Coming Soon in Version 1.5!
SWconnect connects with the Secure Personal Location Manager spotwalla.com and provides tracking services for activies like long distance biking, motorcycling, rallies, etc using your iPhone.
For more information on Spotwalla, please connect to Spotwalla Secure Personal Location Manager.
For more information on the SWconnect app, please firstname.lastname@example.org
SWConnect Version 1.5 Updates
There have been several changes with this 1.5 release, however the most important and visible is support for Spotwalla "Tracks". You can read about Spotwalla tracks here. Click this link..
Initially the term "Track" was confusing too me, as Spotwalla has been tracking users for years. For me the term "Track Overlay" makes more sense. Normally you have viewed your travels by creating a trip in Spotwalla. As you have traveled generally a hardware tracker, such as a Spot or Delorme, would provide the tracking data collected by Spotwalla. SWconnect is one of a few smartphone apps which provide similar tracking, however, somewhat different than hardware trackers, the apps connect directly to the Spotwalla website, and send up "Location Messages" on a periodic basis. The owner of Spotwalla has requested that due to the size of the "location messages" (which include not only location info, but speed, bearing, comments, and even photos) that our apps track no more often than every 5 minutes.
This is where "Tracks" (or Track Overlays as I will refer to them) come in. A track overlay consists of simply a list of location coordinates, and possibly elevation data at each coordinate. These are a very lightweight message as compared with the normal location messages, and as such there is no restriction as to how often the coordinates are emitted.
This provides us with the opportunity to have a much more fine grained, or detailed via of your travels. Rather than simply set the time interval faster for track overlay points, I have also implemented what I'm calling "Adaptive Tracking". When using the Track Overlay mode in SWconnect, the location is captured at 10 times the frequency of the regular location messages (as defined by the slider on the application settings page in the app). By default the location message timer is 5 minutes, and the track overlay is collected every 5/10 minutes or every 30 seconds.
But, that's not all. In addition the app keeps track of the direction of travel of every point for the previous 5 seconds. If the current point (which comes in every 1 second from the GPS) is over 7.5 degrees different from previous points, then the current location is also stored as a track overlay. This allows the app to more cleanly track your actual travel, catching turns where the normal timed tracking would not.
Let's see how this works in the app
The screen on the left is something like what you have in place now. You'll notice the new entry for Enable Track Overlay". Clicking that button brings up the screen on the right. If you have no defined tracks in your account, you'll simply see the "Create New Track" selection. Click on this selection.
SWconnect will automatically create a new track for you. The name will be the date and time that the track was created.
SWconnect will also select the new track as your current track. You'll notice also at this point the Enable Track Overlay button has changed to Disable Track Overlay. Clicking on this will turn off Track Overlay mode, and the "Current Track" will show as "None".
The image on the right show a sample of when your account already has multiple tracks defined. Instead of creating a new track every time, you can select an existing track to continue adding data to the previous track.
How to view in Spotwalla
The track overlays can be viewed in two different fashions on the Spotwalla website.
- From the "Tracks" menu in your account, select the track and from the context menu select "View Track On a Map". This will bring up the Track Overlay data independent of any trip that has been setup.
- Or, more often, as shown in the image above, you can create a Trip (as you have always done to view your travel), but now at the bottom of the Trip create page, you can add one or more Track Overlays to the map. The regular trip data will be drawn first, and then the track information will be drawn on top of the trip data. Note that as I've done in the image on the left, I turned off the lines between the normal location points. This is a Spotwalla option, but you can also show the straight lines between the 5 minute points.