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Checking GPS Coverage

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GPS Tracker International Coverage

Before a consumer or business invests in a real-time tracker device they should first think about where the GPS vehicle tracker is going to be used. The reason why the area of intended use is so critical is that 99.9% of live monitoring systems, including SilverCloud GPS, use a combination of both satellite and cellular technology to operate (satellite to locate the position, cellular to transmit position). Therefore, a number of factors can cause disruption in the quality and accuracy of system function. These factors include urban canyon environments, mountainous regions or locations where cellular coverage is non-existent. Although identifying urban canyons and mountainous regions is a simple task, discovering the reliability of cellular coverage of a particular real-time tracker is often overlooked by buyers.

Checking Cellular Service

Almost everyone now owns a cellular phone or some form of the mobile communication device. These everyday tools of life require a service plan that is often provided by one of the more popular telematics leaders such as T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon. As anyone who has used a particular carrier knows, all service is not the same, and each carrier will perform differently in different areas. Therefore, people will often select the data provider that is the most reliable in their particular area. This is the exact type of thought process people investing in GPS tracking systems should apply before they purchase a real-time tracker.

Most real-time trackers in the market work with cellular carriers that are GSM-based. The two most popular of these types of carriers are T-Mobile and AT&T (Verizon is a CDMA-based cellular service provider). Therefore, depending on which carrier the real-time tracker uses to transmit data, the buyer should first determine the level of coverage provided by the carrier used by the tracker system. This can easily be done by contacting the manufacturer or reseller of the tracker device and simply asking what service the unit uses to transmit locational GPS data. With this information the buyer can then check the service map of that carrier, seeing exactly how reliable it is in their particular area of usage.

Those with questions regarding GPS fleet tracking systems and real-time surveillance devices can speak with a representative at Tracking System Direct any day of the week for more information on assisted-GPS or cellular data networks.