With the Garmin Tracker™ You Can Keep Track of Virtually Anything
Garmin has long been a leader in the GPS navigation world but you may not realize that they also have a GPS tracker device that you can use to track virtually anything. It’s really a two part system. First, you have to purchase their GPS tracking device called the GTU™ 10.
Once you have purchased the tracking device, you’ll have to register and activate it at the Garmin Website. Then you can download the Garmin Tracker™ application for free from either Google Play or the Apple App Store depending on what type of smartphone you happen to own.
The tracking device itself measures in at 1.34″ x 3.07″ x 0.79″, only weights 1.71 ounces, and is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion that will give you between 1 day to 1 month of use depending on the method of operation that you use. Although, you can power it with an external power source using an optional power adapter that is sold separately. The device is also fully waterproof.
Once you have everything set up, you can begin tracking anything that you attach this Garmin GPS tracker to. Some of the cool features that the app has are:
- You can view the location of your tracking device on your smartphone.
- You can use the app that is on your phone to navigate directly to your tracking device.
- You can create up to 10 geofences per device.
- You can view the location history of your tracking device.
Garmin Tracker GTU™ 10 Video
Here’s a short video from Garmin that showcases the product.
You’ll Need to Purchase a Tracking Plan
There are two service plans that you can choose between. The first is the Standard Tracking Service Plan and it will cost you $49.99. You’ll need this plan for every device that you want to track.
You get access to a couple of extra features if you subscribe to their Deluxe GPS Tracking Service Plan. At the current time, this will set you back $4.99. I believe this is a monthly charge but I’m not sure. If you subscribe to this extra service, you get access to the following extra features.
- You can schedule times for the device to activate and report its location.
- You can receive alerts if the predefined speed of the device is exceeded.
- You can access 7 days of tracking history.
The Bad News
Well when there’s good news, there’s usually also bad news to go along with it. The bad news in this case is that the 2G network that is required for this device to work is scheduled to be shut down by approximately January 1st, 2016. As of right now, Garmin doesn’t have a replacement provider which means that this tracking device won’t work after they shut down the network.
We can only hope that before then, they find a viable alternative. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a dedicated GPS tracking unit, you might want to give this one a try.