Initialization

Sarah Blaszak -

In order to start collecting signal map data you need to initialize. Initialization is the process of giving the system enough information to lock onto your heading, drift, and scale. In other words, you are initialized when your avatar starts following your movements. Before you are initialized your avatar will likely move in a random direction, and your error bounds will grow larger. Neon Signal Mapper indicates that you are initialized when the error bound circle, heading, and avatar are colored green (they are colored red before you are initialized).

In order to get initialized you need to follow the following process:

  1. Stand at a location that is easy to find on the map such as intersection of hallways, corner of a room, next to elevators.
  2. Check in to that location.
  3. Walk ~10m in a straight line to another location that is easy to find on the map.
  4. Check in to that location.
  5. At this point you should be initialized - the error bound circle, heading, and avatar should be colored green. If not you may need to walk another 10m and check in. If you are still not getting initialized check out the Neon Signal Mapper best practices article <here>.

You may occasionally lose your initialization lock when using Neon Signal Mapper. This happens during normal use after you have been tracking for a while, or if you check in outside of your error bounds. When you lose your initialization lock Neon Signal Mapper will stop collecting signal data. Signal Mapper indicates that you have lost your initialization lock when the error bound circle, heading, or avatar turn red, the phone vibrates, and the timer at the bottom of the screen stops increasing. To continue collecting signal data, you need to check in again, and in some cases perform multiple check ins to reinitialize.

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