GPS tracker, send an alert of exact location worldwide

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by fastblad, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. fastblad

    fastblad Adventurer

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    hey guys

    i am looking for a GPS tracker would be great if i could find a watch that could do the job

    1- must be small and easy to carry
    2- able to send an alert signal of the exact location worldwide
    3- friends and family would be able to track my movement if i activated the emergency single


    if anyone knows of such advice , please let me know
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  2. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    there is an app for smart phones, but dammed if I can remember the name!
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  3. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    The closest thing available now is the Spot 2 or Spot Connect.

    Packing a GPS receiver, satellite phone and power supply into a watch-sized package isn't easy or cheap - the sat phone antenna alone is rather large. A simple cell-based unit doesn't fit the criteria. It won't work in quite large areas of North America, nevermind worldwide!
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  4. Wolfgang55

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    Talk to a SEAL
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  5. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    Yeah, because the tech they get is both affordable and available to consumers :rolleyes

    fat fingered on a small keyboard.
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    Simplyred Adventure is a State of Mind.

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  7. scubasimon

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    there is an app on the iphone that allows for something like this. app is called motionx-GPS. unfortunately, you will need to have some sort of data signal for this to work properly.
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  8. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    What about a personal epirb? Not quite watch sized but will work anywhere and could in theory* get a better response than Spot.

    *not getting into THAT debate
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  9. SgtDuster

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    A PLB won't allow friends and family tracking though.
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  10. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    True. However the only time he mentioned tracking was after he sent the SOS, rather than the Spot like follow me type feature. Redundancy is good, carry both:D
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    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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  14. abhibeckert

    abhibeckert Long timer

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    A combination of an EPIRB or PLB (for emergencies) and smartphone (for telling family where you are) is ideal I think.
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  15. Cameleer

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    Got a Spot device and used it on my last ride, does everything you mention and I'm very pleased with it.
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  16. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Just don't try to use it in Southern Africa or India or Southern Argentina/Chile. I finally switched to inReach. Messages go within seconds and are delivered within a minute in most cases that I've tried (clear view of the sky). I also managed to send a few messages from inside the home office - the "signal" LED showed a connection so I gave it a try.

    The ability to two-way text is extremely useful. The other feature I really like is that you can adjust the Tracking from once every 10min to once every 30min, 1hr, 2hr and 4hrs.

    It would really be nice if they would optionally feed the Tracking locations the same as they do "Messages".

    Anyway, inReach is now my standard.

    (I don't work for Delorme nor have they provided me with any service, hardware or cash for my statements)

    Cheers,
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  17. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    The iPhone app mentioned above is Life360. It's free and works well. It uses a combination of the gps function of the phone and tower triangulation. It does offer limited texting ability and I know it has limitations in heavily treed areas.
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  18. Cameleer

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    Thanks for the feedback, I had never heard of InReach but will check it out, cheers C
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  19. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Operating costs are pretty steep if you are going to be using it non-stop. $12 or $25 per month plus the messaging fees and especiallly tracking points will get pretty pricey after you blow throug the included amount. Not like SPOT where you can just show your track online for a flat rate.

    But, if you have the coin, it is truly global using the Iridium satphone network.

    The inReach costs are pretty similar. The acquisition cost is lower, but it is not a 100% self contained unit like the Pieps.
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  20. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    I like the packaging idea of the Pieps. I think this community has been talking about a "Garmin Montana-sized" device that had Iridium-based Location features and a complete GPS software system. Pieps looks like it will need a fair amount of time to catch up to inReach as far as Dealer Service and Acquisition. Cost is another non-competitive point for me. The current inReach Recreation Plan cost is more comparable to SPOT annual cost given that GEOS is included and you have two-way Messaging to anyone - including other inReach devices. I do like the Weather Service feature of the Pieps but again that's just a "message". The inReach (Blue or Green) services could easily add Weather to the device as a push service you subscribe to on your explore.delorme.com account.

    I just installed the inReach on my GS with the newly released Automotive Power Adapter (slightly modified for all-weather use). Now I don't have to carry a pannier full of lithium batteries around the world.

    Competition is good for us in this space. As long as there is a market these devices will only get "better".

    Cheers,
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