Override silent for iOS released yesterday!

Yesterday, we released a small update for our iOS app to the App Store.

Active911 for iOS 1.5.23

This release includes a new feature called “Silent Override”:

This feature, if turned on, will use the standard iOS media player method of playing ringtones instead of the normal system ringtones method. This way if you have you ringer on silent, Active911 will still be able to play an audible sound for alerts.

Also in this release we included a couple of bugs fixes.

  1. If you have alert coordinates from dispatch, we’ll show those for the location on Apple Maps instead of trying to geolocate the location based on the address (previously this worked in Google Maps but this bug fix makes the feature work consistently across both map providers)
  2. Previously there was an issue where if you turned off GPS position reporting in the app, there were a couple of cases in which it could still ended up sending coordinates to our services. Now with this version of the app if you’ve disabled this feature in the app settings it should never report your position.

Lastly we’ve also included a rewritten version of the Apple Watch app with this release. This was necessary because the original app was built on SDK 1.0 which is now no longer supported. So if you use the watch app, let us know if you have any feedback as to how the new app compares to the old one and what else you’d like us to do with it.

If you have more questions contact our support team at support@active911.com and stay safe!

 

 

 

 

 

New Website Released!

It’s been a long time coming, but we are very excited to announce that our new website is up! We will still have the old website available at web.active911.com, so if you have any issues, you can go back and use that for the time being.

If you do have issues on the new website, please report them to our support team, so we can address them!

Note: There is an active issue with IE (Internet Explorer), so if you do use that internet browser please use our old website web.active911.com. We are working on getting that IE issue fixed quickly and it should be done next week!

Quick Tip: If you have bookmarked any urls for our old website, please don’t use them since they won’t work. You will need to go to active911.com and then create new bookmarks.

We hope you enjoy the new website as much as we do!

 

Battalion Blue is back for Android!

Android Version 1.6.4.24 is currently being released to the Google Play Store!

New Features:

Battalion Blue Theme

The Battalion Blue theme is now available on Android.

To enable it, you can select the theme in Advanced Settings

This will change all views to use our new Battalion Blue theme!

 

Android 8 Notification Channels

Notifications for Android 8 now use the Notification Channels for alerts

This allows for more control over when you get alerts

When you tap on the Notification Settings

 

It will bring you to the notification options for that agency

You can use these options for fine-grained control over when and how you get notified of incoming alerts

Android 8 Background Location Updates

Background Location Updates will now appear as a notification in the notification bar while active.

This allows you to always know when you have Background Location Updates enabled.

Training Thursday: Sharing Map Data

Ever want to share your map data with a neighboring department, but you don’t have a file of those map data points you entered into Active911? Well, this Training Thursday, we will show you how you can easily share your map data with that neighboring department that is using Active911 too!

You need one person to be on both agencies with at the very least the “Edit Locations” permission selected in the users tab. They don’t need a device on the account, only user access. Let’s dive in on how to do this.

    1. 1. An admin will need to login to active911.com and go to the users tab. The admin makes sure that the member (the person you want to manage your map data, in this example John Smith), has the “Edit Locations” permission selected like the picture below. You can also add a new user and give them this permission.

2. Now the admin of the other agency adds that same person to their account with the “Edit Locations” permission selected. In this example, it would be adding John Smith to their account.

3. Once the map locations manager (John Smith) has been added to both accounts with the “Edit Locations” permission, they can login to active911.com.

4. After logging in, they go to the map data tab. This should be the map data tab of the agency that has the map data on it.

5. Then click on the “Share Map Data” button.

6. A new window will open with a list of agencies that you can share the map data with. Check the box and click “Save”.

Now the map data will show up on the map for all the devices on either of those agencies, and you can share with as many agencies as you would like! One thing to note is that if have duplicate map markers, they will show up on the map on top of each other.

If you have more questions about map data sharing, please contact support@active911.com. Happy Thursday and Stay Safe!

Training Thursday: Deleting Chat Messages from the Website

We rolled out the first version of chat messaging a few months ago and have been making iterations on it as we get feedback. One request has been to give the ability to delete chat messages. At this moment, an admin or member with edit agency permissions has the ability to delete all messages in the chat from the new website. Here’s how:

  1. Login to www.active911.com under the member access area and at the top of the page you will see this image:

2. Click on the “here” to access the new website. (We are still working on this new website, but it is almost done!)

3. Go to the agency tab and scroll down towards the bottom and you will see this:

4. Under Enable Chat, there is a “Clear all Chat Messages” question with a delete button to the right. Click the delete button if you would like to delete ALL of the chat messages in the app for the entire agency.

5. If you’re in the chat tab on the app itself, you will need to tap another tab and re-enter it to see that all the messages have been deleted.

This is the only option we have for deleting chat messages at this time, but we are currently working on having a delete option within the app itself for all the platforms.

If you have any questions about this or feedback, please give our support team a call at 541-223-7992!

Happy Training Thursday and Stay Safe!

 

New Windows Release

Today we have released an update to our windows apps. This includes version 1.5.1 for desktop and version 2018.4.17.0 for windows phone and tablet. We have worked to improve the performance of the app on agencies with many active devices. In addition we have improved the apps ability to stay connected to Active911. The list of new features includes:

  • Now supports continuous re-paging until a response button is pressed. This can be enabled by simply ticking the Continuous Repaging check box in the General tab of settings.

  • Ability to un-assign devices from an assignment. This adds the Automatic option to the list of assignments when changing someones assignment.
  • Ability to toggle new chat message notifications on and off. This can be toggled on or off per agency in the agency’s settings tab.

  • Require confirmation when sending alerts to everyone so that users don’t inadvertently spam everyone.

  • Now displays badge of unread chat message count
  • App will always get alerts sent from it regardless of whether the sending device is a member of the receiving pagegroups.
  • Adds support for Mexico

Family SMS

Have you been looking for a clear and easy way to notify your spouse/family when you’re responding to an alert? If so, our new Family SMS feature will meet your needs! As of 4/13/2018, Family SMS is available for use. Family SMS was designed to allow users to add a phone number of a spouse or family member to be notified when the user is responding to a call. Here is how it works:

1) An existing user (a first responder who uses the Active911 app on their smart phone) visits our new website, website.active911.com, and logs in.

2) Within the tab labeled “User”, there is a “Family SMS Phone Numbers” section. Click the “+ Add Number” box, and a new line will appear where a phone number can be entered.

3) After entering the phone number, click the green button on the right side to save the phone number.

4) An “Activate” button will appear to the right. Click that button to complete the setup process.

Once the Family SMS device has been activated, it will receive notifications via SMS text message for each response vocabulary that is selected within the Active911 app by the user’s device.

At this time, only one Family SMS device can be added per user account. Please note that our new website is not fully functional yet. If you need to make changes to your account that don’t involve Family SMS, please use our current website, active911.com.

If you have questions about Family SMS, or need help getting it setup, please contact our support team. You can email them at support@active911.com, or call 541-223-7992.

Training Thursday: Family SMS – BETA

This week, we have rolled out a new feature called Family SMS, which is currently in beta.

How it works: When the user taps a response button, that gets sent over to the family member that you added on the users tab. The family member receives a text message letting them know what your response is to that alert. This way they know where you are.

Now for the training! Here’s how you set it up:

  1. Admins, login to the website and if you aren’t using the new website you will see this message below, so click on the here. This will take you to our new website. You might have to login again and if you do, click “login” at the top.

2. Go to the Agency tab and scroll down to the bottom.

3. To the right of “Enable Family SMS?” It will have “No” highlighted. Click on “Yes” to turn it on for your users.

Optional:

If you want more information to be sent to the family members, you can select any of the SMS call fields to include and those will be sent within the text message.

Once the above steps have been done, any user can add family members. Here’s how:

4. After the user has logged in (you might have to do step 1 above to get to the new website), go to the tab with your name on it.

5. There you will see “Family SMS Phone Numbers” below your devices with a “+ Add Number” button. Click on that button to add the phone number of the member you want to receive text messages.

6.  Type in the member’s phone number and then click the green save button.

7. That’s it! If you ever want to remove them, then click the red trash can icon button.

 

 

Training Thursday: What is the difference between Background GPS and Foreground GPS

Let’s talk about GPS on your Active911 device for today’s Training Thursday. Last June, we released a new feature that allows devices to show on the map in the Active911 app even when they have the app in the background on their device. Before this point, your device would only show up when you had the app open or in the foreground on your phone. Here’s a little more detail about each:

Foreground GPS

Having this turned on means that your device will only show on the map when you have the app open on your device. You will still get routing even if you turn this off.

If you choose to turn this off, you will not be seen on the map and you won’t get routing to an alert in the app.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background GPS

We created this feature mostly for devices that are in an apparatus, so the members of the department can tell where they are located even if they exit out of the app. There are a couple of settings that you can choose for the background GPS

    • Reduced Accuracy (iOS) / Battery Saving (Android) – if you choose this option, your device will show up on the map even when you don’t have the app open. However, your phone won’t constantly be pinging the GPS satellite, so it saves your battery a bit.
    • Precise Accuracy (iOS) / High Accuracy (Android) – this option will use a lot of battery juice because it will be reporting your location constantly. We recommend you have a charger nearby or have these devices constantly hooked up.
    • Off – This means you will not be reporting your position on the map when you have the app backgrounded. This is the default setting whenever you download or update your device.

 

Training Thursday: How to test the Active911 System to see if it is down

This week I was in San Diego for Firehouse World and a question came up that I thought would be a great Training Thursday blog post. The question was, “how do I know if Active911 is down or if the issue is on my dispatch side?” This is a very common question and yet I somehow didn’t think about posting this till now!

There is actually a very simple way to check if our system is down and here are the steps you should take.

  1. Login to the Active911 website through the member access area and go to the Agency tab.
  2. Locate the Active911 email. It is below the pie chart and starts with some numbers, a dash, and then a mix of letters and numbers. Like this:

Example of an alert email address

 

       3. Copy the alert email address and open your personal or work email to compose a message.

4. Send an email from your work or personal email address to the alert email address. The alert email address is the same as any other email address. Anything that you send to it, will go to all the devices on the account as a “general alert”, so make sure you put test in the body of the email.

If the email gets to your device or you see it on the alarms tab of the website, then our system is working. We recommend contacting your dispatch center at this point.

If it doesn’t go to your phone or you don’t see it on the alarms tab of the website, then contact us!

Let us know if you have further questions about this and happy Thursday!