Melbourne brothers turn months of lockdowns into a booming business by creating GPS tracking system that prevents vehicle theft
- Melbourne man Trent Torkar feared his motorbike would be stolen
- Disappointed by the expensive GPS trackers on the market, he started making his own
- Solid GPS was born in the bedrooms of brothers Trent and Nathan Torkar
- Units only turn on when motion is detected, saving battery life
- Homeowners can track their assets and share data live with police
Trent Torkar couldn’t stand the idea of ââa thug stealing his precious motorcycle.
The Melbourne courier had lost sleep over it.
When a wave of mini-crime hit his suburb, he decided the only way to really protect his bike was to follow it.
Trent and Nathan Torkar started a booming GPS tracking business while locked in Melbourne’s COVID crisis
Solid GPS costs $ 147 for the unit and as little as $ 6.99 per month or $ 69.99 per year for mobile coverage
Anyone who has had their bike stolen knows that some thieves don’t care about CCTV cameras placed outside homes.
Countless motorcycles were simply picked up, stuck in the back of a ute, and chased away.
Trent quickly realized that GPS trackers might be the best way to ensure that if this happened he would get his bike back.
A quick search revealed that most of the available trackers were expensive, used outdated 3G technology, and had terrible battery life.
It was around then that Solid GPS was born.
With the help of their brother Nathan, the couple developed a GPS tracker that would only consume power while moving.
It would use the latest technology, be profitable and ultimately do its job.
While the Melburnians endured months of painful lockdown, the brothers continued to grow their business.
Today, business is booming, the couple are now looking to expand and hire someone else to meet the demand.
Neither man had any college education, Nathan working as a laborer and working in the railroads.
âI’ve always wanted to start a business,â he told Daily Mail Australia. “I didn’t know what and then it fell to my knees.”
The brothers had just put Solid GPS into service when COVID-19 threatened to shut them down.
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âWe had an office, but it was closed due to COVID, so we were forced to work from our study,â Nathan said.
“I have a soldering iron in the room, so I hope I don’t die of poisons.”
Between January and April, the company only sold around 40 units.
Sales gradually increased over the following months as annoyed and trapped Australians sought to better protect their possessions.
âNovember turns out to be our best month. Everything is going well and we are almost completely self-sufficient, âNathan said.
Trackers allow users to place digital boundaries around their favorite things, with alerts sent to their phones as soon as the tracker crosses the border.
An additional feature further allows users to instantly create a digital border around their vehicle whenever they take it out.
âWhen you turn it on, it creates a small radius limit of 75 meters around your last GPS point. If your stalker leaves this area, you are notified, Nathan said.
While crime across Australia is expected to pick up as COVID closures end, the brothers plan to open their own warehouse to meet demand for the product.
âI want to manufacture here,â Nathan said.
“We can just hire someone in Australia to make the boards and I think that will give a lot of goodwill because a lot of these things are made overseas.”
WHAT IS SOLID GPS?
Tracker has the longest battery life on the market at 3-6 months (depending on how often it signals), has its own SIM card developed to work on over 550 available networks worldwide, and its compact design is easily concealed from any thief.
Thanks to the app and the online dashboard, owners can track their vehicle (or other object) at any time of the day and, in the event of theft, recover it quickly. Location accuracy is within 5m and can be shared with police when reporting stolen vehicles. Its current customers use trackers to protect motor vehicles, machinery and even recyclable commercial waste.
Solid GPS trackers cost $ 147 for the tracker and a monthly fee of $ 7 per month or $ 69.99 per year, for ongoing tracking and management through the app (on Android and iPhone).