GPS Tracker Pi

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Teacher Overview 

Raspbian is a Debian-based computer operating system for the Raspberry Pi computer. There are several versions of Raspbian including: Raspbian Stretch and Raspbian Jessie. Raspbian was created by Mike Thompson and Peter Green as an independent project, with an initial build completed in June 2012. Since 2015, Raspbian has been officially provided by the Raspberry Pi Foundation as its primary operating system for the family of Raspberry Pi single-board computers and is highly optimized for the Raspberry Pi line's low-performance ARM CPUs. 

The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. 

IoT devices could be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low or any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned an IP address and is able to transfer data over a network. Increasingly, organisations in a variety of industries are using IoT to operate more efficiently, better understand customers to deliver enhanced customer service, improve decision-making and increase the value of the business. 

The Global Positioning System (GPS), originally Navstar GPS, is a satellite-based radio navigation system owned by the United States government and operated by the United States Air Force. It is a global navigation satellite system that provides geolocation and time information to a GPS receiver anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. 

GPS systems are extremely versatile and can be found in almost any industry sector. They can be used to map forests, help farmers harvest their crops and navigate aircraft on the ground or in the air. GPS systems are used extensively in military applications and hardware. 

In this project a GPS tracker will be created using a Raspberry Pi with a GPS dongle and some basic Linux programming commands. 

Suggested Year Group  

The suggested age group is 16+, due to the nature of this project and the skills it is developing.  

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the basics of IoT; 

  • Understand the concepts of the GPS tracker and what it involves; 

  • Learn how a GPS tracker can be used in different projects.  

 

Hardware Required

Component Number (Peli Case) 

Slot 4 + 5 

Slot 5 

Slot 9 

Slot 3 

Slot 3 

Slot 5 

Slot 1 

Slot 1 

Component Number (Box Case) 

Slot 1 

Slot 10 

Slot 2 

Slot 11 

Slot 11 

Slot 12 

Slot 13 

Slot 3 

Component 

Raspberry Pi + Case 

Raspbian SD Card 

TFT Screen 

HDMI 

Wireless Keyboard 

Wireless Mouse 

Power Supply Unit 

GPS 

 

Video Guide

 

Conclusion

This project has been designed to introduce you to the application and use of GPS and how IoT can be used for it. You will have run multiple commands and wrote a small python script that will configure the Raspberry Pi to be able to run as a tracker and find your location. GPS is an extremely powerful tool, and this project is just scratching the surface of what you can achieve with it, there are so many different projects you can build around this.