Bike thieves beware: GPS tracking for bicycles is here


It sounds like something that ‘Q’ might fit to James Bond’s bicycle, but the SpyLamp – a LED rear light that contains a hidden GPS tracker – is available for any cyclist concerned about bike theft to buy today.

The SpyLamp allows a cyclist to track the location of their bicycle anywhere in the world should it be stolen. The SpyLamp looks like any other LED rear light but its unremarkable exterior also contains GPS technology, the workings from a pay-as-you-go mobile phone and a motion sensor to allow the bicycle owner to track the whereabouts of their bike via a website using Google Maps.

Car tracker systems that emit a VHF signal, which can be picked up by receivers fitted to police cars have been available for years. The technology is proven, but expensive; the cost of buying the unit and having it installed can run to hundreds of pounds and there is also an annual subscription to pay. The Spylamp is cheaper to buy and run.

SpyLamp costs £125 plus the occasional top up for the pay-as-you-go SIM card. Its designers are about to launch an even more discreet version that can be hidden in the seat post or frame of the bicycle.

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  2. Peter Davies

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    HI,

    A Company, based in Derbyshire, offers
    a smaller cheaper system that you can track via your android or iOS smart phone.

    The device itself hides within the frame,
    Also, as opposed to having a large upfront fee,
    this system works on a small first installment then a subscription of just £4.25 a MONTH!

    Such good value, plus once fitted you can get a discount via your insurer.
    especially useful if you’ve just spent £2.5k on a frame alone.

    I am happy to provide further details for anyone interested.

    (Price quoted correct on 12/09/2013

    • mark

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      Is the company still around, could you provide links?

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