Cell phone tracking

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05 Dec, 2017 03:16 PM

This was addressed earlier this year but I wanted to bring the topic back up since it is one of the big three things that keep us from moving to SARTopo for operations.

Right now we use TNP for planning and operations. One of the features that we've grown to use and rely on as a backup is the cell phone tracking. Where most of our callsouts occur have fairly reliable cellular coverage and this feature works quite well for us. Obviously there is an understanding that it's not perfect and in a wildland environment it's not to be relied upon as a primary source but it sure is handy as a backup.

  1. 1 Posted by eric on 05 Dec, 2017 03:20 PM

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    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.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by matt on 10 Dec, 2017 05:40 PM

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    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):


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