Su­per­sail – fixed - GSM

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This pitched as a se­cu­rity de­vice, with all man­ner of add-on ac­ces­sories for re­mote mon­i­tor­ing and op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing float switches and door sen­sors.

I tested the basic model of tracker and GPS an­tenna only, which is man­aged through a mo­bile app. Get­ting an ini­tial GPS lock took time; in the end I took the sep­a­rate GPS an­tenna on deck to ob­tain a first fix and then in­stalled it be­low decks with no dis­rup­tion to GSM or GPS sig­nals. LEDS on the front of the box in­di­cate clearly if the unit has a sig­nal – very use­ful for ini­tial sit­ing.

Track­ing is not sharable through a pub­lic page, but if friends down­load the app they can track you on your own ac­count (though they could also ac­cess the alarm con­fig­u­ra­tion). The Su­per­sail ob­tains a po­si­tion fix ev­ery ten min­utes as stan­dard, leav­ing a com­pre­hen­sive trail to view. If you lose mo­bile sig­nal the de­vice will store up your po­si­tion and trans­mit the back­log once a mo­bile sig­nal has been re­gained.

Monthly air­time Europe £10 Monthly air­time world­wide £27

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