Visionaire Tracker review
Recently have had a Visionaire Tracking system installed and wanted to share my
views with fellow Landywatchers.
Given that trackers are most effective when the thief is not aware of its existence,
Admin has kindly agreed to post this review on my behalf to help maintain
anonymity. There’s no photos/screenshots I’m afraid but the excellent Fun Rover
review will give you that http://funrover.com/reviews/visionaire-gps-review/
I’ve kept some of the review deliberately vague so as not to give the wrong sort too
Overview of the system
Basically, the system is a permanently live GPS tracker that continuously monitors
and reports on the position of your vehicle through a web based interface linked to
In addition to permanent tracking, the system can be ‘armed’ so that any movement or
a cut in main power supply to the unit triggers an alert, sent both by text message and
email to up to three telephone numbers and three email addresses. The movement
alert is sent whether or not the ignition is switched on. Only you know how to arm
and disarm the unit so you do not get any false alarms when you are driving. The
system will act only if somebody is moving/tampering with the truck who shouldn’t
The unit itself costs £300 which includes the necessary instructions + wiring loom etc
to do a self install. In order for the system to send text alerts, you will also need a
mobile phone Data SIM card, which you can arrange yourself or alternatively, buy an
annual subscription Data SIM card from Visionaire for £36. I went for the Visionaire
SIM just for simplicity and £36 per year seemed pretty good value. I also didn’t like
the idea of putting my own pay as you go SIM in and forgetting to top it up !
The unit has it’s own internal GPS antenna but I opted to buy the additional external
GPS antenna at £25 to give best possible reception when the unit is ‘buried’ deep into
Despite what the Fun Rover lads said about the simplicity of installation, I decided to
pay for the fitting service, which was another £72.
In addition to the permanent tracking and text alert capabilities of the unit, there are
some additional elements that you can bolt on to the system. Best bet is to chat
through with the Visionaire guys what you want to achieve and what these bits would
- Remote vehicle immobilisation….. Kills the starter circuit… (Not while vehicle is
moving, otherwise it could be rather dangerous to other road users !). This element
doesn’t appear to cost any extra !
- Panic button…… Useful in the event of an accident or car jacking.
- Door and/or bonnet micro switches…. Would trigger an alert if the bonnet / door is
The unit and also the external GPS antenna are both well hidden in the heart of the
vehicle and there’s no clue for a thief that the unit is present. Exactly what you
The unit requires a permanent live power feed but does have it’s own back up power
so that it would continue to report it’s position and issue alerts even if the battery was
disconnected. I’m not sure for how long the backup power lasts.
I also opted for the remote immobilisation option, which will allow you to remotely
kill the starter circuit. I know what you’re thinking…. No it won’t do it whilst the
vehicle is on the move….. that is illegal !
Basically, it’s pretty fool proof. The system is always on, tracking your position
and you can check this from a PC or smart-phone with web access.
In order to get the ‘move when ignition on’ alert (i.e if somebody hotwires or has
your keys to pinch the vehicle) , you must arm the system. If you were to forget and
the vehicle was pinched, then all the other alerts will cover you and you do still have
the permanent tracking to fall back on. If you forget to disarm the system before
you start up and drive off, you’ll get an alert text pretty quickly!
In my experience so far, I would say the accuracy of the tracking is to about five
metres, pretty darn good…. even when the Landy is parked up in the garage!
The web based interface gives you the ability to view your routes on Google maps.
Track points are generated by a combination of time triggers, movement and a
reasonable change in direction, allowing for an excellent track of the road. It took me
a while to realise that gentle twists in a winding road do not register as a change in
direction so that explained why it looked like I’d driven through a field ! You’ll see
the type of route tracking possible from the Fun Rover pictures.
You define your own reporting in terms of what comes through on text and email.
I’ve set mine up so that the key alerts of movement, main power feed loss and no GPS
signal come through by both text and email. Less important alerts, like confirming
the starter circuit has been immobilised, I’ve set just to come through on email.
I’ve put the unit in with security in mind but in addition to showing you the routes
you’ve taken, the online interface gives you a wealth of other info about your
journeys….. handy for example if you needed to record mileage travelled for business
purposes etc or track how long you are travelling for . The Visionaire servers hold up
to 12 months of journey history and the data can be shared with other people if you so
It’s cost me about £400 to have the system fitted (£330 if I’d have done it myself) and
going forward it will cost £36 per year for the SIM card. There are cheaper
systems to buy out there (Skytag for example) but their annual subscription cost is
double. Where Skytag and others fail in my eyes though is that the Visionaire
system is ALWAYS live…. You can check it’s working for peace of mind at any
time. It alerts you as soon as the vehicle moves or is being tampered with so you do
not waste valuable time in discovering your vehicle has gone and you don’t need a
crime number to activate the system.
I do accept that any GPS system is only as good as the satellite signal it receives and
the additional VHF element of the ‘Tracker’ system does go a stage further but
annual subscription on that system is something like £175 on top of a £400-500 outlay
for the unit itself. Not every police vehicle has a ‘Tracker’ detecting unit either
and with all the cuts backs I doubt they will send up a helicopter or even an equipped
car to find your vehicle.
If I was ever unlucky enough to have the Landy pinched, the big selling point of the
Visionaire system for me is that I’m the one that’s going to be in control of
coordinating the recovery with the police. I’m not relying on somebody else in a call
centre to do it for me. It’s down to me and I find that rather comforting.