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jimsall

Would the community have any advice on how to send (not receive) GPS data from an Arduino device to a remote server wirelessly (while mobile)? Yes, I would like Arduino device to send this information while mobile. There is a smart phone nearby, so perhaps I could explore using its internet connection or even SMS the GPS data. The proximity of the device to the server will vary, the proximity of the device to the phone (if needed) will be a few feet. I have looked into the Xbee Zigbee Shield, but am unsure if this will help me in this mobile application.

Thanks for any advice!

jimsall

Thanks for that tip. I have never heard of APRS, and it has quite the history! I am researching into that a bit more. It does require me to have a Radio Operator's license, so that may be a hindrance. Any other types of ways for the Arduino device to connect to the internet and send send GPS info while on the move?

I have found these wifi shields: http://asynclabs.com/ and then there is this for the iPhone: http://www.progical.com/ I am not really interested in jail breaking an iPhone for this or even getting into something vendor specific with phones though.

johnwasser

Sounds like what you might want is a GPRS (GSM) transmitter.  The "Squidbee" is a GPRS shield for 71 Euros:

http://www.cooking-hacks.com/index.php/arduino-gprs-module.html

In addition to that you will need a serial GPS module.

An alternative is the free Mologogo.com, Instamapper.com, or Buddyway.com software on a cheap pre-paid cellphone such as the Boost Mobile Motorola i296 for $50:

http://www.instamapper.com/diy.html
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jimsall

Once again, this is very helpful. This is a stellar community! Thanks.

jimsall

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Aug 07, 2011, 05:04 pm Last Edit: Aug 07, 2011, 05:06 pm by jimsall Reason: 1
GPS real time tracker using Arduino mega: http://www.cutedigi.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=403

johnwasser


GPS real time tracker using Arduino mega: http://www.cutedigi.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=403


Using the NewSoftSerial library to implement two soft serial ports will eliminate the need to use an Arduino Mega just to get the three serial ports.

The GSM/GPRS module is $49.
The "Evaluation Board" for it is also $49.

They also have the combination of the GSM/GPRS module and Arduino shield for $75:
http://www.cutedigi.com/product_info.php?cPath=284&products_id=4424

To use the GSM/GPRS module you will have to provide an activated GSM SIM card.
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