The purpose of this article is to provide information about the way our GPS tracking devices and software work in general. For more specific device information and technical support, please see our other categories in the knowledge base.


1. What is GPS

GPS or the Global Positioning System is a system of satellites owned by the United States. This currently consists of 24 orbiting satellites that provide location, and time specific data to any GPS receiver.


2. How do the tracking devices work?

All Datablaze GPS tracking devices function in the same basic way. The device consists of two main components, the cellular modem, and the GPS receiver. The device receives data from the GPS satellites, the internal system converts this data into readable content and then sends the information through the cellular modem to Datablaze data centers. Once the data has been received, we display that data in a user-friendly manner on our smartphone apps and web-based software. 


Several Datablaze products use internal batteries to power the GPS tracking device. In an effort to extend battery life, we configure these devices to report on a user-specified interval while in motion. Once the device stops moving, it will enter sleep mode. This helps save battery and reduces the amount of location points in a fixed location. Upon sensing motion, the device will wake up and continue reporting on the user-specified interval.


3. GPS tracking devices vs. Cellular phone tracking

Cellular phones do a great job of tracking location. However, because the phone is meant to do much more than GPS tracking, it uses significant battery life to do so. GPS tracking devices are designed for this purpose alone. Therefore, the GPS tracking device will have significantly better battery life for live GPS tracking. The GPS tracking devices also utilize a much larger, advanced GPS receiver and internal antenna. This provides accurate position information without the need for additional cellular information.