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    Every year about 700,000 vehicles get stolen in US. In fact, a car is stolen every45 seconds.

    We all love our cars and whether it is a roaring Lamborghini or a purring Prius,we are attached to it and wish that it never gets stolen.

    I am very attached to my family car and take lots of precaution that I do not parkmy car in secluded places or double check that I always lock my car when I parkit anywhere and always carry my car keys with me. However, I am still worriedwhether my car is safe. In order to get rid of these genuine worries, I decided todesign my own low cost car tracking system.

    In this instructable, I have explained the process of building one's very ownGlobal Car Tracking System -'Athena' - for a cost of just 100$. The steps forbuilding this device is very simple and explained in a lucid manner. The skillsrequired for you to build this is minimum (Basic knowledge about electronics andthe Arduino IDE).

    I have christened this device by the name 'Athena' because Athena is the GreekGoddess of navigation.

    So what are we waiting for.....let's get started.......

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  • Step 1: Parts Needed:

    The following is a list of parts needed to build 'Athena' :-

    Supplies :Arduino Uno1.Arduino GSM Shield (I have used a SIM900 GSM/GPRS Shield Module)2.GPS Module3.Adapter Plug for powering the Arduino4.4pcs of LM7805 IC5.PCB6.Wires7.

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  • Male Header Pins8.Female Header Pins9.Project Enclosure10.

    Tools :Soldering Iron1.Solder2.Soldering Wax3.Drill4.Hacksaw5.

    Step 2: The Circuit: Voltage Regulator Circuit

    The Arduino and GSM shield operate at voltages between 5 volts and 12 volts.Although the car has a 12 volt battery and electrical system, the voltage can

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  • sometimes spike up and damage the Arduino if connected directly. Hence to beon the safer side, I have decided to use an LM7805 Voltage regulator to regulatethe 12 volts input voltage to 5 volts. The LM7805 IC generates an output of 5volts 0.5 amps. Since the GSM module can sometimes draw upto 2 Amperes ofcurrent, I have used 4 pcs of LM7805 IC to meet the requirement.

    The Circuit :Cut the PCB using a hacksaw into a piece large enough to fit the 4pcs ofLM7805 IC (Refer to Pic. 1).

    1.

    Arrange the LM7805 in a parallel connection on the PCB (Refer to Pic. 1)and bend the leads of the IC to connect them in parallel(Refer to Pic. 3)

    2.

    Solder Wires to the 12v Input of LM7805, Ground Input, 5v Output of LM7805and Ground Output.

    3.

    Connect the Adapter plug to the 5v Output and Ground Output Wires. Thefinal product should look like Pic. 5

    4.

    Step 3: Preparing the Project Enclosure: Drilling Holes

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  • In this step you will drill the holes to mount the Arduino and the GSM Antenna tothe project enclosure.

    Drill four holes at the bottom of the project enclosure to secure the ArduinoUno in it.

    1.

    Drill a hole on the left wall of the enclosure big enough for the USB cable toconnect to the Arduino.

    2.

    Drill a hole on the right wall for the GSM Module Antenna.3.Drill two holes on the right wall for the Power Input wires.4.

    Step 4: Wiring the GPS Module

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  • The GPS module must be connected in a detachable manner to the ArduinoUno. If wires are soldered to the module, then the module cannot be reused forsome other application or project. Hence I have used header pins to create adetachable connection between the GPS module and the Arduino. The followingare the steps to create a detachable connection:-

    Cut four pieces of wire and solder the male header pins to one end of thewire. Wrap the soldered ends of the wire in insulation tape(Refer to Pic. 3).

    1.

    If female header pins are available, then solder the other ends of the wire tothe female header pins. (Top tip: If female header pins are not available,then briefly heat the ends of the wire over a candle to partially melt andloosen up the insulation on the wire. Then force each of the wires into theVcc, Gnd , Tx and Rx pins of the GPS Module. Refer to the Pic. 4)

    2.

    After connecting the wires to the Vcc, Gnd , Tx and Rx pins, the GPS moduleshould look like Pic. 6

    3.

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