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Frequently Asked Questions

Sailing Anemotracker App will run on all type of iOS and Android devices. However, since ULTRASONIC Portable uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the App will connect only when run on BLE devices. In other words, ULTRASONIC Portable will connect to smartphones and tablets with BLE chipset running Android (4.3 and 4.4 or beyond) or iOS (iPhone 4s, iPad 3rd generation or beyond) using Sailing Anemotracker App.

Make sure your device is Android (4.3 and 4.4 or beyond) or iOS (iPhone 4s, iPad 3rd generation or beyond)! Otherwise, it will not connect to ULTRASONIC Portable

Drop us an email - info@calypsoinstruments.com - if you are not sure about your device compatibility

Sailing Anemotracker App will check automatically compatibility. Since the app is free, you will be able to download and make the compatibility check.

There are more Apps compatible with ULTRASONIC Portable, which you can find it here, and read more about our Open philosophy.

Here's a quick start up guide so you can begin using your device and the App.

START UP STEPS

1. First thing you need to do, is to activate both your GPS and your Bluetooth.

2. Then, once you are in the main menu of the app, you need to slide to the right so the “Settings” tab will show up.

3. There, you can press “SCAN”, and after about 15 to 20 seconds you will see a list of the devices surrounding you, where you can choose the one you own by pressing on it.

4. When you do that, and after another 15 to 20 seconds, the device will connect.

You only need to do this once, the next time you start the app, the last device you connected will connect automatically.

ULTRASONIC only allows one device linked at a time (Bluetooth standard). If one device is linked and you want to use a different one, you will need to disconnect the linked one first, and then, connect the new one, don't worry, it's a fairly easy and fast change that will take you less than a minute.

Indeed, ULTRASONIC will connect and will work fine with Anemotracker App with no internet connection. However, the maps windows will not show any map since it needs internet connection to get map info, you will only see the data.

Each ULTRASONIC Portable shows a unique ID when it's paired with your device. The number should be printed on your box and/or the ULTRASONIC sticker. You can also write it down the first time you connect it, since it will not change over the time. That ID will appear in the App when you scan for devices, so you will be able to locate yours.

No! As any other bluetooth device, the communication is password protected. Once you paired your smartphone with your ULTRASONIC Portable unit, no other smartphone can communicate with it.

We made both CUPS 4.0 and ULTRASONIC compatible with NMEA Connect, so you shouldn't have any trouble connecting any of them with App, just follow the steps described in the second question of this FAQ, "How can I start using the Anemotracker App?"

Yes, definitely. You will get new firmware updates via Bluetooth by means of an App with lots of new features and improvements.

ULTRASONIC Portable is built with an advanced automatic power management system, so battery life it should not be a concern. It has an autonomy with no sunlight of 1 year in sleep mode and ~30 days while measuring. Besides, ULTRASONIC Portable mounts a solar battery that should maintain the internal battery loaded, minimizing charge/discharge cycles.

Not right now, but in the near future, the ULTRASONIC will be able to compensate any rotation given, and recalculate to display the proper data back to you.

The Bluetooth Low Energy radio chip integrated on the device has a nominal value of 50m. During in-house testing we have reached up to 80 m range on an open space, at the same level and keeping transmitter (ULTRASONIC) and receiver (Nexus 5) at the same positions along the test.

Range will depend upon transmitter-to-receiver direct visibility, your device antenna performance, electromagnetic environment (electrosmog), etc.

However, in all tests we run, we had no problem to get the signal from the top of the mast to the cabin, even to our berths.

The ULTRASONIC Portable restarts after 10 minutes thanks to the system called “watchdog”. You simply have to reset the application again and it will work again correctly.

The Ultrasonic Portable has been certified by an approved independent laboratoty as IPX8. In order to get that IPX8 code certificacion, ULTRASONIC Portable has successfully passed a 30 minutes water immersion test at a depth of 10 meters (1bar) with no water ingress. We have also run more severe tests in house with successfull results (even though they are not certified).

However, reaching IPx8 30 min-10 m does not yield warranty of waterproofness at 10 m. The same rationale applies to swimming watches; a watch needs to be tested at 30-50 meters depth to be considered water-resistant at a swimming depth of around 1 meter. For going deeper than (snorkeling, diving) watches are individually tested up to 200-500 m!

Several factors might affect Ultrasonic watertightness: rubber seals and plastics wear and tear, drastic temperature changes (hot air then cold water), previous impacts, pressure increase rate (immersion velocity), water density and temperature, under-water speed and acceleration, ... This is why we do certify that our Ultrasonic is IPX8 30 min-10 m but we cannot warranty that is waterproof at 10 m.

Your next smartphone will deliver better screen visibility, improved battery life, better and more apps on it, better data logging and sharing and overall better performance than the one you bought last year. But your hardware (ULTRASONIC Portable) will remain at the top of your mast.

Sailing Anemotracker App will run on all type of iOS and Android devices. However, since ULTRASONIC Portable uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the App will connect only when run on BLE devices. In other words, ULTRASONIC Portable will connect to smartphones and tablets with BLE chipset running Android (4.3 and 4.4 or beyond) or iOS (iPhone 4s, iPad 3rd generation or beyond) using Sailing Anemotracker App.

Make sure your device is Android (4.3 and 4.4 or beyond) or iOS (iPhone 4s, iPad 3rd generation or beyond)! Otherwise, it will not connect to CUPS 4.0

Drop us an email - info@calypsoinstruments.com - if you are not sure about your device compatibility

Sailing Anemotracker App will check automatically compatibility. Since the app is free, you will be able to download and make the compatibility check.

There are more Apps compatible with CUPS 4.0, which you can find it here, and read more about our Open philosophy.

Here's a quick start up guide so you can begin using your device and the App.

START UP STEPS

1. First thing you need to do, is to activate both your GPS and your Bluetooth.

2. Then, once you are in the main menu of the app, you need to slide to the right so the “Settings” tab will show up.

3. There, you can press “SCAN”, and after about 15 to 20 seconds you will see a list of the devices surrounding you, where you can choose the one you own by pressing on it.

4. When you do that, and after another 15 to 20 seconds, the device will connect.

You only need to do this once, the next time you start the app, the last device you connected will connect automatically.

CUPS 4.0 only allows  one device linked at a time  (Bluetooth standard). If one device is linked and you want to use a different one, you will need to disconnect the linked one first, and then, connect the new one, don't worry, it's a fairly easy and fast change that will take you less than a minute.

Yes, CUPS 4.0 will connect and will work fine with Anemotracker with no internet connection. However, the maps windows will not show any map since it needs internet connection to get map info, you will only see the data.

Each CUPS 4.0 shows a  unique ID  when it's paired with your device.  The number should be printed on your box and/or the ULTRASONIC sticker . You can also write it down the first time you connect it, since it will not change over the time.  That ID will appear in the App when you scan for devices , so you will be able to locate yours.

The Bluetooth Low Energy radio chip integrated on the device has a nominal value of 50m. During in-house testing we have reached up to 80 m range on an open space, at the same level and keeping transmitter (CUPS 4.0) and receiver (Nexus 5) at the same positions along the test.

Range will depend upon transmitter-to-receiver direct visibility, your device antenna performance, electromagnetic environment (electrosmog), etc.

However, in all tests we run, we had no problem to get the signal from the top of the mast to the cabin, even to our berths.

No! As any other bluetooth device, the communication is password protected. Once you couple your smartphone with your CUPS 4.0 unit, no other smartphone can communicate with your CUPS 4.0

Yes, you can use NMEA Connect repeater so CUPS 4.0 can be integrated on your boat network.

CUPS is designed so battery life it should not be a concern. According to battery supplier data sheet, it can deliver 2000 charge/discharge cycles against the usual 500 cycles of a smartphone. After these values, efficiency will drop. However, CUPS mounts a solar battery that should maintain the internal battery loaded, minimizing charge/discharge cycles.

The CUPS 4.0 power demand on stanby mode is just 10 microAmps. Regarding the operating mode it increases up to 100 microAmps. However, the internal battery is a 120 mA as per manufacturer but let's be conservative and take just 100mA. That means 10.000 hours on standby mode and over 1000 hours on operation without any sun.

Considering that the solar cell charges at 4mA, getting 50 hours of sun per year should be enough for recharging the battery to the 200mA.

Your next smartphone will deliver better screen visibility, improved battery life, better and more apps on it, better data logging and sharing and overall better performance than the one you bought last year. But your hardware (ULTRASONIC Portable) will remain at the top of your mast.

Hardware compatibility: NMEA Connect 4.0 is compatible with CUPS 4.0 and the whole ULTRASONIC Family (Portable, Wired and Wifi)

Software compatibility: Make sure your device is Android (4.3 and 4.4 or beyond) or iOS (iPhone 4s, iPad 3rd generation or beyond)! Otherwise, it will not connect to NMEA Connect 4.0

Drop us an email - info@calypsoinstruments.com - if you are not sure about your device compatibility

Sailing Anemotracker app release will check automatically compatibility. Since the app is free, you will be able to download and make the compatibility check.

Here's a quick start up guide so you can begin using your device and the App.

START UP STEPS

1. First thing you need to do, is to activate both your GPS and your Bluetooth.

2. Then, once you are in the main menu of the app, you need to slide to the right so the “Settings” tab will show up.

3. There, you can press “SCAN”, and after about 15 to 20 seconds you will see a list of the devices surrounding you, where you can choose the one you own by pressing on it.

4. When you do that, and after another 15 to 20 seconds, the device will connect.

You only need to do this once, the next time you start the app, the last device you connected will connect automatically.

Yes. When used on its own on a boat, it will allow you to get all your current NMEA 0183 data on your smarphone via Blueetoth 4.0 (Real time and export)

If you own a CUPS 4.0 anemometer, it will communicate the wind data to your boat's NMEA 0183 networks and displays. This allows to have your NMEA network data at the same time on both, your device and your boat network.

Exporting your logs is so simple, you just need your email to export all the data you want (Excel or Google Earth).

If you have any problem doing this, you can find the full Anemotracker App tutorial on our blog, in the +INFO section. 

Yes, it will also serve you as a CUPS 4.0 repeater, extending the range some entra 50 m.

Yes indeed, the only thing you have to make sure is that all the power sources are off before you start the installation, and follow the manual included in the package. If you have any question you can check the quick start guide.