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PostPosted: 04 Mar 2012, 23:49 Reply with quote Report this post
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Does anyone know of any apps that will upload the .GPX file periodically / automatically.
Thanks,

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PostPosted: 08 Mar 2012, 17:54 Reply with quote Report this post
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To upload your trail in Wikiloc perhaps the app for IPhone & Android could be useful for doing that. It lets you record your trip and once you're done, you can choose to upload the GPX automatically or keep it stored in the phone and upload it later on (when you have data connectivity for example).

The links are:
http://en.wikiloc.com/mobile/iphone.do
http://en.wikiloc.com/mobile/android.do

Cheers,
Jordi

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PostPosted: 08 Mar 2012, 21:24 Reply with quote Report this post
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Thank you Jordi.
Actually, what I meant was periodic live uploads, done automatically, set at certain time intervals or trigerred by distance made good.

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PostPosted: 09 Mar 2012, 06:26 Reply with quote Report this post
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OK thanks, now I get it. It's an upcoming feature that will be available within the iPhone/Android app but cannot advance a deadline at the moment. Thanks for asking since it adds to several requests we got and confirms that it's a much needed functionality.

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PostPosted: 09 Mar 2012, 12:49 Reply with quote Report this post
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Thank you Jordi for your interest. I hope the technology will not be limited to the devices you mention but will work with dedicated GPS, such as the Garmin units.

As you may have seen, I am on a boat in Canada (http://www.cruisingdog.com) and the great thing would be is if our positions could be automatically updated when the boat is on the move and draw the route or "trail" that we have made across the lake.
When we brought the boat up from the Caribbean if this technology was available it would have been really cool, but it was not there. Nevertheless, many boaters out on the water nowadays have computers or smart phones that can do this, so eventually it will be a more sought after feature. Think about the family back home being able to follow your route across the ocean!

Conversely, on boats we have AIS (automatic identification system) that transmits vessel data, position, speed and heading but AIS is only a collission avoidance tool, thus it has a limited, line-of-sight range of a radio transmitter.
AIS information is also collected at land stations and is uploaded to sights such as this one: http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/

Best regards,
Joe

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PostPosted: 09 Mar 2012, 19:16 Reply with quote Report this post
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Thanks for the detailed info Joe. I'd surely be looking for a similar solution if I was sailing like you do. Too bad there's no easy way yet to do this simple and logic 'follow us in real time' feature. We're going to do it soon but again it'll be only for smartphones like iPhone and Android. We're designing the feature to consume little battery power and send very small chunks of data in configurable intervals of time.

Don't know if you're sailing up the Inside Passage into Alaska, I traveled a few years ago to southern Alaska, to Seward, and had a great stay at a B&B of a retired sailor who did a similar long trip with his wife from the Cook Islands up to Seward, where they sold the boat and settled: http://www.sewardvacationproperties.com/?page_id=5

Best of luck in your adventure and hope wikiloc will be of help in some way!

Jordi

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PostPosted: 09 Mar 2012, 22:12 Reply with quote Report this post
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Thanks Jordi
We are on the Great Lake sright now.
If you go to my blog, ( http://www.cruisingdog.com ) the developers there are also working on the same thing, so maybe you and Jacob could pool your resources.

Best,
Joe

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