What Are 4G GPS Trackers? What Do They Do?
4G GPS Trackers are devices that use both 4G cellular networks and GPS technology to track the location of a vehicle, asset or person. They typically use a combination of GPS satellites and cellular networks to transmit their location data to a remote server, where it can be accessed by the owner of the device via an app or web platform.
There are two main types of GPS trackers: Hardwired and Portable. Hardwired GPS trackers are typically installed in a vehicle or asset and are connected to the vehicle's power source, while portable/magnetic GPS trackers are designed to be attached to a vehicle or asset with a magnet and run on their own rechargeable battery power. Both types of devices can consume between 1-3GB of cellular data per month.
5 Relevant Situations for using a GPS Tracker:
- Fleet Management: GPS trackers can be used to monitor the location and movement of vehicles in a fleet, providing real-time data on vehicle usage and helping to improve efficiency and safety. This can be particularly useful for businesses that rely on a fleet.
- Asset Protection: Monitor the location and movement of valuable assets, such as construction equipment, trailers, and boats, to prevent theft and recover stolen items. This can be particularly useful for businesses that rely on expensive equipment or for people who own expensive recreational vehicles.
- Route Optimization: Optimize your business routes by providing real-time data on vehicle location and traffic patterns. This can help reduce fuel consumption and improve delivery times, saving time and money.
- Insurance: GPS trackers can be used to lower insurance costs by providing real-time data on vehicle location and movement, reducing the risk of theft and accidents.
- Employee Accountability: Monitor employee behavior and ensure that they are using company vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. Reduce the risk of accidents and liability issues, as well as improve overall efficiency.
How to Use Them
Hardwired 4G GPS Trackers
Hardwired GPS Trackers include all the wiring required to get started by being connected to your vehicle or assets battery-power source, or connect via a vehicle OBD port. We recommend you have a wired GPS tracker installed by a local mechanic or auto-mechanic professional to ensure the correct connections are made, and any additional device features can be connected. To get started with the basics however, insert your mobile phone plan activated SIM card into the device, connect it to the battery with the included wiring and switch the device on. Follow the user manual command prompts to SMS to activate the device, and connect the IMEI to your Tracksolid Pro account via the free app or web platform. You're now ready to track!
Portable 4G GPS Trackers
Portable GPS Trackers are the simplest way to get into GPS Tracking with their rechargeability and magnetic connection. To get started, charge the device with the included cable and insert your mobile phone plan activated SIM card into the device. Follow the user manual command prompts to SMS to activate the device, and connect the IMEI to your Tracksolid Pro or Winnies GPS app depending on your chosen tracker. Monitor the device battery life from the app and recharge it whenever it gets low, and just like that you're now ready to track!
Now that you know more about 4G GPS Trackers, you can choose the right device for your needs below. If you have any questions, get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable Australian support team here!