Live Tracking vs Search Manager

Brad Matushewski

The scenario is this - I want to live-track teams in the field (no problem, this is the easy part), but I do not necessarily want everyone to see the entire contents of the map.  There are other things going on from a search manager perspective that is not necessarily need-to-know information for SAR personnel in the field.  Therefore:

1) Is it is possible whereby I can have a map that protects the privacy of some of the high level planning / management of a search yet still live-track searchers?

2) If not, I am looking for some ideas for best-practices.  One idea I had was to have two maps running:
i) With all the search manager type of information and
ii) A map used for live-tracking only.  Tracks that are recorded them ultimately get imported into the first map.

Thoughts?

 

 

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  • Comment author
    Rachel
    • Official comment

    Hi Brad, 

    Access levels are per map as designated for each user (or per user on a team account). We don't have a way to limit access within a map to specific items. Running two maps (one for live tracks and one for sensitive data) is a great solution. You can always export/import those tracks into the data sensitive map after the tracks have been stopped. 

  • Comment author
    Buckeye SAR Dogs

    I think this is a huge miss in SAR/CalTopo.  For team training it's also desirable to have some things hidden from the average user (like where your subject is hiding or where their trail went).  I'd like to see an ability to designate map items as accessible to everyone or accessible only to a certain group of users (trainers, managers, whatever).

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  • Comment author
    steve.levy

    Can you create a map for use by everyone. Copy it and add the location of various items and tracking for your subject. Then add live tracks for your test searchers to both maps.

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  • Comment author
    Lbyron

    I agree with Buckeye SAR Dogs For practice, we like to see how close the ground dogs got to the actual course walked by the "subject". I can hide that track from my map, but not universally (as far as I can see).

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  • Comment author
    CLMRG Cash
    • Edited

    I use the two map approach. one operation (for every one) and one planning (for IC or traininers). I import information from on to the other as needed. it's not convenient but after a few rounds I got used to it. what would be nice is if I could use the "your maps" over lay to choose which map I have overlayed. all I can choose now is all maps and my tracks.

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    Buckeye SAR Dogs

    I'll add another perspective: We've had criminal-case searches where evidence was located, and in this case it would be extremely useful if markers/clues could be added to the map that were only visible to search managers, and not all the teams in the field.

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  • Comment author
    Damian Romard

    We've been relying on the two-map approach when we want to hold back info from the general team, like on a mock search, for example. It is cumbersome, though. It would be helpful to have  more granular "view" permission, or be able to create a map layer that has has restricted access for viewing.

    Can this be offered up as a feature request for the development team? 

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