Regarding GPS based LoRaWAN Tracking Solutions. There are several companies producing GPS Tracking solutions including the manufacturers Zane Systems with their zTrack, and WorldCom with their LT100E. Zane are also working on a new zTag personal GPS tracker that launches in the next month or two.
As you may know, GPS sensors are a drain on battery, which means a device with a single AA 3.6V, sending GPS locations roughly every 10 minutes for 2 hrs per day, will last perhaps a month between charges.
There are ways to improve the battery life, but generally, it depends on how often the device needs to wake up the GPS location sensor. Obviously, devices can use accelerometers and other methods to optimise battery life, but most GPS Trackers on the market already include this.
There’s also the LoRaWAN GEO Location feature which is a LoRa and LoRaWAN initiative to locate devices without needing GPS sensors. The standards are there, the large manufacturers (e.g. Kerlink and MultiTech) are working on implementation. In my view, based on meetings I’ve attended, the functionality won’t be mainstream for another 6-12 months. When finished, the accuracy will likely be around 50-100meters, but heavily influenced by factors such as the speed of the device being tracked, urban, vs rural, number of gateways e.t.c.
GPS data can be sent to a number of platforms. MyDevices by Cayenne is popular. Here at GridLocate, we’re working on a number of GPS Tracking projects in beta, and currently developing improved platforms to support Lora Devices.
Hope the above helps.