On the Share tab in your login account you can see the
shared pages that you set up. (See this FAQ for more info on setting up a
shared page: "How do I Create a SPOT Shared Page"
For each shared page, it displays the name, status of the
page, the messengers being shared and the message types being shared. It also
tells you if it was created with full public access or password protected. (If
a password was setup it will also be displayed here). Finally it also shows the
viewing count. This count is incremented every time someone comes in to view
your shared page.
The view count will not increment immediately
and make take some time to refresh (5 minutes)
If a link is active people will still be able to
access the information on your shared page. If it is deactivated, the shared
page will no longer provide data even if someone tries to view the shared page
by using the link
A shared page can be de-activated and will not
be viewable by others. It can also be re-activated when you wish others to view
your shared page.
The shared page name column contains a clickable link. You
can use this to get direct access to your shared pages. This allows you to see
exactly what others will see when they access your shared page.
Even if you decide not to publish a public shared page, you
might decide to create a password protected shared page that you will use to
access your own messengers. You will then be able to take advantage of the new
map and message features and bookmark it for easy access.
Viewing your new
Ok, now for the fun bit. Let’s take a look at the new Shared
Page that you have created. If you had SPOT send the information for you, by
default it will also send the email to you. (If you did not use this option,
you will need to have a copy of the link or select it from the “Manage Shared
Here is an example of the email that the SPOT service will
When you click the link your browser will now begin to load
the shared page. This may take a few moments.
Messages are displayed in the panel on the left hand side
of the shared page.
50 messages show per page.
The page automatically refreshes every 5 minutes.
Messages are cached every 15 minutes before they arrive on
the shared page.
2. & 3.
The map display shows the location of the messages. In
this example, the shared page contains messages for 2 SPOT messengers.
(indicated by the different colors used for each messenger).
Let’s take a closer look at the message panel on the left of
By default messages are grouped by messenger
but can be grouped by type or time.
The time of the message is automatically
converted to the local time of your web browser.
The age of the message is calculated and
displayed in the time column
The detail for each message can be displayed
by selecting the + icon to ‘expand’ the message row.
Each messenger is color coded to match the
message icons on the map
Click on the arrow in the column title to show
more options. Sort ascending, descending, hide and show columns, group by the
selected column or switch off message grouping.
Expanding a message row provides more detail
about the message. This includes the local time (based on your browsers
locale), exact co-ordinates in decimal degrees, nearest location and custom
message (if available).
Right click on the message rows to control the
visibility of messages on the map, either individually or as a group.
Messages are now connected to show the path
traveled. Toggle the messenger route display on and off.
Display an “altitude profile” for the path
recorded for any messenger
The shared page automatically connects to the
SPOT servers to retrieve new data. If new messages arrive, the map will pan
to the newest location automatically. It is not necessary to refresh the page
Now let’s take a look at some of the new map features in
As you move the mouse over messages in the
message panel, the corresponding icon on the map is highlighted.
Each location is numbered:
The most recently transmitted message is given the highest number.
The oldest message is always numbered 1.
The messenger path is now displayed. Each
location is joined using a geodesic segment (a segment of a “great circle”
representing the shorted distance between two points on the surface of the
earth”). Remember that the visibility of the route can be controlled from the
message panel using a right click).
When you select a message in the message panel
(using a left click) the map automatically pans to place the message in the
center of the screen.
Select any of the location icons to display a
google maps information bubble.
We’ve updated the SPOT map icons. Display the
map legend to see how each message type is represented.
You can hide the message panel. This provides
more space to view the map. To slide the message panel on and off the display
click the arrow button show here.
We have also incorporated a new “Altitude or topographic
profile” feature. To view the plot for your messenger, simply click the right
button over one of the messages in the message panel. Then select the “Show
Altitude Profile” option from the menu. A topographic plot will be generated
using all the points available for the messenger that was selected.
*Note that the SPOT unit itself does not transmit altitude
information. The topographic plot feature provided in the shared page is
generated using an external service. The topo data is a combination of SRTM and
GTOPO30, its typical horizontal resolution is about 90 meters. The data
includes all continents but Antarctica.
Also note that the altitudes in the charts are relative to
the zero level in the WGS84 model and does not include the curvature of geoid.