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Operating Modes

Operating Modes

New Trackserver trackers have 6 Operating or Tracking modes available for different situations and levels of battery power consumption.
 

 

Normal mode:
This is the default or normal operating mode, whereby the tracker responds to motion and non-motion.
When a tracker is powered on, receiving satellite signals, it reports regularly at a time interval selected in the Settings / Commands menuaslong as it detects motion (is moving) and its internal accelerometer detects motion. When it detects non-motion, if it hasn't moved for ~90secs, it powers down the GPS module to save power, and only sends a location report every 4 hours (heartbeat), until it detects motion again. During this power conservation time, the panel displays "Sleeping" and "GPS Off".
 

Eco mode:  
Selecting Eco mode in the Commands menu, a time interval between Location Reports from 10 mins to 12 hrs can be set. Eco mode saves battery by powering OFF between reports. Do not use Eco mode if connected to an external power system. Battery is conserved by completely powering down for the selected time interval, powering on to send a location report (if satellite signal
), then powering off again until the next scheduled report time, the cycle repeats. Between reports, the tracker cannot respond to commands as it can only act on them when it "wakes up". While off, it is undetectable to a scanning device. A "Leave Eco mode" button allows exit.

 

Flight mode:
Aviation regulations prohibit the operation of electronic devices during flight. Selecting Flight mode allows the selection of a power-off period (1, 2, 4, 6, 12hrs or until a Custom user-settable date and time) after which the tracker will turn itself on and resume normal service.

 

Park mode:  
Selecting Park mode in the Commands menu causes a dialog box: "Enter Park mode". If pressed, the tracker enters Park mode, whereby it detects non-motion if more than 90 secs, it almost fully powers off. When/If it detects motion, it awakes and reports normally again until it again detects non-motion, whereupon it powers down and the cycl
e repeats again. It is designed to save battery power while still retaining the ability to respond to motion.
 

Log mode: 
Allows the temporarily storage of GPS location data, possibly to avoid detection by a scanner, then its upload in bursts at regular intervals. When selecting Log mode, one chooses between the available time intervals between uploads, at 1, 2, 4, or 6 hrs, then confirm. A box then appears indicating the time until the next upload. When uploading, the map display moves sequentially through all the stored locations. Data transmission can take some time. When completed, the cycle repeats and data storage will recommence. In between data uploads the tracker's modem is off to save power, so it will not respond to commands until it next wakes. The time of the next wakeup is displayed.

 

Pursuit mode: 
If stolen, Pursuit mode allows continuous reporting without any sleeping periods that would otherwise occur when in normal operation, when/if non-motion is detected. The tracker continuously reports at the set reporting time interval, and uses battery power relatively heavily, so it should be used sparingly. When entering Pursuit mode from the Commands menu, choose between 1, 5 and 10 sec reporting. To exit Pursuit mode, select it again from the Commands menu and choose Pursuit Off, and it will revert to 30sec reporting.


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