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Setting up your tracker
Smartphones
Before you start
Setting up
GPS Trackers
Before you start
Supported GPS Trackers
TK102-1
TK102-2
TK103-1
TK103-2
AVL/T3000/VT300
GT02
GT03
MT88
Enfora Mini MT
Unsupported GPS trackers

How to use your smartphone as a GPS tracker

It's easy, and requires no software download or installation:

  1. Test your phone's capabilities
    • Before continuing, check that your phone supports the required features by visiting locat.co.za/mtest on your smartphone.
  2. Create a locat account
    • That is, of course, if you haven't done so already.
  3. Add a smartphone to your account
    • Log in and add a GPS Tracker to your account.
    • Dial *#06# on your phone to obtain its IMEI. This is a 15/6 digit number, and is not the same as the phone's voice/SMS number.
    • When specifying the "Tracker Type", click on the image most closely associated with your phone (Android, Apple, Blackberry or Windows Mobile), or just choose the generic 'smartphone' image.
    • After adding the phone, a confirmation email will be sent which contains the registered IMEI as well as a 'Connection Code' that you will use later.
  4. Activate tracking
    • Go to locat.co.za/m on your phone's browser.
    • If it is the first time you have visited the site on your phone, the web site will ask you to type in the IMEI of your phone as well as the Connection Code specified in the confirmation email.
    • If it is the first time you have visited the site, the phone's browser will ask once (or a number of times) if it's OK to use the phone's GPS. Naturally, you should allow the GPS to be used.
    • In future, whenever your phone connects to locat.co.za/m, and for as long as the site remains open, it will transmit its location to locat's servers, and your phone's icon will be visible on the map. To activate the tracking on your phone, simply open the locat.co.za/m site. The rest will happen automatically.
    • It is recommended that you create a bookmark (and if your phone supports it, a desktop shortcut) for easy access to the web site in future.

Please note that this will work on most modern smartphones and may also work in some cases on older phones, largely depending on the internet browser. For the service to work, the phone must be connected to the internet, the phone's browser must support the HTML5 Geolocation framework, the phone's GPS must be switched on and enabled, and Javascript and cookies must be enabled.

This free service is provided on an as-is basis as it is experimental and part of an ongoing effort to expand and improve our service offerings. Please report any problems you may experience, but also let us know it you find it working well and any suggestions, as always, are welcome.

GPS Tracker configuration examples

The following are examples of the bare minimum SMS configuration sequences for different devices. In all cases, the device's user manual is the authoritative and overriding reference.

It is important to note that these examples use certain settings, such as password, IP address and port number, which will differ from your own. Wherever you see XXXXXX being used, you would instead be use your own password; the examples use YYY.YYY.YYY.YYY as the IP address, and ZZZZZ as the port, but you should instead use the correct IP address and port number (as allocated by locat via an email to your address). Under most circumstances, specifying "Internet" as the APN (Access Point Name) works, but please double check with your mobile operator. These examples configure the device to transmit its location continually at 30 second intervals.

TK102 (v1) | TK103 (v2) | AVL·T3000·VT300 | GT02 | GT03 | MT88 | Enfora Mini MT

TK-102 (version 1)

To obtain IMEI:

SEND imeiXXXXXX
RECEIVE: 123456789012345 OK!

To configure to connect to LOCAT server:

SEND beginXXXXXX
RECEIVE: BEGIN OK!
SEND apnXXXXXX Internet
RECEIVE: APN OK!
SEND adminipXXXXXX YYY.YYY.YYY.YYY ZZZZZ
RECEIVE: ADMIN IP OK!

To set update frequency:

SEND t030s***nXXXXXX
RECEIVE: T030S***N OK!
back
TK-103 (version 1)

To obtain IMEI:

SEND imeiXXXXXX
RECEIVE: 123456789012345 OK!

To set ID (using last 11 digits of IMEI):

SEND number12345678901
RECEIVE: set number ok.

To configure to connect to LOCAT server:

SEND beginXXXXXX
RECEIVE: BEGIN OK!
SEND apnXXXXXX Internet
RECEIVE: APN OK!
SEND ipYYY.YYY.YYY.YYYportZZZZZ
RECEIVE: set IP address and PORT ok.
SEND webXXXXXX
RECEIVE: set web ok.

To set update frequency:

SEND at30sum0
RECEIVE: Auto track set OK!
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TK-103 (version 2)

To obtain IMEI:

SEND imeiXXXXXX
RECEIVE: 123456789012345 OK!

To configure to connect to LOCAT server:

SEND beginXXXXXX
RECEIVE: BEGIN OK!
SEND apnXXXXXX internet internet
RECEIVE: APN OK!
SEND adminipXXXXXX YYY.YYY.YYY.YYY ZZZZZ
RECEIVE: ADMINIP ok.

To set update frequency:

SEND t030s***nXXXXXX
RECEIVE: T030S***N ok!
back
AVL·T3000·VT300

To obtain IMEI:

SEND WXXXXXX,601
RECEIVE: IMEI:123456789012345

To set ID (using first 14 digits of IMEI):

SEND WXXXXXX,010,12345678901234
RECEIVE: Set SIM Ok/12345678901234

To configure to connect to LOCAT server:

SEND WXXXXXX,011,Internet
RECEIVE: Set APN Ok/Internet
SEND WXXXXXX,012,YYY.YYY.YYY.YYY,ZZZZZ
RECEIVE: Set IP Ok/YYY.YYY.YYY.YYY,ZZZZZ
SEND WXXXXXX,013,1
RECEIVE: Open TCP Ok

To set update frequency:

SEND WXXXXXX,014,00003
RECEIVE: Set GPRS Timer Ok/00003
back
GT02

To configure to connect to LOCAT server:

SEND GPRS,XXXXXX,Internet,0,YYY.YYY.YYY.YYY:ZZZZZ#
RECEIVE: Success!
SEND XXXXXXD
RECEIVE: Opened GPRS OK!

To set update frequency:

SEND GPRSDS,XXXXXX,00003#
RECEIVE: Success!
back
GT03

To configure to connect to LOCAT server:

SEND GPRS,XXXXXX,Internet,YYY.YYY.YYY.YYY:ZZZZZ#
RECEIVE: Success!

To set update frequency:

SEND GPRSDS,XXXXXX,030#
RECEIVE: Success!
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MT88

To obtain IMEI:

SEND XXXX,A000
RECEIVE: 353358017784062,Now,22.535888,114.063034,0803101... (shortened)

To configure to connect to LOCAT server:

SEND XXXX,A21,1,YYY.YYY.YYY.YYY,ZZZZZ,Internet,,
RECEIVE: 353358017784062,A21,OK

To set update frequency:

SEND XXXX,A12,3,0
RECEIVE: XXXX,A12,3,0
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(Enfora) Mini MT

To obtain IMEI:

SEND XXXX,A000
RECEIVE: 353358017784062,Now,22.535888,114.063034,0803101... (shortened)

To configure to connect to LOCAT server:

SEND XXXX,A21,1,YYY.YYY.YYY.YYY,ZZZZZ,Internet,,
RECEIVE: 353358017784062,A21,OK

To set update frequency:

SEND XXXX,A12,3,0
RECEIVE: XXXX,A12,3,0
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