Trackie is a cost-effective vehicle tracking solution completely built on open-source technologies and also bringing a friendly user experience for private users and small businesses in Australia, with handpicked local SIM card plan, plug-and-play hardware (based on Freematics ONE) and free cloud service running on local server.
Freematics Hub Service has been online for a while as a free cloud service for Freematics ONE+ developers to quickly test the connected vehicle telemetry hardware. It is based on the open-source Freematics Hub server software and allows users to easily access to live data collected from vehicle remotely as well as to review and analyze vehicle’s history routes and trip data. Freematics Hub provides REST API for access to live/history vehicle data. Freematics Hub Service provided with a set of web-based UI built on the API.
The home page of Freematics Hub Service consists of shortcuts to various features. A blank in the middle is where user enters device ID or E-mail (with pre-created account). It is most straight-forward to use device ID to start. The device ID is a unique string to identify a device and can be found in the serial output of Freematics ONE+ running telelogger. You can tick “Save My Info” to make it persistent with cookie for easy access next time. With that, click/tap on one of shortcut buttons one of below features.
- Live Data – to remotely view real-time vehicle data and location
- Trip Browser – to review vehicle’s history routes and data
- Parking Meter – a simple parking location and time display (best view on mobile phone)
We have just added CAN bus sniffing APIs to the Arduino library for Freematics ONE+. Currently the CAN sniffing feature is only available in Freematics ONE+ Model B. A simple CAN bus sniffing example sketch is also added.
CAN sniffing is interesting if you are have some insider information or good at reverse engineering, so some vehicle data outside the scope of standard OBD-II PIDs can be extracted.
New year is really approaching and we are giving out special discounts for your new kits and gears to play with in the year of 2019. New year resolution? What about driving into the world of vehicle telematics and open-source hardware? That’s good and we will always be here to support you. Happy new year everyone from Sydney Australia!
We now supply external GNSS antenna (SMA interface) for SIM5360 cellular module when you order Freematics ONE+. Using SIM5360’s internal GNSS is more cost-effective than standalone M8030 solution when 1Hz update rate and slightly longer satellite locking time are acceptable.
This guide will help you to set up your own vehicle tracking system with open-source software and hardware which has potential for development of your own vehicle telematics application.