GPS dominates so much of our lives that we cannot even comprehend what the world will look like if it stops working one day. From navigation to national security, from shipping, the backbone of the modern economy to home safety, the concern of everyone alike, GPS provides the essential platform to build and run the modern society.
It is also not without its fair share of shortcomings. Factors like the weather, low tolerance to water or dust damage, unable to detect satellite signals, etc. can interfere with the efficacy of GPS Trackers and can lead to faulty signals or inaccurate readings.
In this article, we are going to look at the efficiency of GPS Trackers in harsh weather conditions and how we can ensure their effectiveness in such situations.
Impact of atmospheric conditions on GPS Trackers.
Like any other electronic device, GPS Trackers are also dependent on power sources and electrical circuits that do the calculations and transmission of signals. Thus, it’s only obvious that they also suffer from sudden rises and falls in the temperature around them. Say if you were to attach a GPS Tracker underneath your car or inside the hood where it can get hot, it affects the efficiency of the circuits and can cause damage to the tracker. So, the best option is to place the GPS Tracker inside the passenger compartment or in the boot of the car where the temperature can stay relatively stable throughout.
Similarly, some GPS Trackers are susceptible to water damage when exposed to a prolonged period. If you have a tracker with you, or if it’s attached to your pets or luggage, it is highly recommended that you opt for a water-resistant model.
Another important factor that can tamper with the efficiency of tracking precision is the durability and sturdiness of the device. Low-quality GPS Trackers made of cheap plastic components can break easily when under pressure which can compromise the electrical circuit inside. This leads to short-circuits and tracking components breaking down. You can check reviews while buying and contact the manufacturer while considering buying options to ensure that your GPS Tracker can suffer rough conditions but still function effectively. This also comes into play when you are taking your tracker on a hike or if you were to attach one to your vehicle and go through rough roads.
GPS Trackers in harsh climates.
Consensus states that an atmospheric temperature between 15 and 35 degrees is the ideal condition for best results. However, some of the high-quality models like that of PAJ GPS can survive up to 70 degrees and still function moderately. Similarly, the northern regions see heavy snowfalls during winter and that can tamper with the device’s ability to track precisely. If the antenna is covered in snow or if it’s close to freezing temperature, the device may not be able to receive or send signals properly. In the case of battery-powered trackers, such low temperatures can diminish low power generation with results in the tracker not working properly.
Similarly, the tracker cannot receive signals, or the strength of the signals may seriously diminish during thunderstorms or cloudy skies. As we have seen in one of our earlier blogs, GPS Trackers need signals from at least 4 satellites to function properly. The best option for ensuring the uninterrupted working of your tracker is to ensure it receives signals without any hindrances. Ensuring that your tracker is protected from heavy rainfall or snow can be highly effective. Similarly, placing your tracker where it has the most exposure to receive signals while also ensuring its physical stability is crucial. If you are indoors, placing the tracker nearby the windows can be effective as it exposes the tracker to the maximum open sky while still being protected from nature. Another important factor to make sure your tracker works well is by harnessing it properly with a waterproof case or cover.