GSM is preferable to Satellite for three main reasons:
- Battery Draw: Satellite platforms have a significantly higher battery draw both while the boat monitoring system is in use, and also while it is dormant. Our units draw on average between 10 and 50 mA. As a Boat’s battery is the heart of vessel, the intention of our product is monitor it and keep it running, not drain it down. Our unit draws about 1/10th to 1/15th of the power of other strictly satellite based monitoring systems.
- Weather Interference: Satellite systems require a clear unobstructed view of the sky to obtain a GPS signal and report accurate information. A cellular platform is less affected by weather or building obstruction. In addition, the Geofence on a Cellular platform is more accurate than on Satellite, which is evident in the disparity between the acceptable distance for some of the Satellite monitors’ Geofences (200 – 500 meters) versus our own (25 meters).
- Cost: Our device was designed to deliver the functionality boaters want, at a cost that they can afford. With cellular as the platform, we can deliver one of, if not the most, competitive unlimited data plans in the industry, not possible with Satellite.