GPS Track This has unveiled a new weapon in the cyclists’ arsenal against bike crime – a unique GPS tracker for bicycles.
Doubling as a working bike tail light, the low-key tracker is installed as part of the ‘Spylamp’ light.
Activated by pressing the on/off button for three seconds, the light flashes three times to confirm it is activated. The Spylamp has a vibration sensor, which is armed when activated, detecting movement in the event of a bike thief stealing the bike. The device sends an SMS text message to the owners mobile to notify that the bike is moving, and then uploads its position to GPS Track This’ website every 20 seconds until the vibration has stopped. The website plots the course of the bike on a map, revealing the bike’s location.
Spylamp can also be set to periodically text the owner its GPS coordinates and the owner can request its coordinates too.
According to the firm, a screw holds the unit onto the base so it cannot easily be removed from the bike without breaking the clamp. The tracker uploads its location using low-cost GPRS, with each upload costing £0.0006p. The firm doesn’t charge contracts – the owner only has to pay for a pay-as-you-go SIM – and the tracking service is free-of-charge.
It has a quad band GSM modem so it will work on any mobile network in the world and the vibration sensor needs several seconds of movement, so a bump won’t be enough to activate the tracker.
The Spylamp has been sold directly online for the last two months, but now the firm has ceased online sales and is looking for a distribution partner and interested retailers to get in contact.
The firm also similar tracking devices in the works too, including a tracker hidden inside the bicycle frame.
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