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Wannabe Geek

# 32061 9-Apr-2009 22:42
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Hey guys/gals,

I'm looking into GPS tracking of vehicles - I'm trying to see what the cheapest solution would be to tracking a vehicle either on demand (by sending a command for example) or at a time interval (say every 30 minutes).

After having a look around, I could see that devices that have GPS, as well as GSM or GPRS are likely to cost around $400.

I thought, why not just buy a mobile phone for this price?

I found that vodafone has a phone at $400 (

There's some Java software that looks like it'll run on it too - 

Of course there'll be fees for the mobile service, and I'll have to set up a server for the phone to send its locations to, but that's all part of the fun :)

A problem with this though, is that the phone needs to be powered somehow.  I was thinking that I might be able to hook the cellphone up to the car battery somehow, and duct tape it under the dashboard.  I don't know if this would work - it could just make my car battery flat?  

Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing?

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Red Jungle

# 206373 10-Apr-2009 17:02
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If you're a developer, and interested in tinkering - then by all means it would be a fun little project for you.

If, however you're interested in this for commercial purposes or you need real reliability and accuracy - then you should seriously consider just buying hardware + service from an established provider of vehicle tracking.

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