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The Spark Nano Is an Active Device

The new Spark Nano 3.0 is a high quality GPS tracking device used by individual consumers, businesses, private investigators, and members of law-enforcement The company’s excellent reputation, combined with the quality of the device, makes it one of your best options for tracking movement. Perhaps its greatest feature is the fact that it is an active device that is customizable to maximize potential according to your needs.

So what is an active device versus a passive one? Keep reading to find out.

Active GPS Tracker

Using a car mounted device as an example, the active GPS tracker is one that collects data as the car moves and sends it to a computer server via a mobile phone signal and the Internet. For example, the active Spark Nano 3.0 can provide the owner with its exact location — within 10 feet — anywhere in the US; the company offers an international tracking option as well. It can also send data about speed and whether or not the device has moved beyond predesignated parameters.

The key to getting the most out of an active GPS tracker is having a data plan that provides you with the results you’re looking for. The Spark Nano sends detailed reports and can be configured to do so on one, five, or 10 minute intervals. Reports are sent to a mobile device or e-mail account. Just remember that the more frequent the reports, the more battery power that’s being used.

Passive GPS Tracker

A passive tracker usually has fewer features and is less expensive than an active device. It still collects data, but it doesn’t report that data in real-time. Instead, the user installs the device and lets it run for a predetermined amount of time. Afterwards the tracker is retrieved and the data dumped to a computer for analysis. The biggest drawback to the passive system is that it’s impossible to tell where the tracker is when it’s not in your possession. You simply have to wait till it comes back to get a hold of it.

Which one to Choose

Whether or not you need a passive or active device really depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. The active device is typically used by those who are attempting to conduct live surveillance on the vehicle in question. That’s the whole point of the real-time data. An application that doesn’t require up-to-date information, such as recording how many miles your teenager drives in a week, is where you’d most likely see a passive device. The passive tracker doesn’t have a monthly fee attached to it like an active device.

If you’re planning to do live surveillance you’re going to need an active GPS tracker. And as long as you’re going to invest in one, you might as well choose the Spark Nano 3.0 from Brickhouse Security. It has everything you need for effective tracking whether it’s your vehicle, your children, or your spouse.