This section will explain you the different kind of alerts you will encounter and it's details .
Mind that each alert has general preferences and some specific onces. We will go deeper into this in the preferences section. We assume for now that the settings are by default.
Avertinoo has 2 ways to generate an alert :
- POI : It has an local poi database (points of interest) with the fixed radars, red light cameras and risk areas. This poi database is updated on a regular basis and the donwload is proposed, if available, at the start of Avertinoo. Since this database is on your iPhone, Avertinoo doesn't need any data connection to alert you when needed. But you need a good GPS signal .
- LIVE : It communicates directly with our servers that interconnects thousands of users and enables the exchange of traffic information such as mobiles radars, danger zones and LIDAR radars. To obtain this information you iPhone needs a data link. The app will connect to the servers every 60 seconds (by default) and synchronise it's data and obtain relevant information for your surrounding zone.
Let's now have a look at the different type of alerts :
- Fixed Radars : Those are the places known for automatic speed control. In most cases the warning will indicate the maximum speed for that radar.
- Risk area : These represent the areas were regular speed controls are held. Since there are an enourmous amount of these zones in Europe, they are not active by default. You can swith them on in the preferences with or without an audible alarm.
- Complementary information :
POI alerts have extra information regarding the road on which they are. When 2 or more roads are very close it might happen you get a warning for one of those. Below the central medallion you will see the road on which the radar/alert is and you can determine if it is on your road or one very close.
When approaching a fixed radar or risk area, you'll get the maximum speed (signbord) below your speed. Since speed regulation can change rapidely, we do recommend you to use as much as possible the real signbords.
- Mobile radars (my direction) : Those are to indicate you where a mobile radar is active in your direction. Those alerts are given for a 120 minute period and can be extended or invalidated according to the feedback we get from users passing that spot.
- Mobile radars (opposite direction) : Those are to indicate you where a mobile radar is active in the opposite direction. Those alerts are given for a 120 minute period and can be extended or invalidated according to the feedback we get from users passing that spot.
- Danger area : These alerts are given by a user concerned with your driving safety, for example some lost debris on the road etc. They are active for a period of 30 minutes and can be extended, invalidated according to the feedback we get from users passing that spot.
- Complementary information :
Live alerts are given with the pseudo of the alerter, shown below the central medallion
During a POI or Live alert, the opener box changes to a distance box. The distance in meters to the exact spot of the alert is given. This box appears from the moment you near the alert (distance set in the preferences of the alert type)
Once you passed an alert (mobile radar, Lidar or risk area), Avertinoo will ask you for the relevance of the alert. 2 buttons (wink=confirm and cross=nullify) will appear left and right of the central medallion.
- If the alert is still present, it is recommended to confirm via the wink (right side of the medallion), this will extend the alert and will be profitable for the whole community..
- If the alert isn't present anymore, then it is recommended to nullify via de cross (left side of the medallion) so our server shorten or kill the alert. This will prevent irrelevant alerts for the other users.
- In doubt, don't do anything. The buttons will disappear after a few seconds.
Beware that a mobile radar alert is given with a direction, if you come from the opposite direction, please be sure before confirming or nullifying this alert.
Once you crossed a risk area, Avertinoo can ask your participation to optimise it's poi database (if you choose to participate via a toggle in your members area) via a tap on the cross or wink symbol.
- If a mobile radar is present when you cross the area, tap the wink symbol (right side of the central medallion), this will immediatly contact the servers and make the zone a mobile alert and at the same time update the statistics for that zone..
- If on the contrary, there is no control going on when you cross the zone, tap de cross symbol (left side of the central medallion), this will update the statistics for that area.
- And in doubt, don't do anything. The buttons will disappear after a few seconds.
To open the alert page, just tap anywhere on the screen (except the areas for radar map, iPod, GPS, night mode and preferences). You position will be memorized at that moment and will give you plenty of time to add more details for the alert in a safe manner.
The alert page will appear with the most commen types, danger zone without any direction, mobile radar (laser, tripod, binoculars..) with the notion of direction.
When alerting a danger, you warn other users for an accident, lost part on the road or for exemple a sudden and dangerous traffic jam. This for your direction or opposite direction. The appreciation of a danger situation is pretty subjective, in doubt ask yourself the following question : "Would I like to be warned for this kind of situation ?"
For a radar flashing the opposite direction, choose "mobile opposite direction" (You see the front of the car, left from the line), for a mobile radar in your direction, choose "Mobile my direction" (you see the back of the car, right side of the line).
We remind you that only speedtraps are to be signaled, and only that. No id control, road blocks or any other type of control should be alerted via Avertinoo..
To acces the second alert page, just tap on one of the two arrows on top of the screen,left or right the "Submit". You reach the less frequent alert types (fixed radar and red light camera). Most are already in our POI database. But in some rare cases we don't have it and you can use these types of alerts to notify us of the presence of one, after validation by our team, they will be inserted in a next poi update.
The last button on this second page is the Lidar. This alert is immediatly given to all users but no direction is asked. As we already saw, the Lidar can flash in 2 directions and in all weather conditions.