BluCop Tutorial

This tutorial describes the meaning of BluCop menu items and configuration options as a step by step introduction. As a first step you need to install BluCop on your mobile, accept its license agreement and activate it.
Concerning activation there are two options:
Online Activation
If you press the Activate button on the Activate License form of BluCop without entering an activation key, then BluCop will try to establish an Internet connection to our server to obtain an activation key. If you have bought a permanent license then you will receive a permanent activation key. You can also receive free trial activation key via online activation.

Manual Activation
You should follow the steps described on the Trial Activation or Buy pages and enter the received activation key manually into the Activation Key field of BluCop's Activate License form before pressing the Activate button.
After activation you can try the features described below.
The main screen of BluCop appears whenever we start the activated software. (Note: in case of trial activation a warning precedes the main screen.) On the main screen we can see a list, which includes a single item at first execution. This single item will always be the first in the list, it is practically a two state start/stop button that controls BluCop operation. At startup BluCop is in the stopped state, which is indicated by a red rectangle in front of the Start/Stop button. In the stopped state BluCop does not scan other Bluetooth devices, it just waits for our commands.
The rest of the list shows registered markers. Markers are Bluetooth capable devices (mobile phones, headsets, laptops, ...) that we want to protect by BluCop. In most of the cases we do not really want to protect the marker itself but the property or person the marker is bond to. At first start we do not have any marker in the list, so our first task will be to populate the list by adding at least one marker.
Bring up the menu and select the Add New Marker menu item. BluCop displays the search results on a new screen. The screen is empty at the beginnig then it is populated with the Bluetooth names/addresses of visible devices in the neighbourhood. The device discovery process may take up to 30 seconds. Once marker searching is completed we see the friendly names of the corresponding devices in a list.
Note: before selecting the Add New Marker menu item make sure that the Bluetooth device that you want to use as a marker is turned on, visible to other Bluetooth devices and close enough to the BluCop device, otherwise it may not appear in the search result list.

Now you can register one or more of the listed devices at BluCop as markers by selecting them and choosing the Add action. When you have added your new marker choose the Back action to close the Search Result screen and go back to the main BluCop screen.
Its time to set marker properties. We can open the settings screen of a marker by selecting the marker and choosing the Settings action.
The first field on the marker settings panel makes it possible to change the name assigned to the marker. The marker will be shown with this name on the main screen. It is useful to choose a name that identifies the protected object instead of the marker itself. For example you can call the marker that is bond to your purse as wallet.
The Guard marker checkbox makes it possible to enable/disable guarding on marker basis. E.g. if we check in the Guard marker checkbox of our wallet marker then the corresponding marker will be checked regularly once guarding is started. If we want to turn off the antitheft protection of a specific marker then we can uncheck the Guard marker checkbox of the corresponding marker without loosing any other settings of the marker.
If the Vibration checkbox is checked and your mobile support vibrations then BluCop will vibrate when it notifies you about that the marker got too far from BluCop. Vibration can be used independently from the selected alarm voice.
The Alarm Sound selection area makes it possible to assign an alarm voice to the marker. You can also select the "no sound" option if you do not want receive loud indication when the protected marker get out of range (secret monitoring).
Note: Normally you can select from 4 different alarm sounds beside the "no sound" option but depending on the capabilities of your phone and Java environment you may see fewer options here.

The Alarm timeout slider conrols the sensitivity of marker protection. The timeout value can be set between 0 and 20 seconds. If BluCop does not receive a life sign from the queried marker within the configured timeout period then alarm will be raised. This means that a smaller value result quicker BluCop reaction in case of theft or marker loss but it might cause false alarms more frequently. Similarly a greater value results slower crime or loss detection but reduces the risk of raising a false alarm.
Once we are satisfied with the configured marker specific properties we can store the changes and go back to the main screen by selecting the OK action. We can use the Cancel option to discard our recent changes and leave marker specific settings unchanged.
Note: When you exit BluCop, it stores marker information persistently so all of the marker settings will be preserved between BluCop executions.

Each marker in the list has a status indicator rectangle in front of its name. If the indicator is gray then the corresponding marker is not supervised. BluCop does not check the availability of these markers. You can enable the scanning of a marker by checking in the Guard marker checkbox on the settings screen of the marker. If the indicator rectangle is yellow then BluCop is about to check the availability of the marker.
Let's check what happens if we have activated the protection mechanism of BluCop by the Start/Stop action.
The rectangle in front of the Start/Stop button turns green from red, which is indicating that BluCop is currently scanning the markers.
The indicator of a marker switches to green when the marker is close enough to communicate with BluCop. The number in parenthesis behind the name of the marker shows the amount of milliseconds elapsed between BluCop's scanning request and the response of the marker. If there is start (*) in the parenthesis instead of a number then BluCop currently tries to communicate with that marker.
The example screenshot on the left side shows that the Wallet marker is currently beeing scanned. The green rectangle in front of its name tells us that the previous check of the Wallet marker was successful. We can also see on the screenshot that the Suitcase marker scanning is not enabled, so BluCop does not care about the Suitcase. The marker called Peter in this example is responsive as BluCop received its answer within 0.550 seconds after the request. This means Peter is close to BluCop.
Note: choosing the Exit command will terminate the BluCop application, so marker scanning will be stopped. Depending on the operating system of your phone you may switch to other applications without quitting BluCop. In such case BluCop keeps running in the background and scanning the markers periodically. As soon as a marker gets lost the BluCop screen comes into the foreground automatically and the configured notification alarm will be raised.
When BluCop does not receive the expected response from the currently checked marker within the configured timeout then the preconfigured alarm is raised. The notification always displays an alert window that shows, which marker got lost, additionally the configured alarm sound gets played together with vibration if it has been configured previously. The indicator in front of the name of the marker in the list turns to red.
Periodic scanning of markers continues automatically whether or not the alert message is dismissed. If the marker does not respond next time then the alarm will be raised again and again until marker scanning is stopped or the marker gets available again.
The example screenshot on the right side shows the situation when the Wallet marker gets out of range and the corresponding alert is shown, while the other scanned marker (Peter) is still available.
Note: raising the alarm does not necessarily means that the marker got out of range. It is also raised if the marker or its Bluetooth module has been turned off while BluCop is still scanning it. False alarms may also occur as the battery level of the marker gets too low or the environment is overloaded with competing radio communication. You can reduce the probability of false alarms by increasing the timeout value of the corresponding marker on its settings panel.

Troubleshooting

BluCop says I should turn on the Bluetooth module
BluCop uses the Bluetooth module of your device to build cost free radio connection to the guarded markers. This is the reason, why BluCop is unable to operate without an active Bluetooth module. The way how Bluetooth can be turned on strongly depends on your device. If you can't find the corresponding menu item in your mobile's menu system then check the manual of your phone.
I cannot activate my trial license: BluCop is telling that my trial period has expired although I had not activate it
Free trial period starts when you install and start BluCop regardless of the time of activation, so it is highly recommended to activate the trial version just after installation. If you have received your BluCop over Bluetooth when your friend used the Bluetooth Share menu item of BluCop, then your friend's BluCop installation date influences your trial expiration date. If your trial key is rejected, you may visit our download page directly to obtain an original and fresh BluCop version.
Not all alarm sounds are available
BluCop uses different sound formats (wave, midi, tone) to support as many phone types as possible. If your device does not support all of these formats then some of the alarm sounds will be missing from the sound list of the marker properties panel.
Another reason could be if your mobile is in silent mode, which makes sound services unavailable for BluCop.
Vibration does not occur when alarm is raised although it is configured
If your phone supports vibration then you should check if it is enabled. (E.g.: Menu/Settings/Profiles: Vibrating alert on Nokia 6288)
Do not hesitate to use our WEB forum forum.happstor.com to report problems or ask BluCop related questions.