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Bullithead
Hi Guys, I have developed a GPS Tracker that fits inside a laptop. It has its own battery so if someone should remove the laptop battery then the tracker will still work. I don't know if there is a market for such a product and I would like some feedback from you. Thanks and best regards.
tcassidy
I can't quite visualize what you are trying to accomplish. The comment about battery removal suggests this would be for stolen devices. Unfortunately without a method such as cellular or wi-fi, I can't see how the tracker could provide any useful information except to itself. A laptop without a battery is of no value to anyone and is certainly not trackable.

Terry
Bullithead
Hi Terry, Sorry I forgot to mention that the tracker works with its own cellular device on board. It will obviously use this device to communicate with the outside world. The tracker also has an SD card so it can store data, and this data can be recovered via GSM. The laptop will see the SD card a s an additional HDD so that sensitive info can be stored on the SD card and recovered, if need be, via GSM.
Bullithead
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Originally Posted by Bullithead
Hi Terry, Sorry I forgot to mention that the tracker works with its own cellular device on board. It will obviously use this device to communicate with the outside world. The tracker also has an SD card so it can store data, and this data can be recovered via GSM. The laptop will see the SD card a s an additional HDD so that sensitive info can be stored on the SD card and recovered, if need be, via GSM.
It has been noticed that if someone steals a laptop, they will first remove the battery as they know that the laptop normally has tracking software installed. Once this is done, they will take the laptop to a secure location (faraday cage) flush the BIOS to remove the tracking software and then replace the battery. They now have a laptop that is untraceable, unless you have the laptop tracker installed.
tcassidy
Aah. That sounds like it would work but would be rather expensive. Of course if the people involved in thievery had access to a faraday cage, they probably wouldn't be the usual druggies pilfering laptops for their next fix. So it might be expensive laptops you are targeting as your main audience.

Terry
Bullithead
We find that here in South Africa most of the guys that sell services like fixing phones and laptops work from converted containers and these are perfect Faraday cages. Also what they do is they switch off their wi-fi routers when they make the changes. Then obviously, no signal, no tracking.
Bullithead
And they will not be expensive. It will be very affordable.
Marvin Hlavac
The laptop would likely require some kind of mobile data plan subscription for this to function. SIM card, antenna, etc.
Bullithead
Hi Marvin, Yes it would. a SIM card is required at the moment. The tracker will have an embedded SIM by early next year. The tracker is self contained and has the antennas built in.
GoneNomad
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Hi Guys, I have developed a GPS Tracker that fits inside a laptop....
I'm wondering how anything like that will be small enough to fit inside a laptop considering that most laptops - especially higher-end laptops - are getting thinner and thinner, have fewer user-replaceable parts, have very little extra space inside, and in some cases, are glued together like a tablet.
Bullithead
Hi GoneNomad, Yes it is a fact that laptops are getting thinner, but trust me if I say that most manufacturers make provision for some space where the tracker will fit. When the product is ready to go to market I will reveal the info required regarding space and power etc.
Ken in Regina
Are you planning to market directly to consumers or to laptop manufacturers? Or maybe to businesses to install in the laptops their employees use?

...ken...
Boyd
Apple has a new system of their own...

https://www.macrumors.com/2019/08/28/apple-tile-leashing-arkit/

"At WWDC 2019, Apple announced Offline Finding, codenamed Blue Avengers, as one of the new features of iOS 13 and macOS Catalina. It allows users to find their devices even when their lost devices are not connected to the internet. A background process called Search Party intermittently broadcasts and receives Bluetooth beacon signals so that every nearby online device running iOS 13 or macOS Catalina can relay the location of lost offline devices to their owners."


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