Accessing Data From A Passive GPS

GPS Data That Is NOT Real-Time

Passive GPS Trackers Require User To Download Driving Activity

When it comes to technological GPS monitoring products, a user has two choices of type of device they can select from, active or passive. Most people automatically assume all GPS tracker systems are active, meaning the position of a person, vehicle or asset can be located and monitored remotely via computer or mobile communication device. Active GPS technology is more commonly discussed and recognized by people because television crime and investigation shows have popularized the covert surveillance systems. However, passive technology is actually equally as popular among businesses, consumers and an assortment of law enforcement agencies because the technology is affordable, easy-to-use, does not require cellular communication and tracks data every single second! Although passive GPS systems such as the GPS Tracking Key Pro are very simple to operate, many people wonder how the data is accessed if it can not be remotely viewed from a computer.

How Data From A Passive Tracker Is Acquired

The cool thing about passive systems, also known as data logging devices, is that they are not dependent upon cellular towers to transmit data or any form of wireless device. This means that data does not need to be sent to a server via telematics communication where the user then goes online to view GPS data. Instead, passive devices require a much more hands-on approach to GPS data acquisition. The process of vehicle tracking for both passive and active devices begins in the same way, the user places a GPS tracker on the target vehicle they wish to monitor. However, when a person using a passive GPS wants to view their personal tracking system data they must retrieve the actual device from the target vehicle in order to view all the information associated with travel activity.

Once the user has manually removed the GPS tracking device from the target vehicle they will then need to download the data stored on the passive tracker to a computer, where the GPS data can be viewed. The download process really only varies slightly between passive trackers, as USB connection is the preferred method of data transfer (GPS Tracking Key plugs directly into a PC’s USB port, whereas the GPS Tracking Key Pro comes with a USB download cable that connects from the device to PC). Once the data transfer has been successful, the GPS data is then extracted using the Past-Track GPS tracking software. Therefore, if somebody found the device and did not have the software it would be impossible for them to view the GPS data recorded to the internal memory of the passive tracker.

After the GPS data has been extracted, the data can then be displayed in a detailed driving summary report, over a animated digital street mapping program or with Google Earth, allowing the user to know every location the target vehicle went, how long the target vehicle was at each stop and more.

Downloading Data Means No Service Fees

Although some people might view passive GPS devices as inferior to real-time tracking systems, there are actually advantages to using data logging solutions because they track without requiring cellular communication, record data every second and have no service fees associated with usage. Since passive GPS systems do not use cell towers to transmit data (data is manually downloaded), the user does not need to pay the  expensive monthly fees associated with live tracking!

Accessing data from a passive GPS is a simple process that makes the technology advantageous for parents interested in monitoring teen driving, small business GPS tracking and more.


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