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New Locus brings features for live-tracking skialpinists

14.3.2016 Locus team Blog

Are you keen skialpinists? Or ski freeriders? Or backcountry skiers, snowshoe hikers? Then you’ll surely welcome information about slope angles in the map of your favorite mountains. Until recently this information was available only in winter Outdooractive maps that Locus offers in Germany and Austria. New version of Locus can display  slope angles above any map – online, offline, topographic or satellite, raster or vector, from any producer or provider. It’s up to you to select one.

Are you traveling in a scattered group and would you like to know the position of its individual members? That may be quite useful just for example when skialpining. We are introducing a brand new Locus live tracking, that doesn’t use services of third parties. Just insert your name or nick, start and your friends see you hover above the map.

What slopes tend to avalanche?

There is a whole range of factors that influence probability of avalanche danger. Of course there are weather conditions, snowpack layers content or the terrain properties. A very important factor is, however, the angle of the slope under the snow cover. Slope angles higher than 30° are on the verge of risk, steeper angles 35°and 40° multiply the danger. For safe planning of your snowy adventures it is, therefore, useful to now this information and you can plan your trip routes according to it. The winter Outdooractive maps that Locus presents in its portfolio contain slope angles but only in the area of Germany and Austria. In the Canadian Rockies or Caucasus you would look for them in vain. Until now. Locus can calculate and interpolate slope angles from elevation data that are available worldwide.

You might object that Locus can display hill shading based on elevation data. Yes it can but that’s something different – shading is just an aid highlighting the plasticity of the terrain for maps without contours or for those users who can’t (or don’t want to) read contour lines. The difference is clear:

Stínování terénu pro větší plasticitu zobrazení

Hill shading for better terrain plasticity display

Grafické znázornění sklonu svahů >30°, >35°a >40°

Graphic display of slope angles higher than >30°(yellow), >35°(light orange) and >40°(orange)

Live tracking – next level for free

We wrote recently that you can set the live tracking feature via cooperating web service GPSies.com. It is cool to see your pals online on a web map but the setting isn’t much user-friendly. Now we are introducing a dedicated service that connects Locus users directly among each other – you can track your friends right on your Locus map screen. And Locus Free users too!

  • Menu > More functions > Live tracking
  • tap + buton and choose Locus live tracking
  • insert your name, nick and set your icon
  • you can also leave a message for your friends
  • tap START in topbar

    Dva členové Locus teamu na mapě

    Two live-tracking members of Locus team on the map

We have pre-set also two cooperating web services for you – already known GPSies.com and also a testing interface of one our VIP user. For geeks we left the option of custom live tracking settings as it used to be originally.

Locus live tracking is in BETA version for the time being which means that we haven’t finished its development yet – for example we’re solving possibility of private groups and other gimmicks. Dedicated live tracking is also another step in the more general context of Locus server services that once might lead to cloud solution of data, settings and other information synchronization. But let’s not anticipate :)

And finally…

It wouldn’t be a new release without loads of minor fixes and improvements. Randomly, optimized values in the trip time feature, improved online search and many others.

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  • jasom

    Dobrý deň.Neviem prečo ale po uložení bodu záujmu waipontu mám tento bod uložený a je aj na mape.Ale po vypnutí aplikácie a znova zapnutí aplikácie tento bod zmyzne.

    • Locus team

      Dobrý den,
      záleží na tom, jakým způpsobem si bod uložíte – pokud po importu zaškrtnete možnost “Pouze zobrazit (bez importu)”, tak se bod neuloží vo databáze Locusu, ale pouze do jeho dočasné paměti, která se při restartu maže.

  • Urs Wenzel

    Hi everybody,
    The display of slope angles really works great!
    I would really apprechiate an easy access to switch between “normal” hillshading and the precise display of slope angles. Maybe in a future app-version the button “Hillshading” in the quicksettings menu could toggle hillshading > slope angles > nothing. This would spare all the way througt the settings menu to switch between hillshading and slope angles.
    Thanks to all the team for your brilliant work with this wonderful app!!!

  • martin

    Habe mir extra die pro version gekauft, aber leider funktioniert die graphische Darstellung mit den Hangneigungen nicht.

    • Locus team

      Haben Sie die Option Winkel der Heizkurve in Menü> Einstellungen> Karte – Voraus> Karte Beschattung? Und haben Sie Höhendaten des Gebiets heruntergeladen?

      • martin

        Ja habe ich alles gemacht aber keine schummerung und auch keine farbliche Darstellung der Hangneigung

  • pospecom

    Zdravím. S kamarádem jsme zkoušeli novou funkci Live tracking, vše jsme nastavili dle návodu, máme LT spuštěné, ale na mapě v Locusu se nevidíme. Děláme něco špatně? Předem díky za pomoc. Máme oba Locus Pro a data aktivní.

    • Locus team

      Dobrý den, příčina může být bud v nedostatečném signálu GPS nebo se z nějakého důvodu neposílají/nepřijímají data.

  • Šikus

    Nestačím se divit, co za další a další vychytávky Locus přináší. Skvělá práce.
    Dotaz Jany by mě také zajímal. A další by mě zajímalo, kolik live tracking spotřebuje dat?

    • Locus team

      Livetracking spotřebovává minimum dat v řádech jednotek kB.

  • Nice with the new options!

    I’m also happy the “original” live-tracking is still available, because I am using that with my own server! (Hope it will remain that way!)

  • Roy

    This is great, live tracking was the only remaining weak link for Locus. I don’t understand how I can use it though, there seems to be some detail missing after the press start button comment. How do I get to be part of a team, how can I use Locus on a tablet at home so my wife can track my position live? Are there more detailed instructions somewhere. I’m grateful for the development but I’m not sure how to set it up.

    • Locus team

      Hi Roy,
      go to Main Menu > more functions > live tracking > + > Locus live tracking > insert your name and nick (a message optionally) > press start. You have to be online and with GPS signal fixed. Your wife has to have this service started as well – in her Locus, sha has to be online and GPS fixed – then you’ll be “part of the team” :)

      • Steffen

        What name do I have to fill in for field user name? I typed ‘Steffen’ e.g. and when pressing Start I get a validation message ‘Invalid value: user name’.
        Did I get this correctly? Everyone can see everyone in his map who has enabled live tracking?

        • Locus team

          Hi Steffen, have you tried it again? I inserted the same name and Locus took it without problem… An issue that can’t be simulated or repeated isn’t an issue :)

  • Jana

    Dobrý den. Jásám! Live tracking ala lokusí verze velmi potřebuju, protože se často hledáme se zbytkem rodiny na výletech. Toto by mohlo vyřešit beznadějné telefonáty typu “Kde jsííí?” “No tady v kleči..” :-) Jen jsem se chtěla zeptat, jestli jde nějak nastavit, abychom se viděli jen naše rodina navzájem a ne aby mě mohl špehovat kdejaký uživatel Locusu. Locus sice používám roky, ale nejsem až tak technicky zdatná a toto mi není jasné. Děkuji za odpověď, Jana.

    • Locus team

      Dobrý den Jano,

      privátní skupiny jsou dalším krokem, který do Locus live trackingu přibyde. Jak píšeme v článku, současná verze je Beta, sloužící pro otestování základních funkcí a až bude vše tak, jak má být, pustíme se do dalšího vylepšování.