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Old 10-06-2004, 01:15 PM   #1
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Car Security w/ GPS

I'd like to embed a GPS device in my new car as a post-event security device, so that the car can be tracked (by myself) if it gets stolen (my last car was stolen). I'd like to set it up so:

a) I can bring up on my computer the location of the car
b) I can be alerted if the car is moved (e.g. at night)

Is this possible, and how would I go about setting it up?

Old 10-06-2004, 01:35 PM   #2
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There is a couple ways this can be done. You can purchase a device and pay a monitoring fee. You can also get free monitoring by using HAM radio by tying the GPS to the transmitter via a rs232 device to broad cast it for free. (this is a very high overview of it) This would require a HAM license. But aside from the parts that would be the only "soft" cost for it.

I hope this at least shed a little light for you.

Here's a couple links to some sites:

Also just google

gps car tracking

I did a quick one and got 517,000 English pages
Old 10-06-2004, 02:12 PM   #3
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Old 10-06-2004, 04:46 PM   #4
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Rep: Reputation: 357Reputation: 357Reputation: 357Reputation: 357 is called OnStar, look into it.

In all seriousness, it sounds like this project would take massive amounts of time and a good deal of money to complete, and you will be left with a very large device taking up space in your car, and a proprietary system that only you have access to. What good is a system that can track your stolen car, if the police cannot access it? The police might be dubious to trust your unproven system in the first place, even if they could access it.

I think it would be a much better investment to have a LoJack installed, or an aftermarket device similar to OnStar.

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