Sunday, December 2, 2012

SpotWalla Web API Beta

The SpotWalla Web API (SWAPI) is a collection of RESTful web services that allow third-party applications to interact with SpotWalla in a meaningful way by providing access to users, devices and a device's underlying message data. The intended audience of the SWAPI is not everyday users, but application developers. If you're not an application developer, this information may not be of much benefit to you. If you're an application developer, continue reading.

Being a RESTful API means... Click this link to continue reading the SWAPI documentation SpotWalla Web API version 0.1 Beta

After reading the SWAPI documentation if you have any questions or if you're interested in requesting an application key, please send an email to SpotWalla Support.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Upgrade Complete

Tonight's upgrade went well. All interfaces are operating without error. Y'all have fun!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

*** Upgrade Sunday November 11, 2012 ***

On Sunday November 11th, 2012 between 10:00 PM and 12:00 AM America/Chicago will be upgraded. I don't anticipate the upgrade to take two hours, though, provided it goes smoothly.

Here are some of the things in this upgrade...

Message Filtering

Some SpotWalla users have devices with extremely dense location data. In order to filter these locations more efficiently and display them on a map, the filtering logic has been moved into the database layer. Doesn't really mean much to the typical user and, for the most part, users won't notice a difference.

Device Deactivation

We do our best to be good stewards of the resources we utilize on your behalf. Devices with an active message interface that don't produce new location data for six or more months will be automatically deactivated.

If you have a device that gets deactivated, SpotWalla will send you an email notifying you of the action taken.

jQuery/jQueryUI Integration

SpotWalla has chosen to embrace the jQuery and jQuery User Interface APIs which provide advanced JavaScript capabilities, multi-browser support and some really cool user interface widgets.

SPOT API 2.0 Support

SPOT has deployed their new 2.0 API which has a richer feature set and out performs the 1.0 API by orders of magnitude.

SPOT Shared Page Password Support

Along with the SPOT 2.0 API comes support for SPOT Shared Pages that are password-protected. Remember, a SPOT Shared Page is required to configure a SPOT device in SpotWalla. If you want to add another layer of protection to the device's message interface by creating a password-protected shared page, go for it.

Truck/Rig Icon

So we have a few truckers out there in SpotWalla land. A new Truck/Rig icon has been added to mark the device's last known location...

SendGrid Integration

SpotWalla communicates with its users using email. If a device is having issues, gets deactivated, etc... SpotWalla will send an email to the owner of the device. We want to know that the emails sent are reaching users. SendGrid is an online email service that helps SpotWalla ensure emails are reaching their intended recipients.

Photo Metadata in GPX Download/Upload

If you're associating pictures or other information with messages, the GPX download file will now contain that information. Likewise, GPX uploads will look for and store photo information for imported location data.


In order to help secure your location data and SpotWalla account, if you log in and remain idle, SpotWalla will automatically log you out after your session expires.

Weather, Cloud and Traffic

The Google Maps API now supports Weather and Cloud layers. Both of these are now exposed in the Trip, Location and Family viewers. Along with Traffic, viewers will be able to show and hide all three layers. The Weather layer supports both Celsius and Fahrenheit displays.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

*** System Upgrade Thursday, March 15th

Sorry the late notice everyone, but our web-hosting company, Rackspace, wants us to migrate our server to a new system and we're going to do it. The process is simple, but it could take up to an hour to complete.

We'll start the process Thursday evening at 11:00 PM America/Chicago time. All device interfaces will be down during this time. SPOT devices will recover missed location data, but Google Latitude devices will not recover missed location data.

Any questions, comments or concerns... please email us at

Sunday, February 5, 2012

*** Upgrade Thursday February 9th, 2012 *** will be upgraded Thursday February 9th, 2012 at 11:00 PM America/Chicago time. This will be a quick upgrade and will not take long at all. Here's what to expect...
  • A New Look!
  • APRS Device Support

A New Look!

I have zero artistic ability as evidenced by and kinda got tired of the current color scheme. So I changed colors a bit. Nothing major, but I think it looks better. Not a lot better, but better. :)

APRS Device Support

Over the past few years a number of SpotWalla users have requested APRS device support. Well, now it's here. The Automatic Position/Packet Reporting System (APRS) is a digital communication network built upon the amateur radio network. APRS is used primarily for transmitting position reports and weather data. SpotWalla will use the APRS network to periodically poll APRS devices for position updates.

Other than some minor bug fixes, that's about it. If you have any questions, please send an email to

Y'all have fun!