Saturday, October 27, 2012

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

On Sunday November 11th, 2012 between 10:00 PM and 12:00 AM America/Chicago SpotWalla.com 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.

Auto-Logout

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.