...or, How To Work It! Here are the steps to get up and running with The Routing Project's apps:
Download and install TRP Locator and TRP On Ramp from Google Play store, or from the Downloads page on this site. When installing/updating from Play store, there may be some annoying errors which are Play store related, not due to real errors from apps, which are described here.
OVERVIEW | Once you've downloaded and run TRP Locator, naturally you want to see yourself on the map. So you look! To not disappoint you, by default you are put into a 'demo' group, which means you show up on the map along with all the other users who are not in a specific Org(ganization - more about Orgs below).
To remove yourself from the demo group and put yourself into a specific Org, create or validate an account. TRP On Ramp gets you on the highway to viewing the members of your Org without having to sign in each time. Together, these apps provide the functionality for, and allow you to interact with, The Routing Project.
- FIRST, run TRP Locator until it receives and transmits coordinates at least once. After the first transmission the app will beep once. The length of time for the first reception/transmission is shortest if you are not in concrete rooms. The best place to speed things up is outdoors, in a car, or close to a window. When the screen loads, tap the 'Go To Site' button to launch a browser and go to the create or validate an account page. Your temporary user name and password will be filled in for you.
- Next, run TRP On Ramp and enter the credentials (User ID and password) you entered when you created or validated your account. If your credentials are correct you will be prompted to select a browser (if you do not have a default browser selected), and The Routing Project's map will be launched in the browser, showing you all the members of your Org. The next time you tap the On Ramp icon, you will not have to enter any credentials, but, instead, the map/browser will be launched.
Orgs allow groups of people to share their location with each other. A user may join any number of orgs that he/she has credentials to, and switch between them, to see the location of the members they contain. An admin user is able to manage the members of an org by signing in via the Accounts link on this site. Anyone who creates an org is automatically the admin of that org.
Membership, as well as a Private Org, has its benefits!
Purchasing a membership for The Routing Project (TRP) entitles you to a Private Org. The benefits of having a Private Org versus having a Public one can be compared to having knowledge and lacking it. Of course, one should strive to gain beneficial knowledge. The following are some of the features of a Private Org in TRP which will help you to assess its significance as an asset to your organization.
A Private Org in TRP allows its members (parents, students, or staff) to:
- see where their mode of transportation is, via any device with a browser (laptop, tablet, or mobile)
- view one or multiple vehicles from one location (e.g. school), or multiple vehicles from multiple locations
- set their vehicle view, to see only those which are important to them
- better time their departure from their door to coincide with the arrival of their vehicle
- set a proximity alert (audio and/or visual) to notify them when their vehicle is within a certain distance from their location
- set their status to present or absent, to indicate whether they should be picked up or not
A Private Org in TRP allows its Admin members (e.g. a school's vice-principal) to:
- set a student's status to "absent", which sends an SMS to notify the student's parent/guardian
- Retrace the route of any vehicle, for auditing or to get proof of their location at any point in time
- map the name of one vehicle (a spare/alternate) to another, so that if a bus breaks down, parents can continue to look for the name (e.g. Bus 5) they are used to
- change the details (e.g. email address) of people in their school
- change the details related to vehicles (e.g. their name)
- change the details related to their school, for example, the message that's sent in an SMS when a student's status is changed to "absent"
- view reports about usage of TRP, for example details about SMSs sent
- set location-based messages so that a user is sent a message when at a specific set of coordinates (latitude/longitude). If required, the user must reply within a set radius
- view reports related to location-based messages, such as the details (time, coordinates) sent to a user, and the coordinates and time a user replies from
ORGS | Orgs are of two types: public and private. If you purchase a membership to The Routing Project and register as a member, you are entitled to a private org, which means you are able to control who joins your org and, therefore, who is able to see (on the map) the locations of the entities (vehicles/people) in your org. Having a private org allows an admin in your org to re-trace/replay the route(s) of the members in your org.
To create or join an Org, on the create or validate an account page, enter the required details (which includes an Org ID) and hit the Create/Validate Account button. If the Org ID is not taken by anyone else, it's yours! You may give the ID to whomever you care to, and they may join your org. By doing so, each of you sees the location of the other member(s) of the org. But, remember, unless you purchase a membership to The Routing Project, you have a public org, so anyone who gets your Org ID is able to join your org (which might be a good thing in some cases).