Who can use it?

The Telstra Bluetooth Finding Community is available to Telstra customers who have at least one of the following services with a Bluetooth enabled device:

How does it work?

You may attach a Telstra Locator or Track and Monitor device to an item that’s important to you, which could be anything from a set of keys to pets, or equipment to trailers.


When the item moves within Bluetooth range of a community member, the member reports its location, anonymously and securely, back to Telstra’s Location and Monitoring platform. This data is then used to find the last known approximate location of the device.

The members of the Telstra Bluetooth Finding Community include:

  • Telstra mobile customers who have opted in for location permissions in the My Telstra app
  • Telstra Locator customers with the Telstra Locator app
  • Telstra Track and Monitor app users
  • Over 6000 Telstra Air enabled payphones and Telstra Air Public Wi-Fi Hotspots
  • Businesses who have built a custom app for their staff with the Telstra Bluetooth Finding Network
  • Track and Monitor Cat-M1 Solar Tracking Units with the Telstra Bluetooth Community enabled e.g., trailers, rail wagons and other devices

All data captured is secure and anonymous. You won’t know which community member has helped to locate your item and the Bluetooth Finding Community member cannot see what item they’re detecting. 

Where can I use it?

The Telstra Bluetooth Finding Community relies, in part, on a crowd-sourced community of users throughout Australia whose devices help locate items. The existence, size and extent of the Finding Community will vary from location to location, will not be the same at all times, and will not be present in all locations.


Check out the activity of our Bluetooth Finding community across different regions of Australia. The images below show where devices have been observed by the community over the last month. Remember, that the presence of the Bluetooth Finding Community at a particular location and time will vary as the community members move around. For example, we would typically see different activity from community members during the night than during the day.

213 million national observations for the month of December 2020

Australia

The total number of observations nationally for the month of December 2020 was 213 million. The greatest density and number of observations occurs throughout capital cities, regional population centres and highways throughout the country where 1000s of observations are commonly made each month. The frequency of observations reduces significantly in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Map of Melbourne observations for the month of December 2020

Melbourne

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around the Greater Melbourne area as well as major population centres including Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo and the major highways connecting them. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting 

Map of Tasmania observations for the month of  December 2020

Tasmania

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 100s to 1000s around the major population centres such as Hobart, Launceston and Devonport as well as along National Highway 1. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Map of Sydney observations for the month of  December 2020

Sydney

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around the Greater Sydney area as well as major population centres along the coast from Wollongong to Newcastle and inland population centres such as Bathurst and Orange. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Map of Brisbane observations for the month of  December 2020

Brisbane

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around the Greater Brisbane area as well as major population centres along the coast from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast and inland cities such as Toowoomba. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Map of Adelaide observations for the month of  December 2020

Adelaide

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around the Greater Adelaide area. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s and 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Map of Perth observations for the month of  December 2020

Perth

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around the Greater Perth area. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Map of Darwin observations for the month of  December 2020

Darwin

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around Darwin while along national Highway 1 there are 10s to 100s. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Map of ACT observations for the month of  December 2020

ACT

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around Canberra. Other regional centres such as Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga also see a higher density of observations around the 100s to 1000s. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Observation map legend

Red

10s of observations

Orange

100s of observations

Yellow

1000s of observations

What is an observation?

Indicates where a device has been observed by the community over the last month.