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Every year about 700,000 vehicles get stolen in US. In fact, a car is stolen every 45 seconds.

We all love our cars and whether it is a roaring Lamborghini or a purring Prius, we are attached to it and wish that it never gets stolen.

I am very attached to my family car and take lots of precaution that I do not park my car in secluded places or double check that I always lock my car when I park it anywhere and always carry my car keys with me. However, I am still worried whether my car is safe. In order to get rid of these genuine worries, I decided to design my own low cost car tracking system.

In this instructable, I have explained the process of building one's very own Global Car Tracking System -'Athena' - for a cost of just 100$. The steps for building this device is very simple and explained in a lucid manner. The skills required for you to build this is minimum (Basic knowledge about electronics and the Arduino IDE).

I have christened this device by the name 'Athena' because Athena is the Greek Goddess of navigation. 

So what are we waiting for.....let's get started.......

    
 
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Step 1: Parts Needed:

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The following is a list of parts needed to build 'Athena' :-

Supplies :
  1. Arduino Uno
  2. Arduino GSM Shield (I have used a SIM900 GSM/GPRS Shield Module)
  3. GPS Module
  4. Adapter Plug for powering the Arduino
  5. 4pcs of LM7805 IC
  6. PCB
  7. Wires
  8. Male Header Pins
  9. Female Header Pins
  10. Project Enclosure
Tools :
  1. Soldering Iron
  2. Solder
  3. Soldering Wax
  4. Drill
  5. Hacksaw



 
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i'm using new Arduino GSM Shield integrated antenna (telefonica/bluevia) to built this tracking device and encountered some problem. my tracking device is able to receive sms and get the coordinates. but it cannot reply the sms to the predefined number. the image is my current output.

and this is my coding program. Can someone help me figure out what seem to be the problem and how to solve it. Thanks

#include <SoftwareSerial.h>

#include <string.h>

#include <TinyGPS.h>

SoftwareSerial Sim900Serial(2,3);

byte buffer[128]; // buffer array for data recieve over serial port

int count=0; // counter for buffer array

SoftwareSerial GPS(4,5);

TinyGPS gps;

unsigned long fix_age;

long lat, lon;

float LAT, LON;

void gpsdump(TinyGPS &gps);

bool feedgps();

void getGPS();

void SIM900power() // software equivalent of pressing the GSM shield "power" button

{

digitalWrite(9, HIGH);

delay(1000);

Sim900_Inti();

}

void setup()

{

Sim900Serial.begin(19200); // the SIM900 baud rate

GPS.begin(9600); // GPS module baud rate

Serial.begin(19200); // the Serial port of Arduino baud rate.

delay(500);

Sim900_Inti();

}

void loop()

{

Sim900Serial.listen();

if (Sim900Serial.available()) // If date is comming from from GSM shield)

{

while(Sim900Serial.available()) // reading data into char array

{

buffer[count++]=Sim900Serial.read(); // writing data into array

if(count == 64)break;

}

Serial.write(buffer,count); // if no data transmission ends, write buffer to hardware serial port

Cmd_Read_Act(); //Read the 'COMMAND' sent to SIM900 through SMS

clearBufferArray(); // call clearBufferArray function to clear the storaged data from the array

count = 0; // set counter of while loop to zero

}

if (Serial.available()) // if data is available on hardwareserial port ==> data is comming from PC or notebook

Sim900Serial.println(Serial.read()); // write it to the GPRS shield

}

void clearBufferArray() // function to clear buffer array

{

for (int i=0; i<count;i++)

{ buffer[i]=NULL;} // clear all index of array with command NULL

}

void Sim900_Inti(void)

{

Sim900Serial.println("AT+CMGF=1"); // Set GSM shield to sms mode

Serial.println("AT+CMGF=1");

delay(500);

Sim900Serial.println("AT+CNMI=2,2");

Serial.println("AT CMGF=1");

delay(500);

}

void Cmd_Read_Act(void) //Function reads the SMS sent to SIM900 shield.

{

char buffer2[64];

for (int i=0; i<count;i++)

{ buffer2[i]=char(buffer[i]);}

if (strstr(buffer2,"TRACK")) //Comparing password entered with password stored in program

{

Serial.println("Password Authenticated.");

Serial.println("Sending reply SMS. ");

SendTextMessage();

}

}

void SendTextMessage()

{

Sim900Serial.print("AT+CMGF=1\r"); //Sending the SMS in text mode

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println("AT + CMGS = \"+60103843894\"");//The predefined phone number

//Sim900Serial.print("AT+CMGS=");

//Sim900Serial.println("+60174432599");

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println("Please wait while Module calculates position");//the content of the message

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println((char)26);//the ASCII code of the ctrl z is 26

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println();

delay(5000);

int counter=0;

GPS.listen();

for (;;)

{

long lat, lon;

unsigned long fix_age, time, date, speed, course;

unsigned long chars;

unsigned short sentences, failed_checksum;

long Latitude, Longitude;

// retrieves /- lat/long in 100000ths of a degree

gps.get_position(&lat, &lon, &fix_age);

getGPS();

Serial.print("Latitude : ");

Serial.print(LAT/1000000,7);

Serial.print(" :: Longitude : ");

Serial.println(LON/1000000,7);

/*if (LAT == 0 && LON == 0)

{

continue;

}

counter ;

if (counter<30)

{

continue;

}

*/

Sim900Serial.print("AT+CMGF=1\r"); //Sending the SMS in text mode

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println("AT + CMGS = \"+60103843894\"");//The predefined phone number

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.print("Latitude : ");

Sim900Serial.print(LAT/1000000,7);

Sim900Serial.print(" :: Longitude : ");

Sim900Serial.println(LON/1000000,7);//the content of the message

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println((char)26);//the ASCII code of the ctrl z is 26

delay(5000);

Sim900Serial.println();

counter=0;

break;

}

}

void getGPS()

{

bool newdata = false;

unsigned long start = millis();

while (millis() - start < 1000)

{

if (feedgps ())

{

newdata = true;

}

}

if (newdata)

{

gpsdump(gps);

}

}

bool feedgps()

{

while (GPS.available())

{

if (gps.encode(GPS.read()))

return true;

}return 0;

}

void gpsdump(TinyGPS &gps)

{

gps.get_position(&lat, &lon);

LAT = lat;

LON = lon;

{

feedgps();

}

}

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Hi I was wondering if you ever got this to work. for some reason I am having the same exact issue as you.

i found the solution. if you want my sketch coding, just provide your email.

The Global Car Tracking System(3D Images)

please send the code to siva2embdded@gmail.com

please send the code to vivekpk007@gmail.com or vivekpk007@live.in

@ MUHAMMAD ABDUH I would love your sketch coding because I am working on building this now and I looking over this coding and I don't understand some of it. I would like to know that once I am done putting the code and phone number in and am finally ready to test the GPS, where am I sending my password to? Is there a certain code I put in my phone to actually text my car if so what is it? My email address is happy_2_work@yahoo.com. Any suggestions you have to help me would be greatly appreciated.

THANKS

can you please send me your coding "phalozeka@gmail.com"

salam, bro can you share your sketch coding with me, zaf_unknown_11@yahoo.com

Could you email your sketch to me? alvin.jin2000@gmail.com

Hello Muhammad ,

What's the solution? alpharoboticsteam@gmail.com

Best regards , Nelu

Hey Nice job......could you please share the code with me....my mailid is sumitsw123@gmail.com

Best Regards

hey can u please send me the correct code as its not working for me as well.

My id is: madhavaggarwal55@gmail.com

good day, you could pass me the correct code too, because I'm having the same problem with the coordinates, I get only 00000000, thanks. my email is henriqro@gmail.com

Hey guy i have much Problems pls can u send me your sketch too.

settari.d@sbg.at

Dark_eye Seaha12 months ago

didi you het the sketch to send it to me, i can get his working to

Seaha Dark_eye12 months ago

Hey guy thanks alot here is my sketch.

My Problem is that i get an SMS but the Coordinates are ever 0.00000 0.00000

i dont receive the wright coordinates.

I use the Adafruit gps Breakoutboard

maybe i have a problem with the tiny gps library

#include <SoftwareSerial.h>

#include <string.h>

#include <TinyGPS.h>

SoftwareSerial Sim900Serial(2,3);

byte buffer[128]; // buffer array for data recieve over serial port

int count=0; // counter for buffer array

SoftwareSerial GPS(4,5);

TinyGPS gps;

unsigned long fix_age;

long lat, lon;

float LAT, LON;

void gpsdump(TinyGPS &gps);

bool feedgps();

void getGPS();

void SIM900power() // software equivalent of pressing the GSM shield "power" button

{

digitalWrite(9, HIGH);

delay(1000);

Sim900_Inti();

}

void setup()

{

Sim900Serial.begin(19200); // the SIM900 baud rate

GPS.begin(9600); // GPS module baud rate

Serial.begin(19200); // the Serial port of Arduino baud rate.

delay(500);

Sim900_Inti();

}

void loop()

{

Sim900Serial.listen();

if (Sim900Serial.available()) // If date is comming from from GSM shield)

{

while(Sim900Serial.available()) // reading data into char array

{

buffer[count++]=Sim900Serial.read(); // writing data into array

if(count == 64)break;

}

Serial.write(buffer,count); // if no data transmission ends, write buffer to hardware serial port

Cmd_Read_Act(); //Read the 'COMMAND' sent to SIM900 through SMS

clearBufferArray(); // call clearBufferArray function to clear the storaged data from the array

count = 0; // set counter of while loop to zero

}

if (Serial.available()) // if data is available on hardwareserial port ==> data is comming from PC or notebook

Sim900Serial.println(Serial.read()); // write it to the GPRS shield

}

void clearBufferArray() // function to clear buffer array

{

for (int i=0; i<count;i++)

{ buffer[i]=NULL;} // clear all index of array with command NULL

}

void Sim900_Inti(void)

{

Sim900Serial.println("AT+CMGF=1"); // Set GSM shield to sms mode

Serial.println("AT+CMGF=1");

delay(500);

Sim900Serial.println("AT+CNMI=2,2");

Serial.println("AT CMGF=1");

delay(500);

}

void Cmd_Read_Act(void) //Function reads the SMS sent to SIM900 shield.

{

char buffer2[64];

for (int i=0; i<count;i++)

{ buffer2[i]=char(buffer[i]);}

if (strstr(buffer2,"Seda")) //Comparing password entered with password stored in program

{

Serial.println("Password Authenticated.");

Serial.println("Sending reply SMS. ");

SendTextMessage();

}

}

void SendTextMessage()

{

Sim900Serial.print("AT+CMGF=1\r"); //Sending the SMS in text mode

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println("AT + CMGS = \"06601524106\"");//The predefined phone number

//Sim900Serial.print("AT+CMGS=");

//Sim900Serial.println("+60174432599");

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println("Bitte warten Sie bis das Modul die Position ihres Fahrzeugs berechnet hat");//the content of the message

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println((char)26);//the ASCII code of the ctrl z is 26

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println();

delay(5000);

int counter=0;

GPS.listen();

for (;;)

{

long lat, lon;

unsigned long fix_age, time, date, speed, course;

unsigned long chars;

unsigned short sentences, failed_checksum;

long Latitude, Longitude;

// retrieves /- lat/long in 100000ths of a degree

gps.get_position(&lat, &lon, &fix_age);

getGPS();

Serial.print("Breitengrad : ");

Serial.print(LAT/1000000,7);

Serial.print(" :: Längengrad : ");

Serial.println(LON/1000000,7);

/*if (LAT == 0 && LON == 0)

{

continue;

}

counter ;

if (counter<30)

{

continue;

}

*/

Sim900Serial.print("AT+CMGF=1\r"); //Sending the SMS in text mode

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println("AT + CMGS = \"06601524106\"");//The predefined phone number

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.print("Breitengrad : ");

Sim900Serial.print(LAT/1000000,7);

Sim900Serial.print(" :: Längengrad : ");

Sim900Serial.println(LON/1000000,7);//the content of the message

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println((char)26);//the ASCII code of the ctrl z is 26

delay(5000);

Sim900Serial.println();

counter=0;

break;

}

}

void getGPS()

{

bool newdata = false;

unsigned long start = millis();

while (millis() - start < 1000)

{

if (feedgps ())

{

newdata = true;

}

}

if (newdata)

{

gpsdump(gps);

}

}

bool feedgps()

{

while (GPS.available())

{

if (gps.encode(GPS.read()))

return true;

}return 0;

}

void gpsdump(TinyGPS &gps)

{

gps.get_position(&lat, &lon);

LAT = lat;

LON = lon;

{

feedgps();

}

}

hi, can you send me your solutions to this problem, i am having the same problem, thank ou very much. my email is: ivancalusic@gmail.com

If you don't mind, could you also send me the sketch? dlutz058@gmail.com. Thanks!

hgaston8893@gmail.com thank you so much and btw what power supply did you end up using?

Hey ! I would really appreciate if you could email me your solution aswell , thank you very much ! My email is : iraklis.stratigis@gmail.com

Hi, Could you email your sketch coding.. Here's my email: jonellbalanay@gmail.com Thanks btw :)

JeremyI JonellB19 months ago

Hi, could I also have the code?

Email is jeremyishi@gmail.com

thanks

vivekpk0071 month ago

Hi Jayvis Vineet Gonsalves: can you send me the the code to my mail Id : vivekpk007@gmail.com or vivekpk007@live.in the code uploaded here has lots of bugs

Terry Jack1 month ago

Is it necessary that RXD pin goes to pin 5 and TXD pin goes to pin 4 on GSM board or can i be to any digital pin?

Guyak651 month ago

One stupid question.....do you need a cell phone provider to activate the SIM card with on the SIM900 GSM/GPRS Shield Module

Guy

guy@guyaks.com

ThrashMatic1 month ago

Hi . Can someone give me full sketch for the code ? Really need it . My email is jelatek79@gmail.com. Thank you. I'm just playing around with the code. Don't know if it's wrong or right because never received back the location code.

#include <SoftwareSerial.h>

#include <string.h>

#include <TinyGPS.h>

SoftwareSerial Sim900Serial(2, 3);

byte buffer[64]; // buffer array for data receive over serial port

int count=0; // counter for buffer array

SoftwareSerial GPS(4, 5);

TinyGPS gps;

unsigned long fix_age;

long lat, lon;

float LAT, LON;

void gpsdump(TinyGPS &gps);

bool feedgps();

void getGPS();

void setup()

{

Sim900Serial.begin(19200); // the SIM900 baud rate

GPS.begin(9600); // GPS module baud rate

Serial.begin(9600); // the Serial port of Arduino baud rate.

delay(500);

Sim900_Inti();

}

void loop()

{

Sim900Serial.listen();

if (Sim900Serial.available()) // If date is coming from from GSM shield)

{

while(Sim900Serial.available()) // reading data into char array

{

buffer[count ]=Sim900Serial.read(); // writing data into array

if(count == 64)break;

}

Serial.write(buffer,count); // if no data transmission ends, write buffer to hardware serial port

Cmd_Read_Act(); //Read the 'COMMAND' sent to SIM900 through SMS

clearBufferArray(); // call clearBufferArray function to clear the storaged data from the array

count = 0; // set counter of while loop to zero

}

if (Serial.available()) // if data is available on hardwareserial port ==> data is coming from PC or notebook

Sim900Serial.println(Serial.read()); // write it to the GPRS shield

}

void clearBufferArray() // function to clear buffer array

{

for (int i=0; i<count;i )

{ buffer[i]=NULL;} // clear all index of array with command NULL

}

void Sim900_Inti(void)

{

Sim900Serial.println("AT+CMGF=1"); // Set GSM shield to sms mode

Serial.println("AT+CMGF=1");

delay(500);

Sim900Serial.println("AT+CNMI=2,2");

Serial.println("AT+CMGF=1");

delay(500);

}

void Cmd_Read_Act(void) //Function reads the SMS sent to SIM900 shield.

{

char buffer2[64];

for (int i=0; i<count;i )

{ buffer2[i]=char(buffer[i]);}

if (strstr(buffer2,"GPSTEST")) //Comparing password entered with password stored in program

{

Serial.println("Password Authenticated.");

Serial.println("Sending reply SMS. ");

SendTextMessage();

}

}

void SendTextMessage()

{

Sim900Serial.print("AT+CMGF=1\r"); //Sending the SMS in text mode

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println("AT+CMGS = \"+60123456789\"");//The predefined phone number

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println("Please wait while Module calculates position;"); // The content of the message.

Sim900Serial.print("Latitude: ");

Sim900Serial.print(LAT/1000000,7);

Sim900Serial.println("° N");

Sim900Serial.print("Longitude : ");

Sim900Serial.print(LON/1000000,7);

Sim900Serial.println("° W");

Sim900Serial.println("");

Sim900Serial.println("Google Maps URL:");

Sim900Serial.print("https://maps.google.com/q=");

Sim900Serial.print(LAT/1000000,7);

Sim900Serial.print("+N+");

Sim900Serial.print(LON/1000000,7);

Sim900Serial.println("+W");

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println((char)26);//the ASCII code of the ctrl z is 26

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println();

int counter=0;

GPS.listen();

for (;;)

{

long lat, lon;

unsigned long fix_age, time, date, speed, course;

unsigned long chars;

unsigned short sentences, failed_checksum;

long Latitude, Longitude;

// retrieves /- lat/long in 100000ths of a degree

gps.get_position(&lat, &lon, &fix_age);

getGPS();

Serial.print("Latitude: ");

Serial.print(LAT/1000000,7);

Serial.print("° N");

Serial.print("Longitude : ");

Serial.print(LON/1000000,7);

Serial.print("° W");

Serial.print("");

Serial.print("Google Maps URL:");

Serial.print("https://maps.google.com/q=");

Serial.print(LAT/1000000,7);

Serial.print("+N+");

Serial.println(LON/1000000,7);

Serial.print("+W");

if (LAT == 0 && LON == 0)

{

continue;

}

counter ;

if (counter<30)

{

continue;

}

Sim900Serial.print("AT+CMGF=1\r"); //Sending the SMS in text mode

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println("AT+CMGS = \"+60123456789\"");//The predefined phone number

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.print("Latitude : ");

Sim900Serial.print(LAT/1000000,7);

Sim900Serial.println("° N");

Sim900Serial.print(" :: Longitude : ");

Sim900Serial.println(LON/1000000,7);//the content of the message

Sim900Serial.println("° W");

Sim900Serial.println("");

Sim900Serial.println("Google Maps URL:");

Sim900Serial.print("https://maps.google.com/q=");

Sim900Serial.print(LAT/1000000,7);

Sim900Serial.print("+N+");

Sim900Serial.print(LON/1000000,7);

Sim900Serial.println("+W");

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println((char)26);//the ASCII code of the ctrl z is 26

delay(100);

Sim900Serial.println();

counter=0;

break;

}

}

void getGPS()

{

bool newdata = false;

unsigned long start = millis();

while (millis() - start < 1000)

{

if (feedgps ())

{

newdata = true;

}

}

if (newdata)

{

gpsdump(gps);

}

}

bool feedgps()

{

while (GPS.available())

{

if (gps.encode(GPS.read()))

return true;

}return 0;

}

void gpsdump(TinyGPS &gps)

{

gps.get_position(&lat, &lon);

LAT = lat;

LON = lon;

{

feedgps();

}

}

here we are this one works well this is what you need for uno

Sim908 Module GSM Gprs GPS Quad Band Development Board & GPS Antenna

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sim908-Module-GSM-Gprs-GPS-Quad-Band-Development-Board-GPS-Antenna-UK-Seller-/291352511756?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&var=&hash=item43d5f6850c

Hi Neil,

I have the same module as the one you have. Can you post or send your wiring diagram and codes? I am having problems with this module.

Thanks

khaliunb2 months ago

Hello Jayvis Vineet Gonsalves. It's a nice thing that you are doing. I too am trying to start up with Arduino. But can't find the shield for reasonable price. Could you please refer me to your dealer (or dealers) that provided with this project's parts? Also, if it is not too much trouble, could you send PDF instruction to my email? It is lofraigh731n37@yahoo.com. Thank you.

dunc23 months ago
henningr3 months ago

hi

Check out the following company, I got all my stuff from them.

South African based company in Gauteng.

https://www.robotics.org.za/index.php?route=produc...

robotmen3 months ago

Hi neil.fleetwood. Thank you for your share.

In my country, I can find only "Shield Telit Click GSM Modul" (http://www.mikroe.com/click/gsm/) . It uses (#include <GSM.h>) library.

Is it possible to use this shield in your project? Thanks for your answer.

And, what do you think about old cell phones GSM Modules' Also, is it possible to use that modules?

iMouDa944 months ago

hey, i bought this and i want code for it.
http://store.fut-electronics.com/gps-gprs-gsm-sim908-module/dp/1498

SinAmos5 months ago

Yeah, what is the cost? Numbers anyone?

for all bits in uk cost me £50 for uno /gps module / sim900 module

rbehera24 months ago

Hey,

Can anyone whose GPS has finally worked tell me the process from scratch and tell me the approximate price of the above GPS project please.my email id is Rajat.vintage@gmail.com

working hard on the case

cpravăţ5 months ago
@neil.fleetwood: you don't need to unplug module's power! Only need this:
http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/TwoPortReceive

Yes i have tried this, it is a fail same issue by conflict data . i need a serial module with 2 serial hardware ports not software made up ports . i know the arduino mega will sort it, as it has these ports.

kijocreative5 months ago

Hi, is there anyway to program this to send data using its cellular data connection and not sms. I have it reporting via SMS but would like ammend it so my server can ask for location uisng cellular data. Kind Regards hello@kijo.co

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