App for Tracking Muliple Riders

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Woody2627, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    I'm looking for an app that will track a number of riders on a group ride and display it on a map, a poor mans Flytrace. It would have to use the riders mobile, not a spot or Inreach. Must work on Apple and android. Any suggestions?
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  2. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    hmm, live tracking app that is cross platform... that's not easy.

    if you were able to convince the few iOS users to use a cheap android device, I would suggest using oruxmaps or locus, as they both have live tracking built into their already awesome mapping applications and you can customize how often the GPS location data is sent to other users.

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    there is spotwalla, but the last time I used that you had to reload a web page to see if/where people had moved. clunky at best, and requires three applications (the bubbler app, browser and a mapping app for navigation) all at the same time.
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    http://www.livetrack24.com/

    There are a few apps for this service, for android and IOS. I used a couple of Android ones to test the service which seems to work OK. It can handle multiple people. However, my interest is just personal live tracking and for that I use an IOS app (phone in pocket - Android on the bars for navigation with different apps).

    The service seems designed for sporting events such as tracking a bunch of parasailers, gliders etc. but works fine for ground based activity too.
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  4. 919nick

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    Glympse will do what you're looking for.

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    Glympse requires that the phone is subscribed to a data plan, or connected to the internet. I haven't found any apps yet that operate differently.
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    OP ruled out satellite services Inreach and Spot, which does not leave much except a cellular data plan for communication. How else would a rider-tracking Android/Apple app work?
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    scootertrog Been here awhile

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    Many of us here are using navigation apps that do not require data service, perhaps I wrongly assumed the OP was interested in a tracking app that didn't require data service as well. That'd be something I'd be interested in too, if it existed. Well, the technology does exist, but the military hasn't let civilians tap it yet, lol.
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    If you wanted to do something like that without paying for a data plan, (I know this is crazy, roundabout approach) get everyone to get an amateur radio tech license ($10 usually) then buy a $30 Baofeng UV5R radio, tune it to 144.39, make a cable to connect it up to an android phone, then download APRSdroid. This will broadcast and receive location packets without needing any infrastructure. It also works over a data connection without the radio, but still requires the amateur radio license.
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  9. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    Data plan is no problem.
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    But will you always have cellular coverage?
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    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Oh, wicked! I like that !
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    Its cool, but VERY overkill. I haven't tried it, but I am licensed and have all the necessary parts except the cable to connect my Baofeng to my Nexus 7.
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    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    Won't always have cell, but as long as it updates automatically when it does is fine.
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    How do those GPS dog trackers work?
    Slap a collar on each rider. :D
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