Satellite Up-link Options

GPS Trackers That Use Cellular Communication

satellite_technologyAfter a long discussion with the U.S. Forest Service working in the Juneau, Alaska region, our business GPS tracking experts felt it was necessary to offer some advice to those in need of a GPS tracking solution that would be used in very remote locations. Tracking System Direct (TSD) offers only a select and exclusive line of vehicle trackers that are designed to meet the needs of businesses, consumers and government agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service. However, those in need of a live tracking solution that would be used in very remote areas such as those required by the U.S. Forest service for a particular application along and outside the coastal regions of Alaska, TSD has only one option.

Currently, the real-time GPS trackers TSD offers utilize what is commonly referred to as assisted-GPS. The live trackers acquire satellite signals to record an assortment of location-based data including where a vehicle is at, everywhere that vehicle has been, time en route, time of departure, speeds driven and more. This information is accessed and recorded via the Department of Defense network of satellites orbiting the Earth. All of this GPS data is stored to the device's internal memory, but in order to access that information remotely it is sent via cellular communication (Cell towers). Although cellular triangulation is not used in any way in the acquisition of position data, it is used as the primary avenue of transmitting data. Therefore, areas with no coverage or weak coverage of cellular communication will cause limitations upon the device.

Passive solutions such as the GPS Tracking Key do not require transmission of data, therefore, they can be used anywhere in the world regardless of a cellular presence. What makes these devices so special is that they offer GPS technology with a global foot-print, allowing anyone to gather GPS information regardless of international borders or cellular transmission towers. However, passive devices require the user to manually download data in order to access historical GPS data, meaning information cannot be accessed remotely from a computer or smartphone.

If a passive solution would not be suitable for the needed application, a direct satellite up-link system would be the only option for those in need of a asset tracking unit used to oversee marine vessels in remote areas such as along the Alaskan coast line.

At this time Tracking System Direct does not offer a satellite up-link solution that can transmit GPS tracking data in real-time without the presence of a cellular network.

TSD has a variety of solutions for vehicle tracking and fleet management applications, but since the need for such a solution is uncommon, TSD does not carry a product to meet those specific requirements. Over 99% of GPS monitoring companies only carry assisted-GPS tracking solutions because of a number of factors that include low demand, high product cost and cumbersome design of product. However, TSD has always placed emphasis on the needs of the customer, and would be more than willing to introduce such as solution in the near-future if the demand ever became present.


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