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Verizon Connect GPS fleet tracking requires hardware devices to enable vehicle
and asset tracking. We can help you choose the best GPS tracking hardware,
understand your installation options and start monitoring your fleet vehicles quickly.

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What is a GPS tracker?

A GPS tracker, or black box, is a small piece of hardware, sometimes smaller
than a cellphone. It typically includes a slot for a SIM card and a plug,
normally OBD-II, to connect it to a vehicle.

A GPS tracker receives a GPS signal and sends location information, along
with other vehicle data, back to a fleet management system via cellular 3G, 4G LTE, CDMA
or satellite networks. Using your vehicle tracking system, you can then
monitor your fleet in near real time.

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What different vehicle tracking devices are available?

There is a range of different GPS vehicle trackers available, and they
can collect different types of data. Some are powered by the vehicle itself,
while others use a battery. Some devices can easily be plugged into the
vehicle, while others need professional installation under the dashboard.

The hardware you use depends on what vehicles you have and what data you need.

These devices can be installed as standard or as an optional extra by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in new vehicles (organized by the dealer). Verizon Connect offers OEM solutions for Ford, GM, John Deere, Mack, and Volvo trucks and equipment.

Easily purchased from most electronic stores, these mini GPS tracking devices plug in to a vehicle’s OBD-II port. They provide a basic level of near real-time location information on easy-to-use mobile apps built for Apple iOS and Android smartphones.

Normally installed by a technician, hard-wired vehicle GPS trackers are connected to a vehicle’s wiring harness in a hidden location to reduce tampering. Aftermarket devices are preferred when adding features like power takeoff (PTO) monitoring, driver monitoring and fleet dashcams to your GPS fleet tracking solution.

Although cellphones with location services enabled can be used as near real-time GPS trackers, they are most effective when paired with a dedicated car GPS tracker. Smartphone apps can streamline a worker’s daily tasks, like filling in DVIR reports or completing service calls.

Weatherproof asset tracking devices can be powered by an engine for vehicles like bulldozers and forklifts. Unpowered equipment, like dumpsters and trailers, can use a configurable battery-powered tracker. These devices can even be connected to sensors for monitoring refrigerated loads or alerting you when a trailer door is open. To extend the battery life, just set these devices to report locations less frequently.

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Can assets, trailers and equipment be tracked?

It’s easy to monitor and manage your valuable powered and non-powered assets with GPS
tracking devices built by Verizon Connect. Our asset tracking devices with long battery
life can help improve utilization, streamline maintenance and keep your assets secure.

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Is GPS tracking device installation difficult?

Depending on the tracking unit, installation can be as simple as plugging
a vehicle tracking unit into a truck’s OBD-II port or can require a visit
from a certified technician to connect the unit to a vehicle’s wiring harness.

Installation instructions are available for Verizon Connect
Reveal, and
for a range of devices. If you need help with devices made by Verizon Connect,
guides are available for the
Vehicle Data Device (VDD)
and dashcams.

Plug and play

What is an OBD-II port?

Light commercial vehicles purchased new in the US with a model year of 1996 or newer typically have an OBD-II port.

Possible location for your OBD-II port

Most OBD-II ports are located behind a panel near one of these locations.


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Verizon’s family locator apps and tracking devices for kids | Featured News Story

Chaperoning a group of teenagers on a field trip and worried about the ones who wander off? Want to know where your kid is while you’re stuck in traffic during your evening commute? Need to make sure your oldest makes it to the dorm on a solo drive back from holiday break? You’re not alone. Research shows that 84% of parents today say they use some kind of GPS technology to keep track of their kids.

So here’s a quick round up of the Verizon tech that helps parents monitor their child’s locations.

What can I use to keep track of my child’s location?

In general, there are three ways parents can track their kids.

The first and simplest is to ask kids to send text updates that include their location. This can be done using Share My Location on iOS devices or by sharing their location with trusted contacts via Google Maps.

The second is by installing a GPS tracker app on the child’s smartphone. The app can be set to send location updates in real time.

The third is a device, such as the Gizmo Watch 3, with GPS tracking built into it.

Family locator apps

Family members going in different directions? All the time? You can install a family locator app such as Smart Family on everyone’s smartphone and track them all in near real time.

These apps can also provide more tracking insights using GPS. You can set a geofence, a mapped boundary that sends a notification if your kid goes outside a designated zone such as a school or neighborhood. You can also customize the geofencing tracking information when you set up a profile for each user in the app.

Verizon’s pick: Verizon’s Smart Family Premium. You can set up a profile for all the smartphones in your family and track them all from one easy app.

Kids smartwatches with GPS

When Ray Pastore (Ph. D.), a parent, contributing writer for Parenting in a Digital World and a professor of esports at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, started looking for a watch when his son was 8, he decided on the GizmoWatch 2.

“My son can call us at any time,” Pastore says. “We call him; he picks it up. It’s working. We’re going [on vacation] in two weeks, and he’s going to wear it there in case he gets lost, heaven forbid.”

In addition to tracking, the smartwatch has two-way calling and texting to make it easy to check in or ask for a ride home.

Verizon’s pick: Gizmo Watch 3 just launched in January of 2023 and it was designed to be safe and durable for active kids and has two-way calling, now with a front-facing camera, so parents can call via the watch if they’re worried.  Parents can also put the watch in school mode to avoid disruptions in class.


When Kathy Newsom had to chaperone 20 of her daughter’s friends on a field trip, she first talked with the group about the best way to keep everyone safe. They decided as a group to use the Share My Location feature from their smartphones and share their locations with the main chaperones.

“The girls mostly wanted to feel safe and didn’t want someone getting separated from the herd,” Newsom says. “That’s what led to the tracking idea. The girls and chaperones shared locations with everyone. We also did this with the group when we went to the enormous Women’s March on Washington. In both situations, it was totally voluntary and in crowds where we didn’t want to misplace anyone.”

For kids old enough to handle the responsibility of a smartphone, the built-in features such as location sharing can be activated. Most phones will show you the location of the phone you’ve asked it to track. On some platforms, such as iOS, you can choose a timeframe to track location, such as one hour, one day or indefinitely. This approach works well if your kid knows how to uninstall a GPS tracking or monitoring app.

Safe driving app for new drivers

When her son became a new driver, Stacy Root Chermak wanted to check in on him more often.

“I started it when my son started driving,” says Chermak, who is in Sacramento, California. “Living in California, we travel freeways a lot, and the app helps with keeping track of locations and the speed he drives. If he wasn’t checking in, I could check on him and see roughly where he was. Just a little more comfort when he started being more free.”

Safe driving apps, which are installed on a smartphone, track driving behavior and send alerts about hard braking or texting while driving. And some parents use these driving insights to help their kids become better drivers.

Verizon pick: Verizon’s Smart Family. You can track several devices from one easy app, get teen driver insights on speeding and hard braking, monitor texts and calls, and set screen-time limits.

What to consider when shopping for a GPS location tracker

Ready to get tracking? As you look for the right fit for you and your family, consider the following:

  • Ease of use — In the device or app reviews, look for information about how easy the tech is to use. If it’s too complicated, kids won’t use it, and you likely won’t either.

  • Age range —The Gizmo Watch was specifically built for kids ages 8 and up. Smartphones with family tracking apps are ideal for kids old enough to use a  smartphone. Check the age range on the device or app. For the best value, look for family locator apps, such as Smart Family.

  • Price — Some tracking apps have a one-time activation fee or a monthly subscription charge.

  • Durability — If it’s a device, such as a smartwatch or a smartphone, look to see if the device is water-resistant and durable.

  • Battery life — Parents can track battery life on some devices, such as the Gizmo Watch. And if you decide to go the device route, make sure the watch or device is on the charger when not in use.

  • Alerts and notifications — Look for features that send notifications when your child goes outside designated areas, also called ‘geo-fencing.’.

  • Communication options — Some devices simply show location, and others, such as a smartwatch or a smartphone, let you call or text your child—in addition to providing real-time tracking.

  • Real-time tracking — GPS technology is still the most reliable way to get real-time updates about the location of the device. Make sure that the device will work with your phone plan.

  • Price — Kids are kids. And things get lost. So consider a device that won’t be too costly to replace.

And tracking apps can come in handy even when the kids are living on their own, says Kathy Jared in Moline, Illinois.

“Safety for single family members,” says Jared, whose children are all adults now. “Plus we don’t bother someone when we see they’re somewhere like the gym. But we do if they’re at the store and we need something.”

So what’s the best tech for different ages?

Ages 8 and up: smartwatches. For children too young for a smartphone but old enough to run around the neighborhood, kid-friendly devices such as the Gizmo Watch use GPS to track the watch’s location. Parents can easily access the GPS map from the watch’s app dashboard and get updates on the watch’s location in near real time.

Preteens and teens: family locator apps. For families, one app can be used to track the locations of all the smartphones in a household.

Teens: smartphones. Most have GPS location trackers built in, and you can use features such as Find My Device or Share My Location to make a device easy to find when it goes missing. Chances are, wherever the device is, the child isn’t too far from it.

Track their location—and what they’re doing on their smartphones—with Smart Family.

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MicroSoft’s new patent (patent number 0120278904) describes a scheme for monitoring the presence and number of people in a user’s room using special camera-like devices. The described example of applying this scheme is controlling the number of people watching a movie. If a certain number is exceeded, the system will require the purchase of an extended content license. It can only be played a certain number of times, in a certain period of time and for a certain number of viewers with certain age restrictions.

According to the patent, this scheme can be used in a wide variety of devices from tablets, set-top boxes and computers to mobile phones.

The company Verizon also has a similar patent, and in it the user tracking system is described in more detail.

The scheme is based on devices equipped with a microphone, a camera, an infrared camera and a laser sensor. The almost complete analogy with already existing devices is striking – Kinect consoles for Xbox game consoles.

The described system can determine not only the number of people in the room, but analyze what is happening in order to calculate what these people are doing (and show relevant advertising, for example) . The system recognizes the age of those present, and also determines the presence and type of animals.

The system can also connect to users’ cell phones for more precise control.

Google is filing a similar patent for its Google TV service, about which little is known.

All the capabilities of such software and hardware systems are described in patents as completely voluntary actions on the part of users. However, this is unlikely to prevent content producers (movies, games) from requiring mandatory connection to the system.

As in other similar cases, after the publication of patents, there were many concerned users. Blogs and forums have filled associations with D. Orwell’s novel and fears about hacking or using such systems for illegal surveillance of people.

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Product Description:

MINI CAR-PERSON 103B GPS/GPRS/SMS Vehicle Tracking System Car Tracker Locator Anti-Theft Protection Google Map Link

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This product weight: 500 g


Manufacturer : Aftermarket
Condition : New

This GPS tracker was specially designed for cars. This is a new product based on GSM/GPRS network (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) and satellite positioning system. It sets several functions such as real-time positioning, security, surveillance monitoring, alarms, and tracking in general.

It now has an SD card slot.


Subscription fee free , contract does not need to be signed.

All you need is a activated prepaid GSM SIM card from a provider such as AT&T or T-Mobile. Make sure you have purchased a standard (mini) SIM card.



The device is powered by a car battery and must be installed inside the car (preferably hidden from view, such as under a car seat). It runs on the latest SiRF III GPS chipset, a sophisticated GPS microchip embedded at the heart of the tracker that continuously reads its location from low earth orbit global satellites and then uses your network provider’s managed GSM/GPRS infrastructure to transmit its data. current location for you.

Then you can control it on PC (Google map or software platform) and mobile phone. All you have to do is insert a working SIM card, it even has quad-band connectivity so it works anywhere in the world. The GPS Car Tracker doesn’t make any sounds at all, so you’re fully aware of what’s going on with your car, but the driver and passenger inside are unaware that their activities and location are being constantly reported.


web platform (demo ID: demo, password: 8888).

To use the web platform, we need to configure the IP address, port, APN of the gps device to connect gprs.

Step One: Set up the APN

  1. The APN standards for the Access Point Name vary by country. For more information about local hotspot contact your local GPRS network operator.
  1. Send SMS to the tracker: “APN123456 + Space + YourlocalAPN”, if the installation was successful, the tracker will return the message “APN OK”.

For example, send the SMS command “apn123456 cmnet” to the tracking device. If successful, the tracker returns “APN OK” in SMS.

Notes: 123456 refers to the password of the tracker, and CMNET is the APN of the Chinese mobile company.

Step TWO: Set up the IP address and port

If you are using our server 1, send adminip123456 9000

If you are using our server 2 send adminip123456 9000

STEP THREE : Send SMS “gprs+password” to the device and it will reply: “ GPRS is OK! .

For example, send “gprs123456” to the tracker.

Step FOUR (optional) : GPRS login username and password configuration.

  1. In most countries, the GPRS username and password are optional. Therefore entry can be skipped . For countries that require a username and password, please set the following:
  1. Send SMS command “up123456+Space+User+Space+Password”. If successful, the tracker returns “user, password OK” in SMS.

For example, send SMS “up123456 Jonnes 666666” to the tracker and if successful, the tracker will return “user, password OK”.

Notes: 123456 refers to tracker password, Jonnes username and 666666 GPRS password.

5.7. Register user ID and password

Log in to, select server1 or server 2, click Register, set up user ID and password and save, and be sure to remember the user ID and password.


  1. Vehicle GPS Tracker and Alarm System with Internet Based Software and PC by SMS/GPRS, Geofence Supported 90 002 2. Orientation support without oriented server: it can detect real-time longitude and latitude, time and speed. By using publicly available mapping software and entering longitude and latitude manually, you can get real-time location information.

    3. If the target you are requesting enters an underground parking or other GPS blind spot, the tracker will tell you the last orientation.

    4. Remote engine stop and restart.

    5. Time and frequency tracking function

    6. Authorized number added and deleted.

    7. Covert alarm support and monitoring function

    8. Geo-fence: Set a geo-fence for the squad to restrict their movement within the area. The device will send a message to authorized numbers when it enters the area.

    9. Power failure alarm.

    10. Door Alarm

    11. ACC Alarm

    12. Traffic Alert: You can set up barriers when the vehicle is stopped. After moving, it can alarm the authorized number.

    13. Overspeed Alarm: You can make the target to be tested run according to a fixed speed. Signals about speeding.

    14. Low battery warning function

    15. Check vehicle status

MINI CAR-PERSON 103B GSM-GPRS-GPS Tracking device Functions:

1. Support non-server location

900 02 2. Position memorization

3. Automatic position report

4. Authorize/Remove Tracking Phone Number

5. Silent Alert & Voice Surveillance

6. Geo-Fence: Alert when a specified area is violated

7. Motion Alert: Alert when motion occurs

8. Speed ​​Alert: Alert if the set speed is exceeded

9. Power Alert: Alert when the device is turned off.


2. Protect the child/old/disabled/animals, etc.

3. Provide peace of mind for the businessman;

4. Personnel management;

5. Covert criminal tracking

6. GPS devices support phone tracking and website tracking in 8 languages ​​(English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Thai, Italian, German, Chinese).

7. Four types of tracking:

Tracking way A>: SMS + map software; It’s free

Tracking path B>: PDA cell phone; It’s free

Tracking method C>: real-time tracking and tracking through your computer; It’s free

Tracking method D>: Simple and useful real-time tracking through our website, which you can find in the manual. [Only online web tracking software has one week free trial, after which it is about 10 US dollars per year.]

8. Built-in 1M memory and support 2G SD card: this is the latest upgrade feature!

MINI CAR-PERSON 103B GSM-GPRS-GPS Tracking device Specifications