Tracking device locations & orientations

Tracking device locations & orientations

Monitoring at different locations is a common practice for most projects. SiteHive helps with this, by tracking each monitoring location, and assigning all data to that location.

Device Names & Locations

The location of both SiteHive Hexanodes and any other connected device can be tracked in SiteHive, by both assigning a device name and updating the device location on the map.

In the Manage Device page, under Site Details, changing the name of each device ensures that all data collected by that device is then assigned that name. For instance, in the image below, a Hexanode has been named to a monitoring location, and the location updated on the map.

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Whilst each SiteHive Hexanode has GPS capability, this is typically accurate to within c.10m and may need correction. As such, the location does not automatically update when a device is moved, but needs to be updated by the user. When updating the location via the 'Select on map' button, the device can be dragged to its actual location. If the device has sent a GPS location within the last few hours the option to 'Set to GPS location' will be enabled, as in the image below. By clicking this the device will update its location on the map to the last reported location, and can be corrected if necessary from there.

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When it then comes to Reporting, the device name and location history will then be available. As shown in the image below, the same device was monitoring vibration firstly at P1 - Retaining Wall, then moved (with the name & location updated in SiteHive) to P10 - Retaining Wall.

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Device Orientation

The orientation of the SiteHive Hexanode is determined by the internal compass, and impacts how directional sound is measured, and which camera is triggered when capturing media.

The compass can however be impacted by external conditions, e.g. nearby magnetic fields, or if the device is located near a lot of metal.

The compass direction can be seen, and corrected, also in the 'Manage Device' page, under Device Orientation. When clicking 'Update', a map will be shown highlighting the most recent reported orientation. The arrow on the map should be facing the same direction that the SiteHive logo on the front of the Hexanode is facing. If it's not, or needs some correction, the arrow can be dragged around the map until it is facing the right direction.

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The impact of correcting this angle is that the direction of arrival shown in media is now more accurate:

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