GATSO Hunter v0.1 (Beta) - Standalone speed camera detection
Thought I'd share something with you that I've been working on for the past couple of weeks. A program that performs standalone speed camera detection!
It's called GATSO Hunter and is working very well for me at the moment. However, in the interests of making it more robust I thought I'd let you lot loose on it!
Firstly some basic requirements:
1. Windows! It works with just a single EXE in Windows XP SP2. It's not using any fancy ActiveX components so I'm hoping it will also work on Win2k and maybe Win98.
2. A GPS that supports GPGGA and GPVTG. I had to manually enable GPVTG on my GPS. If a large number of people come back to me and say "I can't use it cos I don't have GPVTG sentences" then I'll modify it. GPVTG was just the quick and easy way!
3. MSCOMM32.OCX in your system32 folder and registered (see posts below)
1. Monitors the closest cameras to you for low CPU usage. (Well.. unless you're in a big city and there's just loads of cameras everywhere)
2. Audio announcement of approaching speed cameras AND announcement of the limit.. if available
3. Lowers volume in Winamp during announcements (and ALWAYS returns it to 100% afterwards.. so watch out for that)
4. Cameras that you're facing take precedence over (closer) cameras beind you and to the sides
How to install:
1. Extract zip file to a folder of your choice, KEEP ALL THE FILES TOGETHER
2. Edit GATSO Hunter.ini and change the COMPORT setting to match your system
3. Run GATSO Hunter.exe
Radius in kilometres, from the current position, that you want to monitor cameras. After moving (CLOSEZONE - 1) kilometres from your current position the program recalculates the close cameras.
You will be warned about any cameras that are closer than this value (in kilometres)
Number of degrees to the right and to the left of your current heading to look for cameras in.
The com port your GPS is on.
Baud rate etc
Name of the CSV file with the camera data in it
Camera Data File:
The file included is the same as the one from Map Monkey EXCEPT I have removed the first line with the descriptions. If you update the CSV you MUST remove the first line..
Running alongside other software:
I've tested this with GPSGate and it worked a treat. You can leave GATSO Hunter running in the background and fire up Map Monkey as and when you need navigation.
Couldn't get it working with XPort2 though. Not sure why. Let me know how it goes folks.