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Project: GPS Tracker

Discussion in 'The Completed Projects Collection' started by OldSpring, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. OldSpring

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 10, 2008
    Hello all,

    I just finished a summer project which is a GPS tracker demonstration program with data logging capacity. It uses BasicStamp 2P (also you can use PIC, 8051, Atmel...) to interface with a GPS Module, JP Module and 16x2 LCD display. Code used is standard PBasic 2.5, it should work with most of the BasicStamp chips.

    It can record GPS data to a MMC/SD card with latitude and longitude information. The data can be processed from Google Map at the website: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com. If you have Google Earth installed, the data also can be processed into a KML file (Google earth data file format) at the website: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/map?form=googleearth

    Main components:

    (1) Basic Stamp 2P

    Manufacturer: www.parallax.com

    Datasheet: http://www.parallax.com/tabid/440/Default.aspx

    (2) GPS Module 40EBLS

    Manufacturer: www.mightygps.com

    Datasheet: http://www.mightygps.com/oem/MightyGPS40EBLS.pdf

    (3) JP Module

    Manufacturer: www.jianpingusa.com

    Datasheet: http://www.jianpingusa.com/datasheet/JP%20Module%20Instruction.pdf

    (4) 16x2 LCD Display

    Manufacturer: http://www.femacorp.com/

    Datasheet: http://www.femacorp.com/Products/LCD/Character%20Modules/Character%20Modules%20Index.htm

    Attached files:

    1) Schematic:

    2) Project picture 1:


    3) Google earth maps:

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    Thanks to allaboutcircuits team and all forum users,

    OldSpring (Author of the project)

    More projects at OldSpring Project Website:

    Last edited: Mar 4, 2010
  2. ad8bc

    New Member

    Oct 30, 2008
    Nice job!

    If you liked that project, you would love to play with a ham radio protocol called APRS -- the Automatic Position Reporting System. Instead of uploading your file to gpsvisualizer.com, an APRS device will beacon your real-time position via a short radio beacon signal, and APRS digipeaters and packet gateways will transfer that information to the Internet almost real-time.

    Go to www.aprs.fi and just log in with a nickname (if you don't have a ham radio callsign) and then, in the "Track Callsign" box, enter my callsign AD8BC-9.

    The map will show the position of my truck, my altitude, my battery voltage at last measurement, the temperature (inside my truck) in Celsius, number of GPS satellites I have a fix on, and a short text message. Other operators may have a stationary station that beacons out weather information from a personal weather station (search K7PW at the aprs.fi website for a local weather station transmission)

    And these are all good projects for the Basic Stamp, Arduino, PIC, or just about anything -- interface to the GPS with I2C, interface with a TNC ("radio modem") out the serial port, and you can transmit pretty much any telemetry you want and it will show up on these maps in the correct position.
  3. davebee

    Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    That's really cool!

    I tried doing something like this a few years ago writing GPS data to an MMC card but couldn't get it to work quite right.
  4. vikash_87

    New Member

    May 8, 2009
    what it's function and where it is used?
  5. anthonyy

    New Member

    Jun 15, 2009
    I have Telenav Tracker with AT&t and I can't live without it, literally. I first saw it mentioned in the New York Times and then I went to their website: <snip> $10/month is a great deal, especially considering it offers more features than a $600 standalone unit.
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  6. wellyboot


    Jun 1, 2005
    Im very interested in this, have been looking at the PacComm tiny 2 TNC, which i assume i could interface with a PIC microcontroller via a max232 IC ???
    how does the data commication protocol work between the pic and TNC?
  7. kammenos

    Active Member

    Aug 3, 2008
    congratulations!!!!!!!!! And thanks for the links! I was looking badly for a GPS module.

    Plz fix your www.mightygps.com link. It directs to JP
  8. hussainee1988

    New Member

    Dec 10, 2009
  9. cooltwins

    New Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    really awesome effort...:cool:
  10. khalid89

    New Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    helloo..what is your email sir..because i want futher information
  11. Georacer


    Nov 25, 2009
    OldSpring hasn't logged in for nearly 3 months now. A reply might take a long time.

    Senior Member

    Jun 29, 2010
    Its cool.........
  13. holnis


    Nov 25, 2011
    What a great job!! Thanks for sharing :D
  14. vicuspuer@yahoo.com

    New Member

    Feb 7, 2012
    congratulations!!!!. This is a good work. But can the project be linked to a mobile phone gps maps, so that the mobile phone gps maps can track if linked to the gps tracker. Thanks . Good work.