Oh, we have looked at the possibility of setting up our own javAPRSSrv-like server to support an APRS client on a smart phone but we haven't pushed through with the project just yet. This would be a stand-alone instance (not connected to the APRS-IS) so SARTopo would need to be able to consume a custom URL for that to work.
matt on 10 Dec, 2017 05:40 PM
I hope to have a solution in place by next summer, but if you setup your own tracking network there are a handful of ways to push locations to sartopo. The offline version can be setup to forward location data to sartopo.com, and also to read several formats from a locally connected serial port, including APRS, NMEA and fleetsync sentences.
You can also setup a "fleet" locator type on sartopo.com and push locations via (I think - if this doesn't work I can dig up a working example later):
Is there a big demand for this? As a search manager or just as a person working in IC, I have never needed a minute by minute location update of assets in the field. If needed I can look up on the map and see what areas are in progress and what areas have been done. In a pinch I can radio a team for their location. I am not criticizing this request. I have seen other APRS/ real time location info threads on here. It's interesting to see what other teams are doing in other regions of the country.
1) It's a safety benefit. Knowing exactly where all of your assets are at any given time, without the need to query them, is great when you have a team out searching 100 acres of wilderness.
2) It helps operations know where assets are located if someone needs help or a priority search area comes up from planning. This isn't much different from AVL used to locate emergency vehicles for dispatch to incidents.
3) Ops knows exactly how much of an area is completed.
And they know all this information without having to tie up a voice communications circuit or interrupt the search team.