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    I'd like to get one of these

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    Well this doesn't actually use your phone for data access, it needs its own GSM/3G SIM card/account (which you may be able to get pre-paid?). Is this what you're asking about? Technically yes, you can use a PCIEmini WLAN card, but you wouldn't have GPS, and a PCI WLAN card is much cheaper.
    Rowan, what i'm inquiring about is, I would like this to be my tracking (GPS) hardware, however I would like to use Wi-Fi as my connection to send the data to the SQL server. So can there be a PCIEmini WLAN & GPS? Just trying to understand this setup!


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    Hi CaveDog,

    The schematic could possibly be released, it's similar and partly based on the SAM9260-EK dev board. The only purpose of releasing the schematic would be for custom software, even then we could probably just release input/output information (pin's used etc) and sample source code.

    Since it's running linux, it's extremely easy to write your own code for the device. Just need a crosscompiler. So in theory, you could use our hardware with any tracking system (even your own), just need to write the code for it.

    What we have at the moment sounds exactly like what you've also got, our system also uses google maps API and draws lines between reported locations

    The device has input voltage monitoring (28vDC max, 20mV resolution), and we could easily write a daemon app to monitor the voltage and go to sleep if it drops below a certain setpoint. Any digital input can then be used to wake it up (or a set time).

    We'll probably be ready to order the first batch of 20 in the next couple of weeks, these will be used for further beta testing, and then hopefully we can sell a couple to help fund the first batch of 100.

    I will let you guys know if I can use extra beta testers, however we'd probably need some sort of bond worked out for return, or if you want to keep it you can at a discounted price . The MC8775V are around $200 alone, not cheap to be giving away :P However the great thing about them is that they have inbuilt GPS, so no additional GPS cost.
    The reason why I asked the above question is because of the inbuild GPS you mentioned above.

    Here's my question....if you have this hardware, with inbuilt GPS & PCIEmini WLAN, then whenever it detects wi-fi connection, can it then upload the data to my SQL server? Can it work like this??
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    are you planning to sell these?

    i'd be up for one!!!

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    Hi Creative0Mind,

    There can be a PCIEmini WLAN, but you'd then have to use a serial or USB GPS. There'd be no point in purchasing the GSM unit with built in GPS if you weren't going to use it anyway, as it's double the price of just the GPS alone. If you were going to use the GSM unit and wanted WLAN as well, then i'd suggest using a USB WLAN adapter of some sort

    Yeah it can do what you want, ie when it detects your WLAN it connects and uploads data to your SQL server
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    Hi gummybear,
    Yep we eventually want to sell them, currently getting the kernel down perfect for our board, once everything is good on these proto boards then we'll order a first batch of 20 or so, for beta testing/finishing off all the code.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    the proto's are done (painfully) by hand.
    That is a lot of hand soldering.

    I spent a month in Melbourne around 2002. I love your city!

    Do you see any reason why this wouldn't work in the USA? This product could also have a lot of uses for fleet applications. I am sure one of us would love to test this as well.

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    I think I saw an Instructable to do this with a PIC and a cheap pay-per-the-minute cell for about $50 bucks. I'll see if I can find the link.
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    If Location Tracking is the only objective, you dont need any extra Hardware. You can do it with just any S60 platform mobile with integrated GPS or with a Bluetooth connected GPS. The SW running on the mobile takes care of everything and is very flexible. See the link below for one such application which converts your mobile to an AVL device.

    http://www.aspicore.com/en/tuotteet_tracker.asp

    But what makes Rowan's project more interesting is it aims to cover a lot more than basic AVL. You'd have the functionality of a GPS splitter, Fusion Brain (a scaled down version of it) and obviously AVL all rolled into one single board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiberoptic View Post
    That is a lot of hand soldering.

    I spent a month in Melbourne around 2002. I love your city!

    Do you see any reason why this wouldn't work in the USA? This product could also have a lot of uses for fleet applications. I am sure one of us would love to test this as well.
    Yeah it's a horrible amount of hand soldering :P Only the first prototyping units will be hand soldered, thankfully.. The beta units will be done by machine.

    There's no reason these shouldn't work in the USA, as long as you can source PCIEmini Express devices that work with your GSM Frequencies it shouldn't be a problem. The MC8775V will most likely work.

    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalVampire View Post
    But what makes Rowan's project more interesting is it aims to cover a lot more than basic AVL. You'd have the functionality of a GPS splitter, Fusion Brain (a scaled down version of it) and obviously AVL all rolled into one single board.
    Yep, exactly - also it will be made to be able to integrate with your car alarm, so you can have it send sms messages etc when the alarm goes off, or if the car is moved out side of a geofence and so forth.

    You can also plug in USB Webcams or other USB devices and control them with the device.
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    Work is coming along nicely, all hardware checks have been done and i'm finalizing the revB design, hoping to have it done by the end of the week. We'll then order our first batch for beta testing.

    SMS/GPS & Data connection drivers were written on the weekend and are being finalised now for the Sierra Wireless cards, Webcam support works along with all the peripheral support (rs-232, ethernet, gpio including interrupts/counters etc).
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