I don’t have a smartphone, can I still use BART?

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There are a number of ways you can use BART without a smartphone or tablet:

  • SMS
  • Email

SMS

Broadcast via SMS

You can broadcast a message with your non-smartphone by using SMS. To do this, you must make sure:

  • Your message must be sent to the allocated BART number –  +61 437 980 096
  • Your mobile number has been associated with your membership within the BART system
  • You must have appropriate ‘send’ permissions for the Capcode you are broadcasting

The SMS must include the appropriate formatting tags in order for it to process:

SMS sent Example:

MSG: <CAPCODE> Alert <Message> ADDR: <Address> LATLNG: <Latitude,Longitude> REF: <IncidentNo/Id>

MESSAGE: <Message> ADDRESS: <Address> LAT: < Latitude > LNG: < Longitude>

MESSAGE: Alert <Message> LATITUDE: < Latitude > LONGITUDE: < Longitude> REF: <IncidentNo/Id>

 

SMS received Example:

MSG: B-ALLMEM Alert House on fire, thick smoke everywhere ADDR: 420 Burwood Hwy Wantirna Sth Vic REF: INC1534567

MESSAGE: Can I have some responses of people who will be available for a strike team tonight

MSG: Cat stuck up tree LATLNG: -37.870056,145.236876

 

Required Fields:

MESSAGE: or MSG:

A Capcode or broadcast tag is required if the user has permissions to send to more than one Capcode.

Alert if it is considered an alert and it must be before the message content

Other Fields:

Either a valid address or lat lng can be used to get a location and work out an address where a Lat Lng is provided and a Lat Lng where an address is provided.

ADDRESS: ADDR: LAT: LNG: LATLNG: LATITUDE: LONGITUDE:

REF: is used to provide an incident number. If it is an Alert message and no REF is provide one will be generated.

 

Trouble shooting:

  • If you have permission to send to multiple Capcodes/Broadcast Tags and one is omitted, then it is not considered a valid message
  • If there is no space before a formatting tag, the system will not pick up the tag
    eg. House fireADDR:

 

Respond via SMS

Not only can you receive SMS notifications on your non-smartphone, but you can now respond with your attendance status directly through the message.

The way it works is really simple. When you get a message on your trusty old phone (we all know there’s still plenty of Nokia’s out there), you simply reply with a number:

0 = Not attending

1 = Attending

2 = Other
You can also share your ETA if you choose, by using a dot or hashtag after your status:

Example a

[response].[time]

1.20

(Attending; ETA: 20min)

— Or —

Example b

[response]#[time]

1#20

(Attending; ETA: 20min)

 

Email

Broadcast via Email

capcode-emailTo send a broadcast via email, it’s very similar to the SMS broadcast. Instead of specifying the Capcode within the message itself however, you use the Capcode as the send email address.

Here’s a ‘send to’ example:
B-ALLMEM@bart.emerg.com.au

The formatting tags will be exactly the same as in the SMS, except you don’t need the ‘MSG or MESSAGE’ formatting tags:

Email sent Example:

Alert <Message> ADDR: <Address> LATLNG: <Latitude,Longitude> REF: <IncidentNo/Id>

<Message> ADDRESS: <Address> LAT: < Latitude > LNG: < Longitude>

Alert <Message> LATITUDE: < Latitude > LONGITUDE: < Longitude> REF: <IncidentNo/Id>

 

Email received Example:

Alert House on fire, thick smoke everywhere ADDR: 420 Burwood Hwy Wantirna Sth Vic REF: INC1534567

Can I have some responses of people who will be available for a strike team tonight

Cat stuck up tree LATLNG: -37.870056,145.236876