Not everyone is familiar with how a GPS tracking system can be used. A Global Positioning System or GPS is used for tracking all sorts of things including industrial vehicles, commercial trucks, cars, boats, all-terrain vehicles, important equipment and more through a GPS receiver. It was established in 1993, when the last of 24 satellites was launched into orbit. A GPS receiver uses information from at least three of these satellites to triangulate its latitude, longitude and often elevation to identify the receiver's location anywhere in the world.

Today, GPS tracking system not only serves as location tracker, it is now being used on vaGPS Trackingrious everyday life situations including preventing and detecting thefts, monitoring and improving fleet efficiency and even GPS tracking for fun and game. Here are the types of GPS tracking system and their features that can help you on various occasions.

Data Logger – It simply logs the location of the device at regular intervals. The data is usually saved in a memory card slot or memory built in to the device which can be transfer thru USB or any other means. They are cheap and handy however this old type of GPS tracking system doesn’t have advance networking features that you might need if you’re after on GPS tracking fleets.

Useful for:

  • In cars and other personal vehicle that needs basic location information.
  • Trekking and other outdoor activities that need to monitor their exact location and direction.

Data Pusher – This is the most common type of GPS tracking unit used for asset, personal and vehicle tracking. This GPS tracking system pushes the information to a solid server at regular time intervals. The interval changes between a few microseconds to several seconds.  Standard GPS tracking system which commonly used in commercial fleet management have two important parts: the location hardware or tracking device and the tracking software. The tracking device is installed in the vehicle which will collect data which later transferred to the GPS tracking server, that is available for viewing and can be access via website.

Useful for:

  • Surveillance –Used by private investigators to track down a person or vehicle.
  • Sports and Racing – Used to collect data for speed, and distance travelled.
  • Parents who wanted to track their children for security purposes.
  • Businesses - Large vehicle fleets in order to ensure that they are on the correct route and on time and highly valuable moving units that contain sensitive products.
  • Animal Control – where scientist can monitor their activities and migration patterns. It is also attach on domesticated animals, to easily locate them in case they get lost.

Data pullers – Opposite of the data pusher, this GPS device is active all time and can be queried as often as required this is the same reason it is known as GPS transponders. Data pullers are commonly use for cases where GPS tracking is rarely requires and tracker device location will only need to be known occasionally. Data Pullers are coming into more common usage in the form of devices containing a GPS receiver and a cell phone which, when sent a special SMS message reply to the message with their location.

Use on:

  • Celphone or other property tracking in case it was stolen.
  • Detecting the theft of goods by finding out whether they are moving in the intended direction.