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Looking for a spy device to put in car that connects to FollowMee
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shai200


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Join Date: 2016-03-18
Posts: 2

Posted: 2016-06-10 06:29:56 AM

Hello,

I''d like to install a small device to the electronic system of the car that sends a GPS signal to followmee every 2 minutes. I am talking about a device such as this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vehicle-Truck-Car-Pet-GSM-GPRS-GPS-Tracker-Fantastic-Real-Time-Tracking-Device-/111936754732?hash=item1a0ff3542c:g:dbYAAOSwwpdW2n~e

The question is, how do I connect this device to interface with followmee and see the data in my account?

Administrator


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Join Date: 2010-01-27
Posts: 1300

Posted: 2016-06-10 10:58:23 PM

This will not work. The FollowMee web site only work with the FollowMee mobile app that installed to your phone. It does not work with the hardware GPS device.

george.holt


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Join Date: 2017-01-03
Posts: 1

Posted: 2017-01-03 04:55:53 PM

The point is that we want something like this.
There are some great devices out there that will record video, all sorts of sensors, and GPS data. But they have their own cellular data upload plan included with the device. (The device is hardwired into the vehicle) If we could feed this data into FollowMee, we could view this data in one spot.

Alternatively, we would just export the FollowMee data to another viewer (that other viewer would need to support the car system as well).

What would that do with your business model?
1. For the first solution, we would pay extra to add new devices to your data platform. You would provide a web service that accepts incoming GPS data. There is a lot of potential here if you create an ecosystem that works smoothly across multiple non-phone devices. You could charge flat fees, or charge per volume of data.

For the second approach, customers would just buy the upgrade that includes the real-time data export service. We would export the data and would not really interact with your platform.
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Join Date: 2010-01-27
Posts: 1300

Posted: 2017-01-03 10:13:46 PM

Supporting the hardware gps devices is difficult because there are countless protocols for these hardware devices. Programming the server to accept data from these devices will be hard. And some of the devices do not allow you to change the upload host. But we will consider your suggestion and also the 2nd approach.

belendez


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Join Date: 2015-09-25
Posts: 2

Posted: 2018-11-17 06:18:42 PM

I would also like to add a non phone GPS. If there are many proto cols as you said, Why don''t you select the GPS Trackers that would work with your platform and publish which GPS Trackers you are compatible with.
belendez


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Join Date: 2015-09-25
Posts: 2

Posted: 2018-11-17 06:23:42 PM

There are some non phone GPS trackers where you can configure an IP adress so the data points are sent there. You can also configure how often to send the data... Great for a car fleet...
ohicyou


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Join Date: 2018-01-12
Posts: 8

Posted: 2019-01-14 08:53:52 PM

I agree that this model would be very beneficial to the Followmee (FM) current GPS program/apps. This is a good suggestion, as many developers have already developed such applications. Although, they have their pros and cons also. As well, I have not located one that incorporates the FM platform

Belendez, are you taking about the devices like the "OBD"? If not, can you elaborate as to what other non phone GPS trackers your speaking of? We may incorporate such an idea to use alongside FM, can you post some of the non phone GPS trackers that you mention?

I also agree with george.holt, there are many services that record audio, sensors, etc using a separate data plan incorporating such with FM to view by exporting the data to a different viewer. Although this way is not very streamlined.

This is a good suggestion. Many companies seem to be heading in this direction. Granted, the data from FM is phone generated GPS coordinates, and accuracy is extremely variable (30m-100+).

If there is a stand alone product within the vehicle it would not be effective once the employee leaves the vehicle parked. However, even with FM if an employee leaves a gps phone say, in a drawer, the accuracy and/or coordinates are null anyway (and the end user is unaware of the actual activity of GPS location, duration stops, etc). If FM can integrate the two it would certainly decrease the margin of error since current coordinates can be skewed, and we are left with "breadcrumbs" trying to piece together the events, especially for a novice.


The ability to have a precise method, and better overall picture, of drivers, fleets, nannys, and more and their activities by offering a combination of both will give the end user a more precise and accurate picture and expanding upon additional information that is more precise than currently available. Feeding this into a central location would be ideal. Currently, our observation of data coordinates are already viewed by a PC, and not the apps. The apps are only installed on the employees devices.



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