Garmin announced today that it is entering a new market — personal and property tracking — with the introduction of its innovative GTU 10 GPS locator and web-based Garmin Tracker service for computers, smartphones and compatible Garmin nuLink devices.
How It Works
Small (3″x1.3″x.8″), lightweight (1.7 oz.), waterproof and packaged with a carabiner clip and pouch, GTU 10 is easy to attach to a backpack, dog collar or anything else you want to track. Once you register your GTU 10 at my.Garmin.com, the tracking service is enabled. Tracking data is delivered across AT&T's wireless network. When you're on your computer, Garmin's Tracking website helps you manage your GTU 10 and map its location. For even more convenience when you're on the go, you can download the Garmin Tracker application for your mobile device to see the location of GTU 10 and how it relates to your current location. For another level of connectivity, compatible Garmin nuLink devices can automatically route to the GTU 10's location with turn-by-turn directions.
GTU 10 owners can create up to 10 geofences (virtual boundaries) for your device so that when it enters or exits a geofenced area, Garmin can send an email or text message notification to you or authorized friends and family members. It's also easy to view a track history of where your GTU 10 has been. And because there are numerous ways to use GTU 10, it's easy to customize battery settings for optimal performance. The built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery can last up to four weeks between charges, and low battery/powered off notifications through the tracking service let you know when it's time to recharge or when the device has been turned off.
Among some of the many potential uses for GTU 10:
- Parents: Know that your child arrived at the babysitter's house after school, or track your teenager when he/she borrows your car.
- Cyclists and runners: Let loved ones track your whereabouts, or let friends track your progress on race day.
- Property owners: Attach GTU 10 to your prized possessions, such as boats, tools, farm machinery, construction equipment, etc. — or hardwire it into your car — and keep an eye on your valuable goods from anywhere.
And the list goes on, depending on what you want to track, and how you choose to track it.
GTU 10's tracking capabilities are a result of combining high-sensitivity GPS with a connection to AT&T's nationwide wireless network. GTU 10 has a suggested retail price of $199.99, which includes one year of Standard Tracking. Providing access to 10 points of daily track history, Standard Tracking can be renewed at an annual rate of $49.99 after the first year of complimentary service. For those who want a more detailed history, the Deluxe Tracking service plan ($4.99 per month) can access 7 days of track history. Each service plan includes the option to automatically renew upon expiration, and there are no early termination fees, no activation fees and no contracts.