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  • AlasdairMc
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    Borrow a Spot tracker and set up a Spotwalla page. When is the challenge?

    Pieface
    Member

    Open tracking?

    http://www.opentracking.co.uk/

    If its a well known challenge they may be able to put the route map on for you, otherwise you may need to create one for them. They’ll post you a GPS tracker the size of a large matchbox, but it’ll cost about £35 for the weekend’s hire

    cynic-al
    Member

    I’ve got a bike challenge coming up and it would be cool if folk could track my progress.

    Does such a site/app exist?

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    I use glympse on my phone. It sends a link out to people and they can watch your progress on the web. Free, and they don’t need to log in. You have to set how long to track for but it can be for up to 12hours after which you need to go to your phone and extend the time. I don’t know how long you can extend for.

    Seems light on traffic and battery and tracks much better than Garmin does. For 12hours you might need to a USB battery as backup and you will want to test what it does to your data but I’m never found it to be a problem.

    https://www.glympse.com/what-is-glympse

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    £35 for the weekend’s hire

    *something about al not wanting to fork out for stuff*

    Premier Icon lunge
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    The RoadID app does something very similar to Glympse by the sounds of it.

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    When is it Al? Just thinking you might be able to borrow my SPOT tracker and use my SPOTWALLA page.

    daern
    Member

    Another option:

    Garmin Connect does this and so does Strava Beacon. In the case of Garmin Connect, you obviously need a Bluetooth connected Garmin, which relays positions back via your phone. This data can be viewed using a special link in Garmin Connect, which does not require authentication.

    Strava beacon is much the same, and can receive data either from Garmin, or from the Strava app direct. It requires a premium account though.

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    I used to use the Garmin Connect thing but it proved to flaky in the end, used more data for some reason and didn’t seem quite as up to date with where you were though that wasn’t so important

    The RoadID thing looks interesting as well as Glympse though

    Premier Icon andyg1966
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    Real time GPS tracker

    Play Store

    Configure the updates to say 15 minutes and it does not eat your battery

    Premier Icon pedlad
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    second vote for glympse

    Premier Icon johnnystorm
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    Google maps now has this feature and you can share with contacts for a set time. If you do a long term share it reminds you weekly if you still want to share your location.

    Premier Icon grumpysculler
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    third vote for Glympse

    Google Maps has a new location sharing tool, no idea how well it works…

    Premier Icon allfankledup
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    Glympse +1 – use it all the time

    Mrs uses Garmin Connect on her watch/phone

    thecaptain
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    Note that the garmin thing actually gives event progress,i.e distance and time etc. I’ve found it to work well in races but only used once or twice. For more general location sharing Life360 may also be suitable. Use that with my wife for general out and about and when will they be home sort of stuff.

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    Hmm… handy thread. I only ride solo and will use one of the above in case I come a dropper whilst out.

    obiwankenobi
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    Google maps has a share location feature. I use it, other half wont let me out without it switched on!

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    obiwankenobi – Member
    Google maps has a share location feature. I use it, other half wont let me out without it switched on!

    Battery usage ok?

    cynic-al
    Member

    Thanks all. I’ll look at Glympse.

    Challenge is weather dependent but if it’s going ahead I’ll post up on Thursday.

    cynic-al
    Member

    Just tried Glympse…seems batter heavy… challenge is 12+ hrs

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Can you configure update frequency?

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    Can you configure update frequency?

    Not with glympse no. I think the Garmin one updates less frequently

    I’m surprised there is a battery issue with Glympse. Did you leave it on the Glympse screen or just go back to the normal ‘desktop’ display? For 12hrs I would assume you would need a USB battery connected anyway

    For 12+ hours you would need to extend the time within Glympse at least once during the event anyway as 12hours is the max at the moment

    AlasdairMc
    Member

    Al – if it’s next weekend only, borrow my Spot as I won’t be using it- batteries last for ages. I’m in Edinburgh. Email in profile.

    cynic-al
    Member

    I did a 50m run, also had Strava open and a bit of WhatsApp. Battery 50% after, must’ve been nearly full at the start.

    Alastair thanks I might take you up on that.

    I’ll try again. And look at alternatives.

    thecaptain
    Member

    Jesus. Life360 just works in the background, there’s a minimal hit on power (typically about 5% of total power). Updates are not immediate but for a 12h event who cares. Does require setting up and logging in though.

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    I did a 50m run, also had Strava open and a bit of WhatsApp. Battery 50% after, must’ve been nearly full at the start

    turn Strava and WhatsApp off as another test. Ive run it for hours before with no problems. It depends on your phone a bit of course but 50pct sounds wrong imo

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    Just switched it on riding into town. 20mins was 2pct battery on a moto g5 which is roughly what I remembered. Were you possibly running a Bluetooth HRM with Strava and the display on?

    cynic-al
    Member

    Nothing else running bar strava and WA.

    I’ll try again, although weather looks against me for the challenge.

    pdV6
    Member

    wrote:

    Google maps has a share location feature. I use it, other half wont let me out without it switched on!

    Google ‘Trusted Contacts’ app (now also available for iOS) uses this and allows you to set certain contacts to be able to pull your location on demand.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Google does this on Android for free….

    Premier Icon smokey_jo
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    Used the Google Maps share location feature on Sunday with Strava running after 8 hours it had nearly flattened the battery but it worked well on iPhone.

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    Nothing else running bar strava and WA.

    Give it a shot with just strava and WA to see if they are what are eating the battery. If you are using a bluetooth HRM with strava that might be power hungry

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