A Global Positioning System or GPS Tracking is a recent advancement quickly growing in necessity because of today’s demanding life styles.  The GPS tracker is an electronic monitor which helps to pinpoint the whereabouts of any asset, person, or vehicle that has one affixed.  These are normally compact, lightweight, and affordable devices mostly used to track family who may be vulnerable children, handicapped, older, or mentally diminished from Alzheimer’s or Autism.

The majority of GPS tracking monitors have built-in emergency buttons to alert caregivers in the event carrying subject is in trouble.  This is usually in the form of an SOS/HELP button.  Most easy to use trackers carry these “panic” buttons for the benefit of children or diminished capacity adults.

The tracker works by sending signals to pre-determined cell phones or email addresses with pinpointed map locations of the person in question. These devices can be programmed with geographic regions and alerts to be sent if the subject wanders beyond these “zones”.  Speed limits can also be monitored with these innovative trackers.

GPS monitoring is also becoming an integral part of teenage life.  Parents can now simply access their adolescent’s whereabouts by logging in to the tracking software instead of being up half the night with worry.  These GPS trackers can also send speed alarms to parents of teenage drivers.  Kids no longer have to “check in” with their parents to make them aware of their location.

Todays’ GPS trackers have greater sensitivity allowing for detection even in buildings and obscure locations.  They are often tiny embedded in or resembling pendants, id cards, or even keys.  They can also be encased in bracelets made of tough material.  The internal components now work in both active and sleep modes.  Each unit has an ID code that makes it unique.  These trackers also update regularly as to the latest functionality.