GPS Vehicle Tracking Systems – What Does GPS Vehicle Tracking Technology Offer the Consumer?

GPS Vehicle Tracking Systems - What Does GPS Vehicle Tracking Technology Offer the Consumer

The Benefits of a Vehicle Tracking System

There are many good reasons people opt to use some sort of GPS vehicle tracking system on their cars. Some of these reasons are personal and others are strictly for business purposes. However, it does not matter what the reason is, GPS vehicle tracking devices have made life a lot easier for a number of people. There are a couple of basic methods of tracking vehicles. One is through the use of GPS technology and the other through GLONASS technology. However, today there are devices that cross both technologies and they are becoming increasingly more popular.

GPS and GLONASS – Basis of all GPS Vehicle and Car Tracker Devices

GPS and GLONASS work through satellites that continuously orbit the earth. GPS- Global Positioning Satellite is American and was developed by the US government, whereas GLONASS is Russia’s system. (Global Navigation Satellite system.) With these two technologies combined we are finding much more accurate vehicle tracking devices than ever before. There is still much work to be done but there are many more products which use the two technologies being created every day.

Using GPS Tracking Devices to Recover Stolen or Repossessed Vehicles

Some of the first GPS tracking devices were invented to be installed on cars in order to know the whereabouts of the car in the event it should be stolen. This caught on quickly and a number of different people began employing the technology for a variety of other different reasons. It did not take long before car dealerships that leased cars or sold them on a “buy here- pay here” basis began using things like Passtime, a device that prevents the car from starting without a special code, in conjunction with a vehicle tracking device, making repossession much easier on the dealership. In the early days of car tracking devices, they were not easy to come by and they were mostly used only for law enforcement purposes or automobile dealerships.

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Free Cell Phone Tracking Software – Putting it to Work

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There are several different versions of free cell phone tracking software out there. Some of these claim to be free but actually come with a nominal monthly fee attached to using their services. However, whether you have cell phone tracking software that is free or you use a service which is provided by your carrier, it is one of the best tools you will ever have at your finger tips. There are many reasons cell phone tracking is advantageous. This application can be used for a variety of purposes.

Can All Cell Phones Be Tracked?

Now that we’ve discussed the fact that cell phone tracking is possible, let us look at the which cell phones can be tracked and why. First, it is important to point out that not all cell phone tracking applications require the use of a smart phone. Just about all Sprint and Nextel phones can be tracked through the cell phone’s network, rather than using the GPS satellites which are typically used in cell phone tracking. This means that Sprint and Nextel users may be able to use the network’s locator services without having to own a smart phone.

Types of Cell Phone Tracking Applications Available

All smart phones have some sort of cell phone tracking software and service that is compatible with them. Some of these services are free and some are not. Most cell phone tracking software is windows based and can be used not only from your home computer or laptop but also from your smart phone. The basic premise is that the software runs at all times on the cell phone you are tracking. Most cell phone tracking software will work on just about any smart phone you have, whether it is an iPhone, Android, Blackberry or any other variation. In addition, there are also GPS tracking software applications that can be installed on laptops, notebooks and a number of other devices.

Tracking Your Kids

There was a time when parents had to wonder throughout the day where their kids were. They were faced with a couple of options. One option was to keep the kids home at all times or go with them everywhere, as that is unrealistic, especially when the teen years come into play, the second option was what they were left with.

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Text Stop Android App – Stop Your Kids Texting While Driving

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When their teenage children are off with friends, doing what teenagers do, most parents experience some anxiety as to their chills well being. Some parents have gone as far as installing cell phones trackers/locators to help keep tabs on the teenagers whereabouts, without being overly intrusive.

The other major concern of parents is when the teenagers are in a vehicle, whether as the driver or a passenger. And rightly so, as car accidents involving teens makes up a disproportionate percentage of total motor vehicle deaths and injuries.

A major cause of all accidents, over 80% in fact, is caused by driver distraction. One of those major causes of distractions is the use of cell phones while driving, especially sending SMS messages, or Texting as it’s more commonly called.

This distraction caused by the use of cell phones, has caused an alarming increase in the road toll in the U.S and other western countries, so much so that 34 U.S. states have now legislated to ban the use of mobile phones altogether whilst a person is in control of a vehicle.

Combating Cell Phone Distraction While Driving

Recently, a company based in California has released an app for the Android market that once installed on a phone, will prevent the use of the phone for texting in any vehicle moving faster then 10mph (17kmh). This is all accomplished by using GPS tracking, which monitors the vehicles position second by second.

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Kindle 3 – The Best eReader on the Market

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The new Kindle 3 ebook reader is out on the market and flooding the streets with its mighty awesomeness! One of the best electronic book readers on the market today, the Amazon Kindle 3 offers stunning performance for all you book lovers out there!

The new Kindle is available in two versions; one of them is priced at around $140, and can connect to the internet exclusively through private or public WI-FI networks. The other Kindle 3 version is priced at around $190 and it comes with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. The free, built-in 3G connectivity uses the same technology as cell phones, making it possible to download or purchase any product or file from any location with cell service! Now that’s what I call mobility! The 3G version of this ebook reader is available in two colors, graphite and classic white!

Both of these cool gadgets use the new E-ink “Pearl” display, which offers higher contrast than precedent models and also a faster refresh rate! Despite this fact, it is in fact slower than traditional LCD displays.

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Android Based Smartphones – Driving Prices Down

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Smartphone technology is advancing rapidly, and as a result there are many more types of cell phones and smartphones available today. Practically every month more features are being added and released by the major phone manufacturers Activities such as social networking and browsing the web are common now, and soon the ability to use your phone to pay for purchases and to watch streaming video will be common as well. These features can be found on normal cell phones to some extent, but the new smartphones have additional computing capability and larger screen sizes that makes them more user friendly.

In looking for the right touch screen phone or smartphone, you pretty much have your choice of brand names. BlackBerry and Apple have been in the market a while, while the Google Android based smartphone are gaining market share rapidly. Due to Google’s release of the Android system as “open source” to any manufacturer that wants to use it, it’s sweeping its competition away in sales volume.

When shopping for a smartphone, take some time to familiarize yourself with all of the features as well as upcoming models for each of the brands, so that you know you won’t be outdated in a matter of months, while waiting out a two year contract. Fees can be high too for heavy data users on smartphones, so compare plan charges.

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