Assets can be anything: Boats; Motorcycles; Caravans; Trailers; Horseboxes, etc. The following describes how our GPS trackers can be deployed to safeguard literally anything to which it can be attached.
Anti theft: An asset (boat, outboard engine, caravan, etc.,) if parked somewhere like a marina, driveway, is at risk of theft or interference. To provide an early alert about suchlike, a GPS tracker of sufficient battery capacity, can be concealed in or attached to it in a suitable location that is not obvious. The tracker has options: a) to turn on its motion sensitivity, and/or b) to define a virtual perimeter (geo-fence) around its location. By defining the appropriate mobile phone numbers and email addresses in the Track panel, extensive protection can be achieved. The tracker will send an alert when its battery is getting low.
Geo-Fence: A Geo-Fence is a virtual perimeter that can be defined on the map in the Track Panel's Zones area. Up to 4 geo-fence zones can be defined. Each one can be given a name and up to 3 mobile phone numbers for each zone can be set. These will be the recipients of SMS alert messages following zone perimeter transits (entry or leaving, or either).
Motion detection: This option is only logical for assets that are stationary, and are't able to shift in a wind, even slightly. The tracker contains a 3 axis accelerometer that can detect motion. This function can be armed or disarmed in either the Windows or Mobile Track Panels - e.g using a smart-phone. If an "armed" tracker moves before being "disarmed", it will send alert messages immediately.
Charging On/Off: In the Track Panel's Admin section, there is a checkbox to activate or deactivate the tracker's capacity to alert when it is either put on, or taken off, charge. This would typically indicate that a "wired in" tracker is being,or has been, interfered with.
Powered On/Off: In the Track Panel's Admin section, there is a checkbox to activate or deactivate the tracker's capacity to alert when it is switched on or off, presumably when it shouldn't. This would typically occur if someone finds and turns the tracker off.
Picking a location: If possible the tracker should be located in an unpredictable location. Obviously it is important that thieves are not able to quickly locate the tracker and break or remove it. If it can be tucked into an unlikely location, this will improve its chances of remaining in operation. Hard wiring kits leave a tell-tale path to the tracker. Magnetic under-chassis models need to be recharged. It's a trade-off. There's no perfect location. The Prime 1 and 2 trackers are only water resistant and will need to be placed inside a waterproof enclosure if placed in a wet location. In general, the less metal between the tracker and the sky, the better. Never enclose it with metal on all sides. The side with the SOS button needs to face outwards.
Battery life options: A tracker can be switched between Normal and Battery-Save mode using the Track Panel's Commands area. This choice largely determines whether an external power source is available to re-charge the trackers internal battery. Our accessory section has solar panels to trickle charge an external battery to prevent its depletion. Powering a tracker requires resourcefulness.
Normal mode: When powered on, the tracker can be set to send position reports when moving. When not moving, its GPS module powers down until motion is once more detected. The device's battery life depends on how much the tracker spends moving or sleeping, the time interval between position reports, and other physical and atmospheric and Ionospheric environmental factors. For a Prime 1, the typical battery life is 7 to 10 days, so connection to the craft's battery is usually required.
Battery-Save mode: In Battery-Save mode, both the tracker's modem and the GPS circuits power down between position reports, which happen at fixed time intervals ranging from 30mins to 4hrs. When powered off, the tracker cannot detect motion, geo-fence entry/exits (until it reports), SOS alerts, etc. It cannot react to commands sent to it from the Track Panel UNTIL it powers up (next scheduled position report) whereupon commands sent to it will be implemented and zone alerts, if any, will be recognised and alerts sent. This mode of operation greatly extends the battery life to multiple weeks or months. The time at which the tracker will next wake is displayed in the Track Panel.
Boats: Some of our trackers are completely waterproof (Bond trackers). The Prime ranges are not, and need to be enclosed in a watertightbag or enclosure. While at sea and within GSM/GPRS coverage, the path of the boat can be monitored through either Track Panel. If the tracker leaves GSM/GPRS coverage, position report are stored until coverage is restored, whereupon the "missing" position reports are uploaded automatically. The Prime1 has a capacity for 700 positions, while the Prime 2 has a much greater capaciity (10,000 positions).
Our trackers are able to operate at very low GSM/GPRS signal levels, much less than the level required by a cell phone.
Trackers provide a permanent record of a boat's trajectory, thereby assisting investigations in the event of it being damaged.
Trackers on dinghy or cruiser races can be simultaneously displayed on a screen for race management or analysis.