The Pawtrack Collar The Pawtrack collar is easy to set up. The next 6 pages show you some of the features available, but you can be up and tracking in 4 easy stages: 1. 2. 3. 4. The collar needs to be put on charge (see the next page for this) Send an email to [email protected] once it is on charge Put the collar on the cat Go to http://tracking.pawtrack.com/ and enter your email address and the password and get tracking! There are instructions on the site. If you do have any problems, send an email to [email protected] and we will be able to help remotely. Pawtrack GPS Cat Tracking Collar Quick Set UP: First Steps Charging Within the box you will find a micro a USB lead. Plug the smaller end of the lead into the collar, and the other end into either a computer or a USB AC/DC adapter, such as one used to charge an iPhone. After a minute or so, a solid green light should go on. This indicates that the collar is charging. The collar may also flash red as well. If you do not get a solid green light, apply a little pressure onto the lead. If possible try to charge the unit near a window or an area which has clear site of the sky. This is not essential, but will help with remote testing. Leave the collar for 3 hours, or until the green light goes out. You may hear the collar bleep, this indicates it is charged. Adjusting the collar Once the collar is charged the collar can be adjusted so that it fits snugly around the cat’s neck. You should be able to get 2 fingers comfortably under the collar. Once this is on, you can start tracking. If you think that the size is incorrect, then please let us know and we can look at getting out a replacement collar. Logging Onto the web Site Go to http://tracking.pawtrack.com/ Enter your email as a username and your password. If the collar has not obtained a position in the last 2 hours (for instance on the first time you start the collar) the initial readings will be slightly out. However the accuracy will quickly improve. Using the Web Site: The Basics Initially the collar will look to get a position every ten minutes. These positions are stored on the collar. By clicking update on the tracking page, you will download these positions onto the server. Update Button Battery Meter Play Back Button Tracking your Cat By default, the collar will look for a position every 10 minutes. By logging onto the web site, and clicking update you will download the positions held on the collar. The display will then show the latest position on the map, and by clicking the playback button you will be able to view the positions in chronological order. When the update button is pressed, the button itself will be animated, showing that the server is trying to contact the collar. If no connection can be made, it will stop the animation and return to the standard update button. It will automatically try again 3 minutes later. Looking at past history You can also set a previous period to show the positions of your cat. Click on the link at “View a previous 48 hour period” and enter the time when you would like to view your cat’s movements. The Lights on Your Collar You will notice that the collar flashes different colours at a different speeds. The lights give an indication of what the collar is doing. Flashing red every 10 seconds: the collar is connected to the GSM network, but is not trying to obtain a GPS position. Flashing red quickly (twice a second): the collar is trying to obtain a GPS location. Flashing red regularly once a second: the collar is trying to log onto the GSM network, and may be automatically rebooting. Flashing green once a second: the collar is low on battery and needs recharging. Solid green light (this can be in conjunction with other red/ blue lights): the collar is on charge Blue light flashing once every ten seconds: the collar is in Wifi mode If you find your collar is flashing red every second for more than 5 minutes, then please send an email to [email protected] It is not be able to connect to the phone network, and will not start working. Setting Wi-Fi The collar is Wi-Fi enabled. This is for two reasons: the collar will recognise when your cat is at home and tell the server. If you then logon you will see that your cat is at home. The second reason is to preserve battery life. Once the collar is in Wi-Fi mode, it shuts down GPS and GSM activity. It checks to see if the collar can still detect Wi-Fi every ten minutes. If it can’t, the collar then starts up again. It takes a position and tells the server the collar is out and about. Tracking then restarts. Wi-Fi is therefore an important part in preserving battery life (see below). Setting Wi-Fi To set the Wi-Fi for the first time, go to the site and click on “Edit Advanced Settings”. Click here for the advanced menu On the next page, click the Wi-Fi tab Enter the SSID (name) of your Wi-Fi network at home, and also the password. On the Wi-Fi sensitivity, we would recommend you start at 12 Click Update The site will return to the tracking page. After a few minutes there should be a blue message saying “we have successfully contacted the collar”. This means the settings have been updated. If there is no response, the server will try again after 5 minutes. If this is still not working, you may need to take the collar to an area with a stronger signal level- possibly outside, or even when your cat is wandering. Don’t worry, you will only have to set this up once. Accuracy and Tracking To obtain a position, the collar needs to be able to see the sky. If a cat is in the middle of an open area, or in a garden it will quickly find a position. If it under a car, or in a house the accuracy will not be so good. There are two main ways to change the accuracy of the collar, and these can all be changed via the website. The first is the level of sensitivity- this is given a range from 8 (least accurate) to 1 (most accurate). This is also known as the HDOP. The collar may not always be able to obtain the most accurate reading. If the level is set to be too accurate then the collar will simply return no location for that attempt. If you set the accuracy level higher, then there is more chance of getting a location however it will not be so accurate. In addition to the level of sensitivity, the length of time the collar looks for a position will also affect the chances of getting a location. The longer it looks at the sky, the more likely it is to find a position. However, this does draw down on the battery. If the cat is outside, it will quickly find a position and then stop looking, not wasting as much battery life. However if it is inside it will keep trying to find a position, but will be unable too. This uses the battery. One other important point is that if the collar has not been able to find a location in the previous 2 hours or more, the first initial location may be out. However once it has one or two positions within a one to two hour period the accuracy will quickly increase. Changing the GPS settings Firstly, the collar must not be in Wi-Fi mode (so no blue flashing light). If it is, you may have to wait until your cat is out of the house, or move the collar to an area where there is no Wi-Fi. Click on “Edit Advanced Settings” tab as above Click on the GPS tab You can now change the following settings: Minutes between GPS position: by default this is ten. If you wish to conserve battery life, this can be increased Seconds to wait for GPS signal: it is suggested that this starts at 90 seconds. You may try to reduce this later on, and see if there is any decrease in positions Minimum HDOP: the lower the more accurate, but this may lead to a reduction in positions. It is suggested that this is started at 4, and then reduced/ increased depending on the positions received. Battery Life: managing and extending it The two best ways to extend battery life are to ensure that the Wi-Fi has been set up correctly, and that it is working: it may be worth moving your Home Hub to allow the hub to be closer to areas where your cat usually rests. In addition make sure that the strength is up at 12 when you set it. The second method is to change the rate at which the collar looks at the sky. When setting the GPS settings it is possible to increase the number of minutes between looking at the sky (30,60,240 and 360 minutes). By increasing the number of minutes to 30 and upwards the battery life can be significantly increased.
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