Road Angel Group Road Angel User guide

Road Angel Group Road Angel User guide
USER GUIDE
Road Angel Group Ltd
Email:
Web:
[email protected]
www.roadangelgroup.com
Clark House
Silverstone Technology Park
Silverstone Circuit
Northants
NN12 8GX
Rev 4
Thank you for choosing the Professional, from Road Angel.
As our roads become busier, more congested and more regulated, staying alert to road
and traffic conditions is a challenge to everyone. Even the most conscientious driver can
have a momentary lapse of concentration that could easily lead to an accident or a fine
and points.
ROAD ANGEL Professional is specially designed to be a simple-to-use addition to any
vehicle, to alert and warn you in advance of known danger areas. In the comprehensive
ROAD ANGEL Professional database, which is automatically updated whilst you drive,
are stored Police, Local Authority and Ministry of Transport designated danger spots,
including accident black spots and safety camera locations.
Using the latest Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology, ROAD ANGEL
Professional compares your position with the known danger spot locations and gives you
an audible and visual warning as you approach them. An accurate GPS speedometer in
the display gives you time to adjust your driving to the approaching danger.
The safety of you and your passengers is our prime consideration, and we trust that for
all the miles you drive, your ROAD ANGEL Professional will enhance the safety and
enjoyment of your journey. Join other ROAD ANGEL Professional users in guarding your
life and livelihood.
We are pleased to have you as a valued customer and hope you will be delighted with
your fully integrated ROAD ANGEL Professional. Having listened to our customers we
think the new features will make this product your perfect driving companion.
Dave Clark
Founder
Road Angel Group Ltd.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction.................................................................... 3 Unpacking the Box ......................................................................................5 Subscriptions...............................................................................................6 Warranty .......................................................................................................7 Battery Power and Recharging ..................................................................7 Controls and Connectors............................................................................8 Remote Control............................................................................................9 2. Registration.................................................................. 10 3. Putting It All Together ................................................. 11 Security ......................................................................................................11 Assembling the Windscreen Mounting Bracket .....................................12 Fitting the ROAD ANGEL Professional ....................................................14 Using the Dashboard Pad .........................................................................15 4. Getting Started ............................................................. 17 Switching On for the First Time ...............................................................17 5. Hazard Warnings ......................................................... 18 Advisory Colour Coding ...........................................................................19 Audio and Speech Warnings ....................................................................20 6. Customising your ROAD ANGEL Professional ....... 21 Menu Settings ............................................................................................22 i
Audio ........................................................................................................ 22 Alerts ........................................................................................................ 24 Distances ................................................................................................. 25 GPS .......................................................................................................... 25 Unit Data .................................................................................................. 27 Display ..................................................................................................... 28 7. Adding and Deleting Danger Zones ...........................29 Setting a Live Van Alert ............................................................................ 29 Deleting Zones .......................................................................................... 29 Adding New Locations ............................................................................. 30 Adding an Average Speed Monitoring Section (SPECS Zone) ................ 30 8. Updating the Database ................................................31 The ROAD ANGEL Database .................................................................. 31 Automatic Updates by GPRS ................................................................... 31 Updating by PC ........................................................................................ 32 9. Background Information .............................................33 About Global Positioning Satellites (GPS).............................................. 33 Speed Cameras and Hazards ................................................................... 34 10. Accessories..................................................................37 ii
1.
Introduction
ROAD ANGEL Professional connected is a standalone, cable-free, GPS camera and
accident black spot locator. It uses the latest global positioning satellite (see page 33) to
give you audible and visible alerts as you approach hazardous sections of road:
•
Accident black spots (as designated by the Police and Local Authorities)
•
Safety cameras
•
Mobile roadwork cameras
•
Average speed monitoring zones
•
Mobile safety vans
•
Primary schools, congestion charging zones and unprotected level crossings
Your connected version is GSM-enabled. With an always-on GPRS data link to our data
servers (subject to network coverage), it is capable of receiving up-to-the-minute
information about camera and accident blackspot sites automatically. You can also use
this feature to track or send your unit messages through the ROAD ANGEL Tracking
Portal online (requires additional subscription to the service after a free one-month trial).
We are developing other new features to take advantage of the always-on GPRS data
link and these will be available to subscribing users of the Tracking Portal.
ROAD ANGEL Professional has a colour screen and is operated by a remote control.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
The directors of Road Angel Group Ltd sell ROAD ANGEL Professional as a road
safety enhancement device. Driving within the speed limits at all times and within
the limitations of the road condition and your abilities is paramount. The directors
of Road Angel Group Ltd. take no responsibility for the use of ROAD ANGEL
Professional for purposes other than those stipulated.
Placement
Position your ROAD ANGEL Professional as low as possible on the screen so that it
does not impair your all-round visibility: we recommend you use either a central position
or by the A-post. The device should be mounted securely and all cables must be trained
via locations that do not impact any vehicle controls and importantly do not impede the
intended operation of any Air Bag zones. Do not leave the device in position when you
leave the vehicle unattended for security reasons (see page 11) and because it may
suffer heat damage if left in direct sunlight.
MOT Examinations
For vehicles undertaking MOT examinations, Road Angel or any dashboard mounted
device should either be removed, or adhere to the rules and regulations on positioning.
This normally restricts placement within the swept (windscreen wiper) area of the screen,
located as low as practical to minimise potential loss of visibility.
Safety
Road Angel driver safety systems are designed with the sole purpose of making drivers
more aware of vehicle speed, the environment and potential hazards ahead. To ensure
Road Angel provides this information effectively and without distraction, devices
incorporate both visual and verbal instructions on the potential hazard, along with in
some cases, colour coded screens to remove the need for the driver to take their eyes
from the road ahead.
Under no circumstances, should Road Angel products be operated by the driver whilst
the vehicle is in motion. Road Angel devices are aimed at increasing driver awareness
and should always be considered secondary to the primary purpose of driving the
vehicle.
Unpacking the Box
Empty all the parts out of the box and familiarise yourself with each item. Each pack
contains:
Windscreen
Mounting bracket
Mounting
adapter (spare)
Anti-vibration
dampers (x6)
and suction
cups (x2)
Remote controls
(x2) (with two
velcro stickers)
Dashboard
pad
12V/24V cigar socket lead
Connects unit to cigar socket for
in-car power and trickle charge.
PC USB cable
Connects unit to PC
for manual updating.
ROAD ANGEL Professional unit
Mains
charger
Subscriptions
Your ROAD ANGEL Professional uses the award-winning Road Angel camera and
accident black spot database. It is critical to the operation of your ROAD ANGEL
Professional that your unit updates regularly and so continued subscription is essential.
Current subscription rates and details about subscribing to our online Tracking Portal,
which allows you to track your device, can be found at http://www.roadangelgroup.com/.
Why do you need to subscribe for updates?
•
With constant additions to the ROAD ANGEL camera and accident blackspot
database (1000+ sites per year), the benefit of your ROAD ANGEL Professional
and the protection it provides will be dramatically reduced if you fail to remain
subscribed. In this instance, your automatic updates will be disabled.
•
It is critical to the operation of your ROAD ANGEL Professional that your unit
updates regularly. In areas of low GPRS coverage, manual updates may be
necessary (see page 32).
How do you subscribe?
1.
You will be asked to complete an online Direct Debit form after registration (see
page 10) to set up your subscription payments. If you prefer, you may print the form
and post it to us (our address is on the front of this manual). Alternatively you can
telephone our subscriptions team on 01327 855586.
2.
You can opt to pay by debit/credit card, subscribing for 1, 2 or 3 years. Payment is
taken immediately.
3.
Alternatively, you can choose to pay by direct debit with payment taken either
monthly or yearly. Once your account has been set up we will write to you to
confirm details of when your first payment will be due.
Please be aware that all subscriptions are non-refundable and non-transferable.
How long will it take to activate your subscription?
•
When you have set up your account, your subscription becomes active and you will
be able to update your unit immediately.
Warranty
Your ROAD ANGEL Professional is guaranteed for one year from the date of purchase
from all manufacturing defects that occur with normal use. If your unit fails to perform as
specified in these instructions, please visit: http://www.roadangelgroup.com/warranty
You can also purchase theft-loss insurance. Visit http://www.roadangelgroup.com/ for
details.
Battery Power and Recharging
ROAD ANGEL Professional is a cable-free device; it can operate independently using
power from its internal rechargeable battery for up to 4 hours. You can also power ROAD
ANGEL Professional directly from the cigar socket in your vehicle.
The unit’s battery level is indicated by a five-bar meter on the right side of the display
(see page 8). The number of blocks shown indicates the current battery strength. You
can charge the battery using either the in-car cigar lighter adapter or the mains charger.
There is no need to wait until the battery is completely flat, unlike some rechargeable
devices. During the last 30minutes of battery life (approximation only) you will receive 3
separate warnings that the battery is low. The last will be heard moments before the
battery is completely flat. These will stop when the unit is being charged again.
IMPORTANT: Before you start to use your new ROAD ANGEL Professional, we
recommend that you fully charge it to preserve battery life and performance. For
optimised charging, use the mains charger and ensure that the unit is switched
off. It will take longer to recharge the battery if the unit is in use. In addition, the incar cigar lighter adapter provides a less efficient ‘trickle’ charge. It may take 24 hrs
to fully charge a unit in this way compared with only 6 hours on a mains charge.
To conserve battery power, the unit automatically switches off if it has been stationary for
5 minutes (you can disable or adjust this – see page 28). If the device has turned itself
off, a built-in motion sensor will switch the unit back on after a few seconds of motion.
You can put the unit into a ‘sleep’ mode by pressing the Standby button on the remote.
To switch the unit off completely, press the On/Off button on the top of the unit (for
approximately 2 seconds).
Controls and Connectors
These are the main features of your ROAD ANGEL Professional:
GPS
signal
strength
Speed/compass heading/
hazard warning display
“Connected”
icon
Charging indicator LED
Static Red:
Charging in
progress
No LED: Unit fully
charged or not
charging
Flashing Red:
Unit too hot or cold
to charge
Battery power
level
GSM signal
strength/
GPRS
connectivity
On/Off
(hold down button for about 2s)
Clock
Animated when
charging, static
when not charging
–
Mute/Unmute (only during alert; touch button briefly)
Dismiss portal message
USB/power
connector
Aux socket
Antenna
socket
Remote Control
Your ROAD ANGEL Professional is supplied with two remote control units and adhesive
Velcro pads to mount a remote in a convenient location on your vehicle’s dashboard. Pull
out the plastic strip to engage the remote’s battery.
Store
Save a new hazard
site or change a unit
setting
Standby button
Up Arrow
Access unit
settings
Enter/exit ‘sleep’ mode
Menu
Navigate menu structure;
change display to day
mode backlight level
(user-defined in settings
menu: default 100%)
OK
Accept displayed
setting; Dismiss
messages
Down Arrow
Back
Return to previous
screen when in
menu
Navigate menu
structure; change
display to night mode
backlight level fixed at
0%
Mute
Delete
Stop audio alert during
hazard warning; to
permanently mute select
when not in alert mode
Delete a hazard location
from your unit’s database
To control your ROAD ANGEL Professional, the remote needs to be in direct line
of sight with the unit. Do not attach the remote to your vehicle’s steering wheel,
over an air bag or in any other location that impedes the safe operation of your
vehicle and its controls. Under NO circumstances use the remote when driving.
When you leave your vehicle, make sure the remote unit is not on view for
security reasons (see page 11).
2.
Registration
You can use your ROAD ANGEL Professional straight out of the box but to
get the full benefit of up-to-the-minute safety information you should put
the unit on charge, register online and then wait for a SIM update.
Charge the unit:
With the unit switched off, connect it to the
mains charger and charge the internal battery
for about 6 hours.
Register your unit online:
1.
Go to www.roadangelgroup.com
2.
Click on the Product Registration link.
3.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
You can also register by phone: call 01327
855586 (Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm).
Wait for the SIM update:
1.
Switch on your ROAD ANGEL Professional by pressing the button on the top of the
unit. Place the unit in a location where there is a GSM signal as indicated by the
white bars next to the ‘phone’ icon on the left of the screen.
2.
When your unit has been registered, it will receive a SIM update from Orange
within the next 24 hours (as long as the unit is on and has a GSM signal). The unit
will then restart.
3.
When the unit has completed the SIM update, the bars by the phone
icon turn green to indicate GPRS connectivity. Your unit will now
perform a database update as indicated by the ‘connected’ icon shown
on the right hand side of this page.
3.
Putting It All Together
We recommend that you install your ROAD ANGEL Professional on the dashboard of
your vehicle. ROAD ANGEL Professional has an internal high sensitivity GPS antenna
and requires a clear view of the sky to communicate with GPS satellites.
If you want to install ROAD ANGEL Professional anywhere else within your vehicle, you
may require an external GPS antenna. Please visit www.roadangelgroup.com for details.
ROAD ANGEL Professional is supplied with:
•
A bracket for mounting ROAD ANGEL Professional on the front windscreen.
•
A mounting pad for fixing ROAD ANGEL Professional directly onto the dashboard.
Use this option if your vehicle has low profile windscreen wipers or if it is more
convenient than the windscreen mount.
In both cases, the ROAD ANGEL Professional attaches to an interfacing adapter
designed for secure mounting and quick release.
Security
Owing to the high number of thefts, we strongly recommend that you remove your
ROAD ANGEL Professional and its bracket from view when you leave your vehicle.
Security can also be increased by cleaning any marks from your windscreen.
Please contact Road Angel Group Ltd if your unit is stolen or lost. Each ROAD
ANGEL Professional is identified by a unique serial number on the base. We can
use this number to block the unit from being updated. Any attempt to do so
removes all the data from the device and renders it useless. We can also detect
any attempt to re-register it. This has frequently resulted in the safe return of a
ROAD ANGEL Professional to its rightful owner.
Assembling the Windscreen Mounting Bracket
1. Locate the six anti-vibration dampers:
2. Select a pair of dampers according to the pitch of your vehicle’s windscreen:
Windscreen pitch
Damper type
Standard e.g. Saloon style
short
Upright e.g. 4X4 style
long
3. Insert the selected pair of dampers into
the two central holes and slide them
towards the back edge to lock them in
place. These dampers hold the bracket
at the correct angle and stop it from
touching the windscreen.
You may need to experiment with
different combinations of the
dampers to get the best fit.
4. Slide one of the large dampers into the slot at the front of the mounting bracket. This
damper stabilises the unit within the bracket. The damper should face into the
bracket as shown below.
(4)
(5)
5. Attach the two clear suction cups. Push the cups into the large holes on the top of the
bracket. Then, to lock them position, slide each cup across to the smaller hole at the
outer edge of the bracket.
Do not leave the bracket on the front windscreen without the unit
attached, for security reasons (see page 11).
Fitting the ROAD ANGEL Professional
We strongly recommend that ROAD ANGEL Professional is positioned in
the centre of the front windscreen low down, just above the dashboard.
1. Slide the ROAD ANGEL Professional unit into the mounting bracket. The bracket
locates into the recess on the underside of the unit’s case.
2. If you have not already charged the unit, use the supplied power cable to connect the
USB port on your ROAD ANGEL Professional to your vehicle’s cigar socket.
Alternatively, charge the internal battery using the mains charger (see page 7)
before you install your ROAD ANGEL Professional. With a full charge, you
can use the unit cable-free for up to 4 hours.
3. Ensure that the cable does not interfere with any of the vehicle’s controls or airbag
modules. If you use your cigar socket for any other devices, a dual adaptor may be
used.
You are now ready to use the unit for the first time.
Using the Dashboard Pad
The mounting bracket allows you to put the unit in the best position for GPS reception,
laser detection* and general viewing. ROAD ANGEL Professional is also supplied with
an adhesive pad allowing you to mount the unit directly on the dashboard.
This option is not suitable for all vehicles. Use this method if the windscreen wipers on
your vehicle are low profile and do not present an obstruction to GPS reception or
forward laser detection. Also ensure that your ROAD ANGEL Professional is not located
close to any heater vents.
1.
Locate the dashboard pad and mounting adapter.
2.
Push out the centre of the dashboard pad.
3.
The dashboard pad has adhesive on both sides; peel the backing from one side of
the dashboard pad and fasten it to the underside of the mounting adapter.
4.
Remove the backing from the other side of the dashboard pad and fix it to the
dashboard.
Place your ROAD ANGEL Professional directly onto the mounting adapter where it will
be held firmly.
* Only available if you have purchased and installed the laser alert module.
Where should I put my ROAD ANGEL Professional?
ROAD ANGEL Professional has a high sensitivity GPS antenna and requires a clear view of the
sky to receive information from GPS satellites. We highly recommend that ROAD ANGEL
Professional is positioned in the centre of the front windscreen, low down, just above the
dashboard (see page 4). If screen glare is a problem in this position, try installing the unit beside
the driver's “A-pillar”. Check that the GPS reception operates correctly in this position.
If you want to install ROAD ANGEL Professional anywhere else within your vehicle, you may
require an external GPS antenna. Please contact Road Angel Group Ltd or visit
www.roadangelgroup.com for details.
My car has a UV/solar reflective/heated windscreen
UV/solar reflective screens block GPS signals from entering the vehicle, stopping ROAD ANGEL
Professional from acquiring its position. Heated screens can also affect GPS signal strength.
If your vehicle has a UV/solar reflective or heated screen, you may need an external antennae
(please contact Road Angel Group Ltd or visit www.roadangelgroup.com for details). Most
vehicles fitted with a UV/solar reflective screen have a defined section behind the rear view
mirror where you can fit the antennae.
Can I hardwire the unit?
ROAD ANGEL Professional has a 5V regulator built into its power cable. If
the cable is cut and used to hardwire the unit into the vehicle, you will
damage the ROAD ANGEL Professional and void your warranty.
To hardwire ROAD ANGEL Professional into your vehicle, purchase a compatible cigar socket
from www.roadangelgroup.com; wire this into the power system and use with the supplied
cable. Select the Hardwired option in the Display options (see page 28) if you want your unit to
switch on automatically when it detects power.
Consult an auto electrician if you are unsure how to carry out this
procedure as incorrect hardwiring may affect the validity of vehicle and
product warranty. Consult vehicle manufacturer if in doubt.
4.
Getting Started
Switching On for the First Time
1. Find a location outside with a clear view of the sky (away from obstacles such as tall
buildings and overhanging trees – these may delay or prevent satellite acquisition).
2. Switch on the ROAD ANGEL Professional by pressing the button on the top of the
unit for about two seconds.
3. If you skipped registration (see page 10) your ROAD ANGEL Professional will not
have updated its database and the screen will show the registration prompt. Press
the OK button on the remote to continue (please register as soon as possible).
4. ROAD ANGEL Professional starts searching for satellites, as shown by a 12-bar
chart.It must acquire data from a minimum of 4 satellites to establish its position.
This may take several minutes. With further use, the unit should establish your
location within 1-2 minutes of being switched on.
Your ROAD ANGEL Professional may switch off if it has been stationary for 5
minutes (see pages 7 and 28). If your unit is consistently failing to acquire
satellite signals within 10 minutes, check the type of windscreen in your
vehicle (see page 16).
5. When ROAD ANGEL Professional has established its position, the display shows
your speed (0 if you are stationary). Check that the ‘communicating’ icon is displayed
(see page 10) to ensure that the camera database is updating correctly.
Your unit is now ready for use. You can start driving and ROAD ANGEL Professional will
show your speed and compass heading. If you are approaching a known hazard, it will
alert you to the type and proximity of the hazard (see page 18).
5.
Hazard Warnings
Your ROAD ANGEL Professional alerts you to:
•
Fixed, temporary or average camera locations
•
Mobile safety van locations (with the ‘Live Van’ facility)
•
Hazard locations: accident black spots, schools, congestion charging zones or
ungated railway crossings.
Speech warnings will tell you the type of hazard followed by an audible tone that
increases in frequency with your proximity to the location.
A proximity-to-hazard gauge increases from 1 to 5 bars as you get closer to the danger
zone. If it is a fixed, temporary or average speed camera location, the unit alerts you to
the advisory speed limit.
Proximity-to-hazard meter
Alert type
Vehicle heading
Vehicle speed
Compass ring
Alert type icon
Camera warnings only:
Advisory speed alternates
with Alert type display
Mute icon
You can customize the way your ROAD ANGEL Professional alerts you to road
dangers: see page 21.
USE THE ADVISORY SPEED LIMIT FOR GUIDANCE ONLY.
Any road speed limit can change without prior notice or consultation, for
example, in temporary road works. It remains important for drivers to
constantly re-evaluate and be aware of the road limit at all times. Speed
limits may vary according to vehicle type and class.
All Road Angel products are designed to provide the driver with a high
visibility speedometer reading within your field of vision. Although GPS
speedometers are known to be highly accurate at steady speed,
atmospheric conditions and hindered skyward visibility (e.g. tunnels) can
adversely affect accuracy. In all situations, drivers should always refer to
the vehicle’s speedometer, which is known to fall within approved
guidelines of accuracy in all situations, and be aware of the applicable
speed limit.
Advisory Colour Coding
In addition to the audio warnings and alert-type icons, your
ROAD ANGEL Professional also changes the colour of the
compass ring to provide at-a-glance information about the
road ahead.
Green You are approaching a fixed, temporary or
average speed camera location but travelling below the
advisory speed limit.
Red
You are approaching a fixed, temporary, ‘live’ mobile or average speed camera
location travelling above the advisory limit. If your speed subsequently drops below the
advisory speed limit, the compass ring returns to the normal green colour.
Orange You are approaching a mobile van location.
Blue
You are approaching a hazard for
or which an advisory speed is not available:
accident black spot, unprotected level crossing or a Primary school.
Audio and Speech Warnings
You can stop audio and speech warnings temporarily when you are in a danger zone, or
permanently during normal use:
•
To temporarily mute audio output when in a danger zone:
•
Press the Mute button on the remote, or
•
Touch the On/Off button on the top of the unit
Note: If you hold the button down for two seconds the unit will switch off.
When you have passed out of the danger zone, ROAD ANGEL Professional
restores audio output. If you want to restore audio output during the alert, press the
Mute or On/Off button again.
•
To stop all audio output, press the Mute button on the remote for about two
seconds. The screen displays the symbol:
To restore audio output, press the Mute button again. The Mute icon is removed
from the screen.
To customise audio and speech alerts for each type of danger zone, adjust the
appropriate settings in the Alerts menu (see page 24).
6.
Customising your
ROAD ANGEL Professional
You can change the way ROAD ANGEL Professional works by adjusting its menu
settings. Press the Up and Down arrow buttons on the remote control to view the menus
and cycle through them:
Audio
Choose how ROAD
ANGEL Professional
uses audio prompts to
alert you to road
dangers.
Alerts
Enable or disable
optional alert types.
Distances
Set the distance at
which ROAD ANGEL
Professional
commences its alerts.
GPS
View GPS information.
Unit Data
View technical information about your ROAD ANGEL Professional:
its serial number, firmware version, subscription expiry date and the
date of the most recent database update.
Display
Adjust display settings: screen contrast and colours, speed units
and time setting.
After several seconds of inactivity on a menu screen, the display will return to normal
mode. Use the arrow keys to navigate through the menus and change settings.
Menu Settings
Audio
Settings in the Audio menu determine how ROAD ANGEL Professional uses audio
prompts to warn you about road hazards.
Property
Details
Options
(factory setting in bold)
Camera Alert
Volume
Change the sound level of safety camera
related warnings.
0…100% (80%)
Safety Alert
Volume
Change the sound level for Blackspot, School
and Congestion related warnings.
0…100% (80%)
Camera
Single Beep
As each proximity bar counts up it will emit a
single beep (when set to ‘off’, beeps will return
to an increase in frequency per proximity bar;
when set to auto, beeps will emit a single beep
per bar only when under the speed limit)
Off…On…Auto
Safety Single
Beep
As each proximity bar counts up it will emit a
single beep (when set to ‘off’, beeps will return
to an increase in frequency per proximity bar)
Off…On
Slow Speed
Auto Mute
When travelling less than 15MPH the unit will
not give an audible warning. If you enter a zone
below 15MPH you will hear a single beep,
followed by the proximity count up.
Off…On
Speed
Sensitive
Volume
Adjust the warning volumes depending on how
fast the vehicle is travelling.
Off…On
Voice Gender
Choose male or female voice for alerts
Choose whether unit starts up silently or with
Start Up Tune
the ‘ROAD ANGEL’ tune.
Voice Alert
Enable or disable spoken alerts.
Male…Female
Off…Voice
Off…On
Property
Details
Options
(factory setting in bold)
Beep Alert
Enable or disable beep alerts.
Off…On
No Satellites
Tone
Enable or disable message alert when GPS
coverage is lost.
Off…On
Alerts
Settings in the Alerts menu determine how ROAD ANGEL Professional warns you about
road hazards.
Property
Details
Options
(factory setting in bold)
Blackspots
Switch Blackspot alerts on or off.
Off…On
Schools
Switch School alerts on or off.
Off…On
Congestion
Switch Congestion zone entry warnings on or
off.
Off…On
Overspeed
Set your own maximum speed: the unit will alert
you if you exceed it.
Camera Van
Switch mobile van alerts on or off.
Off…On
Railway
Switch alerts for unprotected railway crossings
on or off.
Off…On
Rest
Switch the fatigue timer alert on or off.
Off…On
Off…20 – 165
Distances
Mobile van alerts are triggered when you are 500m from their location. For other
hazards, the unit alerts you when you are within 250m, although you can change this
setting to 500m or 1000m. In addition, you can double the alert distance for all hazards
(except Mobile Van locations) when you are travelling over 50mph.
Property
Details
Alert Distance
Adjusts the warning range as you approach
danger zones (except Mobile Van alerts).
Speed Sensitivity
Dist.
Doubles the Alert Distance at 50MPH and
above (except Mobile Van alerts: fixed at
500m).
Mobile Van distance
Adjusts the warning range as you approach
danger zones (Please note 500m is
recommended, selecting 750m or 1000m will
increase instances of false alerting to locations)
Options
(factory setting
shown in bold)
250…500…1000m
Off…On
500…750…1000m
GPS
Use commands on the GPS menu to view your precise GPS position (allowing you to
identify your location to rescue services) or observe the GPS satellite reception chart.
Property
RescueLoc
Details
Exact GPS position (latitude and longitude, in degrees, minutes and
seconds) and most recent compass heading – can be quoted to rescue
services.
Note: requires satellite acquisition.
Property
Signal Strength
Details
Chart display showing GPS satellite signal reception. Satellite visibility and
signal lock indicated by up to 12 green bars (up to 12 satellites may be visible
at any one time; the unit requires a signal from at least 4 to achieve a GPS
fix).
Unit Data
This menu provides technical information about your ROAD ANGEL Professional: its
serial number and firmware version, the expiry date of your subscription and the date of
the most recent database update.
Property
Details
Options
(factory setting
shown in bold)
Unit Serial Number
Serial number of ROAD ANGEL
Professional unit.
Firmware Version
ROAD ANGEL Professional firmware
version.
Read only, in format
x.xx.xxxx
OUTSIM x.x.x.xx
Subscrptn Exp. Date
Date when subscription expires –
displayed after update.
Read only; in format
DD/MMM/YYYY
Last Update
Date when the unit’s database was last
updated.
Read only; in format
DD/MMM/YYYY
Read only; 8 digit number
Display
Using this menu, you can change the appearance of the display: the backlight level in
day mode, the screen colour scheme and the choice of speed units. You can also adjust
the clock to take account of daylight saving time and set power options.
Property
Details
Options
(factory setting shown in bold)
Backlight Level
Adjust the contrast of the ROAD
ANGEL Professional display.
Speed units
Display speed as miles per hour or
kilometres per hour.
Clock Adjust
Change time offset to account for
daylight saving time.
Auto Standby
To reserve battery power, unit
automatically switches off if it has not
been moved within the specified time.
Hardwired
When enabled, unit switches on
automatically when it detects power.
Display Colours
Choose the colour scheme of the
display.
White…Orange…Green…Red…
Blue...Inverted
Menu Timeout
Choose the length of time before main
screen automatically returns following
the last remote control button press.
Set to ‘off’ the menu will never
automatically timeout.
5 secs...10 secs…30secs…off
0…100% (100%)
MPH…KMH
± 19½ hours in ½ hour
intervals. (+0.00)
Off…2 min…5 min…10 min
Off…On
7.
Adding and Deleting Danger Zones
Road Angel Group Ltd is constantly updating the central database of danger zones. You
can be of great value to the users of other GPRS-enabled ROAD ANGEL devices by
setting ‘Live Van’ alerts. Also, by submitting new zones for verification, you can
contribute to the safety of the whole community of ROAD ANGEL device owners.
PLEASE ONLY SET A LIVE VAN ALERT OR ADD/DELETE DANGER ZONES
WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.
Setting a Live Van Alert
When you receive a MOBILE VAN alert, press the Store button (during the alert) if a
mobile van is present at the location. When you do so, the location is ‘set live’ in the
ROAD ANGEL database for two hours and this is immediately communicated to other
GPRS-enabled ROAD ANGEL devices. You will similarly benefit from the LIVE VAN
alerts submitted by other drivers.
Deleting Zones
You can delete any of the locations stored in your unit’s database. When your ROAD
ANGEL Professional alerts you to the required danger zone:
•
Press the Delete button on the remote control.
•
Confirm the deletion by pressing OK.
When a location has been deleted it can only be restored by re-entering the
location (see
ee Adding new locations, below) or by requesting a factory reset for
your next update: email [email protected] with your serial number
and contact details. Note: By using a factory reset all your personally stored
locations will be lost.
Adding New Locations
You may add new FIXED, MOBILE, AVERAGE, BLACKSPOT and SCHOOL locations to
your ROAD ANGEL Professional database. When your ROAD ANGEL Professional
updates, these new locations will also be downloaded to the central database, and can
then be verified by the ROAD ANGEL team for possible inclusion in future updates.
ROAD ANGEL Professional needs to be travelling in excess of 4 MPH to
calculate the heading for a location.
When your vehicle is precisely alongside the location:
1. Press the Store button on the remote control. This will confirm your location.
2. Use the arrow keys to choose the type of zone or alert you want to store.
3. Use the arrow keys to select the speed limit for the location (if appropriate).
4. Press OK to confirm your choice.
Adding an Average Speed Monitoring Section (SPECS Zone)
Store an average speed monitoring area only if you are absolutely sure of the start and
finish points. When passing underneath the first ‘start’ SPECS camera carry out the
following:
1. Press Store once to store the first camera position.
2. Use the arrow keys to select the speed location type: AVERAGE.
3. Use the arrow keys to select the speed limit for the zone.
4. Press OK to confirm.
5. When you are by the finish camera, press any key to confirm the finish position.
The section of average speed monitoring is now stored.
8.
Updating the Database
The ROAD ANGEL Database
ROAD ANGEL Professional uses a database of Police, Local Authority and Ministry of
Transport designated danger spots, including accident black spots and safety camera
locations, primary schools and congestion charging zones. Using the latest Global
Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology, ROAD ANGEL Professional compares your
position with known danger spot locations and gives you an audible and visual warning
as you approach them.
It is critical to the accurate operation of your ROAD ANGEL Professional that your unit is
regularly updated to maintain the very latest data. To qualify for database updates:
1.
Register your ROAD ANGEL Professional with Road Angel Group Ltd. You
cannot receive updates until you have registered (see page 10).
2.
Purchase a valid subscription package (see page 6).
Automatic Updates by GPRS
With your unit registered and a valid subscription in place, your unit will receive
updates automatically by GPRS, the wireless data service available over the
GSM network. The ‘connected’ icon appears above the GSM signal strength
meter if an update is taking place (see page 8).
If you live in an area with low GPRS coverage and cannot receive automatic updates,
you can also update your ROAD ANGEL Professional manually over the Internet using
your PC. In this case, we recommend that you update your ROAD ANGEL Professional
fortnightly, as safety camera locations are constantly changing. If you are a high mileage
motorist, using unfamiliar roads, you may want to update your database weekly. You
should also update the database before you set off on a long trip.
You can check the date of your last update on the Unit Data page (see page 27).
Updating by PC
You can update your unit from a PC with internet access running Microsoft Windows
2000, XP or Vista (we do not support Apple Macs).
Visit www.roadangelgroup.com and click on the Customer Support link
Download and install the update software for your ROAD ANGEL Professional. Full
instructions regarding the installation and use of this software are available on the
website.
9.
Background Information
About Global Positioning Satellites (GPS)
Operational since 1990, 24 satellites orbit the earth at a height of 11,000 miles. At any
given point on the globe, at least 4 satellites are in view at any one time. Using
sophisticated aerials and triangulation techniques, units such as ROAD ANGEL
Professional are able to compute your position to within 5-10 metres. ROAD ANGEL
Professional is equipped with a Sirf3 chipset, which enables fast and deep GPS signal
search capabilities.
ROAD ANGEL Professional may lose the GPS satellite signal temporarily owing to
tunnels, tall buildings, bridges, dense foliage or adverse weather conditions. When you
are clear of the obstruction, ROAD ANGEL Professional should re-acquire satellite
signals in a few seconds.
Speed Cameras and Hazards
This section describes the type of cameras and road hazards covered by ROAD ANGEL
Professional:
Gatso
The most common type of speed camera – used in fixed
positions mounted on poles at the roadside. Measures
vehicle speed using radar and, if the speed limit has been
exceeded, photographs the rear of the vehicle. Uses a
flash unit inside the camera cabinet or mounted on a
gantry to illuminate the offending vehicle's rear number
plate. ROAD ANGEL Professional relies on up-to-date
database information for detection.
SPECS
Takes a digital photograph of your vehicle at the ‘start’
point and then another a set distance further down the
road. If your average speed is greater than the speed limit
between these two cameras you are automatically
prosecuted. ROAD ANGEL Professional relies on up-todate database information for detection.
Watchman
Measures vehicle speed and, if the speed limit has been
exceeded, takes a photograph of the rear of the vehicle.
Can be accessed remotely allowing operators to
download live video, stored images or data. ROAD
ANGEL Professional relies on up-to-date database
information for detection.
Speedcurb
Measures the speed of vehicles in the monitored section
of road using pressure sensors in the road surface. If the
speed limit has been exceeded, it takes a photograph of
the rear of the vehicle. Uses a flash module for night-time
operation. ROAD ANGEL Professional relies on up-todate database information for detection.
Traffiphot
Uses pressure sensors in the road (similar to
Speedmaster – see below) to measure vehicle speed and
photographs the rear of any speeding vehicle. Not to be
confused with red-light cameras. ROAD ANGEL
Professional relies on up-to-date database information for
detection.
Speedmaster
Semi-permanent (fixed location but only used part-time),
system that uses pressure sensors in the road to
measure vehicle speed. Connects to a camera on a tripod
for evidence of any offence. ROAD ANGEL Professional
relies on up-to-date database information for detection.
Black spot
A specific location, identified by the police and local
authorities, where a high number of accidents have
occurred e.g. a difficult junction. Black spots are often
targeted by mobile speed enforcement units. ROAD
ANGEL Professional relies on up-to-date database
information to identify black spots.
Mobile Safety Vans
Operators generally publish the locations where their
mobile safety camera vans will be sited 1-2 weeks in
advance. An updated ROAD ANGEL Professional has the
latest mobile safety van information. In addition, the SET
LIVE VAN feature allows ROAD ANGEL Professional
users to alert each other to mobile vans.
Congestion
Drivers must pay in advance or on the day of travel to
enter the designated zone during the scheme’s hours of
operation. There are substantial penalties if you do not
pay the congestion charge.
Primary Schools
You can set up ROAD ANGEL Professional to alert you
whenever you are within 250 metres of a primary school.
Unprotected Railway Crossings
Alerts you to railway crossings with no barrier.
Fatigue Timer Warning
The Highway Code recommends a minimum break of at
least 15 minutes after every two hours of driving. ROAD
ANGEL Professional alerts you whenever you have been
driving for two hours without a break.
10. Accessories
Please visit the ROAD ANGEL Professional online shop at www.roadangelgroup.com for
details.
Road Angel Group Ltd. has made every effort to ensure that all the information
contained in this manual is accurate and reliable. However, the information is
subject to change without notice.
Road Angel Group Ltd assumes no responsibility for any damage or injury
resulting from the use of this product.
QUICK START GUIDE
1.
Charge the unit’s internal battery using the mains charger. For
optimum charging, ensure that the unit is switched off (charging
usually takes about 6 hours - see page 7). The red charging
indicator LED remains illuminated until the unit is fully charged.
2.
3.
Register unit online (see page 10) at: www.roadangelgroup.com.
Assemble mounting bracket
(see page 12).
If preferred, prepare dashboard
mounting pad (see page 15).
4.
Switch unit on. Look for white bars to
indicate GSM signal. Move unit to
another location if signal is low.
5.
Wait until white bars change to green
(this may take up to 24 hours). This
indicates that the unit has received a
SIM update and now has GPRS
connectivity.
6.
‘Connected’ icon indicates that unit is
updating its database of camera
locations and accident black spots.
7.
Your ROAD ANGEL Professional is now connected and ready for use.
Disconnect unit from mains charger and mount in vehicle (see page 14).
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