How does the XY GPS work?

The XY GPS, which premiered on June 2nd, is XY Findables latest and most technologically advanced item Finder. It combines Bluetooth LE, cellular, and GPS technologies so users can track their items in real time and across great distances. In this article, we’ll take a look at exactly how this works.

First, the XY GPS is a fully functioning GPS unit. The XY GPS receives data from satellites that orbit the earth. When three or more satellites connect with the XY GPS, the unit can determine its location. Of course, this information needs to be communicated to the user. This is where cellular technology comes in.

The XY GPS sends its location data to a user’s smartphone using the GSM, or Global System for Mobile communication, network. GSM is a mobile system that is widely used across the US, Europe and other parts of the world. Generally speaking, as long as a user has cellular coverage, he or she can open up the XY Find It mobile app and view the location of the XY GPS and the item it is attached to. In essence then, the satellites talk to the XY GPS and the XY GPS uses the cell network to talk to a user’s phone. So where does Bluetooth fit in all this?

The XY GPS also transmits and receives Bluetooth LE signals with a user’s smartphone. This means that when the XY GPS is within Bluetooth range (approximately 200 feet) it connects with the user’s phone and uses the phone’s GPS location as its own. This helps conserve the XY GPS’s battery so it doesn’t have to be recharged as frequently. As soon as the XY GPS exits Bluetooth range it switches back to transmitting its location via the GSM cell network.

Users can determine how often they want their XY GPS to update its location in the XY Find It app. The more frequently the XY GPS reports its location to the app, the more power it will use. Less frequent reporting means less power used and less recharging. Users can select from the modes Save, Standard, and Accuracy, which report every 30, 15 and 5 minutes respectively. This way users can customize their settings based on their personal needs. 

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4 comments
  • I've tried trackers like Trackr before to find a runaway pet but they were worthless. Is this device based off crowd sourcing like Trackr is?

  • Me too same question- and also:
    1. I mountain bike w dogs year-round - every 5 min update not good enough- can update every 15 sec if necessary if I haven’t seen dogs recently on the trail?
    2. Can I put unit into waterproof bag - my dogs love water and find swimming holes before I get to the or not for-piste so I can’t control their swimming
    3. What is xy gps range - should be unlimited, correct?
    4 what is Minimum battery life on Each if the update time settings? I’m often out for 3 - 5 hours.
    Thanks

  • Alan - No, XYGPS is a true GPS tracking device. It receives a GPS signal from a satellite, calculates its location, and reports it back to our servers via a cellular network.

    It does not use crowdsourcing, nor do we advocate crowdsourcing as a way to track moving objects as anything but a last resort.

  • Robert -

    Updating every 15 seconds would invariably drain the device's battery too quickly to be practical for most applications, I'm afraid.

    XYGPS is a cellular device so while its signal should pass through plastic watertight containers, XY Findables cannot be responsible for any damage to the device or to your property caused by water seepage. (More importantly, please ensure your furry friend is safe!) Any containers used should be indicated for your use case and for use with electronics.

    The range of XYGPS is worldwide, but it is cellular and therefore must be able to connect with a 2G GSM cellular network. Most urban, suburban, and many rural areas worldwide have access to such a network, however like any cellular network, your coverage may vary. Wilderness is less likely to be covered. Please check your local network if you have any concerns.

    The minimum battery life of XYGPS is about 12 hours, and that's at its maximum accuracy. You should not have any problem with that.

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