GPS and Location

Location is determined via the Global Positioning System (GPS), a satellite-based navigation system made up of a 24-satellite constellation placed in orbit by the United States Dept. of Defense. GPS was originally designed for military use only however, in the mid-eighties the government opened up the system for commercial applications. GPS is weather independent and works anywhere in the world, 24-hours/day. Amazingly enough, while there are ‘no free lunches’, there is free GPS which has no setup or subscription fees.

The Map

The application is the SatelitePhoneTracking engine and will serve many functions simultaneously for your organization. One of the more elementary functions provided by our engine is the mapping of the GPS coordinates to a Map. Without the map you would be staring at a screen full of numbers like: 40.701116°N 74.008801°W, which represent the degrees, minutes and seconds, of latitude and longitude, for a helicopter at Manhattans downtown heliport.

GPS coordinates don’t make much sense to the untrained eye and with potentially hundreds, if not thousands of assets to manage, a marker on a map can provide a much welcome and needed visual aide.

Would you rather see this?

40.701116°N 74.008801°W

or this?

  • Routing

    Monitoring over assets routing.

  • Geo-Fencing

    Allows you to set parameters to which vehicles must remain in, or cannot enter.


    Marking GPS
    coordinates to a map with detailed information.

Mapping GPS coordinates to a map with Satellite Phone Tracking

The engine will provide many important on-demand location based services for your organization. All available through a web based portal, 24/7 which can be securely accessed through your computer browser, tablet or even your smartphone.


The mapping application is available as a basic, single-user subscription or multi-user, pro environment. The basic plan only allows a single asset to be tracked at any one time whereas the pro version allows for multiple assets to be viewed and managed, simultaneously.

While the Satellite Phone Tracking is available as a standalone tool (hardware and communications may always be purchased a la carte and independently) bundling the communications and application will offer significant discounting opportunities for the customer.

Mitigating factors that effect the monthly subscription, to the Basic or Pro plan, will vary based on the number of assets 'under management', the data being collected and the frequency with which that data is being transmitted.


To price out and work through the considerations of your organization contact a Satellite Phone Tracking representative via or for immediate attention, call 1 877 258-3496

Communications & Data Transmission

The final piece of the puzzle is the method of transmission which may be over traditional cellular (GSM), satellite or both. GSM is perfectly fine for assets moving along well-traveled routes like major highways/byways between sub/urban metropolitan areas while satellite is best for assets moving over large distances and remote areas like the Dakotas, Siberia and the Pacific Ocean.

  Traditional Satellite
Traditional terrestrial wireless solutions such as GSM are generally less expensive to implement meaning the hardware is cheaper (think $100) and maintain whereby the service can be had for under $10/month. Satellite by contrast requires a far larger investment in both equipment (starting at $700) and service at $25/month though volume may help with discounting.
Cellular works great indoors and nowadays even in subways, car parks and frequented truck-stops however ground based antennae are required and networks such as ATT and Verizon are not building and servicing cell towers (as often) where there are few roads and fewer people. Natural events such as heavy winds and rain can knock out a cell tower. Satellite signal for transmission requires line-of-site with the sky. Foliage is generally not an issue nor is generally, weather. A window may even work for a signal but a roof over head or an underground car park is a ‘show-stopper’ for satellite.

Essentially the value of the asset must be weighed against the cost of its whereabouts which is easy enough to measure against a quantity of goods however your assets may also be human resources in which may require a more thoughtful cost/benefit analysis. As an example satellite equipment, was historically larger and heavier, which may be a negative consideration for personal tracking though this is more a function of hardware selection then service.

So as with cost, another consideration to service is risk/benefit analysis and is it work supplementing satellite service with cellular service or perhaps satellite service is all that is required.