Unlike just 10 years ago, GPS tracking is ubiquitous in our lives these days, whether it is waiting for your Uber, waiting for food delivery or even just to find which railway station is next in your journey. But in all these scenarios, the end user is the constant, which means the tracking is entirely dependent on the smartphone which acts as the tracking device, but what if we want to track “things” instead of users? Like what do we do to track our cars or bikes? This is where companies like Letstrack come into play. With their products, we will be able to track, locate or even turn off our machines remotely, giving you complete control, constant oversight and a peace of mind. We tested out the Special GPS tracking device that can be used to track motorbikes, here’s how our experience went.
How the Letstrack device works is really simple. It’s a GPS unit with a cellular component. When you order for a device, it comes with a subscription for the GSM component and the server on the cloud in which you will be able to see the data and control your bike. Yes, this is exactly like those new age security cameras that are connected to the cloud. Only difference is, here the sensor is a GPS unit instead of a camera and since the use case is more mobile than a security camera, the internet connectivity protocol used here is GSM EDGE and above.
The GPS tracking unit is a simple device. It’s got a battery that will keep charging itself, a SIM unit where there is a pre-installed SIM card (in Letstrack’s case it is Airtel or BSNL) and a couple of LEDs to indicate the status of GPS and the internet connection. Since the unit is supposed to be hidden away in the bike or a car, it is inconspicuously designed and very minimal in terms of control. There are three main wires it will connect to, the other end of which will be connected to the battery in the bike and also the ignition wire. In this model and subscription, we were able to receive notifications whenever the bike switched on or off. There was no control over the engine, but it is possible in higher end cars.
Let’s try to understand some scenarios where you might need a device like this. Say your bike or your car is not a single-user property, what if there are so many drivers or riders for one machine. May be you don’t even get to know who has it at what point of time? In these cases, for a peace of mind and for enhanced security, this kind of a device would largely help. Even for personal use, be it giving your bike to a family member or a friend, it would be very helpful to know the location and even speed data of the bike if and when needed. Connectivity will never cease to exist in even the remotest areas thanks to reliance on 2G instead of 3G or 4G. Using the Letstrack app you can have realtime tracking of your bike or car.
In our experience with this tracking device and the subscription, we were able to successfully install it in a bike and track in real-time. We got notifications for whenever the engine is switched on or off. There is a whole lot of frequently asked questions and answers are available in this link in case you want to know the entire spectrum of details about this device and the service. In a nutshell, our experience is it works.
Catering mostly to businesses, big and small, Letstrack is a unique offering in the market, even for consumers. Security is an important dimension we rarely explore these days thanks to the much better infrastructure available in cities but if you are one who likes to stay away from the cities or handle businesses small or big in the cities, this would be a device that could potentially change the way you look at security. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below.