Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Easy GPS Tracking

If you've got GPS capabilities on your phone or PDA, then you might be interested in having a look at 3dTracking.

It's a novel (and free) way to use the Internet to either monitor the movements of a GPS receiver or to display a previous route that's been travelled. So, depending on where you put the receiver, you can follow the progress of a moving vehicle or person and watch the points appear on the map as the receiver moves. Alternatively you can view a previously recorded path that a vehicle or person moved along.

You'll need a GPS receiver, either integral or connected to a PDA or phone capable of running the application and an internet connection. The data can be transmitted live to the servers via any means available to the device so if it has GPRS, 3G, etc., then you'll get the data live but you could also wait until it syncs with your computer.

Once the data is on the server, you can monitor the route via Google Earth or Google Maps. Just select your starting date and time, as well as your end date and time, and the system will show you exactly where you travelled and your speeds along the way.

Currently the software only runs on devices running Windows Pocket PC or Windows Mobile 5.0, and there's a Java version for mobile phones running on Java, Symbian or Microsoft Smartphone operating systems.

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