GPS technology has improved our lives on so many different levels. It is frequently used for monitoring kids, tracking employees, finding a stolen or lost device, and getting directions. Beneficial as this technology may be, it’s far from perfect. It’s reliability and dependability is hurt by a handful of problems. If you’re planning on investing in a tracking app, you better be aware of these limitations and pitfalls of GPS tracking.
1. It Can Raise Security Risk
GPS technology requires you to enable the GPS of your device. This can be risky as anyone with bad intentions can use this information to harm you. Many spying apps use this technology to secretly track the location of the targeted device and transmit it to some third party, e.g. hackers, snoops, or even the government.
2. It Easily Gets Affected by the Weather
Many of us fully rely on GPS for monitoring kids, tracking employees, and finding a stolen or lost smartphone. The solution becomes extremely reliable under poor weather conditions. GPS signals become weak or completely disappear in extreme weather conditions like rain, snow or fog. This is why you should not solely depend on GPS tracking and instead keep a Plan B with you.
3. It Requires Connection to Three Satellites
Global positioning system gets signals from 24 satellites. These satellites revolve around the earth such that each of them completes one round around the earth after every 12 hours. GPS enabled devices catch radio signals from these satellites, which are used to find the exact location. If your device cannot connect to at least three satellites due to weather conditions or any other factor, then you won’t be able to get location details.
4. It Stops Working in Certain Areas
GPS stops working at all those places where there is no visible or clear exposure to the sky. People traveling in thick forests complain about having weak or no signals. In the same way, GPS technology does not work in garages, basements, tall buildings, tunnels, etc.
5. GPS Signals May Drop While in a Vehicle
Some people have reported that GPS signals drops while riding a car, especially when the windows are closed. You have to keep the windows open or use third-party tools to increase the strength of GPS signals.
GPS technology is not as efficient, secure, and reliable as we believe it to be, which is why you should not fully rely on it. Instead, pair other devices with your GPS devices to increase its effectiveness and signal strength. You may use omnidirectional antennas, Advanced Forward Link Trilateration (AFLT) and various other tools for this purpose.