Bluetooth Trackers vs. GPS Trackers
Bluetooth trackers are tiny devices that sync with your phone and it can be attached to objects such as a keychain to allow you to track it in close range. Bluetooth trackers are a boon for people who tend to forget their keys or wallet on the table every time they go out, but these devices have limited use. If you are out of the 30 – 40 meters range, there’s no other way to find the tagged object, unless you start walking around, playing “Hot and Cold” hoping your phone detects the tag’s signal so you can locate it. But they can be ideal for someone who worries about leaving their purse or umbrella behind. These devices do provide assistance in locating close proximity possessions and in some scenarios, valuable items. People often mistake them for devices that can be tracked from anywhere on the planet, but to be honest, Bluetooth trackers are basically key locators.. or at least many of these products are sold specifically for finding lost keys.
GPS Trackers, on the other hand, have unlimited range and they are able to track the location of an object anywhere on the planet where GPS signals are available. GPS tracking devices link with at least 4 different satellites to calculate the real-time location of an object, upload the location data via cellular signals (GSM) and display the location to the user via an app or software. To calculate the location of an object, GPS devices require a clear view of the sky to communicate with the GPS satellites. If you’re worried about losing your car, motorcycle or want to see the location of an object in real-time, what you need is a GPS Tracker. GPS tracking devices are able to display the real-time location of an object on demand.
Bluetooth Trackers and Key Locators are often labelled “GPS trackers” but don’t use GPS at all!
Bluetooth trackers such as; Tile, TrackR, and Chipolo have been around for the past few years and they are ideal for forgetful people who tend to lose their keys often. These little devices are often mistaken for GPS tracking devices but they do not use GPS at all. If you are out of the range or if your dog chases a squirrel into town, with Bluetooth trackers, you are out of luck. Bluetooth trackers’ communicate both ways and the system becomes more powerful if you have more than one tags. As long as you have access to one tag, you can use that tag to find the primary device (your phone) and use it to locate the other tags. It’s unusual to lose your keys, sunglasses, and phone at the same time. The most useful feature of a Bluetooth tracker is that it warns you with a notification on your phone if you leave a tagged object behind.
GPS Tracking devices do not require you to play Marco Polo because the tracker knows it’s geo-location at all times and it can point the location on a map. GPS is an ideal solution if you’re worried about your cat escaping, motorbike being stolen or if you simply want to know the location of your car whenever should you require. Tracking devices link up with several satellites to calculate its coordinates and then uploads these coordinates to a cloud-based GPS Tracking software allowing the users to access the location using a PC or a smartphone. Tracking devices need to be able to communicate with at least 4 satellites to be able to calculate its location so it needs a clear view of the sky and therefore do not work inside buildings. Bad weather, thick metal containers and tall buildings often cut off GPS signals, to calculate the location accurately the tracker has to be outside. So they are not the ideal solution to find your wallet behind the couch.
There you have it all. The next time you consider buying a “GPS tracker” keep these in mind. If your main goal is keeping track of your keys or wallet a Bluetooth tracker might be the right choice for you. If you want to track objects over long distances look for a GPS tracker that combines GPS+GLONASS+GALILEO satellite systems so you get the most accurate location (up to 1-2 meters) of an object anywhere in the world.
The Spytrack Nano from Rewire Security weighs only 68 grams and features; 10 days standby, multiple satellite connectivity, SOS button, worldwide coverage and comes with an app. It’s an ideal solution for tracking and locating; vehicles, pets, people and valuable assets. The Spytrack Nano can be set to instantly notify you on your smartphone whenever the tracker leaves a pre-set area, exceeds the speed limit or if the SOS button is pressed.