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    lone worker gps tracker

    Good morning, it looks like i will be spending a lot of time out of range of mobile reception with my job.
    Is there a way of tracking a gps enabled phone on my pc,(with maps) which i can download off the net so i can be monitered.It is only for peace of mind really.I`m just trying to cover all angles,cos if it can go wrong,it WILL go wrong.I would like a app or somthing to download free if possible.
    Cheers-glen

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    How can they monitor you if you have no phone signal?
    Better off telling someone where you are going and checking in with them at regular intervals.
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    I believe both the iphone and blackberry have that ability (someone told me once)...you'd better call their help centre's though to check and to find out exactly 'how'. some other's might also, not sure which, but clearly the phone must have a GPS device that works separately to the antenna

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    At work we use a Spot Tracker 2, works with no problems in very remote areas, sends a signal back to a laptop or phone

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    Glen, there is a multi platform app called view ranger, that allows you to see where your pals/buddies are.

    You;ll have to check if it'll do exactly what you need, but I have seen it working, and its quite impressive, it shows where you are, where you have been, as long as your buddy has the app also. It also allows you to download squares of an os map with good detail.

    Some lads on our syndicate use it when stalking, for the mapping and to know where the others are, great for safety and also should the need arise.

    Hope that helps.

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    What phone are you using?

    Look at ActInNature (feels similar to the app posted above), and for simplicity Google Latitude. There are plenty of apps out there. If you want something more robust, have a look at the Bushnell D-tour product - it may have some use for you?

    BTW, SPOT - HUNTERS - as mentioned above looks very cool......
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    I think the SPOT might come close to doing your job as it allows you both to "check in" and also to send an alert signal.

    I looked at them some time back for a similar problem but there were quite a few reports of them just not working or getting a satellite signal and that put me off in a big way. However, perhaps it was a quality control issue with the hand held unit and has been long since resolved. The other down side with them is that you have to pay an yearly subscription so there is some outlay involved.
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    As has been noted, there are numerous apps, all with their pluses and minuses, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by glen13 View Post
    out of range of mobile reception
    ...if you are going to be out of mobile reception and want real time tracking or even sporadic updates to your position you NEED mobile coverage, or else buy one of these:

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    (Afraid it is far from "free")

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    Quote Originally Posted by stig View Post
    As has been noted, there are numerous apps, all with their pluses and minuses, but...



    ...if you are going to be out of mobile reception and want real time tracking or even sporadic updates to your position you NEED mobile coverage, or else buy one of these:

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    (Afraid it is far from "free")
    I think the GPS functionality of iPhone for example is separate to the GPRS, so something like Google Latitude would work for passive tracking?
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