Wirelessly Sync FirePoint Mobile Applications
FirePoint Mobile Prevention
The following FirePoint modules are supported:
Mobile Prevention works with both the single-user and server versions of FirePoint.
FirePoint technical support will help with FirePoint implementation. Please consult other vendors for wireless LAN setup, file sharing and network security issues.
2. Mobile Prevention uses wireless network resources to sync individual record changes. Therefore, Mobile Prevention should be used for relatively stable Prevention operations. It should be implemented after Occupancy records have been imported and record updates are in a regular maintenance mode.
3. All FirePoint applications need to be the same version. Mobile Prevention starts with the “12/04” release of FirePoint.
4. Mobile Prevention cannot sync the deletion of mobile records. It’s intended for maintaining edits only.
5. Mobile Prevention works well for up to about 5 mobile users. A much larger number of mobile users may result in too much network activity. Even non-active users have to be updated with changes made by active units.
6. Mobile Prevention is a type of “Auto Export”. Your fire department should already own the Exports module. If you are using FirePoint’s Export module you cannot use Mobile Prevention without sacrificing your current Exports module settings.
7. If mobile units are adding new Occupancies, unique FileID’s must be used. “New Records” may be created on the server version then “edited” by mobile units to maintain unique FileID’s for new records.
8. The user must accept the fact it is possible for the same record to be modified by two independent workstations at the same time. Use client server connections when it’s likely multiple workstations will be attempting to edit the same record at the same time.
9. Pictures must be entered on the server version. Server pictures will, however, be distributed to mobile units on a daily schedule.
10. To avoid “record built-up” ALL Mobile Prevention workstations must have active access to the LAN at least once a day. This will prevent the accumulation of “edits” in the TRANSFER folder.
2. At the Command Window press the Maint button. Press the Set Paths button. If this is the “HQ” station set and test the Server Path. Set the Temp Path to be the same as the Server Path (on the “HQ” station only). If this is the “HQ” station set the Picture Path to be the central storage folder for all FirePoint photos. If this is NOT the “HQ” station create a Temp folder on the local drive and set and test the Temp path to that folder. Create a local Pictures folder on the local drive. Set and test the Pictures path to that folder. Remember, each Mobile Prevention workstation must have access to the Server Path over the wireless network. Note: One way to share folders like the Transfer folder over a network is to “map” the folder as a drive. Giving the folder a drive designation will make it easier to share. See Windows documentation for “mapping” drives.
3. Press the Exports tab to proceed to the second page of the layout. The “Automatic Exports” checkbox should be checked on all PC’s that will be exchanging files. If this is the “HQ” PC and the “HQ” PC uses the server version of FirePoint check the box with the title, “Run Exports as a Stored Procedure on Server”. If the “HQ” version is a single-user version of FirePoint leave this checkbox unchecked. The Export Interval should be set for 5, 10 or 15 minutes. The Exports station field should contain a list of all valid Export stations that you wish to activate. Make sure the list begins with “HQ” and includes all active Mobile Prevention station designations (used in #1 above). Click on the field and press the “Modify” button to add or delete Station ID’s. Make sure you leave this field displaying the “HQ” station designation regardless of whether or not it is the “HQ” station. Make sure the “Station to Station” checkbox is checked. Make sure the “Block Prevention” checkbox is not checked.
4. At the Command Window press the Maint button. Press the “Backup Options” button in the lower right. If this is the “HQ” station check the “Activate Records Backup” button. Enter the path to the Backup folder. Remember, the Backup folder needs to be shared by all FirePoint workstations so mapped drive letter access is a good strategy. The Backup folder must contain three subfolders; Backup_A, Backup_B and Backup_C. These subfolders keep three generations of backups with the oldest backup being replaced when a new one is added. The “HQ” station places backup records into the Backup folder. Other stations sync to the Backup folder. If this is the single-user version enter the amount of time between backups. Usually this will be 12:00:00 or 24:00:00 (12 or 24 hours). If it’s the server version set the daily time you wish FirePoint server to conduct the export (02:00:00 for 2:00 am, for example). The rest of the fields are display-only fields that provide information about backup history. You can test the Backup path by pressing the “Test Path” button. If this is the “HQ” station you can perform a manual backup by pressing the “Backup Now” button. The “Clear Times” button will clear backup history and send the next backup (manual or automatic) into the Backup_A subfolder inside the Backup folder. Remember, when running the “HQ” station on 4D Server, after entering new Backup or Mobile Prevention settings you must quit and restart the 4D Server application in order to initialize the new settings.
5. Press the Mobile Sync tab. Check the “Activate Mobile Prevention” checkbox. If this is the “HQ” version you will be able to test your setup by press the “Test HQ” button. The “HQ” version will normally export updated Ordinances and Pictures after midnight. If you wish to export those records immediately simply press the “Export Ordinances and Pictures” button. Mobile workstations will import these files early each morning. Remember, when running the “HQ” station on 4D Server, after entering new Backup or Mobile Prevention settings you must quit and restart the 4D Server application in order to initialize the new settings. If this is a mobile workstation set the path to the Picture folder that is located on the server. Remember, each mobile workstation has its own Pictures folder on its local hard drive. The path to that folder was entered under #2 above. This Picture path setting is to the Pictures folder on the server that requires network access. You can test the Server Picture Path by pressing the Test Path button. If this is not the “HQ” station you can perform a manual sync of exported Ordinance and Pictures by pressing the “Sync Ordinances and Pictures” button. The “Test Mobile” button will test settings for this mobile workstation. If this is a mobile workstation you can overwrite all Prevention records by pressing the “Manually Sync Prevention Records” button. On the “HQ” station setting the sync prevention records button will export records into the Backup folder.
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