Cellular GPS Tracking – Pros vs Cons
The costs and benefits of using cellular for your tracking system
- Although it is a widely used, mature technology, it is important to consider your location. If you are in remote areas, or out of cell tower coverage areas, it simply will not work. That being said, you may not need it to work 100% of the time. Remember though, in case of an emergency, if you are out of range, you are out of luck.
- Cellular works very well for SMS Messaging. If you don’t need high security on your data, choosing cellular GPS tracking could be a great, low-cost solution, allowing you lots of data for little money.
- Speaking about emergencies, one major deterrent is that in the event of disaster – hurricane, tornado, terrorist attack – the cell towers can be compromised. In his article, “WHY YOUR PHONE DOESN’T WORK DURING DISASTERS–AND HOW TO FIX IT“, author Neal Ungerleider states,
Mobile networks have bandwidth that is more than sufficient 99% of the time. However, when disaster strikes, the decentralized nature of the network means that whole geographic regions can be knocked out by increased call volume.
Ask yourself, how important are your communication capabilities during catastrophic events? For some, it is irrelevant. For others, it is critical.
In today’s world of technology, there are a lot of options. Taking the time to define your specific needs will save you time, money, and potential frustration.