Quick start guide (physical tracker)

Step-by-step instructions on how to connect a GPS tracker to flespi and access its messages.

When you have a physical GPS tracker at hand, you can set it up to send data into flespi, properly organize the received data inside the platform, and use it in the solutions you are developing.

Here’s the basic sequence of steps you want to follow to have the data from your tracker available in the flespi platform. For demonstration purposes we are using Teltonika FMB002 here.

Channel

  • Create a channel (open the flespi panel -> Telematics hub -> Channels -> "+" button) with the protocol corresponding to your device manufacturer:
    create flespi channel
  • Point your tracker to the Host:Port of your newly created channel.

    You can do it via SMS or using a configuration tool provided by the manufacturer.
  • When done, make sure your device is set to send its position and open the Logs & Messages tab for your channel to see if messages are coming: flespi channel toolbox

Device

You don’t have to create a device in the flespi platform — for some applications it’s sufficient to consume messages from the flespi channel.

You want to create a flespi device if you need 

(a) access to telemetry (last state of all parameters)

(b) over-the-air device configuration capabilities

(c) plugins to post-process messages received from devices

(d) intervals aggregated based on your custom logic 

(e) dedicated long-term message storage. 

If you need at least one of the above, follow the steps below:

  • Create a device (open the flespi panel -> Telematics hub -> Devices -> "+" button). Use the IMEI printed on the device case to populate the ident field.
    navtelecom device imei
    Or find it in the ident column in the logs on the Logs & Messages tab: flespi channel toolbox ident
  • Pick device type corresponding to your device model. Save.
    pick flespi device type
  • Open the Logs & Messages tab for your device to see if the messages from the tracker with the given ident (IMEI) successfully come to flespi: flespi device toolbox

Access to data

Once the data gets into flespi, you want to access it to use inside your solution. This can be achieved in three ways:


See also
An easy way to generate messages for a flespi device to test and debug plugins, streams, calculators, etc.
Configuring the telemetry data forwarding from flespi to the Zoho Catalyst serverless platform.