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September 2018 change log

Harvest time in flespi:
- 4-nines uptime - 99.99%
- 12% growth in our users' database
- > 100 000 registered devices on the platform
- proxy protocol to fork traffic
- contribution to make mqtt.js MQTT 5.0 compliant
- built-in chat for even better customer support
- massive plans for October...

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MQTT instead of HTTP to ensure keep-alive on PHP backend

Some server technologies struggle when it comes to maintaining a keep-alive connection. However, the need to establish one is a frequent requirement for many applications.
We offer a fresh alternative to the commonly used WebSockets - the MQTT protocol. In the blog post, we look at the use case where the PHP-powered backend relies on the MQTT broker to instantly deliver notifications to the users of the CRM.

https://flespi.com/blog/mqtt-instead-of … hp-backend



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Visualizing telematics data in Tableau. Dashboards, maps, charts.

Tableau is a visualization wizard. flespi is a hub for telemetry data. We’ve made these two connect to integrate their core competencies. With the new Web Data Connector, you can get messages from the tracking devices in the Tableau environment in seconds. Then you are free to process the data, build advanced dashboards, and use for in-depth business analytics.

https://flespi.com/blog/visualizing-tel … in-tableau



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Smart And Friendly MQTT Client Tool For Debugging And Testing

Being at the forefront of technology is cool but sometimes you may be lacking basic tools for efficient development. With MQTT Board developers will avoid this inconvenience. Create connections to any MQTT brokers in seconds, customize properties, test new features of MQTT 5.0, create multiple publishers and subscribers, see messages in real-time. Welcome on Board!

https://flespi.com/blog/smart-and-frien … nd-newbies



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Easy Integration Of Telemetry Data In Your ERP System

You got tons of telematics messages sitting on your servers. However, telemetry data alone does not represent any of your business processes. It needs to be a piece of a bigger whole. Don’t leave it in solitude. Help it reinforce your ERP system and maximize its value to your business. Learn how to do it the right way in the following blog post.

https://flespi.com/blog/easy-integratio … erp-system



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Let's Switch Sides. Flespi Concepts From The User Perspective

flespi is a complex, multi-purpose solution. However, not everyone needs the full set of features. We envisioned ourselves walking in the footsteps of our users to relate the key concepts and functionality that the flespi platform offers to the common tasks that businesses face. Check the straightforward explanations and vivid analogies inside.

https://flespi.com/blog/lets-switch-sid … erspective



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October 2018 change log

- premium 100% platform uptime
- MQTT Board - open-source MQTT 5.0 client tool
- subaccounts management
- Wonde Proud & Sierra Wireless protocols support
- exceptional customer support stats thanks to the built-in chat
- and a bit of customer base analysis.

Read the details in the blog post.




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How To Set Up Email Notifications About Flespi Errors

Even the latest technologies don’t save us from connectivity issues. However, reacting swiftly to occasional failures is viable and desired. The determining factor here is getting notifications about any abnormal situations as soon as possible. The scenario described in this article instructs how to get notifications about flespi stream errors in your inbox within seconds using the open-source Thingsboard platform.

https://flespi.com/blog/how-to-set-up-e … spi-errors



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Flespi Panel Split: More Customization, Fewer Distractions

flespi panel aims to be closer to the tasks you solve. We don’t want you to get distracted by the features you do not use. Now you can pick the mode for your flespi panel (Telematics hub, MQTT broker or Both) and customize the menu even further to leave strictly the items that you need. More details in the blog post.

https://flespi.com/blog/flespi-panel-sp … stractions



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End-to-end connectivity and debugging for GPS hardware manufacturers

You (GPS hardware manufacturers) create devices that are used with various platforms in a number of ways. You cannot always foresee the cases and scenarios in which your equipment is used, but you are often the point of contact for unhappy clients. Flespi suggests building an infrastructure enabling you to diagnose issues more quickly and respond to customer queries with higher accuracy. Equip yourself with proper debugging tools and gain trust with your clients by showing them how much you care.

https://flespi.com/blog/end-to-end-conn … ufacturers



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Flespi Knowledge Base — You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Even the smartest and the greatest need a reference point to springboard their thoughts to the sky. Now we have one for you — a source of answers to your “What is...” and “How to...” questions, a source of inspiration for your projects, and a source of confidence for your business. It’s flespi knowledge base. Follow the link to learn more.

https://flespi.com/blog/flespi-knowledg … ve-answers



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November 2018 change log

It was tough this month but we've made it - 99.95% uptime (due to gnomes in the datacenter).

- a comprehensive Knowledge Base
- new pages for our open-source tools
- new features in the flespi panel
- new protocol integration
- tweaks in the Subaccounts functionality
- updated Status page
- scalability improve in the datacenter
and more.

Learn the details in the blog post.




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Sending Commands To A GPS Tracker From Multiple Platforms

Proxy channel is a bi-directional data stream splitter letting not only fork the message flow from a tracker but also getting the commands back to the device from several destinations. Learn how to set up the proxy channel in flespi and how this may be beneficial for your projects.

https://flespi.com/blog/sending-command … -platforms



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Jasper modem in flespi — a cheaper way to send SMS using ICCID

Configuring tracking devices via SMS is a critical task (and also an expense item) for many telematics service providers. Flespi now offers a way to optimize this process by using the Jasper type modem that allows sending messages to the SIM-card ICCID instead of a phone number. This option is usually cheaper and is well-suited for communication with devices. Check if your projects can benefit from using the Jasper modems. Learn more at the link below.

https://flespi.com/blog/jasper-modem-in … sing-iccid



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Configuring Galileosky devices with flespi

Next up in our series about remote configuration of GPS trackers is Galileosky offering a wide range of reliable feature-rich trackers for versatile applications.

Take advantage of the flespi universal configurator to change settings for Galileosky devices from a user-friendly interface.

Automate the configuration process to facilitate bulk updates and other custom tasks using the flespi API.

Learn about all the capabilities you get in the blog post.

https://flespi.com/blog/configuring-gal … ith-flespi



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Smart Home with a Human Touch: Teaching Home Assistant to Serve You Coffee

Have you ever dreamt of a home not just cozy but functional to the point of nearly reading your thoughts and anticipating your wishes?

Say, you come home on a frosty winter evening and treat yourself to a hot drink and a delicious dinner.

Smart technologies are turning wishful thinking into a dream come true.

Learn how to take advantage of location data from your devices to have the tea made and the dinner cooked right when you need it.

No cookbook or wife required.

https://flespi.com/blog/smart-home-with … you-coffee



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December 2018 change log

Happy New Year to every one of you!

Let us briefly share what we did in December:
- 99.997% monthly uptime (99.995% for the entire 2018)
- 1000 flespi platform users
- subaccounts management now in the flespi panel
- settings for Galileosky devices
- file upload in the flespi chat
- internal changes to the platform.

Check the details in the blog post.

And have a fruitful new year ahead!




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Not a Startup Anymore — Flespi Demonstrates 99.995% Uptime in 2018

Having a “startup” status often serves as an excuse to random downtimes and glitches as well as a warning sign for potential partners. You say: “Sorry, we are just a startup yet” and people become lenient to you (poor thing with no money).

Maturity comes with responsibility. Flespi uptime of 99.995% proves that the platform can take responsibility for the connectivity part of your projects and serve as a reliable backend.

Learn what it takes to reach this score and what comes next in 2019.




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Ready for Enterprise Solutions: Managing Flespi Accounts Hierarchy

When crafting a new application an architect will be highly preoccupied (among other things) with resource allocation, privacy, and permissions management questions.

Flespi hierarchical accounts system covers all of these areas of concern:
- With four layers of accounts hierarchy, you can build large scale products with complex roles structure as well as logical grouping of related objects.
- Built-in limits management allows to precisely define the available scope of resources for each account.
- Flexible ACLs let you tailor permissions to specific areas of the app as well as the actions an account can perform.
- ADVANCED BONUS: extensive data storage (requires careful configuration).

Check the blog post for details and save it in the bookmarks to consider for your next major venture.

https://flespi.com/blog/ready-for-enter … -hierarchy



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HASD — the new generation of hierarchical database

Are you OK with expanding your understanding of what’s possible?

Would you like to get out of your technological comfort zone?


To have a lightning-fast, secure, and easy-to-manage database engine at the cost of believing in the world beyond the SQL/noSQL paradigm.

Sounds intriguing?

Then welcome to the brave new HASD world.

Check all the technicalities inside:

https://flespi.com/blog/hasd-new-genera … l-database



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HelpBox - built-in support chat gains independence

We feel that integrating the support chat into the flespi panel was a step in the right direction.

However, having to load the entire flespi panel to access the chat is not always efficient.

So we are going one step further and giving you an opportunity to run the chat independent from the flespi platform.

You can also add the icon on the home screen of your mobile device for instant access.

Make yourself comfortable with the new HelpBox and learn more about the improvements in our blog post.

https://flespi.com/blog/helpbox-built-i … dependence



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January 2019 change log

We started the new year with the introduction of multiple technological and functional novelties:

- HASD hierarchical database

- subaccounts for large-scale projects

- transition of all device settings into HASD

- improvements to the MQTT infrastructure

- new protocols

and decent uptime of 99.986%.

Learn the details and future plans at the link below.




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Five undocumented features in the flespi panel you may find useful

The flespi UI aka the flespi panel is evolving at an impressive pace.

Not all of the changes deserve a separate post, but as they accumulate, the potential benefits they bring become big enough to draw your attention to a few of them.

We collected five tips and features that might be undeservedly overlooked.


https://flespi.com/blog/five-undocument … ind-useful



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Communicating with ESP8266 over the air via MQTT

What if you could easily build a smart infrastructure where machines and appliances can exchange data directly (without human involved)?

Using the custom firmware for the tiny ESP8266 board you can craft the solutions of any scale to enable M2M communication from point A to point B using MQTT protocol.

It’s hardware-agnostic, all-purpose, and affordable.

Let the devices talk.

Learn the technicalities in the blog post.

https://flespi.com/blog/communicating-w … r-via-mqtt



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Flespi Performance Benchmark

Most of you have heard stories about how cool flespi is.

Now we have the numbers!

We have conducted brief but comprehensive testing of key functional elements of the flespi platform to see how well they perform under heavy load.

It was important for us to make sure we give you the technologies that will never be a bottleneck in your projects.

Learn more about the benchmarking approach and results in the blog post.