PredictWind Help Center

How to Setup Iridium GO! Tracking

1) Linking GPS tracking messages to your Iridium Phone number

The essential first step in setting up the GPS tracking, is linking the tracking messages from your Iridium GO to a phone number. The PredictWind server needs to identify your GPS tracking message. To complete this essential step you will need a high speed connection, and a laptop web browser. 

  • Login to your account at http://forecast.predictwind.com/ on a Laptop/Desktop web browser (not a Android/iPhone/iPad). Select Tools > Weather Routing > Iridium GO! Tab top right. 
  • Enter your Iridium GO! phone number. You can send an SMS text message from the Iridium GO! App to your mobile phone to find your Iridium phone number. Please note do not include the "+" in front of the Iridium number. In addition please check you have no spaces in the Iridium number. 
  • Click 'on' to enable tracking, and click the 'save' button.
  • Once the green 'Saved' appears, you have finished setting up your Iridium GO! tracking on the webpage.

2) Activating the GPS Tracking on the Iridium GO

The Iridium GO needs to have the GPS tracking activated and setup. This can be done with the PredictWind Offshore App on a PC/Mac or iOS device. You only need to do this step once.

PC/Mac Offshore App

  • Open the Offshore App on your PC/Mac and make sure you are connected to your Iridium wifi.
  • Go to PredictWind Offshore in the top left corner > select Preferences.
  • Click on 'Iridium GO!'
  • Enter 'guest' as your username and password (this should not be changed).
  • Click 'Verify Settings.'
  • Turn your Tracking ON and your GPS ON.
  • Click on 'Apply Changes.'
  • Once these settings are saved, GPS tracking messages will be sent automatically every hour even if the PredictWind Offshore App is shut down. You will need to keep the Iridium GO! turned on for the GPS tracking messages to be transmitted.  The tracking messages are sent via SMS, so there are no additional charges on the GO unlimited, or GO Plus plans.

 Alternatively use the iOS Offshore APP

  • Open the Offshore App on your iOS device and make sure you are connected to your Iridium wifi.
  • Select Preferences from the main menu.
  • Tap on 'Iridium GO!'
  • Enter 'guest' as your username and password (this should not be changed and will be in there as the default).
  • Click 'Verify Settings.'
  • Turn your Tracking ON and your GPS ON.
  • Click on 'Apply Changes'
  • Once these settings are saved, GPS tracking messages will be sent automatically every hour even if the PredictWind Offshore App is shut down. You will need to keep the Iridium GO! turned on for the GPS tracking messages to be transmitted.  The tracking messages are sent via SMS, so there are no additional charges on the GO unlimited, or GO Plus plans.

3) Additional Steps

Please contact us at PredictWind to get your customized GPS Tracking web page setup. We simply need to know your boat name and your PredictWind username (email address).

You can insert this page into your website or blog. Alternatively, you can just email the website link to friends and family.

Please see an example of the tracking at http://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/Totem

By default the tracking data is kept for 9 months, and then incrementally deleted. For customers who require the track to be kept for longer periods we can extend the deletion schedule out to 24 months. Please contact us on support@predictwind.com to do this.

The GPS tracking is only available if you have bought the Iridium GO Sim card from PredictWind, and have purchased the PredictWind Standard package. If you have not purchased the Iridium GO Sim card from PredictWind you will need the Professional package.

If using GPS tracking on Iridium GO Basic Plan the cost for each SMS message is US$0.25. For GPS tracking we suggest the GO Plus/GO Unlimited Plans as these plans offer unlimited SMS messages for free.

Please note your initial GPS position can take up to an hour to show on the map after first turning on the Iridium Go! Tracking. 

 

 

 

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