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As most of you know, the open source tracking device we've been working on here at DSS Circuits has been looking for a name. 


Well I'm happy to announce, that after reading through several hundred entries, we've chosen a winner!

 

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Congratulations goes out to Austin Saint Aubin for his entry, the Geogram ONE.  Austin is now (well actually when they roll off the production line) the proud owner of a new Geogram ONE.

 

I'd also like to send a special thanks to everyone that contributed to this project on Kickstarter. 

I hope to have all the source files available soon as I'm looking at putting a Wiki together for everything.

 

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+6 # Anthony Webb 2012-05-29 05:47
I sadly missed out on the kickstarter project but would love to be a backer, are you going to make any units available for purchase?
+1 # Wayne Truchsess 2012-05-29 12:22
Yes they will be made available for purchase. I don't have a set price or date as of yet. I'll have a better idea following the manufacturing process and Kickstarter deliveries.
+1 # Willem Shepherd 2012-06-01 18:51
I also just found it on Kickstarter (sadly a couple days too late). Woud love to get one as well!
+1 # James Corr 2012-06-03 04:49
Please let me know if i am able to pre-order it as i would love to buy one as well.
+1 # Varun 2012-06-04 21:12
Just found the kickstarter page... Wonderful project...!

Looks like I was a little late... Can I still purchase the kits...? If yes when might they be available...?
# Sonix 2012-06-06 11:04
Just found your website :)
Can't wait to test how it works.
Any chance for source in short future?
+1 # Wayne Truchsess 2012-06-06 11:55
I will be selling them on my site after I've shipped all the Kickstarter units. I don't have a set price as of yet as I'm waiting to see what the total manufacturing costs will be.

I anticipate the finalizing of the firmware to be the gating factor for the final release date. With that being said I will probably offer the Geogram ONE for sale prior to finishing the firmware. Reason being is, besides being a tracking device, it's also a fully functioning Arduino based development platform so if you have access to a 3.3v FTDI cable or an ISP programmer you can upload the final firmware or reprogram the device to suit your needs.
+2 # AJ 2012-09-30 08:23
Any progress on selling date?
-1 # Adam 2012-06-08 03:51
Very much looking forward to this becoming available...it' s exactly what I have been looking for.
# Itzal 2012-06-11 10:15
I'll buy one too - let us know where we can see your updates - this page doesn't look like the place. Thanks
# Wayne Truchsess 2012-06-12 16:39
I'm going to try and put a Wiki page together for the whole project. Unfortunately there really isn't much more to report out yet.
# Thomas 2012-06-16 17:58
Please let me know as well, price, availability and if there are more features perhaps. Thank you!
# David mipc 2012-07-05 18:55
me too just found this on Kickstarter. I want 1...do add me to your mailing list now so when you have GEOGRAM ONE ready I will know. What size is it ?
# dimosca 2012-07-23 15:18
i'm looking to buy one to connect it to my car that i share with my roommates, where i can buy one of this?
# Phil H 2012-07-25 16:52
Very interested to hear the current status regarding the Kickstarter boards and if/when this project will be open for general sale. Perhaps a mailing list would be handy?
+1 # Wayne Truchsess 2012-07-26 00:06
The lead time from the manufacturer was quoted as being 30 days. They just finalized the test fixture so I hope to have the first batch by the last week of August. I'll have ~100 available for sale after supplying all the Kickstarter rewards. Since there seems to be a lot of interest I may open it up to back orders as I expect the first 100 to go fast.
# Tom 2012-08-04 06:49
Need one of those, was about to make my own, but would never get near the beauty of the ONE! Can't wait!
# DV 2012-08-13 13:16
I suffered a horrible burglary 2 years ago. Now I have IP cameras everywhere & a cell phone based home security system that doesn't need third party monitoring. (Visonic) I researched a lot of tracking devices, but I admit I like yours the most. I missed out on the KickStarter as well. These devices will complete my security system and give me the most piece of mind. Looking forward to the release.
# Anish 2012-08-29 07:51
hi...are these units up for sale yet. can i also know the price and if you will ship globally....tha nks
# Casemon 2012-09-02 21:34
Looking forward to buying this (missed out on the Kickstarter hah!).

Question: is it modular somewhat so we can integrate it into our own applications? Esp. need interface for connecting with an alarm device (for e-bike).

Hope so, as would love to implement a single keyfob activate / deactivate flow, so activating an audible alarm (with it's own motion sensor), also arms this device's motion sensor.
# Wicky Ramrattan 2012-09-04 18:14
How can I purchase this. What is the price? Hope to hear from you as soon as possible.
# Andrew 2012-09-10 03:54
I would love to water proof one of these and put it on my atv. I'm paranoid that my new atv is going to get stolen. This would give me peace of mind. Can't wait till I can buy one!
# Jan 2012-09-27 09:35
Sounds like a great device, would love to buy one for my bike!
# Leonard 2012-09-27 20:52
Any idea when these will be available?
# Wayne Truchsess 2012-09-29 03:10
Quoting Leonard:
Any idea when these will be available?

I wish I had an exact date but they're at the manufacturer now. I'm really hoping to have them in in a week or two. We had a delay because of problem with a bad batch of fuel gauge chips. That issue has been resolved.
# Leonard 2012-10-01 18:53
I'm definitely down for one (possibly two). I was just starting to dig into Audrino to make a tracking device for an enclosed car trailer. (Mine was stolen earlier this year and never recovered. I just replaced it and want to up the odds of recovery if it happens again.) Will it run off usb or header power without a lipo cell attached? Mine will be outdoors over the winter and I don't think the lipo cells will do very well in sub freezing temperatures so was thinking of hooking it up to a dedicated dc source.
# Mike 2012-10-12 15:35
What manufacturer are you using?
# Evandro 2012-09-29 01:51
Wayne, are you connecting the rx/tx of Arduino direct on tx/rx of sim900??? Are you using 3.3volts??? Thanks
# Wayne Truchsess 2012-09-29 03:19
Quoting Evandro:
Wayne, are you connecting the rx/tx of Arduino direct on tx/rx of sim900??? Are you using 3.3volts??? Thanks

Actually the hardware serial port on the Arduino (3.3v) is connected to the GPS because I wanted to use a baud rate of 115k from the GPS. I have the Arduino connected to the SIM900 using the AltSoftSerial library. I just realized as I'm typing this I never posted a link to the Eagle files. You can find the Eagle files on Github here https://github.com/DSSCircuits/GeogramONE. I'm still new to using Github so the code is not the latest and greatest.
# Evandro 2012-09-29 16:14
Quoting Wayne Truchsess:

Actually the hardware serial port on the Arduino (3.3v) is connected to the GPS...


Wayne, thanks for share.

I asked because SIM900 works with 2.8v on serial port and the max limit of RX is 3.0v (sim900_serial_ port_applicatio n_note_v1.03.pd f). The max limit of VDD_EXT is 2.95v.

Thanks, Evandro
# Anthony 2012-10-04 23:56
Do you have any stats on this (battery life) and do you have a source for sim cards/waterproo f case ?
# Anthony 2012-10-12 15:38
Do you have an update planned ... the GSM network is suppose to shutdown in a couple years making this thing worthless
# Freddy 2012-10-31 16:25
Will the Geogram ONE have I/O to operate external devices? How many?

Also will it have a microphone input and audio output pins?

Options might be too late for this production but maybe on the next revision. I would really like these options as this device can be used for many purposes, not just tracking.
# Wayne Truchsess 2012-10-31 18:07
Quoting Freddy:
Will the Geogram ONE have I/O to operate external devices? How many?

Also will it have a microphone input and audio output pins?

Options might be too late for this production but maybe on the next revision. I would really like these options as this device can be used for many purposes, not just tracking.

The default sketch (firmware) gives you basic control over digital pins D4 and D10 along with 4 analog input pins (3 of which can double as digital IO). Obviously, since the whole thing is open source you can hack away at the code and come up with a completely different application. This is also why I broke out the I2C pins and why I broke out the ICSP connector. Having the ICSP connector available (along with D10 if necessary) gives you access to the SPI bus. As for microphone input and audio output, the default sketch does not support them, however I did breakout the pins for Mic In and Speaker Out from the GSM module for anyone that wants to use them later on.
I know the device is being sold as a tracking device but it's really a complete development board that comes preloaded with a tracking device sketch and is capable of so much more. For instance, the sketch uses SMS messages to communicate but that's not to say someone with some more programming experience can't get it to work with GPRS and communicate over a server for real time data instead. I'm really excited to see what kinds of applications people are going to come up with. Probably why I want to have another contest to see who comes up with the coolest application...p robably give away some free boards!
+1 # David MIPC 2012-11-01 08:26
Hi...But when is it going to be ready to buy ? And how much will it cost ?
# Salim 2013-10-27 01:33
Does this board comes with an internal programmer? else how do I program it using FTDI cable?
# Salim 2013-11-15 09:52
I figured the way to program. But why does the board does not behave the same way I received after reprogramming with the code you gave in repository?

eg. LED for GPS fix is not blinking.
# Wayne Truchsess 2013-11-15 12:28
Quoting Salim:
I figured the way to program. But why does the board does not behave the same way I received after reprogramming with the code you gave in repository?

eg. LED for GPS fix is not blinking.
The LED for the GPS only blinks when you lose satellite tracking.
# Salim 2013-11-15 09:50
Is it possible to dump the GPRS / SIM logs in Serial Monitor with FTDI cable connected with all 5 pins?
# Guest 2013-12-20 17:14
is the device already open to public sale? and do you ship world-wide? i'm in asia, particularly the Philippines. hope to hear form you soon.
+1 # Wayne Truchsess 2013-12-20 22:33
Quoting Guest:
is the device already open to public sale? and do you ship world-wide? i'm in asia, particularly the Philippines. hope to hear form you soon.

Yes it available under the Products list on the main page. As long as your country shows up in the list on the Paypal checkout screen, I can ship to it.

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