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Old 10-24-05, 08:16 AM
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GPS Locator

Let me begin by saying that I have no idea what I am talking about and have no experience with any GPS equipment.

Has anyone thought of putting a GPS locator on their bike, to locate it in the event that it was stolen. I wasn't thinking along the lines of an entire GPS unit with display and everything, but just a simple beacon sort of thing, that in the event of your bike being stolen could be tracked by someone with the appropriate equipment. I was thinking one could hide it in the handlebars or down tube. I guess powering it would be a problem. Any thoughts?
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Originally Posted by mooklekloon
Let me begin by saying that I have no idea what I am talking about and have no experience with any GPS equipment.

Has anyone thought of putting a GPS locator on their bike, to locate it in the event that it was stolen. I wasn't thinking along the lines of an entire GPS unit with display and everything, but just a simple beacon sort of thing, that in the event of your bike being stolen could be tracked by someone with the appropriate equipment. I was thinking one could hide it in the handlebars or down tube. I guess powering it would be a problem. Any thoughts?
- possible... besides GPS, there are a number of low-power beacon modules used for an Amateur Radio sport called 'foxhunting'... APRS is another position-reporting protocol w/real-time map linking!

radio direction finding

timed beacon (licensed Hams ONLY)

the PocketFox

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Old 10-24-05, 08:39 AM
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We talked about this before. Lowjacking the bike seemed to be an expensive thing to do, and people were saying it probably wouldn't be worth the cost.

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Where are you going to hide the lojack?
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Originally Posted by gudel
Where are you going to hide the lojack?

Correct, its not small. The next question is how to power it.
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Old 10-25-05, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by mooklekloon
Let me begin by saying that I have no idea what I am talking about and have no experience with any GPS equipment.

Has anyone thought of putting a GPS locator on their bike, to locate it in the event that it was stolen.
Yes. You'd need both a GPS receiver and a GPRS (or similar) transmitter. There are companies that make this sort of kit, mostly for parents to attach to their children in the event of paedogeddon.

I've thought about attaching one to my bike, but they're prohibitively expensive.
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Old 10-25-05, 06:24 AM
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Aren't new, low drain, traceable tags going to be the new wave in product tracking?

I think these are already in use for container tracking and railcars, could be a small step to consumer level tags. I've read of forward thinking towards low drain tracking embedded in barcodes built into ever consumer product sold. The ability to track a product from factory to grave and every shelf it sits on in between.

Some Cell phones and laptops are coming with antitheft locator systems built in, may be GPS I guess. What's the system that's coming on line with new cell phones, is it GPS or triangulation? I'm betting wireless triangulation.
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