What's the difference?
We currently have two GPS trackers geared towards vehicle tracking in our assortment: the SweTrack Lite and the SweTrack Engine. We get a lot of questions about what the difference is between these two products - this article aims to outline some of the major differences, so that you can choose the product that's right for your needs.
The two products have a lot in common
Both products are built around the same idea of not being powered by a built-in battery that is charged through USB, but rather being powered by a 12 volt power system in a vehicle of any kind. The products also share the same software platform, which means that both devices are controlled through the SweTrack Live app. They are both easy to connect to the vehicle - just two cables are required. There are, however, some differences concerning how the products work in day-to-day operations, and these are outlined below.
SweTrack Lite doesn't support text messaging
The SweTrack Engine supports SMS text messaging, which means that most settings can be changed by sending commands over SMS to the device's phone number. You can also request the device's current location through SMS. Since the SweTrack Lite doesn't use a regular SIM card, it doesn't have a phone number - meaning that it doesn't support SMS messaging.
SweTrack Engine offers shorter positioning intervals
The SweTrack Lite will report its current location to the SweTrack Live platform every two minutes when the vehicle is moving, and every nine minutes when the vehicle is stationary. The SweTrack Engine, on the other hand, allows you to change these intervals by yourself. This means that you can recieve location updates as often as every ten seconds with the SweTrack Engine.
SweTrack Engine has a larger backup battery
Both products contain a backup battery, which means that they can continue to function for a limited time if the power supply is cut off. The batteries are rechargeable, meaning that they are automatically charged when the vehicle supplies power to the device. However, the capacities of the batteries differ significantly. The SweTrack Engine's backup battery has 500 mAh capacity, which gives it about 14 days of standby battery life, while the SweTrack Lite has just 100 mAh battery capacity, resuting in a standby battery life of about 2 days.
SweTrack Lite has fewer settings
SweTrack Lite is technically a simpler product than the SweTrack Engine, which means that there are greater limits on how the device can be customized. For instance, you can't change the location update interval, activate low-power mode or use voice monitoring with the SweTrack Lite.
SweTrack Engine requires a SIM card to work
In order to use the SweTrack Engine, you need to get a SIM card with data and SMS support. This can be any pay-as-you-go SIM card or a regular cellular plan with data. The SweTrack Lite has a custom built-in SIM card. Instead of paying your carrier, the SweTrack Lite is topped up with data usage through our website.
SweTrack Lite is easier to get started with
Unlike the SweTrack Engine, the SweTrack Lite requires no configuration whatsoever in order to get the product functional. Just plug it in, sign up for a data plan and create your account!
Do you need more guidance?
We hope this article has helped you understand the differences between the two products, so that you can choose the one that's most suited to your needs. However, if you still have questions, feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.