Scheduled uploads allows heartbeats to be sent at up to 6 specific times during the day.
Without scheduled uploads enabled, heartbeats are just sent on a periodic basis - with the heartbeat interval being the time after the last upload. Trips and other uploads occurring will shift the specific time of day that heartbeats happen. The heartbeat interval is the maximum time between upload attempts.
This can be more useful than the standard heartbeat, particularly if it is important to know where assets are at specific times of the day (i.e. shift changes, events happening etc.).
Enabling Scheduled Uploads
Only 2 parameter tabs are required, Time Zone and After Hours, and Scheduled Uploads
Under Time Zone and After Hours - simply set your Time zone, and Daylight Savings Periods if they apply.
Then in the Scheduled Uploads tab - simply select up to 6 scheduled update times.
Note - When enabled, the scheduled uploads replace the periodic heartbeat. All other uploads will continue as normal. In other words, trip, Bluetooth, tip, high-g and other uploads will not be delayed/affected.
So, if we want uploads ONLY on the schedule, i.e. 6am, 12pm, 6pm, 12am as above - we need to set the device to period tracking only in addition.
- The allowable times are in 15 minute intervals throughout the day.
- The scheduled uploads will be the same every day (i.e. you can’t choose different times for different days)
- The scheduled uploads will have an element of randomness - so there isn't a situation where there are many devices all trying to upload data at the same time, causing strain on the network. They will all update within a 10 minute window - 5 minutes either side of the scheduled period.