Location Tracking with OwnTracks

I have an app on my phone that periodically checks my location via GPS and sends it to my server at home. It seemed like a good idea when I installed it all last year, but then there was a pandemic and I forgot all about it. It has been sat quite happily in the background ever since, tracking me everywhere I go.

Basically, I have been nowhere interesting.

But I have seen a fair amount of my home city, as would be expected:

That track veering off up to the coast on the right is my trip to Hornsea last week.
Eating a pasty at Woodall Services while stationary. Safety first.

I’m not sure that this serves any practical purpose at all – but it is kind of interesting.

I can’t tell you exactly how I set it up because I can’t remember, but the component parts are:

  • Owntracks (iOS) – Records your location
  • Owntracks Recorder – Stores all the information and gives you pretty maps
  • Mosquitto – This sits in the middle of the other two. I’m not sure what it does, but pretty sure that it’s essential.

Please let me know if you can think of a useful purpose for this, then I can justify the electricity use.