GPS for Fleet Management, Asset-, Vehicle-, and Personal-Tracking

GPS-enabled tracking devices are gaining popularity for fleet management, vehicle-, and asset-tracking and as a security feature for the elderly and children. Vehicle trackers not only ensure productivity and visibility of a fleet of delivery vehicles, they can help mold a teen driver into being a responsible motorist. They can also assist in locating your car if it is stolen or you simply do not remember where you parked at the mall. For the elderly or people with special needs, a GPS-enabled tracking device can be the difference between life and death. A GPS tracker can alert a caregiver the instant a special needs patient wanders outside of their home, or help relatives locate someone who is lost.

Atmel Advantage

Atmel provides turnkey software/hardware solution based on the Atmel® SAM D20 series of low-power microcontrollers. The chip is a 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M0+ based device with a rich peripheral set, good processing performance, and low unit cost. These 32-bit devices are well suited to work in a system communicating with the GPS and other sensors, and the GSM modem.



Features and Benefits

Features Benefits
  • Single circuit board with Atmel SAM D20 microcontroller, GPS, and GSM modem
  • Location requests and other commands can be issued over SMS
  • Logging of GPS location to an SD card
  • On-board Real Time Clock synchronized to the GPS UTC time
  • Panic button that alerts others about your current location
  • Accelerometer to sense movement to improve GPS power management
  • Implemented on the ARM Cortex-M0+ based SAM D20 using FreeRTOS, providing a flexible platform to tailor the reference design to your application
  • Comes with a battery and a built-in battery charger to support autonomous operation
  • Low power consumption to meet the unattended and remote nature of the application and to extend battery life
  • Flexible connectivity for easy data transmission between external sensors, memories, PCs, and wireless modules
  • Small form factor

The GPS Tracker reference design is available with several features implemented that are desirable for GPS tracking applications:

  • Single circuit board with Atmel SAM D20 microcontroller, GPS and GSM modem
  • Location requests and other commands can be issued over SMS
  • Logging of GPS location to SD card
  • On board Real Time Clock synchronized to the GPS UTC time
  • Panic button that alerts others about your current location
  • Accelerometer to sense movement to improve GPS power management
  • Implemented on the cortex-M0+ based SAM D20 using FreeRTOS, providing a flexible platform to tailor the reference design to your application
  • Comes with battery and built in battery charger to support autonomous operation

Begin designing immediately with these resources and tools:

Reference Designs

[ + ] Wireless E-Paper Display Reference Design


[ + ] USB High Speed Device Mass Storage on SD/MMC Card with AES


[ + ] GPS Tracker Reference Design


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