|Item Weight||11.2 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||8.7 x 5.4 x 1.7 inches|
|Item model number||TRDF12|
Low cost, real time GPS tracker with advanced features
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- Real time tracking, as fast as every seven seconds with customized setting
- Bing and Google maps with option of “birds eye” view
- Geo fencing alerts (when unit enters or leaves designated area)
- Geo-elapsed time alert (when unit stays in particular location longer than allocated time)
- As with any real time GPS tracker, monthly service fees are applicable. Plans range from $10.00 to $25.00 monthly, per device, without any service agreement.
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-Real time tracking, as fast as every seven seconds with customized setting
-Bing and Google maps with option of “birds eye” view
-Automatic refresh map, see the vehicle moving on map
-Multiple small individual maps for multiple vehicles
-Option of plugging into cigarette lighter or hard wiring
-Internal antenna-nothing visible outside of vehicle
-Geo fencing alerts (when unit enters or leaves designated area)
-Inactivity alerts (when unit didn’t move within pre-set time period)
-Geo-elapsed time alert (when unit stays in particular location longer than allocated time)
-Power supply failure alert
-Send alerts to: multiple Email, sms, computer screen
-30 days full history
-Sub account – for limited access
-Internal memory for non-cell covered areas.
-Rename vehicle/driver any time
-Unit filter- select only vehicles you want to track now
-Choice of default maps
-Export reports to excel
-View all activity from anywhere with any Web enabled phone
-Device made by Motorola, with 3rd party software
-Free trial period.
-NO CONTRACT!-NO CREDIT CHECK!!,NO SMALL PRINT!-NO SURPRISES!
-Personalized customer service at no additional charge.
-Device guaranteed as long as service is maintained.
-IFTA reports for interstate trucking included.
-Internal back-up battery provides several hours of tracking without external power.
-Designed to work in the USA and Canada.
Top customer reviews
When the item arrived, it was basically a black plastic, brick-like object in a plain manilla envelope; and with no original packaging. In addition, it looked like the instructions were typed up by someone in Microsoft Word. I was considering returning it all because of such low-budget packaging, but figured maybe this is all how it's supposed to be because of the low price and no company name...kind of like when you buy a designer coat at a deep discount, but it comes without the label. This GPS tracker also came ready to go with a 30-day free trial. So I figured I'd give it a try.
Well, it worked flawlessly. The directions were straightforward and easy to follow. The unit booted up and found its satellite connection in a few minutes with no problem. In addition, the website for tracking was so easy to use and has so many advanced features. You can use the traditional map view as well as satellite imaging, and you get zooming for each just by rolling your mouse wheel. There are also reports you can generate which show each numbered tracking point in the route (which you can connect by line on the map or satellite); and the speed, direction, and other data at that reading. If you are using live tracking, you should set the slider for the refresh rate as low as possible to the left (10 seconds), as even with that, there is a slight delay between readings. But it's not bad.
One final thing I like about this unit is its portability. It plugs right into your cigarette lighter, although a wired fuse adapter is included if you want to hard-wire it. After having my friend try it out, I put it right into my own car and have been using it for several days. As long as your cigarette lighter is full-time connected to the battery, the unit will always stay on and not have to re-boot every time you start the car. My friend said it even worked from within his glove box, so I may put my dad's there or hide it under the dash. Monthly plans are $8 (emergency activation), $16, and $25, all of which are quite reasonable.
So give it a try. I think you'll be quite surprised!
I'm looking for a unit to function in a specific circumstance. My purpose for purchasing the unit is to help my elderly aunts, who have just moved to a new part of the city, to find their way when they get lost. For this I need a real time display of where they are AS THEY ARE DRIVING.
This unit says it's real time, but once you are logged into their site you still have to click REFRESH every minute or so to see the updated position of the vehicle.
This unit may be plugged into the cigarette lighter or hard-wired (you have a cigarette lighter connector (female) that you hard wire and then plug in the unit (male)). Apparently the male connector also contains the power supply for the unit.
To "Power on" (this is from the installation instructions) "With the vehicle outdoors, plug in the power supply to vehicle cigarette plug, verify thru small activation hole that amber light turned on for several seconds. Thereafter (after talking with the company, perhaps this should read "Then"), activate device by inserting long, pointy object into above mentioned hole for a split second. At this point, the amber light in the background will turn on and off, twice, for about 30 seconds (I never saw the amber light blink). The device is now booting up. This process may take anywhere from 2-3 minutes to occasionally 20-30 minutes, depending on many external factors such as location and weather conditions."
When I installed the unit I did insert a paper clip into the hole, but was never sure I did the right thing until I was able to bring up the website to see if the unit was working. It would seem simple to me to spend a couple of dollars and add visible LED lights to help determine how the unit is functioning.
Now I might have been able to work around that if that was all that was required. I must admit, it seems unnecessarily complicated to "insert a pointy object for a split second." Remember this is for someone (76 years) who has NO electronic background or computer savvy at all. I'm just saying it could be clearer.
Back to the instructions:
"If the unit loses power, you must recharge it for 5 minutes before going through the activation process again. This includes if the cigarette lighter socket does not have power when the car is turned off." Again, speaking with the company, this is only true if the unit sits for a long period of time and the battery gets drained. How long? Not really sure.
Again, this is not a criticism of the device, but rather to help you determine if this will fit into your needs for a GPS tracking unit. If I were local to the car, and I could check it every day it would not be as big a problem, but they live 700 miles away and I need a unit that I can depend on and that is a little more user transparent.
TRACKING via Smart-phone
After talking with the company I was persuaded to try the unit. First with my smart phone, since that is what I will be using 90% of the time.
Using your smart phone you have to go to a website and log in. Once you do that, you have a small Google map display with a red dot showing where the vehicle is.
Above the map you have two buttons: A drop-down menu that says CAR (I assume this is if you have multiple units so you can switch between them). And a button that says CHANGE.
Apparently if your browser does not automatically update (and mine does not)and the vehicle is moving,you must press the CHANGE button to follow the movement of the car. This is something I need, since I will be giving directions to the person driving the car.
The problem is the display only seems to update once a minute on the smart-phone, no matter how much you press the CHANGE button.
This can be a problem if they are driving and you are trying to give directions. They may be anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 of a mile ahead of where the display shows they are.
If you are driving too, you will be constantly pressing that button to see where the car is. This can be very DANGEROUS when you are driving since you are consistently taking your eyes off the road to find that CHANGE button and see if the screen has updated.
I had to figure this out by myself since there are no operating instructions that come with the unit.
The map display defaults to a very small map size. You can change the size two ways. If you touch the map (I didn't know this, just discovered it by accident) the display at the bottom of the page changes and you get "Zoom In" "Zoom Out" buttons, etc. From this screen you do not have the CHANGE button, so at this point there does not appear to be a way to update the screen and the position of the car.
To get back to the tracking screen, you press TRACKING at the bottom of the screen. But, when you do so you lose the zoom level that you had selected.
To change the tracking screen size, find and press SETTINGS at the bottom of the screen. This takes you to a new page that shows the Map Image Size (in pixels):
To change the map size you have to type in the Width and Height in pixels. This is a trial and error process to determine what size will best work for your display. Each time you type in a new value for the display you must press the SAVE button and then Press TRACKING to go back to the map and see what the size is. It took me about 8 different settings to find a display size that worked for my smart-phone. (I'm currently using 480 X 280) you press the SAVE button and then Press TRACKING, to go back to the map.
At the bottom of the map is a bunch of information that can clutter the screen. You have:
Car: Satellite icon (with bars), Antenna Icon (with bars), battery icon
History: with Time format (YEAR-Month-Day-Time (my current time shows 8:50 even though it is 9:11)
Elapsed: (Elapsed what? Does not seem accurate to anything I can tell)
Lat, Lon: Not necessary and clutters the display
Alt: Not necessary and clutters the display
Speed: Could be useful
Heading:Nothing is currently displayed here.
TRACKING via Laptop or desktop:
I must admit this is a MUCH BETTER VIEW than what you get on a smartphone display. The map displayed is from Bing(on the SmartPhone it's from Google). You can switch to a Google view by clicking MAP on the menu at the bottom of the screen. The controls are simple and easy to use. The reported information is plentiful.
The vehicle position appears to be updated every 45 seconds or so. Even at this, you still have to click on the REFRESH button to see the position of the car change on the map.
Once you are logged in, across the top of the screen you see:
Tracking Alerts Messages Reports Manage Units Account
Across the bottom of the map you see
Unit, Status, Last Report Time, Elapsed Time, Last Lat-Lon, Alt, Spd, Hdg, Map, Fence
Click on any of these to get more information.
***Many people have loved this device, but for me and my particular needs it simply will not work. And to be honest, I don't know if any device out there will do what I want it to do.***