Introduction to DIY Tracking

DIY Tracking was started in order to give South Africans the opportunity of making use of the GPS System by using the latest breakthroughs in personal tracking technology at affordable prices. GPS first went active in 1978 but only for the US Military. It was not until the year 2000 that the service was made available to the general public. Early GPS units were very expensive and bulky but prices have come down significantly and the choices available have increased dramatically, it all depends on what you want to track.


DIY Tracking provides trackers that allow you to:


  •  Keep track of loved ones, your spouse, your children, elderly relatives and pets.
  • Keep track of vehicles for personal and business reasons; see how your employees use them and where they are.
  • Keep track of generators TV's, computers and other stationary assets.
  • Keep track of containers and items in containers.

Please look under Our Products in the menu bar for all your options.


How does the tracker let me know where it is?

You can determine the trackers location by sending a SMS from a cell phone and you will receive a Google Maps link showing the trackers location.

  • You can use a tracking platform which you access through the internet using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. The tracking platforms available now days are very easy to use but have different levels of functionality; they range from free platforms to full fleet management. 
  • Most of our trackers come with a free tracking platform or App for the first year and there after a nominal yearly admin fee.


What are the most common features of the trackers we supply?


  • Track the location of the tracker on a platform
  • Get location by sending a SMS or missed call
  • Receive an alert if the tracker leaves an area which is called a Geofence
  • Receive an alert if the speed of the tracker exceeds the limit you set
  • Receive an alert it the tracker moves a set distance from a stationary point.
  • Receive an alert if the user pushes an SOS button
  • Listen in on what is been said and what is happening where the tracker is located.

These features are easily activated by sending an SMS to the tracker; see the product instructions for a complete list of features.



What do I need to get tracking?


You need to choose the tracker that will suit your requirements, buy a prepaid SIM card, insert the SIM card in the tracker, log onto your account on the internet and see where the tracker is. As easy as that!  We test the tracker and set it up for you before shipping it to you as part of our service.



What else do I need to know?


All the trackers we sell require cell phone coverage and a data connection which will use less than 15Mb per month and depending on your settings, this will cover your requirements. We recommend Vodacom due to its coverage and portal which allows you to easily recharge the data at a cost of R9 per month. Telkom also has a good portal and is cheaper.



What else can we help with?

We can give you the facility to monitor usage of your computer and cell phones, read the communication sent and even listen in on conversations. Please choose "Monitoring cell phones and computers" under the Products menu item.



 We will provide you with the means of carrying out this personal tracking by yourself at home or on the go, without having to commit to any long term contracts and without having to rely on any third parties to do the tracking for you.

We can also assist people in other countries, if your country is not listed please email us.

DIY Tracking also supplies a special system for marking your valuable possessions such as laptops, cell phones TV's or any other article. These datadots are the modern equivalent of the microdot, and have a unique serial number that can only be read with a microscope, but which identifies the article as being yours. You register this serial number on the database which the police have access to. When stolen goods are recovered the police are specially trained to look for the DataDots and have your goods returned.The second hand goods act requires that the identity of the person transacting be recorded and if there is a suspicion that the goods are stolen it must be reported to the police. DataDots are an excellent means of proving ownership and is verifiable. A copy of the Second-hand Goods Act 2009 is available for you to download in our Downloads section. 

Please visit our Downloads page for all sorts of other information. We hope you find what you need on this site. 


Examples of tracking