Abeeway Mobile APP - User Guide

Abeeway Mobile APP - User guide

Basics

Abeeway Mobile APP is consumer tracking mobile APP that works with Abeeway trackers. It is most commonly used to track assets that are linked to Abeeway trackers.

Abeeway Mobile APP has the following features:

  1. Visualization of the current locations and location history of multiple devices on a map
  2. Location on demand
  3. Location sharing with other users of the mobile APP
  4. Ring the device when connected in Bluetooth (to find the asset linked to the device)
  5. Geofencing notifications when entering or leaving a zone
  6. Alarms (SoS, motion, geofence zones)
  7. Firmware update
  8. Developer mode to troubleshoot the tracker (admin users only)
  9. Airplane mode (to shutdown the tracker)

For more detailed features, please see here.

The Abeeway Mobile APP demo can be seen here

Buy Abeeway trackers

Abeeway trackers can be purchased in one of the two ways:

  1. Abeeway store
  2. Local Abeeway distributor

Prerequisites

Abeeway Mobile APP is compatible with the Android/iOS smart phones. Please follow the links below depending on your smart phone

Android Versionhere

iOS Versionhere

Abeeway Mobile APP is compatible with the following tracker models:

  1. Abeeway Micro Tracker V3.0, V3.1
  2. Abeeway Industrial Tracker V2
  3. Abeeway Compact Tracker
  4. Abeeway Smart Badge

Abeeway Mobile APP is NOT compatible with the following tracker models:

  1. Abeeway Micro Tracker V2
  2. Abeeway Industrial Tracker V1

If you are not sure about the tracker model, it can be derived based on LoRaWAN DEVEUI. For more information, see Abeeway updater documentation (refer to section: MCU Firmware and Hardware Model Compatibility)

The minimum firmware versions compatible with the mobile APP

  1. MCU Firmware Version: 2.2.x
  2. BLE Firmware Version: 3.3.x

Please ensure to flash the right tracker configuration in the tracker. The example configuration file can be downloaded from here.

Please refer to Abeeway updater documentation for updating the firmware

We usually ship Abeeway trackers preconfigured with public LoRaWAN network. Abeeway trackers are compatible with any LoRaWAN network. However, it is important that the trackers are routed to the ThingPark location backend before adding the trackers to the mobile App. The routing profile to set from different LoRaWAN platforms to different ThingPark Location platforms can be found here (see section 2.2/2.5). If you are using some other LoRaWAN platform, please contact US.

Account

The mobile APP has two types of roles:

  1. End user: By default, all the mobile APP users when registered to the mobile APP for the first time are assigned the rold of “end-user”
  2. Admin user: This role provides the following additional features (developer mode, firmware update without adding the tracker)

The admin user role is most suited for disstributors/system-integrators/operations team members that are resposible for administration and management of the trackers. The admin user role can be requested to your local distributor or by clicking “report a problem” from the HELP menu.

The password can be changed from the account settings page (if you are logged in) by clicking “CHANGE PASSWORD” button.

The password can be reset by clicking “SIGN UP/SING UP” button

Usage

When the tracker is connected over Bluetooth with the mobile phone, then the tracker’s LoRaWAN functionality is disabled and the phone’s position is sent to the backend. The tracker resumes its LoRaWAN functionality when it is disconnected over Bluetooth with the mobile APP. 

Note: During the process of adding the tracker, please do not perform any heavy data activity over Bluetooth with your smart phone (for ex. playing music over the Bluetooth headset) as this might create delays between the tracker and the mobile. You can resume this activity once the tracker is added to the account.

Here are the key steps to add the tracker to the account:

Step 1: Ensure the tracker has successfully joined LoRaWAN network and has sent at least one uplink to ThingPark Location URL.

Step 2: Trigger the tracker to advertise itself over BLE

For Micro Tracker/Smart Badge: Restart the tracker with long button press. The tracker will advertise itself for 1 minute to allow pairing with the tracker. The tracker will beep with advertisement melody.

 For Compact Tracker/Industrial Tracker: Send the downlink ff020b0064 on LoRaWAN downlink port = 2. The tracker will advertise itself for 100 seconds to allow pairing with the tracker. You can change the duration of advertisement using Abeeway Driver (see section: Start and Stop BLE advertisement)

Step 3: Ensure the tracker and the phone has no BLE bond

Before starting to add the tracker, its important that there is no BLE bond on the tracker and also the phone for this specific tracker.

The BLE bond on the phone can be easily removed by clicking on “FORGET” button on the mobile phone. Abeeway devices always start with prefix ABW followed by last 9 digits of DEVEUI

Note: The screenshot above is for Android 9. The procedure to remove the Abeeway tracker from phone’s Bluetooth device will be different for iOS or other Android phones.

The BLE bond on the tracker can be removed in one of the following ways:

  1. With the button sequence (easiest): Ensure the tracker is switched off with the long button press, followed by the button sequence <1 long press , 6 short press, 1 long press>, then switch on the tracker with long press (This is applicable only to Micro Tracker/Smart Badge
  2. Sending the LoRaWAN downlink ff0202 on downlink port = 2 to the Abeeway tracker
  3. Using CLI with the tracker connected over USB port. The tracker can be connected to USB port and then communicate it with serial tool like Tera term. Once connected to Tera term, enter the password “123” as this is the default password to interact with the tracker. Then type “ble clear” to clear the BLE bond on the tracker. For more information, please refer to CLI user guide.

Step 4: Search the tracker in mobile APP 

Once the tracker is found matching the last 9 digits of DEVEUI, then click the button “ADD TRACKER TO THE ACCOUNT”

 

If the tracker is not found in this step, please go back to step 2.

Step 5: Add the tracker to the account

During the addition of the tracker, mobile APP will pair with the tracker. This process can take upto few minutes. Please do not close the mobile APP or turn off the tracker.

Step 6: Personalize the tracker

In this step, you can assign the friendly tracker name and image to the account

The tracker has three different profiles which can be changed from “ADVANCED SETTINGS” page.

  1. Sleep: In this profile, tracker is sending positions every one hour
  2. Economy: In this profile, tracker is sending positions every hour and also every 20 minutes when moving
  3. Intensive: In this profile, tracker is sending positions periodically every 30 minutes and also every 60 seconds when mobile.

Abeeway Mobile APP allows to setup the following alerts:

  1. Motion Alert: If this alert is setup, the mobile APP will show notification when the tracker is in motion
  2. SoS Alert: This alert will show push notification ff the SoS is triggered from the tracker (with triple click on the button). (Applicable to Smart Badge/Micro Tracker only)
  3. Zones Alert: This alert will enable push notifications when the tracker enters or exits geofence zone

Apart from the above alerts, there are also alerts shown in the mobile APP when the tracker loses LoRaWAN connectivity:

  1. Orange Alert: the tracker cannot get a position (when requested), or if there is no more LoRaWAN connection for 1 hour
  2. Red Alert: the connection has been lost for at least 24 hours

Geofence zones can be created by clicking the “ZONES” button on the main menu. However, zone alert must be setup to receive alerts when the tracker enters or leaves geofence zone

You can click on the “SETTINGS” button on the tracker view page and then enter the email of the user’s email address with which you want to share the tracker

Tracker interactive history can be viewed by clicking “History” button on tracker view page and then selecting appropriate date range.

Firmware update can be easily carried out by clicking “UPDATE FIRMWARE” button on advanced settings page. 

Note:

1. During the process of firmware update, please do not perform any heavy data activity over Bluetooth with your smart phone (for ex. playing music over the Bluetooth headset) as this might create delays between the tracker and the mobile. You can resume this activity once the firmware update is completed successfully.

2. If you are performing MCU Firmware update, please do it in the presence of LoRaWAN network as the tracker will reset after the firmware update triggering the LoRaWAN join procedure

The tracker can easily removed from “ADVANCED SETTINGS” page by clicking the button “REMOVE THE TRACKER FROM THE ACCOUNT”. We recommend to remove the tracker from the account only when its connected over Bluetooth with the mobile APP. This will ensure Bluetooth bond on the tracker is removed properly so it can added to the mobile app again. However, If the tracker is not connected over Bluetooth and request is made to delete the tracker from the account, ThingPark location will send the downlink to remove BLE bond on the tracker (which can take upto 20 minutes depending on the tracker being in LoRaWAN coverage). During this 20 minute period, you will not be able to add the tracker to your account. Please note that the downlinks can get lost due to tracker not being in the range of LoRaWAN network. If the Bluetooth bond is not removed with LoRaWAN downlink, it can be removed manually (see FAQ page in HELP menu for instructions to remove Bluetooth bond manually from the tracker)