GPS Tracker for £50-£100
Just reading MB&Y March addition and page 90 (top RHS) implies that you can buy a GPS Tracker for £50-£100
Has anyone got one? and do you have to subscribe to 3G or GPRS or such like (My boat's in Spain)
I've done some searching but can't find such a cheap and cheerful product.
I have one of those, cost me a lot more than £100.00 works really well, even in the car...
Originally Posted by Fantasie 19
I have several. 1 in each of 2 cars and one on the boat. Here's one for £46.99 and free delivery
You need to get a PAYG sim card. Get one that you can top up from a land line so you can do it from the UK or a cheap monthly contract.
The device will do tracking via SMS or via a 3G internet link. It's actually quite easy to set up to have you boat permanently sending gps position to a remote server every 10 seconds or so. Doing it this way fits well inside the data allowance with most sim cards.
Last edited by nimbusgb; 19-02-12 at 16:21.
That's amazing Nimbus
Did you use the oil sensor option?
How do you read the location, a point on google earth or just data from a server.
Any idea how long, say, a 10mb top up would last? or how much a month it costs for data.
Steve and Fantasie thanks for your replies but it was the security tracker I was after, perhaps my original request was not explicit enough.
David, I have just got a new Blackberry and it like my iPhone has the new tracking software on it, if you hid a Blackberry on the boat and had it constantly connected to a battery all you would need is a cheap BB £100, and a PAYG simm card with £10 on it, if the boat was stolen, by default so would the phone, and BB would track its location?
Ah! now that's interesting. I have played with the "find iphone" function on my iphone but hiding an iphone would be too expensive. I guess you track the BB on your PC and that the app isn't available on Apple products....or maybe it is?
Originally Posted by SteveE
Here is the iPhone version: http://iphone.appstorm.net/general/a...-or-ipad-free/
BB do one like this, it uses the 3G to locate, and BB's are cheaper than iPhones, and apparently you can track via a PC?
Last week a local was in court for receiving stolen goods - an Ipad. The 15 year old owner had used this app and tracked down the unit, following a burglary at his home, to outside a house about half a mile away. Called the police and two Ipads were recovered - so it definitely works!
I send out data every minute. About 100 bytes are transmitted ( speed, position ID etc ). There is some overhead in maintaining the 3g connection but a months worth is a couple of meg. In the uk i have multiple vodafone contracts for family phones and I got a deal on mobile data cards for £5 / month for 1 gig - much much more than required to listen in to a device every second of the day.
The raw message can just be read and cut and pasted into google maps to give you position.
I have a few bits of Java that run on a server and allow me to log in and see where the boat is / has been.
It wouldn't take much to give your unit access to the server and you could use it to translate your signals if you want.
Using a phone is ok but not quite as simple and twice the cost. In addition the ebay units allow you to 'listen-in' to who is on your boat! I have not used the panic button or oil pressure input beyond testing them. I reckon if my boat moves while I'm not there it's being nicked so not much point!
Last edited by nimbusgb; 20-02-12 at 09:06.
Thanks guys and Nimbus for your very detailed reply, much appreciated.