GPS Tracking Key Offers Monitoring Without Fees
Many families with tight household budgets and small businesses with fleets have GPS tracking needs but simply cannot afford the sometimes high costs associated with real-time monitoring technology. When real-time GPS tracking is not an option, GPS vehicle data logger technology provides the solution, and one passive device that has been one of the most successful selling products over the past few years is an item offered by LandAirSea called GPS Tracking Key.
Features Of GPS Tracking Key
Plug & Play USB Download
Google Earth Mapping
Driving Reports With Mileage
Records Vehicle Speed
Arrival & Departure Time Stamps
One Second Refresh Rate
Approximately 25 Movement Hours Record Time
Manufacturer Claims On Amazon:
The Amazon online store reseller claims that GPS Tracking Key is the most successful selling passive device the market has to offer because of the product's low cost, user-friendly software and accurate historical location data. The e-commerce site touts that the passive device is ideal for parents looking to observe teen driving habits, small businesses wanting to observe employee driving routes or anyone looking to validate driving activity.
Putting GPS Tracking Key To The Test
After purchasing and receiving the passive GPS tracker from the Amazon online store our team of evaluators removed the mini tracker from the clam shell packaging. Software was included with the product along with a instructional user's guide that was very helpful in explaining how the device operates from a technical perspective. However, the set-up process was rather simple, only requiring the user to download the included software to a personal computer. A free digital download of Google Earth is also recommended by the manufacturer as it is one of the three different methods used to display recorded GPS auto tracking data.
The first physical observations of the passive GPS were that the unit was quite small in size and that it had a surface magnet that allows users to place the GPS tracker on the outside of an automobile. The tracker device also was designed with a USB drive and protective cap covering the drive. This feature makes it easy for the user to simply plug in the tracker to a USB port and download GPS tracking data.
Length: 3.80 inches
Width: 1.46 inches
Height: 1.34 inches
(includes exterior magnet)
GPS Tracking Key only requires two (2) AAA batteries to power up the vehicle tracker, but in order to open the battery door the user must remove four VERY tiny screws. This might not sound like a big deal to most people but it is important to state because our team didn't even have such a miniature screwdriver and had to go to a local electronics store to pick one up. The average person, family or business would most likely not have such a small screwdriver readily available. Not to mention, the little screws can easily get lost if dropped. The manufacturer really should include a small screwdriver with the product.
Starting The GPS Tracking Process
After software was downloaded and batteries were inserted into GPS Tracking Key we were all set to start the vehicle tracking process. Looking to test the strength of the surface magnet, GPS Tracker Shop chose to place the passive GPS underneath a car during the testing. The driver operating the vehicle equipped with the GPS tracker drove through city streets, highways and some dirt roads for an entire week. Although the under carriage of the target automobile was the only location GPS Tracker Shop tested GPS Tracking Key the user's guide provided additional placement options that included:
Front Dashboard of Automobile
Rear Dashboard of Automobile
Inside Vehicle Glove Compartment
Beneath Driver/Passenger Seat
Inside Center Console of Vehicle
Reviewing Historical Vehicle Tracking Activity
At week's end our team was surprised to see the GPS Tracking Key still magnetically attached to the bottom of the target car. Impressed by the strength of the surface magnet, GPS Tracker Shop had to slide the GPS off from the bottom of the car in order to remove it. Our team can state with confidence that the GPS tracker will hold securely to the target under carriage of the automobile, assuming the user correctly attaches the passive unit. Once off the vehicle, the passive GPS was plugged directly into the USB port of the computer where software was earlier downloaded upon. At this stage of the tracking process our team was given the option to review historical driving records in one of three different methods. Here our the thoughts GPS Tracker Shop had on each viewing option:
Activity Report - a text format that makes it easy to see how many miles a driver traveled and the maximum speed driven per day. Overall great and quick way to validate employee driving records.
Digital Street Map - cool in that this method allows the user to actually view historical data in an interactive method, but this mapping program is quite out-dated compared to many of the newer mapping programs associated with navigation and tracking systems.
Google Earth - the best method GPS Tracker Shop found in evaluating passive GPS data, the satellite image program is very user friendly and clean. Historical data is superimposed over the free mapping program, making it easy to see exactly where every stop a driver made was.
Final Thoughts On GPS Tracking Key
The popular LandAirSea passive GPS is affordable, easy to operate and overall has value for the $139.00 retail cost. Some design flaws such as the tiny screws holding the battery door compartment can frustrate the user, but overall the GPS tracker is manufactured nicely. GPS Tracker Shop would suggest this product for anyone with short-term monitoring needs due to the somewhat limited battery life, and also suggest the manufacturer make the device compatible with Apple computing systems (GPS Tracking Key software currently only works with PC). The most advantageous features are the ultra-strong surface magnet, compact size and multiple viewing options if historical data. Not to mention, GPS Tracking Key has no service fees since it is not a real-time GPS tracker. Although the passive GPS certainly has some shortcomings, the fact the device has continued to be a top selling tracker years after its debut says a great deal about the consumer response to the GPS system. This is why GPS Tracker Shop gives the passive GPS seven out of ten stars, making it an above satisfactory tracking solution.
Those interested in purchasing the GPS Tracking Key can contact GPS Tracker Shop direct. Sales reps are available 7 days a week to assist.