Why Do You Need A Subscription to Use the AirBolt GPS?
Yes, you will need a subscription to activate your awesome new AirBolt GPS trackers.
In a nutshell, it is because the AirBolt GPS uses global cellular networks to send the GPS location of your device to your smartphone. We cover the cost of data communication and only charge a flat subscription fee. This way, you can track anything worldwide, in 50 countries and counting. Let's get down to the nitty-gritty, though, and cover why your GPS needs to connect to a global network.
WHAT IS GPS?
GPS (Global Positioning System) is a technology that allows users to determine their exact location anywhere on Earth with the help of satellites. A network of satellites, ground stations, and receivers provides accurate location information. The Global Positioning System consists of at least 24 satellites in orbit and a GPS receiver on the ground or in a device like your phone and the AirBolt GPS Tracker.
When you activate your AirBolt GPS, it starts searching for signals from the satellites in view. Once it has received signals from at least four satellites, it can determine its location using trilateration. The AirBolt GPS measures the time it takes for the beacon to travel from the satellite to the receiver and uses this information to calculate the distance between the receiver and each satellite. With this information, the AirBolt GPS receiver can determine its precise location on the Earth's surface and display it on your AirBolt app.
THERE IS AN INTERNET OF THINGS?!
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the interconnected network of physical objects, such as devices and appliances, embedded with sensors, software, and network connectivity. These devices exchange data and interact with each other and their environment, enabling new capabilities and applications.
The AirBolt GPS is an IoT.
OKAY, WHAT ABOUT NETWORKS?
The AirBolt GPS uses LTE-M and NB-IoT, two wireless communication standards designed to meet the needs of the growing number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. LTE-M (Long-Term Evolution for Machines) and NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) are both low-power, wide-area (LPWA) technologies that enable IoT devices to transmit data over long distances while using very little power.
The AirBolt GPS can use LTE-M or NB-IoT to transmit location data to the AirBolt App on your phone. The AirBOLT GPS first determines its location using the GPS and then uses LTE-M or NB-IoT to send this data to a remote server or your phone. The data can then track the AirBolt GPS's location in real-time or analyse historical location data.
LTE-M and NB-IoT networks are well-suited for IoT devices like the AirBolt GPS tracker because they offer long-range communication, low power consumption, and low-cost connectivity. GPS devices can transmit location data over long distances without requiring frequent battery replacements or expensive data plans. As a result, LTE-M and NB-IoT networks are becoming increasingly popular for IoT applications, including GPS tracking and asset management.
So, this is why we were able to utilise these networks and create our AirBolt technology to have a super long battery life, up to a year on a single charge.
Just activate your AirBolt GPS through the AirBolt app and choose between monthly, yearly, and bi-yearly and your preferred payment interval. Start Tracking!