[aprssig] Injecting Traffic Incident Objects (Yes! (and no))

K5ROE Mike K5ROE at roetto.org
Sun Sep 18 15:18:15 CDT 2016


Gentlemen, thanks for your responses, much to think about.  I raised the 
issue of IS injection because I assumed reverse Igates were much more 
common than they are.  Interesting concept to overcome VHF deficiencies. 
(LoS)

If anyone's curious this is the input from the RSS feed:

<item>
<title>
<![CDATA[ I-81N at MM 94.0 ]]>
</title>
<link>
<![CDATA[
http://www.511virginia.org/?lon1=-80.731528&lat1=37.021412&lon2=-80.731528&lat2=37.021412
]]>
</link>
<description>
<![CDATA[
Description:<br>On I-81 North at mile marker 94 in the County of 
Pulaski, motorists can expect major delays due to a tractor trailer 
accident. Traffic backups are approximately 1.0 mile.<br>Last 
updated:<br>Sun 09/18/2016 3:51 PM EDT
]]>
</description>
<guidisPermaLink="false">INSW4024675-09182016</guid>
</item>

As you can see, there's both relative and absolute position data and 
well as a unique identifier that I plan to use expire the object.

There's been comment about channel congestion; is there any way to 
objectively measure?  The issue here is that the data has to be 
announced often enough to make it useful, without overloading the channel.

Thanks again guys

73 K5ROE




On 09/18/2016 02:19 PM, Robert Bruninga wrote:
> On Injecting traffic incidents as APRS objects.
>
> I did this in several iterations over the years.  It can be a good idea.  Or
> a TERRIBLE idea depending on how it is done, and depending on local
> loading....
>
>> The state of Virginia publishes... traffic incidents.. to be useful as
>> APRS objects.
>> I have written a rudimentary parser to inject these into APRS.
>> 1) the propriety , would this somehow be against the 'vision' of APRS?
> Its PERFECT and should be on RF, that is where the APRS mobiles need to see
> it.
>
>> 2) has this been tried before and deemed to be a bad idea?
> Ive tried it many times over the years and that is why we have a WRECK
> symbol
>
>> 3) Would it better to inject APRSIS or RF?  If RF should I consider a
>> longer path than WIDE2?
> ON RF, but ONLY with a single digi path.  No one wants spam coming in from
> out of area and each digi is considered "an area" in APRS.
>
> SO the desired way to do this is to compare the location of each incident
> and then to compare it to the local digi in THAT area.  And then ONLY use
> the path of that single digi.
>
> If  you are in a metro area and get reports on accidents near digis you
> cannot hit, then you need to find a partner in the area to also run your
> code over on his side of town.
>
> No one wants out of area spam and it is never a good idea to flood ANYTING
> to APRS beyond a single hop.  Not only due to the spam issue, and channel
> loading issue, but simply because someone in the same digi area is usually
> REACHABLE.  Someone sending spam via two hops is not in the local area and
> is harder to reach... to pin his coax or whatever...
>
> Of course the rules here in the mid atlantic, (one of the densest APRS nets
> in the world) may be different from the middle of Kansas, so use judgment.
>
> Bob
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