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Anti-theft GPS module idea
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anderson303
How about a hidden module in the case, powered and recharged by the board off in a corner undetectable from the module racks with a tiny GPS tracking device connected. Maybe a DIY project? (I'd learn to solder if someone came up with this.)

I think this can totally happen.
meatbeatz
hacking $50 GPS anti-theft thingy with a rechargeable battery hooked up to the PSU is something I wanted to do for a while now. watching with interest!
Bobby
This would be great. I'd buy.
mskala
Duct tape a cheap cell phone with an appropriate tracking feature to the inside the case. Run +5V from the power to the USB charging port to keep the battery charged. There's no way a built-for-the-purpose "module" will be able to match the price.

You're not going to get great reception from inside a modular case with any GPS receiver, especially not with a metal case.
LoFi Junglist
The hardest part is finding SMS phone plans that wont try to lump in A) a Mobile Phone, B) 50GB a month data bundles.

The Cheapest SMS plans ('sim-only') I've found have been between $12-15 a month. I'd love to be able to talk down a plan even lower, but even my current provider is trying to phase out low tier plans for $19.99 month plans.
adam
glassofwater
I'd like to see how this module could be improved with Maths!!!
echox
Plenty of examples in the electronics DIY community wink

GPS Tracker with SMS:
https://shortn0tes.blogspot.de/2017/06/sms-gps-tracker-with-neoway-m59 0-and.html

GPS Bike lock:
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-GPS-Tracked-Bike-Lock/

AVR based GPS Tracker:
http://lucidscience.com/pro-gps%20tracking%20device-1.aspx

And the whole search results @hackaday: https://hackaday.com/?s=gps+tracker
echox
LoFi Junglist wrote:
The hardest part is finding SMS phone plans that wont try to lump in A) a Mobile Phone, B) 50GB a month data bundles.

The Cheapest SMS plans ('sim-only') I've found have been between $12-15 a month. I'd love to be able to talk down a plan even lower, but even my current provider is trying to phase out low tier plans for $19.99 month plans.


There should be some cheap plans available for the whole Internet-of-Shit stuff.

One example would be the electron asset tracker:

https://www.particle.io/products/hardware/asset-tracker

Monthly fee 2,99$ + 0,99$ per Gigabyte (https://www.particle.io/pricing#cellular-data)
pieter
I think the easiest and likely cheapest way to do this is to buy a standard GPS tracker, and put that in your case. Bonus points for having the case keep the batteries charged.
LoFi Junglist
pieter wrote:
I think the easiest and likely cheapest way to do this is to buy a standard GPS tracker, and put that in your case. Bonus points for having the case keep the batteries charged.


In Australia you cant modify a device that has a SIM card (so you cant use SIM card Arduino kits etc). Off the shelf products are cheap and are easy to setup (you can have them SMS you when they're moved more than 6ft from their 'normal spot') so no need to build anything.
meatbeatz
https://www.milwaukeetool.com/power-tools/cordless/48-21-2000
anderson303
The catch is having the case charge the battery. I'd never unscrew a module to get to it and charge it every week. Year after year.
createsounds
this seems a bit paranoid to me.
LED-man
Please respect the EMV problems.
The tracker can’t be used when the Modularsystem is in usage.
A power switch and status led is helpful.
createsounds
what is "EMV" ?
im not sure what that abbreviation is for.
scrunday
anderson303 wrote:
How about a hidden module in the case, powered and recharged by the board off in a corner undetectable from the module racks with a tiny GPS tracking device connected. Maybe a DIY project? (I'd learn to solder if someone came up with this.)

I think this can totally happen.


In the tradition of modules named after plural nouns, can we call it "Snitches?"
mskala
anderson303 wrote:
The catch is having the case charge the battery. I'd never unscrew a module to get to it and charge it every week. Year after year.


That seems to me to be the easy part - just give it a +5V supply from your synth bus, through the USB port. I would give it its own +5 regulator to keep it more or less isolated from whatever else is going on in the case, but this is an easy thing to do.
bemushroomed
I've been thinking about this since i lost a package in the mail. But my idea was just a sticker that says it's GPS traceable (and perhaps some other warning tied to that).

I'd say it would be almost as effective if the text is clearly visible, preferably on all sides.

No one would be stupid enough to steal something which is easily traceable and risk having cops coming to their place (which likely has other stolen goods as well)..
ersatzplanet
I thought of this back decades ago after my 4-voice was stolen (I got it back!). Back then there was no GPS stuff but there were small emergency beacon devices made for boating that beeped out a tone in radio frequencies and could be used to triangulate.

There are a bunch of coin sized trackers out there. TrackR (https://www.thetrackr.com/bravo/) is one, that track though wireless networks and crowd-sourced other users. It is relatively cheap and small enough to install in almost everything. It depends on other TrackR users but there are over 5 million of those things out there.
dinosaurs
anderson303 wrote:
How about a hidden module in the case, powered and recharged by the board off in a corner undetectable from the module racks with a tiny GPS tracking device connected. Maybe a DIY project? (I'd learn to solder if someone came up with this.)

I think this can totally happen.


ahh, I see someone has been reading my reddit posts.
bandobandobando
adam wrote:


Synthesizer Patel with the answers!! Electrocution. zombie Brilliant.
adam
anderson303
dinosaurs wrote:
anderson303 wrote:
How about a hidden module in the case, powered and recharged by the board off in a corner undetectable from the module racks with a tiny GPS tracking device connected. Maybe a DIY project? (I'd learn to solder if someone came up with this.)

I think this can totally happen.


ahh, I see someone has been reading my reddit posts.


No, I haven't. Probably just as paranoid after Shawn S's rig got stolen.

Did you get anywhere with this on Reddit?
anderson303
createsounds wrote:
this seems a bit paranoid to me.


Peace of mind. And how am I going to replace all my cwejman modules it took years to acquire.
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