Category: GPS Tracking

Introducing SVR Repo: A Budget-Friendly GPS Solution for BHPH Dealerships

In the world of buy-here, pay-here dealerships, simplicity and cost-efficiency are key. SVR Tracking, a leading provider of asset management solutions for the automotive industry, recognizes this need and has introduced its latest GPS tracking device – SVR Repo. Branded as a “no-frills” solution, SVR Repo is designed specifically for dealers whose primary goal is to locate and repossess vehicles.

Key Features of SVR Repo:

  1. Comprehensive Coverage: With coverage across all of North America, dealers can track vehicles even in remote areas.
  2. Frequent Location Reporting: SVR Repo provides location updates every 10 minutes, ensuring real-time tracking.
  3. Unlimited “Locate Now” Functionality: Dealers can request immediate vehicle location updates whenever needed.
  4. Over-the-air Capabilities: The device allows remote updates and management, streamlining operations for dealers.
  5. Vehicle Recovery Mode: SVR Repo includes a vehicle recovery mode to facilitate smooth repossessions.
  6. Configurable Starter Enable/Disable: Dealers have remote control over the vehicle’s starter system, aiding in repossession efforts.

Affordability and Savings:

According to SVR Tracking’s chief operating officer, Diego Tebaldi, SVR Repo can save dealers 25-30% compared to the company’s premium GPS offering and 15-20% compared to its standard GPS solution. This makes SVR Repo an ideal fit for dealerships that currently don’t use GPS due to cost concerns or those with GPS devices that remain underutilized.

Meeting the Needs of Dealerships:

SVR Repo was developed as a budget-friendly, entry-level GPS solution, recognizing that not all dealerships require sophisticated features like geofencing and multiple alerts. By focusing on the essentials, SVR Tracking aims to cater to dealerships seeking a cost-conscious GPS solution solely for vehicle repossession purposes.

Engaging with SVR Tracking:

Executives from SVR Tracking will be present at the BHPH Super Forum hosted by NIADA in Austin, Texas, from November 9-11. Dealers interested in SVR Repo or exploring the company’s full suite of GPS products can schedule a meeting by emailing

In conclusion, SVR Repo is a straightforward and affordable GPS solution tailored to meet the needs of buy-here, pay-here dealerships focused on vehicle repossession. By offering essential features and cost savings, SVR Tracking aims to simplify the tracking process, making it a valuable asset for dealerships across North America.

Press release: SVR Tracking unveils ‘no frills’ GPS tracking tailored for BHPH dealers

SVR Tracking unveils SVR504 wireless GPS device with 5-year battery life

San Diego, Calif. – March 22, 2023 – SVR Tracking, a leading provider of asset management solutions for the automotive industry, has released its newest GPS tracking device. The SVR504 combines the convenience of a self-powered device with one of the longest-lasting batteries in the industry.

The SVR504 enables auto dealers, lenders and insurance companies to:

  • Track and recover vehicles anywhere in North America for 5+ years – The SVR504 leverages SVR Tracking’s patented Smart Power technology to maximize battery life. This technology can automatically lower power consumption during extreme weather conditions or in areas with limited network coverage.
  • Avoid costly, time-intensive installations that require certified technicians – The SVR504 is simple to install and can be placed in the vehicle by anyone. SVR Tracking provides “best practices” guidelines to help.
  • Enhance protection against theft – Wired devices can be easily located and removed by thieves. Due to its wireless architecture, the SVR504 can be placed in a variety of unique spots where thieves would never look.
  • Have confidence their GPS devices will last – The durable SVR504 is environmentally sealed against dust, water, and high-pressure spray water intrusion. That means it can be installed on any type of vehicle, including ATVs, other sports recreational or amphibious models.

“We are excited to see the industry impact of a wireless GPS with such a long battery life,” said Diego Tebaldi, Chief Operating Officer at SVR Tracking. “The SVR504 is the next evolution of our very successful SVR502, which lasts up to three years, so we can now offer customers both short- and long-term wireless GPS solutions. We continue to innovate and extend our product portfolio for all our channel partners.”

Executives from SVR Tracking will attend the NAF Association’s Non-Prime Auto Financing Conference, June 7-9, as well as the NIADA Convention & Expo, June 19-22. Company representatives will be available to discuss the SVR504 and SVR Tracking’s full suite of GPS products. To schedule a meeting, email

About SVR Tracking
SVR Tracking Inc. is a San Diego-based mobile asset management company, with particular focus on the “Connected Car” and IOT (Internet Of Things) space. As a leading global telematics provider, SVR Tracking offers comprehensive product lines and solutions through major white-label distributors, catering to the needs of a variety of automotive-related sectors, including BHPH (Buy Here Pay Here); used car dealers; new car / franchised dealers (through lot inventory management and stolen-vehicle recovery); the subprime financing industry; insurance telematics; and resellers of RVs, powersports, motorcycles and construction equipment.

SVR Tracking is experiencing fast-paced growth, with state-of-the-art technology that provides the most scalable platform and highest level of customer service available. For more information, visit

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GPS: A Closer Look into the Hallmark Technology of Telematics

In 2022, GPS is all around us – maybe even more so than some people are comfortable with. Short for “Global Positioning System,” GPS is the hallmark technology used for locating and tracking people and things, and for that reason, surrounds our everyday lives.

We can not only access detailed route guidance from San Diego to San Francisco, but we can also search for generic term like “food” and see only relevant, nearby restaurants recommended to us. Even mobile applications can utilize GPS to offer us a streamlined experience.

But how exactly does GPS work? And what does the technology really do? Without any knowledge on the subject one might assume that it utilizes the Internet to find its location. I know I did at first. I mean, every innovation nowadays comes from the Internet, right?

Let’s consider the GPS navigation systems in our car sand on our phones. Cars – at least for the moment – generally do not connect to the Internet. However, in-car GPS systems have existed for over 20 years. And in phones/mobile devices, our Maps route does not crash or quit once we enter an area with no service. By those two examples alone, we can see that “Internet” does not hold up as the answer to our question. In a practical sense too, if GPS relied on the Internet to function, it would be a huge limitation to the technology. Imagine being in a remote location and losing your route because of weak connection or having your route buffer right before a turn in a busy city. The limitations could be dangerous.

But if not thanks to the Internet, then how does GPS work?

GPS Overview

At its core, GPS is a system that includes 31 satellites that orbit the Earth and send out information that devices receive and use to determine their (the device’s) location. There are 31 satellites to ensure that GPS devices can be anywhere on Earth and still pick up signals from at least 4 satellites (more on this below). This process breaks down into five major steps:

STEP 1: Satellites send a signal via radio wave that includes location and time data

STEP 2: Radio signal travels from space to Earth for devices to receive

STEP 3: GPS device (smartphone, tracking unit, etc.) receives signal and notes the exact time the signal was received

STEP 4: GPS device calculates distance from the satellite

STEP 5: GPS device repeats steps 1-4 for four satellites, and uses geometry to find device location


GPS: A Closer Look

Let’s take a closer look at each step to better understand this process.


Step 1: Satellites send out a radio wave signal

Starting at step 1, each of the 31 satellites is constantly sending out a unique, repeating code in the form of radio signals. These signals are sent out regardless of any action on the receiving end. In other words, GPS devices do not request data from a satellite; satellites send out signals and GPS devices receive when needed. So, if all GPS devices were shut down, these satellites would still be transmitting the signal, they would just not be received by anything. This allows for maximum coverage from the GPS system because it does not rely on the device being able to reach the satellite. If every GPS device had to communicate with each of the 31 satellites, these satellites would be overloaded, and the system would either crash or be extremely slow. Instead, satellites send out their signals into open space and devices that pick up the signal determine whether or not they need the information. This is just like our FM & AM radio stations. Each radio station will send out its signal regardless of who is listening, and it will be up to us to “tune in” to that signal and receive the data. But even if we do not tune in, that signal is still being sent out.

Looking at the image below, we can see that a satellite can send its data to many different GPS devices at once, because it sends out one wave into the open space, and GPS devices choose whether or not to receive the signal.


Step 2: Radio Signal Travels from Space to Earth

As mentioned above, these radio signals are not directed towards any particular device. So, when the satellite sends out a radio wave, it travels to Earth and is picked up by whatever devices can find the signal and want to pick it up. The key thing to note in this step is the rate at which the signal travels. These radio waves travel at the speed of light (c), which is 3×10^8 meters per second.

Steps 3 & 4: GPS Device Receives Signal and Calculates Distance

In these steps, the device detects the satellite signal and then tracks the beginning and end of the regular sequence sent by the satellite. From there the receiver can determine how long the radio wave took to travel from the satellite to the receiver. Now, using this calculated time and the fixed speed of the signal, the speed of light, we can calculate the distance between the GPS device and the satellite using the following formula:

Distance = rate * time

Step 5: Use Distances from 4 Satellites to Find Location

While it seems like we solved our equation after step 4, we are still not quite there. Knowing the distance from our GPS device to the satellite is great information, but in the end the distance does not tell us our location. However, we can utilize distances from multiple satellites to calculate the device location.

If we have the distance from four different satellites, we can use geometry to figure out the location of the receiver. Each satellite creates a sphere with a radius of its respective distance, and then intersection of the four spheres will be where the GPS tracker is located.


The reason that four satellites are needed is because we are trying to find a unique intersection point in three dimensional space. You make think three dimensions means three satellites, but in actuality four satellites are needed to find a distinct, single intersection point. Let us consider the 2D space to see why this happens. Looking at the diagram below, you can see that with two circles, there are two points of intersection. However, bringing in a third circle will eliminate one of those points and narrow down to only one point of intersection.


Using that same logic, we can extend that line of thinking to the 3D space. Having only three satellites will lead to two intersecting results: one on the surface, and one approximately 12,500+ miles off of Earth’s surface. So, bringing in the fourth satellite will narrow the results down to the true location of the GPS device. Conclusion In reality, there are many more computations, factors, and nuances at play in the process of calculating location using GPS, but this description provides the foundation. Overall, GPS is incredibly accurate at telling time and location, and is utilized in many different ways across many different industries. GPS is a critical factor at play in telematics, and provides reliable, accurate data to fleet managers, no matter the surrounding conditions. And for fleets that traverse many thousands of miles through all sorts of terrains, this means safety and security for their drivers.

SVR Tracking Announces New Dual-Carrier Ruggedized Tracking Device

SVR Tracking, announces the new SVR950EV ruggedized device for the heavy equipment and powersports markets. IP67 certified, the SVR950EV is the perfect solution for high-value assets, enterprise trailers, recreational vehicles and other outdoor applications in need of an environmentally-protected device.

The SVR950EV has true dual-carrier coverage in both the United States (AT&T/Verizon) and Canada (AT&T/Telus), working off 4G LTE CAT M1 connectivity. The SVR950EV switches seamlessly between whichever carrier offers the strongest signal across both countries, offering the highest degree of reliable and continuous network coverage.

Additional features include:

  • Automatic location updates every two minutes when vehicle is in motion
  • Multiple zone alerts
  • Six automatic locates per day
  • Waterproof IP67 Enclosure
  • Internal back-up battery

Click here for more information.