Vehicle Tracking Options

idealer

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Since the other thread is closed this thread has been opened to discuss alternative tracking options.

I have been doing some hardware research and so far I have found some GSM/Satellite hybrid tracing options that can use GSM when avail and fall back on Satellite when no GSM available. Pure Satellite options look to cost around $15-20 per day per device but this could come down considerably with hybrid options.

Also looking into auto alert on motion stop.

dual gps antenna's so they can be mounted to both sides of vehicle.

This is purely a research topic and nothing more but I could see developing a open website where users could register open hardware and offering tracking and automated alerts someday.

I think another option that may be useful is automated sms to team on motion stop all this could be registered within open website with automated sms relay.
 
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martein

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I don't know what data costs if you buy in bulk as a communications company but the retail cost is less than $1 per minute once you get into the high usage categories. Since the typical race is less than 24 hours and there is only 1440 minutes in a day, the data costs are not going to eat into your $80k fees that much. The time it takes to ping the information from a race vehicle to the system is insignificant.
 

idealer

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So far I have just looked @ retail costs, GSM is like $29/39 (monthly) for 5min/2.5min updates, sat is like .17 per update.
 

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So who knows for a fact how the IRC sat air time works? Per ping? Entire time unit is on?
 

martein

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So who knows for a fact how the IRC sat air time works? Per ping? Entire time unit is on?
When you get to the level of full race operations I assume you negotiate a rate directly with the carrier.
 

idealer

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The sat time for gps logging is typically broadcasted similar to sms or text messaging and its a per msg fee. Its not traditional data. I think the best option would be a hybrid system that can send frequent sms via gsm and fall back on sat when no gsm is available.

Here are some of the units I was looking for more information on.
http://www.gplogger.com/Solution.php?SI=10
http://gpstracker.arknavgps.com.tw/..._Hybrid_GPS_Tracker_AVL_tracker_id119592.html
http://iqgistics.com/gps-solutions/hybrid-products/iq800-hybrid-satellitecellular-gps-tracking-unit
http://www.proxyvolt.com.au/vehicle...tracking/hybrid_satellite_gsm_gps_tracker.asp
 
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LantanaTX

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Last year at the NORRA Mexican 1000, there was no IRC for tracking so we used a Spot Tracker. the only issue was getting cell service in Baja in the chase truck. It worked out pretty well as we just kept a look out for the occasional cell tower and then as we were driving quickly checked the cars position on our smart phones.

We weren't at the most recent NORRA 500 but NORRA used something similar to but not IRC and it worked pretty well. Was easily able to keep track of the race from home.
 

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So Phil is raking in enough dough to race a TT team someone mentioned. All the GSM talk in this thread made me realize why Acer wants to hide his identity!! Haha
 
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