Radio Trackers Vs Bluetooth Trackers

With all the technological advancements in our world today, it is very easy for you to get confused when asked about the functionality of the different devices in the market. These devices look similar to each other. For Bluetooth trackers and radio trackers, they are common in that, they are radio-based tracking devices. Far from that though, they have very different purposes and goals. In this piece, we are going to go into detail to explain the difference.

Radio trackers or as they are commonly known, GPS trackers, are the standard navigational system used by a wide variety of location-based services. They rely on satellite systems above the Earth that constantly transmit the essential identification broadcasts. Radio trackers pick up signals from a number of radio satellites and later on triangulate the location of devices. They work independently of any telephone or internet reception. Radio trackers are usually heavy with very short battery lives.

Radio trackers are most commonly used in school buses. Here, they serve two different purposes. One is that they are used for mapping and navigation purposes. This is pretty similar to the trackers on trucks. Secondly, radio trackers in school buses are used for keeping track of the number of buses that are on the road at a particular time. The radio trackers combined with other communication networks available, these buses or trucks send back their location for tracking at all times.

Bluetooth trackers, on the other hand, can be hardwired or use Bluetooth technology in order to serve their tracking purpose. RFID, Radio Frequency Identification devices use an RFID chip. This is basically a small radio transmitter or receiver that sends out a simple broadcast of a serial number that can be devices that are nearby, and that is tuned to that frequency transmission. Bluetooth trackers are known to have a smaller range of frequency broadcast due to the size of the RFID chip which is usually a few meters only.

Radio frequency identification has become popular through its inclusion in student ID cards as the chips can be used to track their daily movements in school. Bluetooth trackers have also been found useful on school buses. This is because they automatically log students' identification as they embark and disembark school transport buses. Bluetooth trackers use the capability of smartphone devices to track a tag. In cases where you require to track a particular device's location over long distances, many smartphones are required to cover the area.

Bluetooth trackers work effectively in areas where there is a very high concentration of users. These Bluetooth trackers are however not only built for mobile devices only. They also carry the potential to track goods and other accessories. The trackers can be placed inside key fobs, spectacle cases, bikes, cars, and any other thing that man is known to spend most of his time with.

The difference between these two trackers is that, for Bluetooth trackers, they enable a specific software to establish the last known location of an object that has been tagged and allow reconnection once the device gets in range with the device hosting the tracking software. Radio trackers, however, show real-time positions of objects over long ranges.