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Mobile Phone Tracking System


Project Objective

            The aim of this project is to build a system that will enable the real time tracking of a mobile phone and provide added location aware features.

            The mobile phone has quickly become ubiquitous in modern society and everyone feels the need of having one with advanced features. This mobile phone while being a portal to access the whole world can also be used to make mundane tasks simpler. This system will enable the tracking of the device using its Global Positioning System (GPS) or Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) functionality. Over the past decade more and more phones have begun integrating either the GPS or GLONASS or both systems on board to provide navigation assistance. These systems are able to lock on to satellites and provide accurate location details within seconds. The Mobile Phone Tracking system will be able to activate this feature in the phone and locate the user on a map. The system will be built with a PHP front end and can be accessed after providing authorized user credentials.

This system can be used in a number of ways such as to store reminders. People will be able to store favourite locations and set reminders on the system. For e.g. you could select the supermarket and enter “Buy milk”, then the school and enter “Meet Caleb’s teacher”, then the clinic and enter “Collect blood test results”, and so on. When you reach in a 1 km radius of the place, e.g. the school, the system will automatically send an SMS to your phone to remind you to complete the errand, in this case “Meet Caleb’s teacher”.

Another manner of use would be in college classrooms to take over the repetitive task of taking attendance. Lecturers will be able to use the system to track students in their classroom. The system can be controlled by a college admin and will only activate when it is time for the lecture. When the lecture begins the system will automatically note the phones tracked within the lecture hall and note attendance. The lecturer will receive a count of how many students are present and can count the number of students at the end of the lecture to avoid any misde meanours.

Mobile Phone Tracking System Snapshot

Existing Systems

            The existing systems for taking attendance and setting reminders do not make use of location aware technology. Lecturers have to call out the name of each student and check how many are present which can take a lot of time in the modern day scenario of class sizes exceeding 50 students. Setting reminders depends on timers to remind a person to do a task but does not make use of location information to avoid redundancies.

Proposed System

            Attendance systems which take up a lot of valuable class time can be supplanted with this mobile based automated system. Reminders which are generally set with timed alarms will be more proactive and will activate based on ones proximity with the location specified in the reminder. Such a system will make life easier in these 2 ways that are specified and make use of the mobile phone to do so.


Admin: The admin will be able to set the functionality of the system. The admin can decide whether the system is used for class attendance or reminder setting. The admin will also be responsible for creating accounts for user. The feature that can be accessed by each user will be locked by the admin.

College attendance: This module can be used by the lecturer to take attendance in class. They will be able to enter student mobile number details at the start of the semester and enter details about lecture timings. The system will automatically activate to note the mobile locations of lecture attendees.

Reminders: A location based reminder can be set using this module. A user can use the system at home to set reminders for the next day or next week and the system will trigger the reminders based on location.

Software Requirements

  • Windows XP
  • PHP 5
  • MS SQL Server 2005 Express
  • CSS
  • Apache Server
  • Google API

Hardware Requirements

  • Hard Disk – 2 GB
  • RAM – 1 GB
  • Processor – Dual Core or Above
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Monitor
  • Printer

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