Assets can be literally 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.
Alert options: An asset (Boat, outboard engine, caravan, etc.,) if parked somewhere is at risk. To provide an early alert, a GPS tracker of appropriate battery capacity, can be attached to the possession in a concealed location. The tracker's motion sensitivity can be "armed" to alert if it moved. It can also be geo-fenced whereby it will send an alert if it crosses its perimeter. It will also alert when its battery goes below 20% to prompt re-charging.
Picking a location: The tracker's location should be unpredictable but its front, where its antennas are, must face the outside world and not be blocked by metal. Take a picture on your phone of your chosen location in case you forget. If and face 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.