There are tracking systems and then there are tracking systems. Almost all GPS tracking systems rely on either storing their data on an on-board memory card or use GSM cell phone networks to transmit their location to a home base. Which is fine unless you happen to be out at sea, or in the middle of a jungle where there are no phone towers or signal. Which is where this tiny new product can really deliver.
The GSatMicro is the world’s smallest self-contained Iridium satellite tracking unit. Smaller than a cigarette packet, this little marvel of engineering contains a full blown dual tuned Iridium and GPS antenna, an ARM processor, accelerometer, magnetic compass, a 2.5 mAh lithium battery and a robust weather-proof casing.
The Iridium satellite system is the world’s most advanced low earth orbit tracking system, covering everywhere on the planet, so what this means is for the first time you can have a standalone unit capable of beaming its location back to base even if it’s nowhere near a phone network, a power socket or even human civilization. And in a size not much bigger than a PC mouse. Pretty impressive.
You need to sign up for a monthly tracking service in order to use the kit of course, but the rates seem reasonable at around $40 a month per unit. A decent price to pay if you’re tracking something valuable and need to know where it is at all times. The GSatMicro is available for Â£750 ex VAT.