When it comes to personal GPS trackers, there are two kinds: active and passive. The active tracker provides real-time information along with the potential for e-mail or text alerts when the device exceeds specific parameters. The passive device simply records historic data, which can then be accessed by downloading the data to a computer.
The iTrail GPS Logger falls under the second category. It is a passive tracker allowing you to see every place it’s been over a set period of time. It’s a great choice for tracking your teen or senior drivers because it accounts for data beyond general location.
Any GPS tracking unit is only as good as its specifications. You’ll be pleased to know that the iTrail offers the following:
- 750 mAh lithium-ion battery
- 64 MB memory
- Built-in motion detection
- 35 second cold start time
- USB 1.0 and 2.0 compatible.
In order to download and view the data you’ll need a PC running any version of Windows from 2000 on. Unfortunately, one of the iTrail weak points is that it does not support Mac or Linux. However, it still might be usable with the WINE compatibility layer.
As a passive, historic tracker, the iTrail GPS Logger is most suitable for tracking automobile use over a long period of time. Parents use it to keep track of where their kids are driving, whether or not they maintain speed limits, and the specific routes they are taking to reach their destinations.
Others are using the device to track the driving habits of older family members. For someone suffering from some sort of dementia condition, this type of GPS tracker can warn you early on if the driving habits of your older loved one is cause for concern.
Even business owners can use this GPS tracker to keep track of company cars. The device makes managing fleet vehicles easier by tracking time, distance and speed. From there other data can be inferred. For example, you can use the distance data to determine fuel efficiency. In fact, there might be no better way to gauge how company vehicles are being used than with a GPS tracker.
Other Things to Know
There are a couple of other things to know about the iTrail, including the process for driver installation. For the least amount of hassle, it’s best to install the driver before plugging the device to your computer the first time. Doing it the other way around can present you with headaches you really do not need.
You should also be aware that the iTrail is not specifically marketed as being water and weather resistant. While the device certainly seems solid, it’s probably not a wise idea to leave it unprotected while in a vulnerable location. Using a weatherproof magnetic box probably is your best bet for stealth tracking.
As a passive tracker, the iTrail is not a bad choice for the money. However, you’ll need to think about a different unit if you need access to real-time tracking.