How to Make a Short Range Tracking Device

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How to Make a Short Range Tracking Device
Turn your cell phone into a short range tracking device. (cell phone image by Alexey Klementiev from

A short range tracking device can allow you to track a person or vehicle anywhere they go within several miles. These are great for keeping tabs on your kids, while they are playing, or your teenagers if they are borrowing the car. To make one, you can use a mobile phone that can access the Internet and a free GPS tracking software. Once you have it set up, you can track the person or vehicle on the Internet using your computer, or a hand-held device.

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Things you need

  • Mobile phone
  • GPS software

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    Buy a smart phone that can access the Internet and has a large, easy-to-view screen. You can purchase these at a local mobile phone store for about £65, as of 2010.

  2. 2

    Select a GPS tracking software that can be installed on a mobile phone. A few that you can consider using are Google Maps for Mobile, amAzeGPS and Mologogo. As of 2010, these programs are all free to use and just require you to register.

  3. 3

    Sign up for the program that you have chosen by entering a mobile phone number, an e-mail address and a username and password. This will take you to a download page.

  4. 4

    Open up your phone's Web browser, and download the program and install the application to your phone. Open up the application and agree to the "Terms and Conditions."

  5. 5

    Give the phone to person who you want to track while the application is on.

  6. 6

    Go to the program's website and you will see the location of the phone on a map. You can now track it anywhere it goes as long as the GPS tracking application on the phone is turned on. You can also create a "geofence," which will alert you to whenever the person you are tracking exits an area that you have specified.

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