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Old 10-31-2010, 10:03 PM   #1
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SpotWalla - NEW ADV Location Page

SpotWalla has setup a new Location Page for ADV members (see below).

The location map allows members with Spot devices to share their current location on a global map. This is a handy tool when you are travelling to locate fellow inmates in your vicinity and to co-ordinate hook ups when on the road.

Inmates need to setup a free SpotWalla account (a superior website to the official SPOT service) and join the Location Page via the home page under 'Location Pages' using the password: advspot

Suggestion: use your ADV nic as your SpotWalla nic.

http://spotwalla.com


Since this is a public page, please ensure if you choose to join the page understand how to secure your location by employing secure zones and controlling the message types that update your location on the location page.

More information on secures zones may be found here: http://spotwalla.com/help/devices.php#home

And controlling the message types that update their location on the page is briefly discussed in the section about how to join the page: http://spotwalla.com/help/lps.php#join

These are just some of the ways that SpotWalla helps its users secure their personal location data.


The external link for the ADV Location page is: http://spotwalla.com/locationViewer.php?id=45
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:28 PM   #2
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I just set myself up on that page, but unless I missed something your "nic" name can only be 3 letters or numbers? I used "Blu", but that isn't very efficient for all the various screen names on ADV?
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:16 PM   #3
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You can only have 3 characters as your location ID tag as this is a system limitation on the SpotWalla map, however, if you signed up to SpotWalla using your ADV nic, when someone rolls their mouse over your 'tag' your nic will show up.

Then they are able to identify who you are and contact you via ADV.
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:23 PM   #4
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I'm signed up.

One thing I thought would be a good idea would be a smart phone app (iPhone, Blackberry and Droid) that would allow me to track the other riders in my group from the smartphone. On a recent trip, I was trying to locate my riding partner but was unable to do so on the iPhone due to the amount of things on the spotwalla page. The app would allow riders in a group to register the ride and show the location of each rider on a simplified map. How about something like that?

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Old 11-02-2010, 02:43 PM   #5
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Its pretty cool that SpotWalla is doing this for free.

There is another company (called Hawketracking) that sells this service, although I'm sure theirs is way more customizable. - http://hawketracking.com/

The wife of the guy that developed it is on TWF (TwoWheelFemales) and they have their own tracking setup for the ladies on that site.
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Old 11-03-2010, 02:31 AM   #6
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I'm signed up.

One thing I thought would be a good idea would be a smart phone app (iPhone, Blackberry and Droid) that would allow me to track the other riders in my group from the smartphone. On a recent trip, I was trying to locate my riding partner but was unable to do so on the iPhone due to the amount of things on the spotwalla page. The app would allow riders in a group to register the ride and show the location of each rider on a simplified map. How about something like that?
Google Latitude is one option.

https://www.google.com/latitude

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Old 11-03-2010, 03:27 AM   #7
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Google Latitude is one option.

https://www.google.com/latitude

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That's an option. Does it require cell phone access though? When riding the TAT last summer, cell phone access wasn't always available.
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:40 AM   #8
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Google Latitude uses AGPS (Assisted GPS) on smartphones using cell towers to triangulate an approximate location which is fine when you have coverage, but next to useless in most second and third world countries and a lot of unpopulated USA, Canada and Australia.

There is no 2 way satellite technology in these devices, so a Spot is a far superior device when you need total, accurate and reliable coverage.
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:18 AM   #9
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if you signed up to SpotWalla using your ADV nic, when someone rolls their mouse over your 'tag' your nic will show up.
Hey, you're right. Mine shows up as Jamie Z. I don't use a Spot, for what it's worth. I use Google Latitude on my phone. Free.

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Old 11-08-2010, 09:01 AM   #10
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just joined the walla group, I'm Oly, heading back to mexico after a shock swap out, see youse on the road!
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:34 PM   #11
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Great utilization of SPOT and ADV!

Now this is ADV in real-time!
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:09 PM   #12
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:47 PM   #13
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I would suggest that this be turned of when not in use.
Thieves could just as easily use the data to locate your
home, or where you work, and know when your there at
either or not and make themselves right at home or 'borrow'
you bike etc when your at work.

Just a thought.
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:19 PM   #14
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SpotWalla only picks up your last known location off your official SPOT account and if you've made that public you are in the same boat. A simple solution is to turn your Spot device off before you get to your front door, then any potential thieves will just need to do some door knocking first.
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:30 PM   #15
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I am not sure if this has been brought up before, but would it be possible to set up an email address to point your spot to that could automatically post an SOS message somewhere on this board so that when it was received it could be reposted on the regional forum for where the SOS message came from so that guys that lived in that region could help out. Does anyone know what I mean?
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