I want to get a page on the blog that will have a map to track our progress. The Navionics app that I had on the iPad for our last coastal trip had a function where I could post our track on to our facebook page – sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.
I think the technology for this will improve in the next few years. It looks like lots of other people have these maps on their blogs so there are already good systems to do this.
Some I have heard about so far are:
- This looks awesome – Iridium Go – It supports a full range of global communications, including voice calls, email access, applications, social networking, photo sharing, SMS two-way, GPS tracking, SOS alert and weather updates via PredictWind. The base unit costs about USD$1000 and then monthly unlimited data plans for USD$125.00 – this sounds brilliant!
- http://www.alwaysinreach.co.nz/ – Delorme Inreach as mentioned in Capt’n Sean’s message below, can track your course and automatically update a map which you can embed in to your website. It can also send and receive text messages and update Facebook, it has an SOS function where you can message for help, and the new one also has a GPS route map planner. The initial cost to purchase the unit seems quite reasonable and there are either annual or casual plans you can purchase depending on your requirements. This looks good!
- Thekeel.com – free but just developed and the website admits that it is ironing out some teething problems. Not entirely sure how it works.
- http://au.findmespot.com/en/ – this is a stand alone unit which can also send an email to people advising of your position on a regular basis.
- AIS – not sure about this but there might be some functionality here
What systems do you use?