Car tracking

Professional GPS tracker for car owners in Australia. A complete vehicle tracking system for a low price of $11 month.

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Car trackers
GPS tracking for cars, vans, busses and vehicles.

Maintain your vehicles in optimum condition with our car tracking software. It's meticulously designed with a focus on simplicity and ease of use. Track driving behaviour, vehicle and fuel usage and maintenance schedules. Easy to use with automated reports of daily trip summaries and customisable business rules.

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Tracking devices

What are car trackers?

A Car tracker is a small box which contains a Satellite receiver, transmitter, power supply and some data storage. The device records location data from satellites. Some trackers also store additional vehicle information, such as ignition status, engine speed, fuel level. Top devices will also have connections for additional sensors like temperature and humidity sensors, proximity sensors and key fob readers to identify the drivers of the tracked vehicles.

tracking devices for cars trackOmeter car tracker devices also record excessive driving like sharp acceleration, braking and cornering and use this information to provide a driver score rating. The device uses a sim card to connect to a data network which means that you can send an SMS to the tracker and it will reply with its current location. Although this is possible, you don't have the benefit of viewing past locations. For this reason, the tracker is used in conjunction with a tracking system to which it sends the collected data.

Improve the efficiency of your business with vehicle tracking. Suitable for cars, vans any type of vehicle. Buy the right vehicle and car trackers from our range below.

Types of vehicle tracking devices.

We offer many different types of car trackers at the best prices, they fall into a few categories. Plug and play vs Harwired or active vs passive trackers. Talk to us for advice for the right GPS tracker for your car.

Plug and play trackers

"Plug and Play", also knows as DIY car tracking refers to OBD/OBD2 compatible devices which connect directly to an OBD (On Board Diagnostics) port on the vehicle.

Female OBD-II connector on a car
Female OBD-II connector on a car
M.Minderhoud [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The OBD2 standard was introduced into most passenger vehicles in early 2000s. It is the same port used to diagnose the car's error codes and contains some valuable information that can be read by the connected tracking device.

The benefit of this type of tracker is that it is powered directly from the OBD2 port. Additional data is available without the need for additional sensors. Depending on the vehicle, the additional information can include;

  • Ignition status
  • Engine RPM speed
  • Oil temperature
  • Coolant temperature
  • Fuel consumption and level
  • and more...

plug and play car tracking device
OBD2 Plug and Play tracking device for cars model RT-OBD001

These car trackers have become very popular because it's truly "DIY car tracking", you simply find the OBD2 connector on your car and connect the tracker. If you purchase it from a tracking company, it's likely that it will arrive with a sim card and it will start tracking as soon as it's plugged in.

Although Plug and Play trackers are relatively easy to find and disconnect, there are ways to conceal them so it appears that the OBD2 port has nothing connected to it. This can be done with the use of a special OBD2 splitter cable. They are also popular because they can be easily interchanged between cars and are very popular for applications such as Plumbing, electrical and trade companies to monitor the locations of company vehicles.

The limitation is that there are usually no input or outputs available on these trackers so it's not possible to connect an immobiliser or detect external voltages or reading from other devices. However, newer models from trackOmeter now support bluetooth sensors. Still, they have gained popularity due to their low cost, simplicity, and ease of installation.

Hardwired trackers

Hardwired tracking devices are more traditional units that have been around longer than the plug and play type trackers. These car trackers are generally larger, with external cabling and require more work to install and configure.

hardwired car tracking device
Hardwired tracking device model RT-AR5

These devices usually have additional connections for digital and analog inputs and outputs which can be used for connecting sensors, relays, triggers, and external devices such as RFID card readers to identify users.

Hardwired trackers need to be professionally installed and end up costing a little more than the plug and play devices. They are ideally suited for asset tracking such as agricultural and construction equipment and machine and on vehicles without an OBD2 port.

Apart from additional inputs and outputs, the functionality is essentially identical as the plug and play and battery powered devices.

Battery powered asset trackers

Battery operated tracking devices are self contained, battery operated car trackers which don't require external power and don't connect directly to the vehicle.

battery powered tracking device for cars
Battery powered car trackers

These types of trackers are usually mounted to solid metal surfaces using a powerful, built-in magnet. The internal batteries in these trackers can last up to several years, depending on the frequency of the data they send.

They offer very limited functionality and usually only send location data every few hours to maintain long battery life. The applications are limited to covert or temporary tracking applications because they need to be regularly recharged.

These types of tracking devices are often used by law enforcement departments for tracking suspect's vehicles. Due to these limitations, they don't make good car tracking devices.

Active trackers are powered tracking devices (power supply or battery) and actively send data to a remote server.

These trackers are responsible for monitoring the satellites, motion detectors and other connected sensors and storing this data and finally sending it to a remote server for processing.

All Plug and Play, Hardwired and Battery-operated tracking devices are types of Active trackers.

Passive tracking devices don't initiate connections to a server and don't actively send any data.

Passive tracking devices don't initiate connections to a server and don't actively send any data.

Examples include GPS Loggers which periodically store GPS locations on internal memory until they are full, or the battery runs out. They can then be connected to a computer and the historical data can be retrieved. Other passive trackers include RFID and Bluetooth tags.

RFID tags are popular for indoor or close proximity tracking, such as trolleys or products in a factory or warehouse. They don't need power to operate but require receivers to be placed around the area.

Bluetooth tags are a recent phenomenon and rely on crowdsourcing. Crowdsourced location tracking relies on someone with the same software installed on their phone to be in proximity to the tracking device being tracked.

They're powered by a small battery that may last up to 10 years, it transmits a weak signal with a serial number which is detected by someone's mobile phone or Bluetooth receiver. This person's phone then sends it's location along with the serial number of the detected tracker to an online server. The server then matches the serial number to the owner of the car GPS tracker along with the location and notifies the owner.

These types of tracking devices are cheap but not very reliable as they only work in populated areas.

Car GPS tracker installation

Installing our GPS vehicle tracking devices is very easy. Simply plug it directly into the OBD2 port on the vehicle (car, van or Ute). Once the car tracker is plugged in, it will start sending data to the portal and you're able to see the location on the live map. We also stock OBD2 extension and splitter cables if you want to hide the tracker. Easy DIY car tracking.

If you purchased our hardwired tracking device, use the diagram printed on the tracker to connect the red and black cable to continuous battery power. An additional ignition cable can be connected which will detect the ignition status of the vehicle and provide more detailed trip reports.

GPS Trackers for car owners

These models are European made and are suitable for car tracking.
Buy with confidence. Order now and start tracking.

All trackers include free shipping. Connect the car gps tracker to our Real time GPS tracking system for $11 per month.
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All prices include GST.

Plug and Play 4G car tracker
$198.00

OBD2 plug & play GPS car tracker

LTE CAT M1 plug and play OBD2 car tracker with GNSS, Bluetooth, accelerometer and a built-in battery.
Effortless installation and supports OBD2 parameters and various Bluetooth Low Energy sensors and beacons.

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Hardwired 4G car tracker
$198.00

4G hardwired GPS car tracker

Professional LTE CAT M1 vehicle tracker with GNSS, Bluetooth, accelerometer, configurable digital and analogue inputs and outputs and a built-in battery. Perfectly suited for applications where location acquirement of remote objects is needed.

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“The trackers are perfect, easy to use, easy to track, cheaper than most other services and support is outstanding. We have been using trackometer for almost 3 years and will continue for as long as we run our business. Very happy with our purchase and would recommend for anyone needing car trackers.”