Not all GPS monitoring systems are complex solutions, which in-car assembly requires engineering knowledge or MacGyver’s performance. There are systems that can be installed on your own and up to a quarter of an hour.
From a technical point of view, you can use a phone with a suitable application, a module plugged into an OBD diagnostic socket, or a device permanently placed in a car to monitor a vehicle. The latter two have the edge over mobile applications, as they guarantee continuity of operation, data transmission stability and more data. Fixed – mount equipment – GPS car locators, also provide discretion and avoid user intervention. What is interesting, installation does not always require a visit to a car service.
– There are modules, which assumptions can be successfully taken by any driver. They have been designed to be as easy to use as possible and so that they do not pose a problem to even less experienced do-it-yourselfers. To install a device in a vehicle, basic manual skills and brief instructions will be enough– convinces Dariusz Kwakszys IT Manager at Gannet Guard Systems.
An example is GanFleet Light. To operate, it is necessary to connect it to the power supply of the vehicle. This is done by means of a special wiring harness and a car fuse connector (the fuse boxes on most cars are located on the left front of the steering wheel, the bottom of the dashboard and the rear to the right or left of the luggage compartment). The kit comes with a second cord, the so-called mass, with an eye socket which allows it to be placed anywhere, eg under the head of a bolt that is a body part. The best location for installation of the device is the area under the dashboard in its entire length or on the bottom. Other places are: glove compartment in front on the passanger side, passenger space under the supports above the leg area and the trunk (in its case it should be taken into consideration that the signals penetrate the trunk mainly through the rear window and seats).
The GPS module should be permanently attached to the fixed parts of the vehicle so that it does not move during use. It is also worth remembering that many of these types of devices are not weather resistant. If a driver wishes to place the module in a location exposed to dust, dirt, water, etc., he / she should obtain an additional enclosure. Modules typically operate in two bands: GSM and GPS frequencies and therefore can not be located in tight-fitting metal bodywork due to possible interference or deficiencies in the range, especially of GPS, notes Dariusz Kwakszys. The device itself is assembled using screws supplied with the set, clamps or adhsive tape.
The situation is different with GanFleet Protector. It has its own independent battery power supply (which works up to 3 or 5 years depending on the version) and therefore does not require any interference with the vehicle’s power supply system, making assembly even simpler. The module is activated simply by connecting the battery, folding the cover and going through a simple verification process in the system. With the use of cellular signal analysis, GPS locator, GanFleet Protector lets you determine the approximate position of a vehicle even when it is in the underground garage. And because the system works with four major GSM operators in Poland (Orange, Plus, T-Mobile, Play), the risk of being out of range is small. What matters – the product runs across Europe without restrictions (it has a built-in SIM card).