Raspberry Pi enthusiasts looking for a new project to keep them busy, may be interested in this Raspberry Pi Internet of Things GPS tracker, aptly named the RIoT Brick or (Rosie Internet of Things Brick). The Pi IoT GPS tracker was created using a Raspberry Pi Zero and provides real-time tracking for less than £50, as well as providing GPS coordinates via the integrated LCD display.
“Last September, Alan put his movement-sensing project to the test in a gruelling endurance race across the Brecon Beacons in Wales. He created the ‘RIoT Brick’ (Rosie Internet of Things Brick) so his family – some as far away as Australia – could remotely track his progress. Hooking himself up in this way also enabled Alan to monitor basic environmental conditions during what would be “a very, very long day!”
Features of the RIoT Brick GPS tracker project :
– The rugged antenna helps the RIoT Brick GPS tracker communicate with other transceivers (maintaining a signal and internet connectivity proved tricky for this project)
– The LCD can be used to provide GPS co‑ordinates, but was switched off to preserve battery power during the 10 Peaks Challenge. Those following Alan’s progress via the web still got detailed data!
– The RIoT Brick project cost less than £50 all-in
– Remote tracker data exchange was a particular challenge
– There was no way to check whether the transceiver was faulty
– It didn’t matter because before the race began… the aerial broke off in Alan’s car boot
For more information on the project jump over to the official Raspberry Pi Magazine website of purchase/download MagPi issue 93.
Source : RPiF