colin_haynes
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GPS Tracker for dogs

Thu May 30, 2013 9:17 pm

I've posted this on adafruit too - apologies if you read this twice.

I have three dogs. Two of them run whenever the gate is slightly open (they're rescue dogs and this is Scotland - there's a long way to run). What I'd really like to do is attach GPS transmitters to their collars so I can find them when they are out. I know some companies (Garmin, Trax) do them, but they're expensive and I'd also like to learn more about electronics and how to track them with a Raspberry Pi if possible.

So my questions are:

1) has anyone done this?
2) does anyone know of any kits that'll help?
3) are there kits that will either give me real-time tracking or tracking on-demand (through a SIM card which seems to be a popular solution)?

Thanks in advance.

Colin.

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Re: GPS Tracker for dogs

Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:39 pm

i think adafruits have a gps device im sure i have seen some one use gps on their pi.

best bet would be google gps raspberry pi im sure it will flag up
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Re: GPS Tracker for dogs

Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:55 pm

You can get a GPS tracker from Adafruit, and also Sparkfun have a nice selection, however these are US companies, so it would be better to order through one of their distributors, Proto-Pic, SK Pang, Oomlout.

Personally, I wouldn't use a Raspberry Pi for this situation though. This is because not only is the Pi big, but it is also uses a hell of a lot of power and you'd have to recharge it constantly. I would personally recommend using an Arduino development board (click here), coupled with a GPRS breakout or shield. Prototype it using the Arduino, then shrink it down onto a small PCB (click here). The Arduino website is bursting full of help and resources, as well as a forum, so you won't be alone if you need help.
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