Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Here is a step-by-step guide and video (below) to setting up route based text message (SMS) alerts to your mobile phone. This is especially useful if you don’t have a smart phone.
1. First go to http://www.trapster.com and login. If you don’t have an account, sign-up for free.
2. After you login, you’ll notice that the home page now includes a number of options in the blue box on the right. For setting up SMS alerts, click “Text Message alerts” http://www.trapster.com/config-alert-sms.php
3. Enter your mobile phone number.
4. Specify which carrier (use drop down).
5. Select “Text Message (SMS), or e-mail, Alerts Active Now.”
6. Select what type of traps you would like to be alerted of: Police, Mobile Speed Camera, Police Checkpoint or Roadblock.
7. Choose your alert format.
8. Zoom the Map to your desired start point, and then double click on map to create a new alert point. A white box will open with three options. For route based alerts and this how-to tutorial select “Automatic route area” and hit “Create area.” This is the best options when creating route based alerts. The “Route based area” option does not stick to the roads but instead the area from one point to another.
9. Now zoom the Map to your desired end point, double click on map to add another alert point. The white box will open. Select “Finish.”
10. Another white box will open with options to set your times / days that you drive these routes. *IMPORTANT: Times need to be entered as EST in 24 hour format, e.g. 08:00 to 09:00 and 14:00 to 16:00.
11. You have the ability to make your route coverage area larger or smaller using the buttons on the bottom of the white box. Once you have your times / days and route area size complete select “Apply.”
12. If you need to alter your route zoom the map to your desired point and drag the markers to better adjust the position of your area.
10. To create another route based alert, just repeat the same steps.
We’re exploring ways to make the alerts map better, so feedback is always appreciated!