GPSmagazine Rating: 4 of 5
I've been reviewing GPS tracking devices for the past few months, but WorldTracker's PLD (Personal Locator Device) feature list made me sit up and take notice. This quad mode GPS tracker is capable of two weeks of continuous GPS tracking on a single battery charge, works worldwide with both GPRS/SMS, can be used to place a phone call to a pre-programmed number, and even has an eavesdropping mode that lets you listen in on what's going on around the device.
All that plus some pretty stunning mapping and reporting features, and you've got one powerful GPS tracking device.
Figure 1: WorldTracker PLD
|Size||100.33 mm x 58.92 mm x 25.4 mm|
|Quad Band||850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz bands|
|GSM Functionality||Voice: FR, EFR, HR & AMR
CS Data: Asynchronous, transparent and non transparent up to 9.6 kB
|GSM SMS||PDU, MO/MT, Cell Broadcast|
|GPS/A-GPS||Autonomous and "Enhanced" with optional multi-day ephemeris service
Tracking up to 14 satellites
Time to first fix: 20 sec @ 5 m avg.
|Application Interface||Host Protocols: AT Commands, UDP/APU, CMUX
Internet Protocols: PPP,UDP/API,UDP/PAD,CMUX,TCP/PAD
API Control: AT or UDP
Key features: Real-Time-Clock (RTC), Events Engine Scriptable, Friends IP, Wake-Up & Keep Alive, Auto-Activate
|Special Features||Motion Sensor, Vibrating Alert|
Internal 3V SIM accessed via battery compartment
|Power||Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery: 1340mAh Standard, 2000mAh Optional|
Figure 2: What's in the Box
WorldTracker PLD includes the following items in the box:
Figure 3: WorldTracker PLD, Front
WorldTracker PLD's case is constructed of rugged polycarbonite gray plastic with protective black rubber backing on the left and right sides of the device.
Figure 4: WorldTracker PLD, Left Side
A 2.5 mm headset jack and Mini-USB jack for power and local data access are located on the left side of the device, protected from the elements by a rubber flap..
Figure 5: WorldTracker PLD, Right Side
The PTC (Push To Call) button is located on the right side of the device. The PTC button is used to initiate a cellular voice call to a pre-programmed number you define, such as emergency services, a family member, rescue team, etc.
Figure 6: WorldTracker PLD, Top
The top of the device is home to four LED indicator lights: