# Deploying your trackers

# Turning on your trackers

# Switching on/off your micro tracker or smart badge

If your tracker's button does not blink when pressed, either the tracker is switched off or its battery is out-of-charge. When not in testing, switch off the tracker to save battery.

WARNING

The micro tracker and smart badge must not be left with a low or completely discharged battery for more than a month. We recommend to periodically charge the tracker at least once a month. The warranty is void if the battery of the tracker has not been charged for a prolonged period.

  1. If necessary, plug in the USB charging cable.

  2. On the tracker's button:

    • Press once lengthily (more than five seconds) until you heard a melody.
      The tracker starts in motion tracking mode that is the default configuration.

  3. When you have finished testing, switch off the tracker like this:

    • Press once lengthily (more than five seconds) until you heard a melody.

# Changing your compact tracker's state

Unlike the industrial tracker which is shipped from the warehouse in JOIN state, the compact tracker is sent in shipping state to avoid draining the battery.

You must change the state of your compact tracker before and after using it.

  1. Bring a magnet close to the compact tracker for at least five seconds for the tracker to move to JOIN state.


  2. If the compact tracker does not JOIN the network, repeat the previous step again.

# Changing your industrial or compact tracker's mode

You must change the mode of your industrial or compact tracker before and after using it:

  • Once the industrial or compact tracker has joined the network, it is in standby mode to avoid unnecessary battery drain. In this mode, the tracker is only sending LoRaWAN® heartbeat messages periodically.

  • Before starting the tracking, the testing or the integration with the industrial or compact tracker, you must change the mode to motion tracking, and change it back to standby mode when finished.

  1. Log in to Abeeway Device Manager on the IoT platform using this URL: https://dev1.thingpark.com/thingpark/abeewayDeviceAnalyzer/index.php?dxprofile=community (opens new window)

  2. Click the white arrow to open Abeeway Device Manager.

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  1. In the Select Devices column, select the tracker you want to change the mode, and click Select.

Note

You can select up to ten trackers to be shown at the same time.

  1. In the Device Analysis Dashboard that opens, the tracker you have selected displays its status details and statistics. Click the arrow to expand the tracker information. The information relevant to notice is:

    • MCU Firmware : If need be, gives the tracker firmware version to refer to the relative Asset Tracker Driver User Guide to know the supported features.

    • First Position and Last Position : When in standby mode, the tracker sends LoRaWAN® heartbeat messages periodically which can be used to get battery information, mode, firmware version, and so on.

    • Last Mode : Current mode of the tracker.

    • Battery : Percentage of battery left.

  2. Click the Device configuration tab:

    • Select the tracker for which you want to change the profile.

    • Select the DEFAULT profile, and click Apply at the bottom of the page.

    Note

    Depending on the connectivity with the LoRaWAN® network and the periodic LoRaWAN® hearbeat messages, it can take some time for the mode to be changed. The mode change can take at least the periodicity of the LoRaWAN® heartbeat messages defined by the LoRa_Live parameter. However it will take more time if there are network connectivity issues.

    • After few minutes, refresh the Device configuration tab to check the mode has changed to Motion tracking.

    Important

    Do not proceed further until the new mode is displayed.

# Trackers best placement

WARNING

The trackers are resistant to water but must never be placed either fully/partially submerged in water or under the influence of high pressure water spray jets for significantly long periods of time. The warranty of the tracker is avoid if used incorrectly.

# Micro tracker best placement

To get optimum radio performance and accuracy of your micro tracker, apply these rules when using it:

  • Orient the LoRa/GPS antenna to the sky to be in reach of LoRaWAN® base stations and GPS satellites.

  • Avoid contact of fewer than five centimeters with skin, magnetic and metallic objects.

  • Avoid strong radio interferences with a cellular phone, unless using BLE where a cellular phone must be in reach.

# Smart badge best placement

To get optimum radio performance and accuracy of your smart badge, apply these rules when using it:

  • Orient the LoRa/GPS antenna to the sky to be in reach of LoRaWAN® base stations and GPS satellites.

  • Avoid contact of fewer than five centimeters with skin, magnetic and metallic objects.

  • Avoid strong radio interferences with a cellular phone, unless using BLE where a cellular phone must be in reach.

# Compact tracker best placement

To get optimum radio performance and accuracy of your compact tracker, apply these rules when using it:

  • Always lay the compact tracker flat as shown below:

  • You can fix your compact tracker on an asset with a magnet, screws or a double-sided tape.

  • Avoid contact of fewer than five centimeters with skin, magnetic and metallic objects.

  • Avoid strong radio interferences with a cellular phone, unless using BLE where a cellular phone must be in reach.

  • To avoid water entering in the casing, the tracker must not be placed upside down.

# Industrial tracker best placement

To get optimum radio performance and accuracy of your industrial tracker, apply these rules when using it:

  • Always lay the industrial tracker flat as shown below:

  • You can fix your industrial tracker on an asset with a magnet, screws or a double-sided tape.

  • Avoid contact of fewer than five centimeters with skin, magnetic and metallic objects.

  • Avoid strong radio interferences with a cellular phone, unless using BLE where a cellular phone must be in reach.

  • To avoid water entering in the casing, the tracker must not be placed upside down.

# Trackers default configuration

At this stage of the process, your trackers are ready to report position and help you track your assets.

By default, we have configured your trackers to optimize your experience during your first steps with ThingPark Location favoring continuous indoor/outdoor positioning, tracker responsiveness, and positioning accuracy.

# Trackers mode

Your trackers are currently in Motion Tracking mode:

  • They will report position when a movement is detected by the trackers' accelerometer.

  • The reporting period on motion detection is limited to one position per two minutes.

# Geolocation strategy

Your trackers are configured to report positions based on GPS or WiFi technology, ensuring continuous indoor/outdoor positioning.

WiFi is prioritized over GPS to optimize power consumption.

# Periodic position reporting

In case your trackers do not move, they will report position periodically every four hours.

On top of position reports, your tracker will send periodically LoRaWAN® uplinks. These uplinks are used to report other types of information such as battery level. Most importantly, uplinks are also used to open downlink communication slots with the trackers such as configuration change and on-demand position request.

To maximize responsiveness of the tracker, this LoRaWAN® uplink period is set to five minutes.

# Adjusting tracker's configuration to your needs

As mentioned previously, default tracker's configuration is made to optimize your experience while discovering our solution.

Although you will enjoy this at the beginning, you might need to adapt trackers behavior to better suit your use case requirements, or optimize power consumption.

Abeeway trackers support a wide variety of modes and configuration parameters to help you with that. Please refer to Abeeway Device Manager User Guide to learn how to change trackers configuration.

Last Updated test : 7/6/2021, 8:57:13 AM