IEEE WF-IoT Session: Design and Implementation of Vehicle Tracking System Using GPS/GSM/GPRS Technology and Smartphone Application

Girma Tewolde, Kettering University, USA; SeokJu Lee, Kettering University, USA; Jaerock Kwon, Kettering University, USA

An efficient vehicle tracking system is designed and implemented for tracking the movement of any equipped vehicle from any location at any time. The system makes good use of a popular technology that combines a Smartphone application and a microcontroller. This will be inexpensive solution compared to others. The designed in-vehicle device works using GPS/GSM/GPRS technology that is one of the most common ways for vehicle tracking. The device is embedded inside a vehicle whose position is to be tracked in real-time. A microcontroller is used to control the GPS and GSM/GPRS modules. The vehicle tracking system uses the GPS to get geographic coordinates while the GSM/GPRS module is used to transmit and update the vehicle location to a database. A Smartphone application is used for continuously monitoring the vehicle location. The Google Maps API is used to display the vehicle on the map in the Smartphone application. Users will be able to continuously monitor a moving vehicle on demand from their Smartphone and can determine the estimated distance and time for the vehicle to arrive at a given destination. This paper demonstrates the feasibility and effectiveness of the system using successful experimental results.



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