The Texas-based TraqCloud says that its GPS tracker can be put into “BreadCrumbs” mode. Red dots indicate speeding.
A small company in Texas has produced the TraqCloud, a new, significantly cheaper way to track anyone or anything using GPS. TraqCloud, in its promotional materials, is marketed for luggage or kid tracking, but using such a tracker against a suspected cheating love interest, a sneaky business partner, or local law enforcement is now simple and inexpensive.
The electronics combine a GPS tracker with a GSM-based radio for real-time location reporting, all contained in a case roughly the size of a deck of cards.
The TraqCloud is powered by a rechargeable battery, which the company says will last 1-14 days, depending on the frequency of location updates.
All location data is uploaded to the company’s cloud service, where the TraqCloud can be tracked by anyone with a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
The service can geofence specific locations, warning the owner if a TraqCloud either leaves or enters the property; it can also display a “breadcrumbs” view showing the TraqCloud’s location over time (with breadcrumbs in red if a tracked car is speeding at a specific location).
The real kicker here is the price: TraqCloud charges just $69 for the device plus $10 per month in service fees, which covers both the GSM data connection and the company’s cloud service. (Similar cheap devices are largely made by no-name manufacturers in Asia, selling on eBay.) For some time now, commercial products have made it easy for anyone to track anyone else for any reason, but those cost around $150 upfront, with a $20 to $50 monthly service fee after that. (Intrepid tinkerers have developed cheaper, DIY-basd solutions, particularly to track your own car.)