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lbendlin
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:06 pm    Post subject: Review: LetterLogger Reply with quote

Tracking the path of letter mail was until now a very daunting task given the extreme amounts of mail that are transported around every day. But with GPS technology getting better by the day (higher sensitivity, lower energy consumption) it was only a question of time until someone would try to cram a GPS into a postal package.

So let's have a look at the LetterLogger from TrackingTheWorld.com.

http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/letterlogger.php
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Review: LetterLogger Reply with quote

lbendlin wrote:
Tracking the path of letter mail was until now a very daunting task given the extreme amounts of mail that are transported around every day. But with GPS technology getting better by the day (higher sensitivity, lower energy consumption) it was only a question of time until someone would try to cram a GPS into a postal package.

So let's have a look at the LetterLogger from TrackingTheWorld.com.

http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/letterlogger.php

Can this device be used to track where your car's been?
What does it cost and where can i get one?
I looked one the supplyers website but they don't list the cost.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Can this device be used to track where your car's been?


With a battery life of 4 or 5 days and

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GPS needs to be good enough to get a fix even if the letter is transported in a box at the bottom of a stack of boxes in a full truck.


I would guess you could use if for that...
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes, you can use it for tracking cars - passively, of course. But there are other trackers available like the AMOD tracker that I am reviewing currently that are much more suited to that, and are considerably cheaper.

The LetterLogger is really designed for tracking mail packages.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How long before someone mistakes it for a letter bomb, or God forbid uses it for one. Live electronics in a package can be a major cause for alarm.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

p800 wrote:
How long before someone mistakes it for a letter bomb, or God forbid uses it for one. Live electronics in a package can be a major cause for alarm.


That's an excellent point p800! On another matter, please can I ask you to check your PMs. Ta.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@p800 - I have actually added a note to the LetterLogger each time I sent it around, explaining what it is, and listing my contact details.

I would see another issue - the Li-Ion battery would not like to be poked into. But that probably also applies to regular mail.

Keep in mind that this was commissioned by the USPS, so one would hope they'd inform their staff to expect such types of packages.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"As you can see you can squeeze the LetterLogger into smaller packages too."

Laughing

Only kind of padded envelope I had left Very Happy
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