Sometimes you need to keep track of the movements of your loved ones, employees, or fleet vehicles. Real-time GPS trackers can get expensive, and usually involve contracts and monthly fees of over $50-60 dollars. But historical GPS loggers like the iTrail GPS Vehicle History Logger gather the same information, and save it to the tracking device, so that you can review it at a later time, and have a record of where your spouse, child, or fleet vehicle has been. You can even place it in your child’s backpack or in a purse!
Using the iTrail is simple – you just place press the power button, and put it wherever you have tracking needs (car, backpack, etc). The unit is motion-activated, which lets the device track for over 30 days without having to be recharged. During that time, the iTrail will log vehicle speed, routes, stop locations and times, as well as date/time for every place your vehicle was at. Measuring just over one inch by one inch, this miniature GPS logger is the perfect perfect tracking device for concerned parents or spouses.
Installation and Setup:
Setting up the iTrail is easy. When you open up the package, you’ll see the iTrail device itself, a protective silicone case, USB connection cable to connect to your PC, and an installation disc. The software installation takes around 3-4 minutes, and installs the software on which you will view the vehicle history information. Leave the iTrail plugged into your computer for about 90 minutes to fully charge the device (the unit starts charging every time you connect it to your PC).
After you’ve got it fully charged, take it outside with a direct line of sight to the sky. You’ll only need to do this once, this just allows the iTrail to get it’s first lock on the GPS satellites. It should acquire a signal within 1-2 minutes, and then you’re ready to track! Just place the iTrail anywhere – the most popular place seems to be underneath a vehicle, with the optional magnetic mount case. The case is a heavy-duty magnetic box that you stick on a metal surface under your car – no one will ever know the iTrail is there.
Driving History Retreival and Viewing:
When you’re ready to review the GPS data from your iTrail, retrieve the unit, and plug it back in to your computer. Start up the iTrail software, and it will prompt you to download the logged data from your device to your PC. Depending on how much driving data you’ve logged, this could take anywhere from 2-10 minutes.
Once you’ve loaded the data, you can then view every single route taken, including where the vehicle stopped, and even for how long it was stopped at a particular location. You can also hit the “play” button, and watch a vehicle icon animate on the Google Map, while watching the vehicle speed, time, and direction.
If you don’t have time to review every single route, you can also view and print driving history reports. This gives you all sorts of useful information, including total miles driven, total time driving, starting and ending address locations, and even the maximum speed – so you can find out exactly how fast your child is driving! You can even set up “zones” on the map, so when you run the report, it will highlight any time that the vehicle entered those zones.
- No Monthly Fees or Contracts
- Miniature size – only 1.5″x1.5″ in size
- Long battery life – up to 30 days
- Google Maps Integration
- Viewable and Printable Driving History Reports
- Water Resistant
- Free software updates from manufacturer
- Does not provide real-time (although this can be considered a pro for many of us)
Overall, the iTrail GPS Vehicle History Logger is a easy an inexpensive way to find out exactly where your child or spouse or even your fleet vehicles have been driving. When you need covert monitoring, the magnetic mount car case allows you to gather useful information that can help ease your mind, confirm suspicions, or simply keep an accurate record of exactly where your vehicle has been.
Most laws state that in order to be able to legally put a GPS tracker or logger on a vehicle, you must be the owner of that vehicle, or have permission from the owner. If you’re using this to track a family vehicle, or even a fleet vehicle provided by a company, this is most likely acceptable use. Always be sure to research and comply with all local, state, and federal laws.