Q: Are the any limitations to Solo's collision detection capabilities?
A: The following conditions can adversely affect collision detection:
- Poor GPS coverage
- Poor cellular coverage
- Poor internet speed
- Air-plane mode
- WiFi disabled
- Location services disabled or location permission denied
- Battery saver mode enabled (Android only)
- Background restrictions enabled (Android only)
- WiFi scanning disabled (Android only)
- "Always Allow" Location permission not available (iPhone only)
Note: Collision detection will only be triggered if the vehicle involved is moving at a minimum 32 kph (20 mph). Therefore a collision will NOT be detected if the vehicle involved is stationary and is hit by another vehicle, even if that vehicle is travelling at 32 kph (20 mph) or greater at the time of the collision.
Q: What are the smartphone requirements for Solo?
A: To use Solo, you will need a smartphone running either of the following Operating Systems:
- Android 5.0 or later.
- iOS (Apple) 8.0 or later.
When using the SoloDrive feature, certain custom Android Operating Systems [such as OnePlus' Oxygen or Hydrogen OS] will have compatibility issues.
Q: Why does the mobile app require two-factor authentication?
A: Two-Factor authentication is required to provide added security for customer data and customer identity.
Q: How much data does Solo use?
A: For a 12-hour session per day, set up with hourly check-ins and 5 min GPS interval tracking, we estimate ~125KB per 12-hour session so ~2.5MB per month just for session data per device.
If the session is set up with 1 min GPS intervals, we would estimate 100MB per device per month.
Note: That Maps, messages, & other apps are not included in this estimate.
Q: Why can't I see all my fellow nearby workers?
A: Nearby workers will only display those workers assigned to the same team(s) as you. Your Organisation may choose to disable this feature entirely for your team. This assignment is managed by Solo Platform Users with a Solo Role of Admin or Operations Manager.
Q: Why does my GPS location seem to jump to random places when I haven't moved?
A: If you are indoors, the position may jump around. This is related to something called the 'Urban Canyon Effect', where the signal is impacted by materials such as concrete and steel and may result in your position being inaccurately reported.
Note: We are working on reducing this signal noise [bounce] to increase the accuracy of Solo.
Q: Why do I need to end the Solo Wearable session when I start a Mobile Session?
A: If you have been in an Active Wearable session when you start a Mobile session, the New Mobile session will override the Old Wearable one. The Wearable session will keep running on your device but check-ins and raised alerts etc will NO LONGER be received by Solo Platform. It is therefore recommended that you End the Old Wearable session to prevent any confusion or incorrect usage.
Q: What happens if I lose network coverage when I'm in a session?
- The Mobile devices session will continue to run and any preset check-ins will still be requested as per the Profile you have selected.
- The check-in and GPS data will be stored by the Solo app until a network connection is re-established, at this point the stored data will be sent to the Platform.
- The Solo Platform session will show a connection lost icon but will still continue to "tick" over however no data will be received.
- A "missed check-in" alert will be triggered in the Platform if the device does not re-enter a network coverage area before the next scheduled check-in.
If you try to raise an alert while there is no connectivity to the Solo service, the Mobile App will continue to retry to raise the alert at the following intervals:
try 3 times in the first instance
wait 1 minute, then try 3 times
wait 10 minutes, then try 3 times
wait 30 minutes, then try 3 times
try once every 15 minutes until it goes through (or the alert is cancelled)
Q: What happens if I lose GPS coverage when I'm in a session?
- The Mobile device's session will continue to run and all preset check-ins will still be requested, however the location recording will show as 'Off'.
- Check-ins and Alerts will still be actioned as normal.
- GPS location data will not be available to the Solo service for any session activities or events that took place during the GPS coverage outage.
Q: What if the device I'm using runs out of battery?
A: The Solo session will pause in the mobile device BUT will continue to "tick" over within the Solo Platform. It will also trigger a "missed check-in" alert in the Platform if the device does not power back up before the next check-in. Once the device is powered back up, the session will continue as per normal and the Solo Platform timeline will update with 'GPS Lost' & 'GPS Found' activities.
Q: We are using Solo on Apple iPads, will the emergency call option work in the case of an Alert?
A: ONLY if the device is paired with an iPhone, this will allow the call to connect to a mobile network. Otherwise no, the iPad is not enabled for calling.
Q: Can an alert be managed from within the Solo mobile app?
A: No, currently an alert can ONLY be managed via the Solo Platform.
Q: How much data does SoloDrive use?
A: Data usage for upload is 50kB per hour of continuous driving.
For cumulative trips less than one hour, data upload will be less than 50kB.
Data usage for download is approximately 10kB per 6 hours.
In short, this is an insignificant amount of data and therefore should not cause concern from a data usage stand point.
Q: How much battery does SoloDrive use?
A: Android - 4% per hour of driving (incremental battery drain, above that of the host app).
iOS - 3% per hour of driving (incremental battery drain, above that of the host app)
IMPORTANT: Battery drain numbers displayed to users are relative battery drain numbers and therefore depend on the battery drain of other apps running concurrently.
Q: How does SoloDrive work?
A: SoloDrive measures driver safety using smartphone sensors: the accelerometer, gyroscope, and GPS. This is done by measuring a wide variety of driving behaviours including speeding, hard braking, sharp accelerations, driver phone use, and more.
Phone Use: Whilst driving detection will require GPS, and Gyroscope sensors.
*Registered only if the phone is handled for a period greater than 3 seconds whilst the vehicle is
travelling at least 17 km/h.
Hard Turn detection: Will require GPS, Gyroscope, Magneto and Gravity sensors.
*Registered when the vehicle turns more than 30 degrees at a speed of 17 km/h or more where the
lateral speed is more than 13 km/h in 1 second.
Hard Brake detection: Will require GPS, Accelerometer sensors.
*Registered only when speed is reduced by 11 km/h or more in one second.
Aggressive Acceleration detection: Will require GPS sensors.
*Registered when the vehicle increases its speed by 11 km/h or more in one second.
Speeding detection: Will require GPS sensors.
*Registered when the vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit by:
8 km/h while travelling less than 48 km/h for a minimum of 10 seconds; or
16 km/h while travelling more than 48 km/h for a minimum of 10 seconds.
Collision detection: Will require Accelerometer, Gyroscope and GPS sensors.
If your device does not have some of the above sensors SoloDrive will still work. However it will work optimally if these sensors are available.
Certain custom Android Operating Systems [such as OnePlus' Oxygen or Hydrogen OS] will have compatibility issues.
Q: Will SoloDrive detect smartphone / tablet handling?
A: Yes, SoloDrive detects smartphone / tablet handling as follows:
All calls and screen interactions when the vehicle is traveling >18 Kph [11Mph].
Unless the smartphone / tablet is docked. When docked and travelling >18 Kph [11Mph], actions such as hands free calling and screen interactions < 3 seconds will NOT be detected.
Q: Why do I need to download the "Galaxy Wearable (Samsung Gear) app to my smartphone?
A: This app is required if you intend to use Vault Solo on a Samsung smart watch. It is the interface between your smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy Watch and is required in order to install the Solo Wearable App on your Galaxy Watch.