Bike GPS Tracker: Anti-theft protection for your bike

A secure bicycle lock is an essential means of protection against theft. But if you want to go one step further, for the Bike GPS tracker are interesting.

Here is compact information about it and what you should consider in the topic.

Bike GPS-solutions

GPS stands for Global Positioning System and is a global navigation satellite system for positioning. It allows the determination of the current position in real time. Meanwhile, this method has established itself as the world’s most important location method and is widely used in navigation systems.

With a Bike GPS Tracker, there is the possibility to locate your bike after a theft or to record the route. Bike GPS, therefore, offers useful theft prevention.

Bike GPS tracker – how it works

A GPS Tracker is equipped with a module called a GPS receiver to determine the current position. In addition, a GSM module is also installed (Global System for Mobile Communication). Via the mobile network, the data are exchanged. The bike GPS Tracker then communicates with you, so to speak. This is done manually, that is, you send a request and receive an answer.

The other option is the automated version. In this case, the bike sends you GPS Tracker at a pre-defined time, e.g. once an hour, an automatic answer about the current location.

You will then usually receive the coordinates or a Google Maps link via SMS, via an app or by e-mail.

Range of bike GPS tracker

The accuracy of GPS receivers and GSM modules varies from ten to one meter. However, similar to Bluetooth or WLAN, the transmitted signal can be restricted, which reduces the accuracy. This is the case, for example, with reinforced concrete walls.

1. Integration of GPS trackers in bike locks

The desire for a GPS tracker function is mainly due to an increased safety claim. After a bike theft, the hope is great to find the bike with the help of the tracker. But especially with higher-priced bikes, such as e-bikes, the bicycle thefts are organized and carried out very professionally. Unfortunately, a GPS tracking system is quickly identified, removed and therefore useless because your own bike can not be located. So it does not make sense to mount it on the bike but to hide it. This can be done for example in a fixed mounted frame lock, a taillight or hidden in the seat post.

I LOCK IT classic and I LOCK IT+ are not equipped with a GPS Tracker, but still offers excellent theft prevention. Robust materials, clever accessories and an integrated alarm system make it difficult for bicycle thieves to steal your bike. In addition, with I LOCK IT you have the option of determining your position.

Now the development continues with I LOCK IT GPS on the next level of bike safety! Securing your bike remains comfortable as usual. Now you always know where your bike is. Easy and uncomplicated – GPS tracking that works!

2. Other possibilities of use

With GPS trackers not only bikes can be equipped. Basically, any valuable item can be equipped with a GPS tracker. These are more multifunctional and compact then bike GPS trackers.

Examples for protection:

  • Vehicles of any kind
  • Valuables such as suitcase
  • Children or people with dementia (but the person must agree!)

Types of Bike GPS Tracker

Bike GPS tracker without SIM card Bike GPS tracker with SIM card
The GPS position is stored on an internal memoryFor tracking of your bike
The route can be evaluated later using a software on the computerBy direct request you receive the exact location by app, by SMS / call or email
There is no navigation possible while drivingGeofencing possible – If your bike leaves a specified area, you will be informed
Locating your bike is not possibleThere are running costs and the handling can be more complicated
Partial additional functions such as alarm system

How much does a bike GPS tracker cost?

The cost of a bike GPS tracker is usually from 120 euros upwards. In addition, depending on the choice of the GPS bike tracker, there are still monthly costs for the SIM card.

You should pay attention to certain points when buying since quality and function differences are given depending on the model:

  • Function type (with/without SIM card)
  • Battery life: Ranges from 1 to 90 days.
  • Splash protection: Constant rain should not bother the bike GPS Tracker.
  • Geofencing: Alerts when the bike leaves a designated zone.
  • SOS emergency button: Depending on requirements, an emergency contact can be stored, which is informed when the button is pressed.

What can the location feature of I LOCK IT do?

The location feature of I LOCK IT classic and I LOCK IT+ helps you to find your bike again when you forgot where you left it. Or it can assists friends in finding your bike if you want to share it with them. To achive this your smartphone saves the last location where you locked your bike.

The new I LOCK IT GPS also helps you get your bike back in case it gets stolen. Immediately when somebody takes your bike and sets off the alarm you will receive a push notification to your smartphone. If you are still close by this gives you the chance to look after your bike and probably scare any potential thief away.

If you are not close by your bike is still not lost. I LOCK IT will now constantly update its GPS position and you can view the I LOCK IT App of your bike in the I LOCK IT app. This gives you the chance to inform the police and inform them where your bike is.

Additionally, I LOCK IT GPS offers even more smart features. Since the GPS accuracy can vary and gps tracking within buildings is very difficult you can use the proximity positioning feature. Thanks to the Bluetooth connection your I LOCK IT App will let you know if you are moving closer to your bike or if you are on the wrong tracks.

The acoustic signal function of I LOCK IT GPS allows you to set off a 110-dB loud sound. No matter if your bike is behind a wall or hidden in a basement, you will hear it!

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