Our trackers all now come with tracking modes available to all customers if they want to extend their battery life if required. Below is a list of these modes and what they can do.
Normal Tracking Mode
This is the default mode your tracker operates in. Whist the tracker is moving it will track at the interval you requested. Example Normal Tracking Mode 10 seconds. At all times, the PCB is on in this mode, when it stops moving for 15 seconds, it will turn off GPS and disconnect the data connection, keeping the functionality of SMS so you can still send commands. By automatically switching off GPS and data connection while stationary, the battery life is greatly improved. While in this static mode, the device will wake up every 4 hours, get a GPS fix, and send this information with battery level back to the server. This gives assurance that the device is still working and shows its last location.
You can change the tracking interval and send any type of command to the tracker whilst it is in this mode. The GPS will only try to get a fix when in motion, or when the request is sent via the APP or panel. Compared to other modes, Normal Tracking Mode reduces the battery life, but the tracker has very low power consumption quality components, so depending on your choice of battery, this mode can be enjoyed for several months.
This mode will switch off the tracker completely for a selected period of time, for example, ECO 4 hours, the tracker will wake every 4 hours and report a GPS or a GSM location, it will only report a GSM location if the tracker is not able to obtain a quality GPS fix. The board will then turn off and report again in a further 4 hours. Switching the device back to normal tracking mode can be done via the PC or APP, the PCB will only act on this action when it’s time for the board to wake on the 4-hour update. Eco hugely improves battery life. The battery can last for months using this mode. Eco mode is available from 1-24 hours.
Using this mode will switch the unit completely off for a scheduled time period, for example Flight 12 hours, the tracker will confirm to the server before switching off and display a timer clock that displays on the platform when the device will switch back on. When the 12-hour period has lapsed, the tracker will return to normal tracking mode. During the 12 hours off period, it is not possible to communicate with the PCB. This function improves safety when traveling on aircraft and increases battery life. You may choose to carry out this action on a daily basis from hour to hour, the choice is yours.