LandAirSea LAS-1505 Tracking Key Vehicle GPS Tracking System
LandAirSea LAS-1505 Tracking Key Vehicle GPS Tracking System
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Ideal For Parents Who Want To See If Their Teenagers Are Speeding Or Employers Who Want To See Where Their Employees Are Driving.Small, Pocket-Sized Gps Device.Receives Signals From 24 Gps Satellites Orbiting The Earth.Internal Computer Accurately Determines The Location Of Device Within 2.5 M and Records Data Every Sec.Can Be Easily Hidden In Or Under Car.
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|Product Length:||3.8 inches|
|Product Width:||1.5 inches|
|Product Height:||1.3 inches|
|Product Weight:||0.37 pounds|
|Package Length:||9.8 inches|
|Package Width:||6.0 inches|
|Package Height:||0.3 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.85 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 72 reviews|
Ideal For Parents Who Want To See If Their Teenagers Are Speeding Or Employers Who Want To See Where Their Employees Are Driving
Small, Pocket-Sized Gps Device
Receives Signals From 24 Gps Satellites Orbiting The Earth
Internal Computer Accurately Determines The Location Of Device Within 2.5 M & Records Data Every Sec
Can Be Easily Hidden In Or Under Car
|Average Customer Review: ( 72 customer reviews )
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140 of 142 found the following review helpful:
Excellent System at Low Cost Jun 25, 2007
I was really suspicious when I went GPS shopping, because I'd heard so many problems about metal blocking signals and so forth. I put the tracking key through all kinds of tests in my van, hiding it upside down under the seat, inside the dash, stashing it back inside the compartment for the jack, surrounding it with metal and pointing it in all different directions (it recommends you keep it upright, but I found it doesn't make a difference, this thing still works perfectly!). It's only disadvantage is that as a data logger, you have to retrieve it before you get the tracking info to download to your computer. The battery lasted me about two weeks of regular driving, though, so it more than compensated. But yeah, as a first time buyer of a tracking device and thorough tester, I was highly impressed. It shows on an overhead map (adjustable to satellite images with Google Earth!) the exact path the vehicle took, or an animated time-clocked journey, showing where it went, how long it stopped, when it took off again. No matter how deeply I hid it in the car, it never lost my signal once. Shop around a little bit to avoid overcharging companies, and you might want to wrap a piece of black electrical tape on the green battery light on the outside of the case for better hiding. Definitely an excellent buy, I'd recommend it to anyone with covert tracking needs.
96 of 99 found the following review helpful:
Not Ready For Primetime Feb 27, 2009
First, let me identify my goals for this Tracking Key. We run a service business. We have a need to recapture the routes the vehicles have traveled for the day, what stops were made(addresses), how long those stops lasted, and the exact time of the arrivals and departures.
Also, we wanted to view the route on a map to identify instances of getting lost, and have a printed report of the stops and times for the day.
On the first day we clipped this unit under the seat of the car. When we downloaded the data for that day, it only showed 3 of the 6 stops made, and there was no accounting at all for about 3 hours of time.
Thinking it might be a placement issue, the next day we placed it on top of the dash, in plain sight, where the instructions said it would get it's optimum satellite signal. It still took almost 10 minutes to acquire a GPS signal to begin tracking once movement began.
The unit is not sensitive enough to awaken within the first few feet of movement, and takes much too much time to acquire a GPS signal, making it impossible to recapture continuous data.
Other design issues are lack of an on/off switch so the unit is always on, draining the batteries. The manufacturer says the unit goes to low power mode when not moving but see my comment about that feature. Also, to change the batteries, you must remove 4 super small screws. This will lead to stripped screws in short order. There needs to be a latch device instead.
We are sending it back for a refund.
73 of 75 found the following review helpful:
Item works well for the price Aug 02, 2008
By Sam P.
I received this Tracking device 2 weeks ago. I wanted something that was inexpensive and I did not have the need for a subscription based product. I have access to the device daily. I put it inside the vehicle where it does not have metal overhead as indicated for best reception. On one of the reviews I read that the batteries are not lasting but one or two days for the reviewer. My experience over the last two weeks is very different. I am using a cheap alkaline Walgreens brand battery and just changed it today after 13 days. The low battery indicator was not activated but I felt it was time to change it just in case. The Past Track software that comes with it is not the greatest but it works. It also works well with Google Earth. There are a few different settings that can be customized for viewing and individual dates of tracking. As stated by the other review it does not show a brief stop as a listed stop, but once you see it in action it is easy to know if a stop was made. You also know for how long it was even though brief. You can even play a moving diagram of the vehicles movement and watch the clock at the same time. Over all if you need a device that you are able to access for downloading this is the one to get. I did a lot of research and reading for the different passive devices and this one comes out to be the best for the job it does. I have seen the prices are all over the board at retailers and the internet and 199.00 seems the lowest so far. I hope this is helpful to someone.
24 of 26 found the following review helpful:
Works great, somewhat awkward to use Jun 22, 2008
By Roger Edwards
Although I plan to use this device to keep track of my soon-to-be-driving teenager's whereabouts, my first crack at it was during my own storm chasing activities -- deliberate self-surveillance. Outside our "day" jobs, my wife and I are professional photographers (www.insojourn.com) as well as storm observers, and have desired for years to have a simple and easy way to mark very specifically the locations and times of all our storm intercept activities, as well as our photography stops. This does the trick.
It seems you will need to be still for more than about 5-7 minutes for the output to show a stop, but because of two factors, we still get useful output, even for quick "pull-outs" to photograph a storm under potentially dangerous conditions:
1. High spatial resolution: Pulling safely off the highway, as storm chasers are supposed to do when performing photography, shows up on the tracking at highest (2.5 m) resolution as a knob or bump on the path.
2. High temporal resolution: The raw (.las) log file shows the times and locations, so one can see when one was stopped even for brief "stop-n-shoot-fast" situations.
The same concept can apply if you're monitoring your fleet drivers, and one goes through the liquor store drive-through when on the job. Zoom in far enough in Google-Earth, and you will see his track into that parking lot or off the road. I mag-mounted the tracker to the inner top/back window frame of my sedan, and its reception was almost flawless. I can't speak for its reception when placed in more surreptitious locations in a vehicle; but others here have posted glowing reviews.
My favorite aspect of the LAS Tracker is that its output uploads directly into Google-Earth, so we can use the latter to match all our photo locations to the landmarks around the shoot. A photographer can derive very precise directional and positioning info this way, in combination with the EXIF data from the camera that shows the lens' focal length, to better locate a distant subject, in addition to himself. Outstanding!
LAS Tracker has three minor nuisances, all involving the batteries.
1. One has to unscrew the battery compartment and pull the batteries to turn it on and off. I realize this was designed deliberately, so the subject of surveillance can't just switch it off. [My subject will be threatened with loss of driving privileges if any harm comes to the device, or its signal is interrupted for any reason, whether his fault or not.] But the battery compartment's screws are *tiny*, and therefore, easily fumbled, dropped and lost by someone like me with large hands.
2. The battery compartment is too deep for the batteries, which on rough and shaky roads, may pop loose from the terminals while still within the compartment. I jerry-rigged a solution by folding up a piece of #2 plastic between the compartment door and the battery slots, to hold them in place.
3. Battery life is far below what's advertised. When using Ni-metal hydride (rechargeable) batteries, I had to change them out every day. When I tried to leave them in two days, the batteries (new Energizers, BTW) ran out during the evening of day-2.
I don't use its own mapping software, just Google-Earth. So I can't comment one way or another about the software.
All in all, I do recommend the device, as long as you are willing to change/charge batteries daily, and to build that into your surveillance routine as habit.
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
I love it when products exceed my expectation. Nov 12, 2010
Wow. I researched this for a long time and settled on this one. The consistent cons I read were that it has no on/off switch and the software is difficult. Well, true no on off switch, but one of the other reviews had a great idea. you fold over black tape on itself and put it between the battery and contact, then extend the tape outside of the device. When you pull the tape, it turns on. It's helpful to store the device and have it ready to go on a moment's notice. I had a little problem installing the software, but not bad. Just keep restarting the computer till it takes.
Pros are amazing. It realy works well. It has a narative report, a google earth overlay or a city map with a playback feature. You can watch a little car run the route and in the upper left corner of the screen, you see a clock and speedometer. You can tell exactly where the car was, when and how fast it was moving. I have a chevy silverado and tested it under the rear wheelwell. It was surrounded by metal and worked fine. I understand that when the batteries run down, accuracy depletes. I've not run them down yet so I can't attest to that. I'd suggest buying the absolute best AAA batteries you can find to put in it.
I've researched Louisiana law regarding this item. There was infact a GPS tracking law passed in this last session in 2010, but it was for the active type. It speciffically states that it is illegal to place a GPS tracking device on someone else's car that transmits their location. This one is passive and simply records, not transmits. It is completely legal. I'm going to use it on my teens and my drivers at work that take 2 hours to run a very simple route. The device is pretty small and has a very powerful magnet. It locks on very securely. It clearly says it's water resistant but advises to put in a sandwitch bag. I did so and it still sticks very well. It has 2 green lights on the side. One tells you it's operating and the other blinks when it gets satellite lock. The data is stored on your computer under the date it was downloaded. When you click on the saved file, the report options come up. The city map is the best one by far. I don't usually write reviews, let alone this long, but this thing kicks ass. It was incredibly cheap compared to the others and that gave me reason for hesitation, but it pulls it's weight. Perhaps the others work even better, but this one does everything I wanted and more. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
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