(Topic ID: 125299)

Available technologies that could be used for tracking your pins


By PinChili

4 years ago



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    #1 4 years ago

    We started this conversation in another thread (regarding a recently stolen Hulk AVLE). But has anyone considered putting some sort of tracking device in your pins? I know there are several devices on the market for tracking your car if it should get stolen. But those are mostly GPS based which may not be as viable for pins when they get moved indoors. I'm aware of a product called "Tile" which sounds pretty cool in theory, but it sounds like it would have to be in wide use in order to be practical? Anyone consider any other product? Considering how cheap some of these products are, it would make a lot of sense to better secure a several thousand dollar game.

    https://www.thetileapp.com

    #3 4 years ago

    Thanks for posting those. I'm very surprised that each of those threads never went more than just a few posts? GPS clearly doesn't seem to be the solution. I'm wondering if anyone has experience with this "Tile" app? Seems like it would do the trick and is affordable?

    #4 4 years ago

    Funny thing is....most who end up with a pin..(how ever they get one)...end up here on pinside...almost anything I google about pinball...usually in the top 3 is a pinside link....so just like the BBB guy...the thief's will google value...end up here...then they know the OPs moves.....so point on topic.....if they see this thread..(or just open the PF..like most pin owners do)...if they see the device can't they just get rid of it.....???...............Joey

    #5 4 years ago

    Tile wouldn't be effective for this.

    They are great for locating stuff you lost in your own house, but will have limited use for something like this....

    You really need something with gps and cellular capabilities. I have something like this on a very expensive drone in case it gets "lost"

    However, you will be paying for the device AND a monthly service fee for the cellular service.

    I think a MUCH cheaper and easier solution for pinball machines is - good insurance.

    #6 4 years ago

    Take photos of each machine, and inside take a photo of the serial numbers.

    #7 4 years ago
    Quoted from lowepg:

    Tile wouldn't be effective for this.
    They are great for locating stuff you lost in your own house, but will have limited use for something like this....
    You really need something with gps and cellular capabilities. I have something like this on a very expensive drone in case it gets "lost"
    However, you will be paying for the device AND a monthly service fee for the cellular service.
    I think a MUCH cheaper and easier solution for pinball machines is - good insurance.

    But Tile does say it can work for items very far away too. Apparently anyone with the app installed (on their phone) who comes near a Tile device registers the location of that device. So if a few hundred thousand people use it all you need is one person to eventually come near your pin and the location will get registered. Sounds like a good solution IF a lot of people start using it.

    #8 4 years ago
    Quoted from PinChili:

    But Tile does say it can work for items very far away too. Apparently anyone with the app installed (on their phone) who comes near a Tile device registers the location of that device. So if a few hundred thousand people use it all you need is one person to eventually come near your pin and the location will get registered. Sounds like a good solution IF a lot of people start using it.

    Yup. I have tile- I use it all the time.

    But you hit the issue- for it to work:
    someone with the app on their phone has to walk in close proximity to it, and
    have Bluetooth enabled at all times.

    Someday, if millions use this app- it will be useful, but right now, its WAY too spotty to be used for tracking stolen items.

    #9 4 years ago

    What about a siren, like a car alarm, that is run off a battery. If the machine is unplugged then the siren will go off. A really loud obnoxious siren! You could have a tag on the electrical plug warning someone that a loud siren will sound if machine is unplugged. You could also have an override inside the cabinet. If the machine is screaming then the thief will move on to an easier target.

    You could setup an arduino board that will also send you an email or text message that the machine has been unplugged.

    #10 4 years ago

    I don't worry about tracking my pins. I worry about tracking my Escalera. Everytime you turn around to look for it its loaned out, and then that guy loans it out to another guy etc. And lets face it....nobody takes care of your own stuff the way you do.

    #11 4 years ago

    I have a boat and live in South Florida and GPS trackers come up for discussion in the boating forums nearly every week, since boat theft is very high here. There's a dozen different options available. Spot Trace is one of the cheaper well-known ones, it's $120 and then a $100 annual tracking subscription. There's really nothing cheaper but it goes up from there, into the thousands.

    -E

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