Phone/gps tracking programs

Why you would even want to do this is the topic of an entirely different discussion. Basic privacy, Google data harvesting, conspiracy theories about black boxes and black helicopters are all fodder for enless debate.

This discussion is in the light of programs that are working on the BlackBerry 9530 Storm.

Tentative almost probable final verdict on the mapping programs.

Google mobile maps will be the most fun once they make it work with the Storm. Possibly easiest like for spouses to track while we’re out doing stupid stuff. More me than most of you a’la the Beemer.

Ipoki is cute, and the friend feature is nice as is the lifestream download with the ability to magically attach photos from Flickr. But the development of it seems to be kinda stuck. The number of subscriptions is not rising rapidly and I’m not seeing either additional features of fixes to a few bugs. Does work on the Storm. True realtime tracking.

GPSed has a lot of interesting features and now works on the Storm, just recently. It has the widest ability to share and also integrates the possibility of photos from Flickr or Picassa. Can create different tracks and save, share or upload them. Have to refresh to see track progress. On the device, there is a LOT more info for you including speed, heading, a preview of the track, etc. Instamapper also has data but GPSed displays it better. Shows # of satellites locked. Can share with several different services, for a particular track, either current or a closed one. Still has bugs, like sometimes entering a new track name an error is indicated of invalid character in the name, when there’s not. Sometimes start a track and it’s not actually created. Also, this morning to breakfast and back was over 13,000 miles. No, I don’t have a jet! I won’t be using this one until they clean it up.

GPS Tracker a/k/a Instamapper is a little more bare-bones in its approach, providing an easy share link (static, have to refresh) but also has realtime tracking as to Ipoki and GPSed. It’s probably the much easier for others to use. Includes a mobile page view so the spouse with web-enabled phone can track you with your gps-enabled phone and tracking software. True realtime tracking if viewer has your login info and is logged in. Also has an auto-start on boot function if you want to be able to always know it’s on. The device is shared, not individual tracks. Can post your map right on the Facebook page. Need toknow how to disconnect that when you don’t want ALL of your friends to follow you.

Instamapper also gives you a lot of control over the stored data and the ability to easily create a track log out of a portion of the data, then export it to several formats including Google Earth.

Conclusions

For allowing basic tracking of me by others, Instamapper is the choice.

To make a memorable track to share with others, add photos to, etc., it would be Ipoki or GPSed (once it works), but now it’s Ipoki for that.

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About Gil Jones

CPA/Attorney/Judge by training and trade. Hobby nut at heart with BMW m/c, computers, ham radio, kayak fishing, photography, hiking and, starting in 2010 some semi-serious running and bicycling (road and mountain bikes). Retired after 16 years on a Texas District Court bench and since 2013 have been mediating cases. I am a Credentialed Distinguished mediator (TMCA).
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One Response to Phone/gps tracking programs

  1. Gil Jones says:

    Google maps with Latitude now ( as of late Feb) works with the Storm GPS. Go to http://m.google.com/maps for OTA download.

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