OpenTracker (we'll drop the v2 suffix for the rest of this post) is an Arduino-based GPS / GLONASS vehicle tracker. The August 21 article in Electronics Weekly gives an overview of OpenTracker and mentions a couple use cases.
"This one could of interest to a Gadget Master looking to track moving objects, such as a vehicle. Want to monitor your elderly parent, perhaps, or keep an eye on your son or daughter’s first driving adventures...The people behind it, Tigal, are raising funds on the Indiegogo crowd-funding website...it’s actually the second version of the firm’s open source GPS/GLONASS vehicle tracking system...As well as tracking single or multiple vehicles, it also monitors the speed and altitude of the objects...The Arduino Due compatible module has an Atmel SAM3A8C ARM controller, a Quectel M95 GSM/GPRS modem and a Quectel L76 GPS/GLONASS module..."
Based on the online description of their company, TIGAL will likely continue development of the tracker's second version in spite of not reaching their crowdfunding goal. It will likely take longer for the second version to become available, so if you're interested in this 'open source' moving object tracker, you should probably just buy the first version to learn on while waiting for the second one to appear. If you do interesting hacks with v1, TIGAL might want to have you be a beta tester for v2. Their website describes the company this way:
"TIGAL is a...international distributor and manufacturer of...innovative technological products. TIGAL’s product line includes embedded Linux/Windows CE devices, M2M solutions, wireless devices, CAE/CAD, development systems and compilers, professional programmers, measurement tools, LCD and OLED displays and display modules with and without touch screen functionality, and speech recognition development tools and systems. TIGAL is also leading several OEM projects with its international partners...in the fields of SMS and MMS messaging, Voice Recognition and Linux-based development tools and embedded hardware."If you're considering buying or building a GPS tracker, you might also want to look at a few of the
- GeogramONE (originally released as DSS Open Source Tracking Device on Kickstarter) -- $120.00 -- "The Geogram ONE is an open source tracking device based off the Arduino platform. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, several hiccups in the manufacturing and assembly process, we're proud to announce the Geogram ONE is finally available for sale. We're selling the bare bones board here for development, however to take full advantage of it's capabilites you'll still need...accessories...The board also comes preloaded with firmware to use as a tracking device. Communication is handled simply by send an SMS from your smart phone."
- RuuviTracker -- "...an open-source, electronic global positioning device as well as free
RuuviTracker Rev C PCBs
- GPS Cookie (funded with a Kickstarter project in 2013) -- $89.00 -- Overview from
- Adafruit Ultimate GPS on the Raspberry Pi -- From Martin O'Hanlon's blog post about this Adafruit GPS tracker: "I got myself one of adafruit's ultimate GPS breakout boards as I want to experiment with capturing GPS data in my car projects. Its a seriously good bit of
Adafruit Ultimate GPS on Raspberry Pi
I've never done a maker project with GPS tracking, but it appears there are a number of options for doing that with open source designs. If you want to track your child, your parent or a potentially wayward or nefarious client (I have no idea as to the legalities of any of those activities and IANAL) or if you want to clearly understand how someone might be tracking you, this post should at least point you in the right direction...