Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cheapo instant tracker option.

Many of us are using the Spot Tracker or phone tracker.  Those are both handy and both have drawbacks.

GreenAlp tracks your phone any time you have the
Captured tracks of two riders on LA - Vegas 2014
ap running on your cell phone.   It leaves a very clear path of your route and updates often including GPS location, MPH and the condition of your battery. It also ONLY WORKS WHEN YOU HAVE A CELL SIGNAL!  We discovered that when the guys were in the mountians on the LA - Barstow - Vegas ride.

The tracking can also be turned off from your phone if you need to do a stop-over at Hooters during business hours (or other sticky moment...)

The Spot Tracker is pretty flawless, as long as it can see satellites.  I only lost a couple positions in the Smokies and once in a CA canyon.   But it's not free.
 Subscription with tracking is $150/year and mine renews today.   It includes several messaging options and I wouldn't go out without it... and extra lithium batteries.

Now let's talk about an ap called GeoVerify.  This ap was created to give employees to verify that they had arrived at an assignment at a specific time.  Sorta like a geo-timestamp.  All it really offers is a way for you to
find yourself on a map.   I haven't found a way to share the information with others, but I'm giving them a call to see if that cam be done.   You can email a code to yourself that reports the info to your employer but I don't know how to use that to see the details from the resulting email.  
This would have been really handy when I was totally lost in Minneapolis using Google Maps and trying to reach the fairgrounds for BMW MOA last July.   Google Maps had me going in circles around the Univ Minn campus about 6 blocks from the fairground.   Another time was when friend Allen S drove to my place in IL from FL.  He arrived at 11:00 PM and could only identify his location as "The McDonalds by the Shell Station."   That narrowed it down to about 4 places in this college town... useless.  

At least with GeoVerify you are sent directly to a google map showing your location and the surroundings.

Let's watch the tech places for more and better options in the years to come!

Travel safe,  Jeff

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