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Old 02 May 2003, 17:41   #11
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b----y h--l, we mightn't get as high a salary up here but I think our life style's better.
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Old 04 May 2003, 09:38   #12
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We've only just started locking the cars at night here! The shortage of taxis means that there are a few looking for a cheap ride home.

Still, my boat's kept in a garden with a large Dobermann! You have to be careful where you step, but the security's tremendous!

The only thing the dog's afraid of is my cat, who struts contemptuously past it on his way to lying on the boat cover in the sun!

Shocking weather here today....the 'Round the Island' Yacht race has been called off and I don't feel like getting soaked out on the rib.

roll on summer....
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Old 05 May 2003, 16:57   #13
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Got mine all working now, and its great.

Own design working on custom GSM with additional GPS engine.

I can send it a SMS and it will check username & password and if valid power up the GPS get a fix and SMS it back to me.
It will also send out a "alarm" status byte with GPS location if the alarm is trigered, engine cover, console cover, bilge water etc.
You can even dial it and listen to whats going on via audio.

And this all runs on 4mA standby so dont flatten your batteries, and on pay as you go cost pence to run. Its about the size of a packet of cigs!! so you can hide anywhere.

Looked at marketing it but their was not enough interest.

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Old 05 May 2003, 17:22   #14
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I'm sure we can arrange a digital picture to be sent back to you every other day too if you want as well, Gary

Did you get any approx costs in the end for your project? - I had thought about putting a couple of sirens on my boat rigged up to a home made alarm, but my hnd in electrical and electronic engineering doesn't take me into mobile phone technology I'm afraid

I used to be able to keep my last rib in the garage downstairs, but the new boat is too beamy, and the radar reflector on the top of the a-frame just makes it too tall to get into the garage now + a triumph spitfire took the place where the boat was anyway

Hope you got all you needed done this weekend - yesterday and today weren't too bad afterall.... despite that, we didn't go out, cos the waves were coming in on Neyland beach with some good little breakers, which would have no doubt resulted in damage to something......

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Old 05 May 2003, 19:03   #15
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Looked at marketing it but their was not enough interest.

Garygee, I'll have one straight away!

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Old 06 May 2003, 05:12   #16
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If the price is right put me down for one as well.

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Old 06 May 2003, 08:59   #17
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Gary, I would also be interested.
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Old 07 May 2003, 06:56   #18
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Gary, what will the price of this unit be. I might be interested to.

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Old 07 May 2003, 14:21   #19
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Hi folks

Right have done some work costings etc, spoke to JK making sure he had no issues.

Thanks to people interested, i decided to put it on here so everyone can read.

The device is a combined alarm & tracker. It consists of a small IP66 box with GSM & GPS antennas attached on about 5M of cable. Alarm triggers are via a single input which can be wired to multiple sensors, hatch microswitchs, bilge alarms etc.
The system takes about 5-6mA in stanby mode about 150mA when the GPS is powered (only on alarm or location request, typicaly less than 10 min,) so will run for a while of normal boat batteries.

If a alarm is detected a SMS is sent to a prestored phone number or numbers (upto two) indicating a alarm toghther with the boats current location using the NMEA GPRMC string which can be put into most nav or map packages.
If you want to do a spot check on your boat you can send a user name and password via SMS and the system will SMS you back the location. If for some reason a GPS fix cannot be obtained the GPS will try for 10 minutes after which the best location obtainable will be sent.

I have looked into supplying and costing and while it is do-able in any volume I would like a few say upto 5 people to trial the system, at reduced cost based that any issues, bugs found will be feed back to get the final product 100% solid. This may involve a few changes etc but you would be getting the system a reduced cost.

What do you get

System controller with remote GSM & GPS on 5M and fused power cable approx of cable.
3 off magnetic micro switchs
Installation & user manual

All you need to add is a pay as you go SIM on the best local network.

I will put toghther a full info sheet if people want more info.

I am now looking for upto 5 people to trial things before going for the cost of approvals, fancy packing, etc

The full system cost will be aroung 550- 600+VAT with running costs based on the SMS cost of the chosen pay as you go SIM. (not much at 10P per message)

For the people trialing I will do system for 400+VAT.

I will get a few pics of the current system and post on here.

In the mean time if your keen for the trial I will have units built in about 2-3 weeks. Further units will be a few months after that subject to no major problems being found.

So if you interested drop me a e-mail and we can get thing moving.As far as the trial first come first serve.


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Old 07 May 2003, 19:07   #20
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Gary, That's ok by me providing us trialers get the benefit of the bug fixes and updates and we aren't left with a flaky system.

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