Hi. Thanks for the quick response.
Our user case scenario is that we are a water utilities company, and we have meters that are read via radio waves as we drive by with our antenna. Our meter reading program displays a map of the area we are in, along with dots indicating where each meter is in. We are told if we have the BU-353 that we can display an icon of a car on our location on that mapping screen.
The three grayed out options for GPS mode are Center Travel and Track.
- Center View — This view positions the vehicle with the mobile data
collector in the center of the window, and the map moves around the
- Travel View — (Default view.) This view moves the vehicle with the
mobile data collector around the map on the window, and the map
remains stationary. The vehicle is represented by an orange icon on the
window. When the vehicle goes off the edge of the map, the Map View
shifts and repositions the vehicle in the center of the window.
- Track Feature — When activated, this feature allows you to track the
path and view the trail for the meters that have been read for a route.
I know that the vehicle will be displayed if working properly.
This is the popup when you click on Settings in the GPS mini toolbar. Our COM11 is bluetooth outbound and COM9 is our bluetooth inbound port.
We would like for the vehicle to be displayed on this map screen, in addition to being able to take the data at the end of the day, and saving it to the computer. The person will then email me that data, and I will view how long it is taking them to complete the workload, etc.
This is how my settings are in the Globalsat config. I'm not too sure if I need to check the Enable WAAS (for more precise precision) as some of this stuff is over my head, including GMouse Mode. I'm sure there is some sort of explanation in a help file about this. I think that selecting "GPS and Data Logger" is ideal for what I'm asking.
I am not asking if I can tap into the GPS location from my base, although that would be cool. I think I would need something a little more expensive for that. Do you offer any product that is similar to the BT-335 that does this?
The problem I am having with my mapping software is that it is not being recognized.
Per our mapping software manual (Page 86 of http://neptunetg.com/userfiles/file/products/MRX920%20Mobile%20Data%20Collector/PUBLICATION_UM%20MRX920%2006.11.pdf
The Map View feature is an optional add-on feature that allows you to
visually see the location of the meters on the route or routes you are
reading. This is useful if you want to review the reading status of a route
at a glance or just the read meters (green dots) and unread meters (red
dots). Map View can also help you identify reads where problems have
been indicated (yellow dots), such as, Hi/Low failures, and E-Coder
In addition to these features, the Map View option offers Global
Positioning System (GPS) should you have a compatible GPS receiver.
Page 89 shows what the settings screen should look like. Per page 6 of the BT-335 manual, I believe the Baud rate should be 38400. Can you verify if this is correct for a laptop too? Whenever I try to turn GPS on it says the device cannot be found. I have tried changing the COM port from 11 to 9 as a test, but no luck. The device is on, and connected to the PC via blue tooth, but still no luck. It's difficult for me to determine if it's the hardware (BT-335) or the software (Neptune's program).
The Neptune support team had this to say:
In our support area, we have the ‘GlobalSat BU-353 USB GPS Navigation Receiver’; this product works well with our particular laptop/MX900 combination and is very economical in pricing. In fact, I know of another account that purchased this model and it worked for their particular laptop/MX900 combination.
The MX900 software is designed to look at connecting with the device via a COM Port. For that reason, we advise against Bluetooth connectivity and only recommend USB.
Our IT person said that if we connect via bluetooth that it still has a COM port, and we may be able to get it to work just by setting the COM port to the bluetooth COM port.
Our plan is to load up our MX900 software, turn on the BT-353, pair it with the Windows Laptop, and then enable GPS mode within the MX900. The BT-353 will be connected to the PC, but we will not be using the Data Logger PC Utility at that time. That will come after the workload is finished for the day, when we no longer need a GPS receiver, or to track any more data. Therefore, it should not enter Data Transfer, and still be able to do both, if I'm understanding correctly.
Do you know if there is software that can use the logging data to draw a line between the points of data? When I exported to Google Earth, I saw little yellow houses, with time stamps and the speed, but I didn't see a way to have an automatic line form between two chronological points of data.
I know that I am asking questions outside of the scope of the BT-335, but I appreciate any help I can get. If we are able to get things working well, we will probably be ordering a lot of these units, as we have many employees, and this information can be very helpful to us.
One final question, do you know if I need to be connected to the internet to use the GPS Receiver function? I am currently not connected to the internet on that computer. I only connect to it when I need to use the Data Logger PC Utility, since I think I am required to at that point to upload the data to a PC.