On the first load of Geiger Connect there are several configuration settings that will need to be set to identify which server, user account and device is going to be used with your phone.
- Server Address: Depending upon which server your data is being reported to, your address will be different. Upon submitting you will receive an alert indicating if the address was successful or not.
- User Account Code: Each user code is unique and is generated from the web server from an administrator account. Upon submitting you will receive an alert indicating if the code was valid or not.
- Connect to Device: Device must be close to phone and you click on one of the “Found Devices” to attempt to connect. If no device is found, make sure bluetooth is enabled in your phone settings and you may need to perform a “Rescan”. If you still cannot find the device it may need to be charged.
To adjust additional settings click on the gear icon located in the upper right corner of the application. You will be presented with the following options:
- Data Collection Settings: Select measurement unit, sample rate to report, data usage, gps accuracy, and view graph chart range for dose rate (charting ranges are adjusted from the central reporting application)
- Server Address: View/modify the address of your reporting server
- Server Login: View/modify your user account code
- Bluetooth Settings: View, disconnect, and reconnect to devices
- Upload # Readings: Attempt uploading pending readings if connectivity is good (uploads will be attempted automatically in the background)
Acquiring Readings/Real Time
The Real Time tab located on the bottom navigation of the application is where you start and stop all data capture sessions. To start a session, you can optionally give the session a name in the text box above the “Start Acquiring” button and then click “Start Acquiring”; the start button will become the stop button.
- Battery Meter: Indicates the strength of the battery of the geiger device; this is updated more frequently when a session is running.
- Solar Meter: Indicates the amount of solar energy being collected; this is updated more frequently when a session is running.
- Real Time Value: The current measured value based upon the measurement unit and sample rate settings.
- Accumulated Value: The value collected over the full session based upon the measurement unit and sample rate settings.
- Particle Count: The total count of particles since the session started
- Elapsed Time: The total time of the session.
The Graph tab, located on the bottom navigation, is activated once a session is active and data has been collected from the geiger device. The graph area has two sections; Dose Rate and Accumulated Dose. Dose Rate shows a graph based upon your selected measurement unit and sample rate settings and has a real-time particle-per-second gauge. Accumulated Dose has a graph based upon the same settings as the Dose Rate graph but it is a graph indicating the build up of particles over the span of the entire session.
Graph ranges for each color are customizable from the web reporting application and are distributed to all users that connect to the same server address.
The Notes tab, located on the bottom navigation, is activated once a session is active and data has been collected from the geiger device. The notes section allows you to associate text with a geolocation and a quick reading from the geiger device.
The Map tab, located on the bottom navigation, is activated once a session is active, internet connectivity is available and data has been collected from the geiger device.
- Readings are plotted on the map using color coded circles indicating severity of radiation by color (configurable from the web app). Readings plotted on the map are limited to the last 100 readings.
- Markers are plotted to indicate where notes were made during the session.