17 Nov 2017 What is PTCRB Certification and Why it Matters
When it comes to the world of GPS tracking devices, it’s important to be aware of some of the technology that goes into tracking devices and how to buy the best one. PTCRB certification is a big deal in the tracking world. It’s what separates legitimate tracking devices from ones that aren’t certified. We’ve put together this guide to understanding PTCRB when it comes to GPS devices like pet tracking systems so that you can make sure you’re getting the best quality product at the best value.
What is PTCRB?
PTCRB stands for PCS Type Certification Review Board. This review board is known as a worldwide organization that has been created by personal service carriers (PCS) such as AT&T and Verizon to ensure a global standard for testing and certification on devices that use their wireless networks. The PTCRB uses facilities that are independent of any wireless company or manufacturer to ensure the best results.
What many people may not realize is that every live GPS tracker such as the ones in your car’s GPS system or pet GPS collars operate on networks to transmit the data from your tracking devices. In order to ensure the interoperability of GPS devices with networks, they need to be tested and certified by the PTCRB.
Why PTCRB Matters
PTCRB is the best way to ensure that all GPS devices are compliant with the network standards. This means that if your GPS device is not PTCRB certified, network providers like AT&T and Verizon have the ability to shut down your device. If they see your rouge device on their network, suspicions will arise and the network provider will shut off your device sooner rather than later.
From a customer perspective, PTCRB matters a great deal. While GPS trackers vary in price range, you should be wary of ones that seem ridiculously cheap or too good to be true. These GPS devices often aren’t PTCRB certified which is why they are selling their product at such a low cost. When it comes to GPS devices, it’s always better to pay a little more for a certified product that you know is legitimate and won’t be shut off by network providers.
Buying PTCRB Certified GPS Trackers
Always ask your GPS device provider whether or not they are PTCRB certified. They should have this information listed clearly in their product description or website, and if not don’t be afraid to ask them directly. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Remember that if you choose to buy a cheaper non-certified GPS device, you always run the risk of having it turn into nothing more than a hunk of metal by network service providers.
GoFind Inc is proud to announce that our Pet GPS Collar is now PTCRB Certified. Find out more here.