BEAM XPRESSi WebUI - GPS


Summary

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based radionavigation system. This chapter is an overview of the GPS function in BEAM XPRESSi routers.

Map

The Map page displays the device's current coordinates and position on the map. To see the device's location on the map, make sure to attach the GPS antenna on the router and enable GPS in the General page.

The figure below is an example of the Map page:

General

The General section is used to enable the GPS service and the support for different types satellites. Once you turn on GPS, you can check the Map page in order to see if the router has obtained a GPS fix. It is very important to attach the GPS antenna on the router and place it outside (not inside of a building). The router will not be likely to obtain a GPS fix otherwise.

The figure below is an example of the General page.


NMEA

The NMEA page is used to configure settings related to NMEA sentence collecting and forwarding.

NMEA forwarding

The NMEA forwarding section is used to configure and enable NMEA forwarding. The figure below is an example of the NMEA forwarding section and the table below provides information on the fields contained in that section:

Field Value Description
Enabled yes | no; default: no Turns NMEA forwarding on or off.
Hostname ip | host; default: 192.168.1.5 IP address or hostname of the server to which NMEA data will be forwarded.
Port integer [0..65535]; default: 8500 Port number off the server to which NMEA data will be forwarded.
Protocol TCP | UDP; default: TCP Protocol that will be used to send NMEA data.


NMEA forwarding cache

The router caches NMEA forwarding information if NMEA forwarding is enabled. This section is used to select the memory type where the cache will be stored and the maximum amount of data that will be saved:
Field Value Description
Type ram | flash; default: ram Selects which type of memory will be used for storing NMEA forwarding cache.
Maximum sentences integer; default: 5000 Maximum amount of NMEA sentences that will be saved in the cache before older entries are deleted and replaced by new ones.
File filepath; default: none Location of the file where NMEA forwarding cache information will be stored. This field becomes visible only when the selected memory type is "flash".

NMEA collecting

The NMEA collecting section is used to enable NMEA sentence gathering and storing. The figure below is an example of the NMEA collecting section and the table below provides information on the fields contained in that section:
Field Value Description
Enabled yes | no; default: no Turns NMEA sentence collecting on or off.
Location filepath; default: none Location of the file where NMEA sentences will be stored. This field becomes visible only when NMEA collecting is enabled.

NMEA sentence settings

The NMEA sentence settings section provides the possibility to configure which NMEA sentences will be forwarded or collected and at what frequency. The figure below is an example of the NMEA sentence settings section and the table below provides information on the fields contained in that section:
Field Value Description
Forwarding enabled yes | no; default: no Enables forwarding for the adjacent NMEA sentence.
Forwarding interval integer; default: 5 NMEA sentence forwarding frequency in seconds.
Collecting enabled yes | no; default: no Enables collecting for the adjacent NMEA sentence.
Collecting interval integer; default: 5 NMEA sentence collecting frequency in seconds.

NMEA sentence reference table:
NMEA sentence name Description
GPGSV Number of GPS satellites in view.
GPGGA GPS fix data.
GPVTG Track made good and speed relative to the ground.
GPRMC Recommended minimum specific GPS/Transit data.
GPGSA GPS DOP and active satellites.

HTTPS

The HTTPS page can be used to configure data sending to an HTTP(S) server.

HTTPS/HTTP Server Settings

The HTTPS/HTTP Server Settings section is used to enable GPS data sending to an HTTP or HTTPS server:
Field Value Description
Enabled yes | no; default: no Turns data sending to an HTTP/HTTPS server on or off.
URL ip | host; default: 192.168.1.5 IP address or hostname of the HTTP/HTTPS server.

TAVL Settings

The TAVL Settings section is used to select which data will be sent to the TAVL server:
Field Value Description
Send GSM signal yes | no; default: no Includes GSM signal strength information in the GPS data sent to server.
Send analog input yes | no; default: no Includes analog input state in GPS data package to be sent to server.
Send digital input (1) yes | no; default: no Includes digital input #1 state in the GPS data sent to server.
Send digital input (2) yes | no; default: no Includes digital input #2 state in GPS data package to be sent to server.

AVL

The AVL page is used to set up GPS data sending to an AVL server.

AVL Server Settings

The AVL Server Settings section is used to configure the main parameters of data sending to an AVL server. The figure below is an example of the AVL Server Settings section and the table below provides information on the fields contained in that section:
Field Value Description
Enabled yes | no; default: no Turns data sending to AVL server on or off.
Hostname ip | host; default: 192.168.1.5 IP address or hostname of an AVL server.
Port integer [0..65535]; default: 8501 TCP/UDP port number of the AVL server to which the router will be connecting.
Protocol TCP | UDP; default: TCP Protocol that will be used for communication with the AVL server.

Main rule

The Main rule section defines how and when GPS data will be collected and sent to a specified AVL server. Refer to the figure and table below for information on the configuration fields of Main Rule.
Field Value Description
Enable yes | no; default: yes Turns the main rule on or off.
Rule priority Low priority level | High priority level | Panic priority level | Security priority level; default: Low priority level The rule's priority. Different priority settings add different flags to event packets, so they can be displayed differently in the receiving system. The router sends data of higher priority first. Priority levels from highest to lowest are as follows:
  1. Security
  2. Panic
  3. High
  4. Low
Collect period integer [1..999999]; default: 50 How often (in seconds) data will be collected.
Min distance integer [1..999999]; default: 50 Minimum distance change (in meters) before sending records.
Min angle integer [1..360]; default: 50 Minimum angle change (in degrees) before sending records.
Min saved records integer [1..32]; default: 20 Minimum amount of gathered records before sending.
Send period integer [0..999999]; default: 20 How often (in seconds) gathered data is sent.

Secondary Rules

The Secondary rules section provides you with the possibility to create additional data sending rules. The difference from the main rule is that the secondary rules only send data when the router uses a specified type of WAN and when the digital isolated output is in the specified state.

Refer to the figure and table below for information on the configuration fields of the Secondary rules section.

Field Value Description
Enable yes | no; default: no Turns the secondary rule on or off.
WAN Mobile Both | Mobile Home | Mobile Roaming | WiFi | Wired; default: Mobile Home Selects which type of WAN will trigger the rule.
Digital Isolated Input Low logic level | High logic level | Both; default: Low logic level Selects which input state will trigger the rule.
Rule priority Low priority level | High priority level | Panic priority level | Security priority level; default: Low priority level The rule's priority. Different priority settings add different flags to event packets, so they can be displayed differently in the receiving system. The router sends data of higher priority first. Priority levels from highest to lowest are as follows:
  1. Security
  2. Panic
  3. High
  4. Low
Collect period integer [1..999999]; default: 25 How often (in seconds) data will be collected.
Min distance integer [1..999999]; default: 200 Minimum distance change (in meters) before sending records.
Min angle integer [1..360]; default: 30 Minimum angle change (in degrees) before sending records.
Min saved records integer [1..32]; default: 20 Minimum amount of gathered records before sending.
Send period integer [0..999999]; default: 50 How often (in seconds) gathered data is sent.

AVL Configuration

The AVL Configuration section is used to add additional secondary GPS data sending rules.

TAVL Settings

The TAVL Settings section is used to select which data will be sent to the TAVL server:
Field Value Description
Send GSM signal yes | no; default: no Includes GSM signal strength information in the GPS data sent to server.
Send analog input yes | no; default: no Includes analog input state in GPS data package to be sent to server.
Send digital input (1) yes | no; default: no Includes digital input #1 state in the GPS data sent to server.
Send digital input (2) yes | no; default: no Includes digital input #2 state in GPS data package to be sent to server.

GPS Geofencing

A geofence is a virtually defined boundary for a real-world geographic area. The GPS Geofencing page provides you with the possibility to set this custom area and apply rules that will inform you when the device leaves or enters the geofence.

The figure below is an example of GPS Geofencing configuration and the table below provides information related to that configuration:
Field Value Description
Enable yes | no; default: no Turns the Geofence rule on or off
Longitude (X) degrees [-180.000000..180.000000]; default: 0.000000 East-west position of a point on the Earth's surface. Combining this and the Latitude information will produce a point on the world map that will serve as the center of the geofence area.
Latitude (Y) degrees [-90.000000..90.000000]; default: 0.000000 North-south position of a point on the Earth's surface. Combining this and the Longitude information will produce a point on the world map that will serve as the center of the geofence area.
Radius integer [1..999999]; default: 200 Radius (in meters) of the geofence area.
Generate event on Exit | Enter | Enter/exit; default: Exit Specifies whether the rule should be triggered when the device enters the geofence area, leaves it or on both events.
Get current coordinates - (interactive button) Obtains the device's current coordinates and places them in the Longitude and Latitude fields.