be used for locating people. Light and handy, that’s how we imagine the perfect GPS tracker for animals and people, so we developed our FINDER accordingly.


How does a GPS tracker alert its users?

Important alarm functions of GPS trackers are:
A lot of time goes into the development of our devices in the development of the individual (alarm) functions. Always with the thought in mind: How do we secure what is important to us? We never lose sight of the user-friendliness and clarity. Unlike logging devices, GPS trackers have various alarm functions. You will be alerted, for example, by a push message in the app and / or by email. All alarms can be easily adjusted, switched on or off via the ONLINE portal. This is particularly practical with our vibration alarm, for example. If you have parked your car, motorcycle or bicycle, you only need to briefly activate a function in our PAJ APP and your GPS-secured alarm system is on standby. Whoever should now get the vehicle to move triggers an alarm that immediately arrives on your devices.
We also try to develop GPS tracking in person and to incorporate innovative features. Our EASY Finder therefore (insofar as you would like this feature) has a switch-off protection that is specially designed for tracking people with dementia. Furthermore, our SOS button is of course indispensable. This can provide relatives with crucial information within a very short time and – in extreme cases – save lives. The reliability of our devices is therefore a matter close to our heart. A complete list of all functions of all our devices would go too far at this point. In the individual areas of application and article descriptions you will find further useful additional information that you need for protection.
Of course, we would also like to highlight our FINDER portal, which is perfectly coordinated with our M2M map. You can read about the advantages of ONLINE location and the differences to SMS location here. Regardless of whether it is a route recording, free app, unlimited location, drop or radius alarm, we want to provide you with an all-round carefree package that leaves nothing to be desired.
For us this also includes excellent service, of course, which is at your side with advice and action. With PAJ you have a competent partner in the field of GPS tracking. So do not hesitate to ask, we will be happy to help you. We also offer you fair prices and fast delivery.
You can find all our devices in the shop. There are also helpful GPS tracker tips in the category guide as well as in our blog and under the GPS test