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Dear partners,

Today NimBus app has acquired a very special new feature — Locator.

With the NimBus Locator, you can:
- give read-only access to depot's contents to people who don't have a formal account in Wialon (=passengers);
- they can see which transport goes through certain stop and when the next one is expected (according to schedule);
- they can find all routes with their detailed tracks and stops along the way.

An all-mighty user (who possesses the full set of rights toward a depot, including Admin rights) can create a locator link. This link can be viewed as a separate page, embedded into your website as an iframe, or opened on a mobile device in a browser. Voila!

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Katerina Alexandrova
Product Manager (Hecterra)
Gurtam
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Great feature !

Sint
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Hi ,

Can passengers see the vehicles movement ? or is it only  time schedule for each stop ?


YSV

Sint
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ysv wrote:

Can passengers see the vehicles movement ?

For now it is not possible
We're going to add this feature in one of the nearest updates

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shmi wrote:
ysv wrote:

Can passengers see the vehicles movement ?

For now it is not possible
We're going to add this feature in one of the nearest updates

Tried locator for nimbus.It is a good begining. Eagerly Waiting for update with vehicle movement.

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Updates of NimBus Locator:
Now moving units are available.

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Katerina Alexandrova
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Gurtam
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Great work.

it will be great if we can include searching between stops.
if possible include an  option to select routes for each locator link.

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siju, we'll definitely think about that. Thank you!

Katerina Alexandrova
Product Manager (Hecterra)
Gurtam
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Is it possible to expire the link based on entering a specific geofence, rather than only by time expiration? e.g. once the vehicle arrives at a geofence, it deletes access to the link? Similar to Uber or Lyft?

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fleettracker3, please describe the use of that in more details.

Katerina Alexandrova
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Gurtam
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Moving units looks great smile  We love it.
Do you know how often location is updated on the map ? is it as Wialon is receiving data from units or Nimbus has a update internal ?

Sint
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ysv, units' location in NimBus Locator is updated immediately.

Katerina Alexandrova
Product Manager (Hecterra)
Gurtam
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alek wrote:

fleettracker3, please describe the use of that in more details.

As the locator feature has a time expiration, it does not matter where the vehicle is, it will automatically expire within that time period. Is it possible to set by geofence instead? Once the vehicle enters that geofence it kills the link?

e.g. Customer wants to use NimBus to track routes for parents, however they do not want the parents to continue to track the bus after it has arrived at their stop, or after it has arrived at the school. As this may be different times, due to traffic delays, a time expiration can be very limiting. However if the expiration is based on geofence, then the parents can only see up to until the bus enters the school. The bus can then continue to be used for other routes or other purposes without backend intervention to disable the locator feature.

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I am a passenger and do not know how to contact the administrator to get the locator link. only what I know is the bus number or route number. In this scenario is there any way that a common whatsapp number is used where passenger send vehicle or route number and they get an automatic locator link for the route. To be more detailed, passenger can send "09:00 Route 72" or 09:00 Bus 125" and locator for bus traveling through that route after 9:00 am will be received in their mobile as whatsapp message.

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fleettracker3, thank you for describing your idea. In this case you would have to create different links for the parents and it would probably be inconvenient for you.
As the locator doesn’t allow to divide one route into separate parts (distances between the school and each stop) we can say it is difficult to set different time of expiration for the same link, regardless entering geofences. And the locator actually tracks routes not units, so the parents will be able to use the link only for the route they need to track.
Also at the moment the locator tracks all the routes of the activated depot. For now we are working on the possibility to create separate links for each route groupes. We hope it will be helpful in resolving your issue.

Viktoria Chabai
NimBus Product Manager, Wialon
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It will be a great addition if Nimbus allow to create separate links for route groups. Looking forward to it.

Sint
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Hello, orosgroup! Yes, data from the locator can be used for this purpose and integration with the app is possible. In this case you have an opportunity to develop a chatbot for Whatsapp that will perform this kind of function using our API.

Viktoria Chabai
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Thanks Suvi, we will work in this direction.

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ysv, fleettracker3
We are glad to inform you that in the latest update NimBus v. 1.4.5 one of the new features is limitation of the Locator by group of routes: now the Locator can show not all the routes of a depot but part of them.

Viktoria Chabai
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Perfect !
Already using this feature and very useful smile

Sint
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Hi ,
Does Gurtam has any plan to develop a mobile app for Nimbus ?

Sint
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Hi, ysv!
You can easily develop a mobile app which will use our locator link for providing passengers with information on the way of passing of depot routes, stops and the upcoming transport.

Viktoria Chabai
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Hi ,
Thanks.
Can you provide more details ? or technical detail already available on Nimbus Documentation ?

Sint
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ysv, technically you can develop any kind of mobile app which will open the locator link using WebView, e.g. Cordova wraps your HTML/JavaScript app into a native container which can access the device functions of several platforms. These functions are exposed via a unified JavaScript API, allowing you to easily write one set of code to target nearly every phone or tablet on the market today and publish to their app stores.
https://cordova.apache.org/

Viktoria Chabai
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Suvi ,
Thanks .We have already started working on this.

Sint
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ysv, glad to hear that, we'll be happy to know about you progress in this implementation, you are always welcome to share your experience with us!

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Sure ,will share our experience.

Sint
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Awesome 

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Hi ,
If one Depot has multiple Routes , is it possible to create a never expiring Nimbus locator link only for a specific route ?

What happens when one vehicle / unit is scheduled to run on different routes ?

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Hi, Gabbar!
Yes, it is possible. After our latest update came out you can limit the number of routes available on the link by selecting a group of routes to be displayed. So you can create a group of routes containing only one route you want to see.

Speaking of the second question, the units that are moving in real time are displayed on the map. The locator link shows all the units assigned on the route anyhow. There shouldn't be any problems with that.

Viktoria Chabai
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Thanks Suvi , we tested this . This looks great

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Hi ,

We did a simple app using Nimbus Locator link which works fine smile
At the same time we are in the process of creating an more advanced app using API, with this we need your advice on how to get vehicle's live movement , as we understood it is done using an additional service ? how can we get some help in this ?


suvi wrote:

ysv, glad to hear that, we'll be happy to know about you progress in this implementation, you are always welcome to share your experience with us!

Sint
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Like to shear with you and application we develop in our company dedicated to school buses, we have 3 main fixtures: 1. the web application, 2. the user app 3. The driver app. It was designed for keep the control of the pickup and drop of the students, the parents can check were the child is moving all the time when he is on the bus, receive and alert when the bus is near his location and as well when the bus is dispatch from the school, we  are looking forward if we can expand this through you NIMBUS app, to another level of services, such us corporate transportation, large company’s employs  transportation, and more, adding fixture’s like final user app in which they can be alert of the proximity of the bus sending and SMS or an email to the cell app, a menu that can provide communication with the dispatch center and driver, as well and app to the driver that can see the rout he have to accomplish in his cell or table, with fixtures such as confirmation that the passenger has been pick up, or not, interconnected with hardware barcode readers that cap the ID of the user etc.
If you like to see what we have we can send a PowerPoint presentation to and email address that you can provide us.

David

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ysv wrote:

Hi ,

We did a simple app using Nimbus Locator link which works fine smile
At the same time we are in the process of creating an more advanced app using API, with this we need your advice on how to get vehicle's live movement , as we understood it is done using an additional service ? how can we get some help in this ?

I suppose You may consume live location updates of buses from Nimbus via MQTT. The best way to investigate this possibility is to request Gurtam Labs via e-mail.

At the dark side of telematics...
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Where can i find more information about gurtam labs

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Hi, siju!
Gurtam Labs is the name of the team responsible for web apps. What information are you interested in?

Viktoria Chabai
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siju wrote:

Where can i find more information about gurtam labs

Here.

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Hi, dkochk!
I have carefully reviewed the presentation that you sent to our support team, thank you very much for sharing your experience. First of all I'd like to point out that for now NimBus does not imply any kind of mobile applications. You can develop a mobile app which will use our locator link for providing end users or drivers with the information on the way of passing of depot routes, stops and the upcoming transport.
Also could you please specify some points for the better understanding?

dkochk wrote:

final user app in which they can be alert of the proximity of the bus sending and SMS or an email to the cell app

Speaking of the SMS or email notifications, in the first place NimBus was developed for dispatchers so they can get notifications they need (hurry and delay of units, stops skipped, etc.) in the web interface online. And as I get it, you need notifications for passengers to be ready for boarding, right?

dkochk wrote:

a menu that can provide communication with the dispatch center and driver

As we are talking about NimBus, it provides you with interface for dispatchers. In your case, who should be able to communicate with whom (dispatcher, driver, passenger)?

dkochk wrote:

app to the driver that can see the rout he have to accomplish in his cell or table, with fixtures such as confirmation that the passenger has been pick up, or not, interconnected with hardware barcode readers that cap the ID of the user etc.

As well as the apps you mentioned above, this app can be developed on the base of NimBus using our API. Some of our partners have already had this experience. However, for now we are not developing any kind of mobile application. But we carefully consider all the ideas for extending our API in order to cover your clients' needs.

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Hi Suvi,

thanks for your replay, and to answer your questions

1. Yes to get ready for boarding the unit, with and alert either in distance or time from the the pick up point.

2. The communication have to be in between the 3 elements; driver, dispatcher and passenger.

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Now you can see user's current location in the Locator!
http://www.picshare.ru/uploads/181205/LG4b4Fzqh8.jpg

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suvi, Please explain more

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hhamedk, if positioning is allowed in your browser settings, clicking on the button centers the map on the user’s current location.
https://docs.wialon.com/en/hosting/nimb … _interface

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Hello,

Is there any option to show ETA ( estimated time of arrival ). I noticed the StopPanel function in NimBus APIs return an ETA, but it's merely a counter that counts down current server time against the planned arrival time for the bus, which might not be necessarily accurate.

Do you have this implemented with real time ETAs?

Thanks.

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Hi, karim!

For now ETA in the Locator is implemented as a simple algorithm. A unit is expected to arrive to the first stop-point on time according to the schedule, then after every visit of a stop the system uses time of the unit's last deviation from the schedule for calculating ETA for all the following stops. It is expected that they will be visited with the same deviation. Information is updated after every visit of the following stop.

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