Deployed and tested for several months across multiple European countries, the small HidnSeek tracker does not require an expensive GSM connection, or proximity to Bluetooth devices which would limit range. It communicates its position to the end-user through SigFox’s IoT network. The device comes with customizable open apps, allowing users to geolocate objects in real-time, to define parameters to track movement and boundaries, and to set alerts.
Applications include tracking lost equipment, detecting possible accidents and motionless states, tracking drone paths or landing sites, or securing property by detecting unauthorized movement. There is a €19.90 annual subscription fee for the connectivity. For the makers out there, the 100% Arduino compatible GPS is also available as a board with USB cable. The open source design is built around Atmel’s AVR 328p CPU (12 MHz), Telecom Design’s TD1207 Sigfox modem, and a GlobalTop PA6H GPS module.