Jamie's Notes

Location Tracking with OwnTracks

I have an app on my phone that periodically checks my location via GPS and sends it to my server at home. It seemed like a good idea when I installed it all last year, but then there was a pandemic and I forgot all about it. It has been sat quite happily in the background ever since, tracking me everywhere I go.

Basically, I have been nowhere interesting.

But I have seen a fair amount of my home city, as would be expected:

That track veering off up to the coast on the right is my trip to Hornsea last week.
Eating a pasty at Woodall Services while stationary. Safety first.

I’m not sure that this serves any practical purpose at all – but it is kind of interesting.

I can’t tell you exactly how I set it up because I can’t remember, but the component parts are:

  • Owntracks (iOS) – Records your location
  • Owntracks Recorder – Stores all the information and gives you pretty maps
  • Mosquitto – This sits in the middle of the other two. I’m not sure what it does, but pretty sure that it’s essential.

Please let me know if you can think of a useful purpose for this, then I can justify the electricity use.

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  1. Paul Capewell

    27 August 2020 at 4:57 pm

    “I’m not sure that this serves any practical purpose at all – but it is kind of interesting.”

    My favourite kind of project – and justification!

    It is very cool to see these kinds of maps. I have submitted to Google and allow it to track my location history (I use Android phones). The method for browsing it is reasonable helpful, and there is an option to export the data which I believe would let me do clever things with JSON or other stuff I don’t understand (or, more likely, upload it to a third party website for analysis).

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