Live: Track Our Progress
The graph below plots the live statistics of our journey. You can view an hourly breakdown of an individual day or the entire journey by respectively clicking either the day or the "View Hourly Combined Averages" button.
Our GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude) are broadcast every 10 minutes by our SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger in the form of a SMS message, which is sent through the local GSM networks.
These coordinates are sent directly to the SPOT servers, which then produce an xml feed of the data. The code on our website (written by our sponsors at Proforce Design) then interprets this 'feed', plotting are route onto the above Google Map. The code then calculates the time and distance between each GPS coordinate, from which it determines the journey statistics. The average speed shown is the average speed of our car whilst it is in motion.
Our SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger also allows us to add Points of Interest onto the map along route, the descriptions of which we add once we have a reliable internet connection.
The whole Live Tracking process is completely automated, and besides adding the Points of Interest descriptions, requires no input from us at all... Convenient when we should be focusing on driving.
Although we hopefully won't ever have to use it, one of the additional features that SPOT provide is an SOS button. Should the SOS button be pressed, a message is sent to an International Emergency Rescue Coordination Centre based in Houston, Texas. From where (if necessary) they will coordinate the dispatchment of a Search and Rescue team to our last known location.
Although our coordinates are broadcast every 10 minutes, to reducing loading on the servers, the map and journey statistics will update every 60 minutes!