Types of Vehicle Trackers
You should consider car tracker reviews when choosing a vehicle tracker, since you want to know you are buying the best product. There are two main decisions to make.
(1) Firstly, are you looking for an active or a passive tracker? Active trackers constantly relay a signal identifying the vehicles position, speed and direction in real time. Passive trackers record the same information as an active tracker but they record that information to be downloaded at a future date. Alternatively, it is possible to purchase a hybrid asset tracker, which is a cross between an active and a passive tracker.
(2) The next choice is - do you require a GPS tracker or an RFID tracker? Which tracker is best for you will depend on what reason you are installing trackers for.
Review of GPS Trackers
GPS trackers for cars are the most common type of trackers used by businesses in the UK. They use satellite global positioning technology to locate a vehicle. GPS trackers range form simple models which just locate a vehicle to trackers with the ability to disable stolen vehicles. GPS trackers have several advantages.
Firstly they are relatively cheap and easy to install. To purchase a basic model can cost from as little as a hundred pounds, and no specialist equipment is required. Other advantages include the possibility of using the GPS system as a navigational aid or including messaging systems. There are some disadvantages to GPS trackers.
The GPS signal is not always completely accurate and can be easily blocked. Additionally some GPS tracker owners have experienced inconsistent signals from their trackers. Checking reviews for specific trackers will help a purchaser decide if their chosen model is reliable.
Review of RFID Trackers
RFID trackers use radio frequency technology to track a vehicle, or other company asset. Compared to GPS tracker RFID trackers are often significantly more expensive as they require a company to invest in specialist equipment.
However, RFID trackers do have advantages when compared to GPS in that their signal is significantly more accurate, more reliable and much harder to block. RFID trackers are also capable of monitoring environmental factors such as temperature or pressure, which can be an advantage when tracking goods that need to be kept in certain conditions.