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Oyster Edge Cellular - FAQ

How does the device get a position?
The Oyster Edge 'scans' for GNSS and WiFi signals. It then sends this data up to the server, along with Cell Tower information from the connection.
This data is sent to our Location Engine for processing, which resolves a position from the raw data.
It is done this way as:
  • It is much lower energy than a typical GNSS fix. 
    • The 'scan' uses about 0.01mWh
    • A typical cold-start fix uses about 0.6mWh - 60 times more energy!
  • Positions can still be obtained where there is no GPS available (indoors, inside shipping containers, in warehouses)

See Edge Device - Location Scanning and Lookup Parameters

What is the location accuracy? 
Similar to the Yabby Edge:
~5m-80m for a GNSS location
~10m-100m for a WiFi location - depends on how many Access Points are in range
~250m - 1km for a Cell Tower Location - depends on how many cell towers are nearby

Resolved locations are filtered on the Location Engine - so that any positions not within acceptable accuracy limits are discarded.

What are the differences between the Oyster Edge and other devices like the Yabby3/Oyster3
The key difference is that the Oyster Edge does not resolve its position on board. This has a few important caveats which are discussed here: "Edge" vs 'Traditional' GPS Devices, main ones being
How much cellular data does it use?
How long will the battery last?
See Battery Life Estimates [Oyster Edge]
Up to 10 years at one daily update
Up to 2 years at once hourly updates (24 updates per day).
New components and clever power-saving firmware features have seen significant improvements in the battery life!
How can I tell when the battery is low?
Alerts on battery 'low' and 'critical' states can be configured -Battery Level Monitoring [Oyster Edge]
Can I ping/SMS the device to wake it up?
No. The Oyster Edge cannot be 'woken up' remotely to force an update.
In order to save power, the device only wakes up periodically to do a location scan and/or upload (it varies this rate if it is on the move or not intelligently).
In between, it is in a deep sleep, with the cellular modem off - so it has no way to receive a command to check in while in this state. This is what gives such great battery life. 
What is the pricing structure?
There is a per device fee + charges per location lookup (as the services that resolve locations attract a cost). While the structure is different the end cost will in most cases be the same or lower than current charges for other devices.
Speak to our sales team for further details.
How frequently can I set the device to update?
The device can be put into Recovery Mode like our other devices in our range - and 'live track' (stay connected with 30 second updates) - in the event of theft or loss. Recovery mode can be activated even if we have set the device up for 1 or 2 daily updates (however it doesn't kick in until the next scheduled updated). 
How can I tell if the device is connecting to LTE-M or NB-IoT?
The default parameters are set up for our devices to use both networks. The settings can be updated to use a specific one. Setting the Network Profile - LTE-M/NB-IoT devices. We can see what it is actually connecting to via the Device Logs in OEM. After the device starts up - we will see logs like this: 
If the device last RESET a long time ago, we might not see any logs. We can trigger a reset with this button

After the next connection - the device will then reset and we can then check the log.
Can I use the Oyster Edge on a 3rd party tracking platform/server?
Yes, you push data to a 3rd party tracking platform/server using HTTPS JSON connectors.

Digital Matter's Location Engine server first resolves the raw GNSS, Wi-Fi Geolocation and Cell Tower data before sending the resolved location payload (as a JSON) to your platform. - Forward Edge Device Data to my Endpoint (Cellular)

TCP integrations (via OEM or Direct to 3rd Party Server) - are not supported.

How many tags can the Oyster Edge scan at once?
The Oyster Edge can scan and store up to 100 tags in the tag list at once
What tags currently work with the Oyster Edge and Telematics Guru?
The Oyster Edge can support a massive variety of 3rd Party BLE Tags and sensors. Most can be ready by the device without any firmware integration - the firmware supports reading tags in a flexible format.
See Integrating Tags and 3rd Party Bluetooth® Tag Support. The Oyster Edge can be configured to simply pass on received beacon data to the end server - which can then decode it. So 3rd party integrators can make use of their chosen tag.

Tags which are supported in TG are:
  • iBeacon (many tags can be reconfigured to transmit in this format)
  • Eddystone (many tags can be reconfigured to transmit in this format)
  • DM Tags (SensorNode BLE + Guppy BLE)
  • Some ELA Tags - ELA Third-Party Bluetooth Tag Setup
  • Ingics iBS01 and iBS01T

How long will the batteries last in recovery mode?  
Here is how the Oyster Edge operates while in Recovery Mode.

With fresh batteries in, and the device on the move, we should see about 1-2 weeks in Recovery Mode.

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