Standalone GPS trackers aren’t something new in the tech world. They are here for years and are mostly used for tracking your valuables, like bikes, cars, and luggage, but they have lots of other uses that aren’t talked so much about.
Before we show you how GPS trackers are used, let’s talk a bit about how they work. You see, GPS trackers aren’t just static devices that can connect to GPS satellites and calculate your position. They are able to log, push, and pull data in order for users to be notified about their location, or to send data to distant devices.
Data loggers log their position at different intervals and store the data in their memory. For instance, if you use a GPS tracker to track your movement while hiking through the wilderness, or while you run, the tracker will store your location data which can be accessed by connecting the tracker to a PC, or via GPRS connection.
If a tracker can be accessed via GPRS (meaning it can be fitted with a SIM card) connection that means it is also a data pusher, capable of sending data to distant devices so the data can be accessed even when you can’t access the tracker locally. For instance, if your child is using a GPS tracker you can access its data via your smartphone, or a website in order to know where your child is and is it safe. Also, data push capability is used with most standalone GPS trackers in order to locate your valuable items, or even to track a car equipped with a tracker. This means they can be used for spying purposes. Just place a tracker inside a bag, car, bike, or some other vehicle and you can follow its movements with ease.
Also, the third feature most trackers have is data pulling. It allows the user to get data from a device. When you want to find your lost phone, you can just go to Google Maps (if owning an Android) or use “find my iPhone” feature and the lost phone will send data (if it is still on) and you will be able to find it.
Now, as we said, most GPS trackers are used for tracking goods, vehicles, or for recording your movement. But they have other handy uses no all know about.
Tracking your loved ones
You can use either standalone GPS trackers or smartphones with location sharing apps to track your children, siblings, or friends. Since a lot of standalone trackers come with companion apps that you can install on your smartphone, just equip you child with one and you will be able to know where the child is at any time. This can be really helpful for a parent who works a lot and cannot know where their children are at all times. Once equipped with a tracker, the child and parent will feel safe by knowing both of them know where the other is at all times.
For instance, there are lots of wearable GPS trackers such as GPS watches, GPS bands, or tiny GPS trackers that can be placed inside a school bag that come with companion apps and allow parents to know where their children are at all times.
hereO GPS Watch is a cute watch for your child that not only shows time but also tracks the child at all times. It is available in a variety of colors and it looks cool so your child will love wearing it.
Lineable, on the other hand, is a pretty simple GPS tracker that can fit onto a wrist. It comes with a huge battery, and also looks nice, but it isn’t as expensive as the GPS watch.
Also, by installing a location sharing app (like Google Maps, Glympse, Family Locator, etc) you can see the location of your child, family, and friends with just a few taps. The downside of location sharing apps is that both users have to own a smartphone.
Tracking Alzheimer patients
Alzheimer disease can hurt not just the person suffering from it, but also their family. Before, all we could do for them is placing them in a hospital or in a home where they would be monitored 24/7, and treated for their state. But recently, with the rise of GPS trackers, we can track Alzheimer patients and make sure they are safe at all times.
For instance, GPS Shoe is a shoe with GPS tracking device installed into its heel, enabling for a real-time tracking of a patient. The location is updated every 30 minutes, and the shoe comes with a rechargeable battery.
If you don’t want to get a GPS shoe, there’s a GPS Smart Sole, which can be fitted inside most shoes so you can track not only Alzheimer patients, but also children with autism, and persons with other mental disorders.
Tracking your pets
Yes, today you can even track your pets and make sure they are safe wherever they go. These GPS trackers come as collars or tiny gadgets that can be attached to a collar allowing owners to know where their pets are. The best thing about these trackers is there are lots of them and they are available in all shapes and sizes so you can track your dog, and even a cat. We presume cats are prone to disappearing, especially during mating season, so having a GPS tracker capable of tracking your cat can be a lifesaver, especially if the cat likes to wander around the house every day.
The Link AKC Smart Dog Collar is made for dogs and it can also monitor temperature changes, so you can also monitor your dog’s health. The device comes with a light, and it can use sound in order to train your pet. More than just a GPS tracker for pets the Link AKC Smart Dog Collar is a collar every dog owner should have.
Nuzzle Pet Activity and GPS Tracker can be used both with dogs and cats. It is waterproof and features a GPS and cellular connectivity, making it extra accurate. It comes with a smartphone app so you can know where your pet is even when you are out of the house.
So there you have it. GPS trackers won’t only keep your valuables and goods safe, or help you track your hiking adventures. They can be used for track your loved ones, patients suffering from Alzheimer’s or children suffering from mental disorders. They can also be used for tracking your pets, making GPS trackers devices that have an immensely large number of uses.