Team 55 - GPS Beacon.
Available from version 1.1.
When enabled, GPS beacon allows you to share a link with others to track your real-time location in any web browser. Here is what someone with a link to your beacon might see:
Locations list at the bottom is synchronized with the map. Scroll through locations to have them focused on the map with a light blue dot.
There is also a “Points” switch on the beacon web page. When switched on, it enables you to tap on any point on your “track” and see the corresponding location point in the list:
Please take into account that showing points on the map for each location tracked under the beacon may lead to the slow map interaction. When you switch “Points” on, you better zoom into the area of interest, so it’s not so many points to show.
Setup and configure
The idea for the GPS beacon is to enable leaving a breadcrumb for your loved ones, when needed. Your location data are added to your beacon only when Tracking is ON in the app.
By default, link to you GPS beacon is not enabled. To enable the link pick YES for “Enable web browser link”.
After creation of a beacon/link you can open your own link in the browser, change link url or send the link via “Share” button in the “Web browser link” section:
Protect with a password.
Tap on a password protection row in the “Web browser link” section to enable or disable password protection for the link. When password is setup for the link, it will be required to enter before any map/data are shown.
Tap on a “Keep history” row in the History section to setup how many hours of your location history the beacon should store. History configuration screen also allows you to erase any history that is being kept for your beacon on the server.
You can also disable the history altogether and then only one - most recent location of yours will be stored on the server and shown on your beacon web page.
Security and privacy considerations.
If you setup a password for your GPS beacon web link, only one-way hash of your password concatenated with a salt is stored.
If you delete your beacon history via the app, it is deleted immediately.
History cleanup is happening on servers every 15 minutes and thus history data stored may exceed the number of hours setup by you by 15 minutes.
There is no identification of your IP address, device id or anything else stored (or sent) on the servers, that might relate your location records back to your device or to yourself.