Invoxia Cellular GPS Tracker specs: Price: $129 | Battery life: 4 months | Real-time tracking: Yes | Monthly cost: $29.90/year after first year | Connectivity: Bluetooth, GPS, LTE
Invoxia's Cellular GPS Tracker looks more like a long USB drive than it does a tracking device. The blank housing has all of the hardware for LTE and GPS connectivity and a battery that can last up to four months.
For $129, you'll get the device and a year's worth of service. After the first year, you'll pay $29.90 for another year's worth of service.
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"The most crucial incident where this tracker proved invaluable was during a family camping trip. Our family's youngest, prone to wanderlust, strayed from our campsite," said Johannes Larsson, a self proclaimed "techie," user, parent, and founder and CEO of Financer.
"With the sinking feeling of panic setting in, the Invoxia Tracker proved its worth. Using real-time tracking, we pinpointed his location to a nearby stream, far from the designated trails," Larson explained.
"Without this technological marvel, the outcome could have been drastically different. The experience underscored how such devices could serve as essential tools in our increasingly interconnected world, providing safety, security, and peace of mind."
Using the Android or iPhone app, you can create alerts that are triggered whenever the tracker enters or leaves a specific area. For example, you can create an alert that lets you know when your child has arrived at school or got home. However, the timeliness of those alerts will depend on how often you have the tracker reporting its location.
A feature Invoxia added last year is Real-Time Boost, which will report the tracker's location every 30 seconds for the next 30 minutes. This feature only becomes active once your tracker does its next scheduled location update, and that's based on how often you currently have it set to update its location.
There's also a button on the tracker that a child can press to send their current location.
If you don't mind charging the device via a microUSB connection, and the 5-minute alert interval is acceptable to you, then the Invoxia Cellular GPS Tracker might make sense. However, due to its size, it's better suited for placement in a backpack.