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This device served its purpose very well. The battery lasted about 2 weeks and I could always see the charge level on the tracking page. I highly recommend this device and service.

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The unit worked great. If you need any help, the customer service is really good. The mobile app works very well with an Android phone and a tablet.

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GPS Tracking Information and Buying Guide

Confused About GPS Tracking?

What is "Live" and "Real Time" GPS Tracking Anyway?

Live, or "Real Time" (these terms are used interchangeably) GPS tracking is simply the use of a piece of equipment that receives position information from GPS satellites then transmits this data to a server for processing and display for the end-user (you). It is used to accurately track a person, vehicle, or other assets in real time using both GPS satellite and cellular communications technologies working in concert.

As such, real-time GPS tracking devices have both a receiver and transmitter - the receiver "receives" signals from GPS satellites in Earth's orbit, and the transmitter "transmits" the data to a central tracking server (in our case, MATrack (short for "Mobile Asset Tracking")) using GSM/GPRS (T-Mobile) or CDMA (Verizon) cellular communications.

Real-time GPS trackers require a service plan and monthly subscription - just like a cell phone requires a service plan and monthly subscription.

How Does Real-Time GPS Tracking Work?

How Real Time GPS Tracking Works

The tracking device, depending on the type, operates on either a motion sensor (if a portable rechargeable tracker) or based on the state of the vehicle (on or off) (if either an OBD and hard-wired device). When the device is on, it receives position data from GPS satellites.

When it reaches its reporting interval (based on your plan, e.g. every 5 seconds, every 30 seconds, every 1 minute, every 5 minutes, etc), it captures this data and transmits it to our MATrack servers (we have 1 main server and 2 backup servers) via cellular networks, then the data is processed and displayed on your account.

To access this data, you will log in to your account from any PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone, and you can do this from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an Internet connection.

Note: We have a license agreement with Google® and have integrated our tracking software with Google Maps™, so if you've ever used Google Maps™, then it will look very familiar to you. It's basically Google Maps™ with our software and your GPS position data overlaid onto the map.

Who Needs Real-Time GPS Tracking?

There are a myriad of uses ranging from commercial to personal. Here are some of the most popular applications:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Bait Cars
  • Companies tracking their commercial fleet
  • Companies tracking their delivery vehicles
  • Car dealers tracking cars for repossession purposes
  • Car dealerships offering GPS tracking services to new car owners 
  • Taxi and limousine tracking
  • Logging mileage for tax deduction purposes
  • Parents tracking their teenaged drivers
  • Parents tracking their child on his way to/from school (put it in his backpack)
  • Tracking elderly family members
  • Tracking expensive assets during shipments
  • Tracking expensive appliances and fixtures in rental units

Is there a difference between a Real-Time GPS Tracker and a Historical GPS Logger?

Yes. As discussed above, real-time GPS trackers have both a receiver and a transmitter, where a historical GPS logger has only a receiver - but does have internal memory. This internal memory "logs" the data received and stores it in the memory for later retrieval. They come with software that allows the user to do a multitude of tasks, including overlaying the logged data on a map, viewing speed, heading, and stops, and viewing and printing various reports. Because GPS loggers don't transmit data to a tracking server, there are no service plans or monthly subscriptions required.

Example LandAirSea Past Track GPS Tracking Software Screenshot

Which Should I Choose - Real Time or a Historical Logger?

This depends on your needs. If your application requires that you have a real-time look at exactly where the tracker is at any given moment, you need real-time GPS tracking. If you're using it for checking up on your delivery vehicles or your teenager to see if they went where they said, when they said they'd be there, without the need to see it live, you would be safe using a historical GPS logger.

Can I Track Live From Mobile Devices?

You cannot track live on mobile devices with Historical GPS Loggers, but you can most certainly do it with Real-Time Tracking Devices. Our proprietary and extremely powerful MATrack live tracking platform can be accessed from our iOS® and Android® Apps

What Types of Real-Time Trackers are Available?

There are three types of real-time tracking devices available - portable (battery operated), OBD (powered by a vehicle's OBD II port), and hard wired. 

Portable Rechargeable Real Time GPS Tracker
  • Commercial, Professional, and Consumer use
  • Available in standard and extended-life versions (GL300 or PRIME)
  • Very small and easy to conceal
  • Many accessories available (magnetic cases, extended batteries, etc)
  • Portable - take it with you anywhere
  • Low monthly airtime fees (discounts for 3, 6 or 12-month prepaid plans)
  • 24/7 Live Technical Support
Plug and Play OBD Vehicle-Powered Real Time GPS Tracker
    • Plugs into and is powered from your vehicle's On-Board Diagnostics, Generation 2 (OBD II) Port on your Dashboard (this is the same port that mechanics use to diagnose vehicle problems with an OBD analyzer)
    • Commercial, Professional and Consumer Use
    • Used to track vehicles
    • Powered by the vehicle's OBD II port (cars and light trucks 1996 and newer only)
    • Can be moved from one vehicle to another with no interruption in service
    • Low monthly airtime fees (discounts for fleets and 3, 6 or 12-month prepaid plans)
    • 24/7 Live Technical Support
Hard Wired Vehicle- Powered Real Time GPS Tracker
        • Hard wires to vehicle's electrical and ignition systems
        • Commercial and professional use mainly - some personal use
        • Used to track vehicles on a permanent basis
        • Powered by the vehicle's battery
        • Professional installation recommended
        • Can be moved from one vehicle to another with no interruption in service
        • Low monthly airtime fees (discounts for fleets and 3, 6 or 12-month prepaid plans)
        • 24/7 Live Technical Support

What Types of Historical Loggers are Available?

There really aren't different types of historical GPS loggers - the differences lie mainly in the features of the software, and they vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. There are also dashboard cameras that are GPS logging-capable. At this time, Monster GPS carries only live GPS tracking devices.

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