Article authored by Jason Jonas.
The advantages of using a tracking device are:
Keeping your family informed of your whereabouts while on the road is an invaluable source of piece of mind for both you and those who care about you. Using a tracking device to "record" your ride is a good way to document the route traveled. Some companies provide value-added services like roadside assistance and emergency 911 services that may help locate you in the unfortunate event of an accident.
- Share your experience with family and friends
- Aid in documenting your ride
- Value-added services such as roadside assistance and emergency 911 services.
There are two main technologies employed to transmit location data. A cell-based solution uses the cell phone network to transmit location data. If your travels are within your coverage area, a cell-based tracking solution is cost-effective. But if your travels take you to remote regions, for example, the Colorado Mountains, Death Valley, Siberia, or even Yellowstone National Park, then consider a more reliable satellite-based system.
For more information about cell-based solutions, consider using Google Latitude. More information may be found at: http://latitude.google.com
For more information about satellite-based solutions, consider using a SPOT device from SPOT, Inc. More information may be found here: http://findmespot.com
Regardless of the chosen solution, you'll need an application that provides secure location management and the ability to control who gets to see your data and how much data they get to see as well as save your "trips". Most long-distance riders use SpotWalla located at http://spotwalla.com
To view a sample trip log, visit this IBA ride Heaven to Hell 1000 from the top of Pikes Peak to Death Valley!