All electronic and iot devices, including GPS trackers, require some form of power supply to operate.
With traditional fleet management equipment, they can only connect to the power cord on the car and track it in real time when it starts. Like some other product devices that cannot generate power by themselves, such as trailers, bins, containers, etc., the locator cannot be plugged directly into an off-the-shelf power source. For these types of power-free asset tracking applications, an alternative power source is needed. In general, in the iot tracking field, we generally see two kinds of power alternatives -- solar power and battery power.
The Solar GPS locator is based on the power generation principle of solar panels and single core solar cable. Solar energy can provide wireless energy for many years. Therefore, compared with direct charging devices, it is a more sustainable and environmentally friendly choice, and it can also be free from the restrictions of some time and place. For example, in Tibet, many places are still animal husbandry. The solar locator is used for cattle and sheep, which can also ensure the safety of the property itself before continuing the grazing tradition. Solar GPS also uses less electricity, so the daily basic light can meet the use.
Solar GPS trackers feature solar PV (photovoltaic) panels that capture sunlight and convert this energy into electricity. Of course, in some areas, sunlight is not very sufficient in some seasons. In order to provide a temperature power supply (including at night), solar panels must be combined with rechargeable batteries (lithium batteries). Solar panels can provide electricity under sunlight, charge lithium batteries, and in turn charge devices.
In that sense, solar panels have a lot of benefits for Internet of Things devices, including GPS trackers, which invisibly keep property safe.