Periodic tracking is a setting that is designed for applications that only require GPS Fixes and an upload on a set interval for assets that are generally not moving. This setting is good for extending battery life.
- Yabby GPS & Wifi
|Setting Periodic Mode||Yabby Periodic Mode||Battery Life & GPS Fix Times||Periodic Calculator|
Set a Device to periodic tracking only (sans Yabby)
To set an Oyster series, Remora Series, Falcon, or Eagle to Periodic tracking only i.e to send a position update on a set interval, open the System Parameters and add the Advanced Tracking parameter, then set Periodic Tracking Only to Yes. This will
After pressing Update, periodic tracking will be enabled the next time the device connects to the server. The default period is 12 hours, but to change this, also add the Basic Tracking parameter, and change Heartbeat Upload Period to the required period (in Minutes).
Please take into account that for parameters to take affect (as well as enabling recovery mode), the device needs to connect to the server when choosing the upload period.
Setting the Yabby to Periodic Tracking only
The Yabby parameters are a bit different. To switch a Yabby to Periodic Tracking only, you add in the System Parameter tab Basic Tracking and change the 'Periodic tracking only' field to Yes and set your heartbeat upload time frame above.
This table shows the battery life estimations from Lithium or LTC batteries (where applicable).
|Avg. GPS fix time||10s||15s||30s||45s||60s||60s|
|Oyster2 4G||1 Year||1.8 Years||2.8 years||4.5 years||6 Years||7 years|
|Remora2 4G||5 Years||8.5 Years||10 Years||10 Years||10 Years||10 years|
|Yabby GPS 4G||17 Weeks||30 weeks||45 weeks||1.3 Years||1.7 Years||3 Years|
|Yabby Wifi 4G||20 Weeks||40 weeks||1.4 years||2.5 years||3.8 years||6.5 Years|
Battery Life & Battery Management
For more detail on estimating battery life, low battery alerts and battery management, see the article Battery Life, Battery Capacity Estimate & Low Battery Flag on our support portal
Periodic Mode in Telematics Guru
If you change a trip based asset to a periodic/ or point based asset in OEM Server, you'll also need to change the type in Telematics Guru. This ensures that the address lookups are handled correctly - so the street address will be updated on each heartbeat.
To change this, go to assets, Manage Assets and select either the cog menu(1) and edit(2) and click on the I/O Mappings tab(below), or select the Asset from the grid and click on I/O Mappings(3) quick link
Once you've navigated to the I/O Mappings tab, you can select or un-select the Trip Based checkbox.
The reference table below outlines a few differences between Point and Trip based tracking
|Difference||Trip Based||Point Based|
|History Screen||Map History View||Point History View|
|Address lookup||On Trip start and Trip End||On Heartbeats only|
|Logs vs Uploads||Can be batch uploaded||Upload and log occur at same time by default.|
|Can declare fixed GPS position||No||Yes|