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One of the more intriguing use cases to be born out of the IoT is the ability to actively monitor the location and condition of, well, anything. Whether you are monitoring the temperature, humidity, and fall detection of a critical vaccine shipment, or tracking your location on a cross-country road trip, using off-the-shelf sensors with cellular and GPS modules has made asset tracking easier than ever.

But what if you don’t know where to start? Or what if you don’t want to invest serious 💰💰💰 in a fully decked-out tracker? Well, have I got a tutorial for you!

blues wireless notecard with wings

I built a low-cost (< $100 USD) cellular- and GPS-enabled tracking system and sent it, literally, around the world to (almost) every continent. I tracked its location with a cloud-based dashboard and even tweaked some settings on the tracker itself after I had sent it on its way.

In this Hackster project, I dive into the hardware, software, and services used to monitor its amazing journey around the globe 🌍, including:

  1. Picking the right low-power and low-cost hardware.
  2. Configuring the tracker firmware in a low-code manner.
  3. Relaying data to the cloud over secure cellular.
  4. Building a cloud dashboard to track the tracker.

notecard global tracking map

View the entire tutorial, “Sending a Cellular/GPS Tracker Around the World (Literally)”, on Hackster!

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