Are you someone that forgets where you left the keys or your wallet? Do you find yourself scrambling around the house at the last minute or running back to the shop because you left your wallet behind? If these situations ring true for you, then gps wallets are something you need.
How does it work?
A gps wallet has a tracker placed in the wallet and is synchronized with an app generally on your phone, to help track its position if lost. It’s discreetly placed to make sure thieves don’t find the tracker and remove it.
Surprisingly, a lot of ‘gps wallets’ don’t use the only gps as their tracking technology. Since gps has its flaws, it’s necessary to combine one or more tracking tech to get the most accurate and reliable location for your wallet. Choosing a wallet that uses the right combination for you is of prime importance.
Types of technology used:
Gps: Global positioning trackers use tags that communicate with satellites. It requests its own position. The satellites locate the tag and send the coordinates to the tag. The information is then uploaded to a server using the cellular network, which can be accessed through a phone or computer.
- Big tags
- Low battery life. Need to be recharged every two or three days
- Needs an unobstructed view of the sky to communicate with satellites
- Medium accuracy
Radio frequency identification has two parts; a reader and a tag. The user requests information from the tag, and the tag relays information. Although there are different types of tags, generally the tag is placed inside or with the object until information is requested. The reader identifies the distance from the object and guides you by playing a game of ‘hot and cold’ with the tag.
- Uses almost no energy, since the reader processes all the information.
- The tag can be smaller than a centimeter.
- High accuracy. Useful for things lost in between other objects in the house.
- Short-ranged, usually around 100 meters.
- If the reader is lost, the object cannot be found.
Your needs determine what is the best combination for your wallet. If you want to track your wallet inside your house then an RFID tracker might be appropriate. However, if you lose your wallet outside your house, you’d benefit from either a Bluetooth tracker or a gps tracker, or even both. Look into the specifications carefully to buy the most efficient gps wallet for yourself.