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An Inside Look: GSatMicro - Begin tracking via satellite
There are quite a few ways to configure the GSatMicro prior to use. If you have a specific project need that requires a custom firmware update, settings can be updated and scheduled for delivery so the unit is ready to begin tracking upon delivery.
Some examples of a custom project would be: extreme altitudes between 18 – 60 kilometers, event based reporting for whether the unit has stopped or began moving, and reporting rates intervals from 2 minutes to every 24 hours.
Identifying your GSatMicro
The GSatMicro will come with an identifying serial number beginning with an 80XXX sequence that is 5 digits. The Iridium modem serial number begins with 3002XXXX…. and are 15 digits long. The 5-digit serial number is the unit name and the 15-digit serial number is the one you will enter into the GSatTrack portal for tracking over the Iridium satellite communications network.
Adding the GSatMicro to GSatTrack
Setting up your GSatTrack account to see your GSatMicro is a very simple and straightforward process. Adding an asset to the portal can be found here: http://www.gsattrack.com/wiki/How-To-Add-An-Asset.ashx
If you do not have a tracking account, need a demo account, or would like to purchase a license for tracking, you can sign up on the GSatTrack portal here: http://www.gsattrack.com/SignUp
Obtaining a satellite link
First thing to do after you have added your GSatMicro to GSatTrack is turn the unit on and make sure you are in clear view of the sky. Within the GSatTrack portal, you will find in the far upper right corner of the map, a drop down menu called “Layers” which has an “Iridium Satellites” tab. Select this so you can see where the Iridium satellites are located. To obtain an optimal satellite reporting signal, point the unit in the direction of the satellite displayed on the portal, whether north or east.
The LEDs on the GSatMicro will indicate once a satellite fix has been acquired. The satellite LED is the 3rd from the right with the satellite image over it, which will blink orange. Once the GPS has acquired a fix, the satellite will begin to blink until the location has been sent over the Iridium network. For a video tutorial of the LED sequence you can visit our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUwnmD5Tyx4
Once the GSatMicro has established a location over satellite, it will appear on the GSatTrack portal and you are ready to go. You can stow the unit in a bag and carry with you for tracking. You are now ready to go!
About the Author
Gustavo Moran is a Venezuelan born, tech evangelist. Gus, has extensive experience providing clients with innovative and complete B2B and B2C technology solutions for Fortune 100 brands. Gus joined GSE in 2013 with focus on the Central and South American markets. Currently, Gus oversees product development, logistics, testing, and hardware production and manufacturing for GSE's line of satellite communications hardware.
For more technical information, please contact Gustavo@gsat.us or call +1.954.459.4004