GPS trackers are a wildly underestimated piece of technology that just about everyone has access to in one form or another. Your phone probably has apps with GPS functions built in to grant you functionality and practical uses that otherwise would not be possible.
You can get real time tracking details of your vehicles as well as parking notification, over-speeding alarm, mileages details and 24-hours location history. You can set a geofence so that if your vehicle travels out of the authorized area, you will be notified.
But there are a couple other ways that you can leverage the GPS-enabled technology you already have.
Stolen possessions? Use GPS to track them down.
Consider this: when someone decides to steal your possessions, they usually don’t have very long to do so. Maybe a couple minutes, max. So they almost never have time to investigate whether anything in your purse or bag or car is enabled with GPS technology.
If what was stolen had your phone in it or any other device with GPS enabled, then you can find it using a GPS tracker remotely. Whether it’s your phone, your laptop, your tablet, or anything in which you’ve intentionally placed a GPS-enabled tracker, then you can locate it after it’s been stolen. In fact, this reality of modern technology has decreased auto theft incidents in the last few decades. Thieves don’t get to get away with stealing smart equipment anymore, and they know it.
Find your runaway pets
It can be one of the most stressful and devastating events to lose your pet. You never know what kind of danger they may be in, or who may find them, or if they’ll get taken in somewhere and never returned to you. But the use of GPS technology has made it possible to find your lost pets in several ways.
- GPS implant chips. This has become a fairly common practice in recent years. Your pet’s vet can easily insert a GPS tracker to keep your pet on your radar at all times. It’s a painless procedure for your furry loved one that keeps you both safe and at ease.
- GPS collars. Less invasive and a little more cost-effective, GPS-enabled collars have become the most popular choice to keep track of your pets.
- Wifi GPS trackers. This option provides detailed information to keep track of your pets while indoors.
Tied to the family
There would be times when you would want to keep track of family members or let them know where you are. The simplest way is to use your phone’s built-in GPS combined with Find My Phone feature (Find my iPhone for iOS users, Find your phone on Android) to locate a person on a map. Keep in mind that you would need the Apple ID/Google ID to access these details.
In case you don’t want to share your Apple/Google ID, you can use other free apps. Family Locator by Life 360 is a free app for Android and iOS that let’s you see where each family member is on the app. You make a private circle on the app with yourself and other family members and you can even put location sharing on automatic for constant use. The app even lets you chat with others in in the circle on one- on-one basis or as a group.
Keep the car safe
This lets you track your vehicle in real-time using your phone or browser and gets house number-level map data for location. Moreover, you can get information like engine status, speeding, vehicle route and address. The waterproof tracker has internal battery for backup and an immobilizer to cut engine power if the car is stolen. You can set it to notify you for over speeding as well as if vehicle deviates from its route.
Locate those keys
Most of us have been in situations where we are unable to locate keys, spectacles, wallets, flash drives and other objects of daily needs in the house. Instead of searching throughout the house, you can use a compact Bluetooth tag tracker. These trackers are usually tiny (as large as a coin) and can be easily stuck or clipped on to most objects.