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Passive Versus Active GPS

When shopping for a GPS tracker, you're bound to come across two different types of trackers: active and passive.  There is a fundamental difference between the two types, and knowing what this difference is will help you decide on the best GPS tracking device for your needs.

Passive trackers do not monitor movement in real-time.  When using a passive GPS tracker, you will not be able to follow every last move that a tracked person or object makes. Instead, information that is stored inside of a passive tracker must be downloaded to a computer.  Once tracking details have been downloaded, it is then possible to view tracking details.  Passive tracking details usually include stops made, directions traveled, and time and date information.

After you have gathered all of the information you need from a passive tracker, you can place the tracker back on the same (or different) vehicle.  You can also place a passive tracker inside of a bag, lunchbox, article of clothing, or other object.  Aside from the fact that a passive tracking device is entirely reliable, the main reason people choose passive trackers is that these devices are less expensive than active trackers.  Most passive GPS tracking devices are not attached to a monthly fee, which makes these trackers affordable.

In contrast to passive devices, active GPS trackers will allow you to view tracking data in real-time.  As soon as you place an active tracker on a vehicle (or other object), you will be able to view location, stop duration, speed, and other tracking details from the comfort of your home or office. Active GPS trackers are ideal when it comes to monitoring elderly people and children, since keeping track of these individuals will help to keep them out of harm's way.

While active tracking devices are more expensive than passive devices (most come with monthly fees), this expensive is usually justified.  Simply choose an active GPS tracker that comes with a reliable interface (and excellent tracking software), and you will be able to track anything or anyone quickly and efficiently.

Deciding whether to purchase an active or passive GPS tracking device is a personal choice.  However, active devices are generally used for tracking people who you want to keep a close eye on, while passive devices are best used for keeping track of someone loosely.  Either way, both active and passive devices are well worth the initial cost.

Real-Time GPS Tracking

There are a lot of terms associated with GPS tracking devices. One term that you are bound to come across when shopping for a GPS tracker is: "real-time."  Some GPS trackers are not considered real-time trackers, and some work only in real-time.  The main difference between the two is that a real-time tracker does exactly what it sounds like: tracks subjects in real-time.

When most people picture a GPS tracking device, they are picture a real-time tracker.  These trackers can be attached to any object while a person monitors all activity from a home computer.  For example,  if you were to place a real-time tracker on a vehicle, you could then watch as the vehicle makes stops, takes alternate routes, and sits idling – all in real-time. GPS trackers that work on a real-time basis are usually considered "active" trackers, while those that do not include real-time tracking are considered "passive" trackers.

There are many advantages associated with choosing a real time tracker.  The number one reason that most people select a real time GPS locater is convenience. Rather than waiting to download data to a computer (as is the case with most passive trackers), a tracker that works in real-time does not require any waiting.  Since real-time trackers come with software that allows a user to track an object in real-time, watching any object's progress is simply a matter of sitting at a computer.

In most instances, real-time trackers are more expensive than other trackers, though this expensive is often justifiable.  When you want to keep an eye on a child or a person who suffers from Alzheimer's (or other disease), nothing beats a real-time tracker.  Simply by monitoring a person with a real-time tracker, you can keep this person away from danger.  Were you to rely on a passive tracker for the same purpose, you may not be able to prevent a person from coming in contact with a harmful situation.

Whether or not you decide to purchase a real-time tracker depends upon your individual situation.  However, real-time trackers should not be overlooked.  While these trackers are more expensive than trackers that don't operate in real-time, they are the best option for tracking a person in need.

How to Track a Child

Whether or not it's a good idea to track your child is the topic of much debate. However, those parents who want to keep a close eye on a child now have an appealing option: the GPS tracker.  GPS trackers are small enough to slip into your child's backpack, and they can provide peace of mind - something most parents need regularly.

Using a GPS tracker in order to track your child is simple.  Once you have decided upon a passive or active GPS tracking device, place the tracking inside of your child's backpack.  Alternately,  you can purchase a special GPS tracking bracelet.  Either way, finding out what your child is up to on a regular basis is more than a possibility - it's a reality.  In fact, there are many good reasons why tracking your child is an excellent idea.

Children are abducted every single day.  Further, children are molested and abused regularly.  Outfitting your child with a GPS tracker is one way to prevent abductions, molestations, and abuse from happening.  Purchasing an active GPS locater will allow you to view your child's every move from your home, office, or personal device.  This way, you can be sure that your child is safe at all times of the day - no other device will provide you with this much assurance.

While some people believe that tracking a child using a GPS tracking device is not morally responsible, those parents who currently track their children never need to worry.  When a child roams out of a certain area, you will be instantly notified.  Likewise, if a child does not return home at the end of the day, you can find out where your child is by looking at the map on your computer.  Even though children disappear every day, your child can be safe with the help of a GPS locater.

For child tracking purposes, it is best to purchase an active GPS tracker.  This way, you can keep an eye on your child at all times.  Passive trackers will not allow you to monitor a child in real-time, since these trackers must be downloaded to your computer at the end of the day.  Many reasons exist why tracking a child is a good idea, though it should be mentioned that allowing anyone to track your child is not a wise idea.

Since most children are attacked by people they know, it is important not to tell anyone that you have the ability to track your child.  Most GPS tracking programs come with security features that will not allow anyone other than you to track your child - still,  it's a good idea to keep your tracking efforts hidden.  If you want to keep your child safe from harm, consider purchasing a GPS tracker - these devices can be your eyes and ears when you are far away.

Tracking Alzheimer's

Approximately 5 million Americans are currently living with some degree of Alzheimer's.  Even though people who have been diagnosed during the early stages of Alzheimer's have a better chance of living independently for a longer period of time, this is one disease that does not go away.  In fact, there is no cure for Alzheimer's, though GPS trackers do provide hope to those who care for Alzheimer's patients.

People who live with Alzheimer's on a regular basis are constantly in danger of wandering away from home.  Becoming lost in one's own neighborhood is frightening, but becoming lost in the middle of the winter or during a dangerous storm can be life threatening. Up until this point, keeping track of an Alzheimer's patient was nearly impossible for any caretaker to do.

Ever since the invention of the GPS tracker, keeping up with an Alzheimer's patient is not only possible, it's a miracle to many caretakers who are constantly concerned about loved ones.  Alzheimer's patients begin wandering at random, though nearly 60% of all Alzheimer's patients will wander at some point.  Numerous states throughout the United States have created "Silver Alerts" programs that have been set up in the same manner as "Amber Alerts."

As soon as a person has wandered away from home, people within a certain area are notified with the Silver Alerts system. However, this alert system may not help if a person has wandered into an isolated or dangerous area.  Alzheimer's patients who wear GPS tracking bracelets or have been tagged with a GPS tracking device can be tracked around the clock.  If a patient wanders off during the middle of a snowstorm, a caretaker can easily locate this person using GPS location software.

Some GPS trackers include alerts that family members can personalize.  If, for example, an Alzheimer's patient decides to wander off during the nighttime (and a nighttime alert has been programmed), a GPS tracking device will give off a warning signal.  This signal is then transmitted to a personal device, which will, in turn, notify family members.

Keeping track of an Alzheimer's patient is never an easy thing to do. With GPS tracking locators, attempting to keep a person out of harm's way is now a possibility.  GPS tracking devices and Alzheimer's disease easily go hand-in-hand, which is a great relief to many caretakers who simply can't keep track of patients without the help of GPS technology.