Buying a car tracker in 2019 has never been easier and more useful. However, there has also never been so much choice either!
Whether you need a GPS tracker for insurance purposes or for monitoring your company fleet of vehicles, Trackershop provide the largest range of tracking devices with mobile engineers in every UK post code.
Below we will briefly explain some of the best GPS tracker options and uses to help you when buying a car tracker to best suit your needs.
BUYING A CAR TRACKER FOR INSURANCE
Many UK motorists will have already been asked to install Thatcham approved trackers to their vehicles when purchasing or renewing their car insurance.
The reason for this is that a Thatcham approved car tracker almost guarantees a speedy recovery when a vehicle is stolen.
Therefore, more motorists than ever are now having Thatcham approved car trackers installed in line with their insurance policy.
At the start of the year, two new categorisations were introduced by the vehicle security regulators, Thatcham.
S5 Thatcham category
As of 1st of January this year, the S7 and S5 Thatcham tracker categories have been active and recognised by insurance providers.
The new S5 Thatcham tracker category is the replacement for the CAT5 tracker. This is due to the remote immobilisation feature no longer being a standard requirement for this category.
Remote immobilisation is now an additional feature and is available for hybrid and electric vehicles for the first time.
Due to the instant ADR alert system against theft and with the advancements in GPS/GLONASS, GPRS and GSM technology vehicles are now being found within minutes of being stolen, meaning remote immobilisation is no longer as essential as it once was.
It's worth noting that remote Immobilisation is still an option if customers so wish. This will be the S5+ tracker.
Take a look at our range of CAT S5 Trackers.
S7 CAR TRACKERS
The S7 tracker is a direct replacement for the current CAT6 Tracker category. The features will remain the same, but the units will be slightly upgraded to be easier to install and will also benefit from any advancements in GPS and GSM technology .
Take a look at the new CAT S7 insurance trackers
Any CAT 6 and CAT 5 trackers installed before the 1st Jan 2019 will still be accepted by car insurance providers as effective tracking devices in line with your insurance policy.
BUYING GPS TRACKERS FOR COMPANY VEHICLES
If you have a fleet of vehicles in your company it can be a logistical nightmare co-ordinating them all, organising shifts and also ensuring that they are secure on a daily basis.
Using GPS car trackers for business purposes has become very common through all industries and companies that use vehicles in any capacity.
Deploying GPS trackers for company vehicles has never been more straight forward with the logistical and money saving benefits being very positive.
Trackershop can supply and fit Fleet trackers in every UK postcode and our new, advance but user-friendly, mapping system can be monitored straight from your computer and phone 24/7.
You can learn more about Fleet Tracking here
Using your GPS tracker abroad in 2019
As it stands in the UK the majority of Machine 2 Machine devices (GPS Trackers are included within this category) triangulate their data across the 2G Network, this is because it requires low power and offers the most consistent coverage in rural areas.
Over recent years the 3G, 4G & 5G networks are now becoming more reliable and offering vaster coverage across the globe and subsequently, the network operators in some countries such as New Zealand, Australia and Japan have decided to withdraw 2G. This is mostly because 3G/4G/5G can do the same job and it cuts down on costs not maintaining the 2 network as well.
The Major phone networks across Europe are committed to the 2G network within Europe until 2025 at least, as 2G sims are what's compatible with most M2M devices and Internet of things devices.
As a company it's important for us to plan for the future, which is why we've now started supplying a range of 3G tracking devices in preparation for 2G eventually becoming obsolete in more countries around the world.
Please ensure that you check with us before using your GPS tracker out of Europe so that we can confirm whether your 2G device will work in the country that you are using it. Our range of 3G tracking devices have proven to be extremely effective in all of the countries that 2G is now not operational.
As 2019 unfolds it's become evident that everyone can benefit from the use for GPS trackers in some capacity.
If you require any further guidance or have any questions about the best GPS trackers for your own needs then feel free to contact Trackershop on 0330 055 2777 or email email@example.com