There are two key updates in MSAR related to the Warning and Rules of Behavior (ROB) displayed in MSAR:
1. The content of the Warning and Rules of Behavior has changed. Please familiarize yourself with the new content as you use the application.
· You will find the updated content on the mobile apps under <Home – Term of Use>
2. You will now be prompted to accept the Rules of Behavior every year.
· We are required to prompt you to agree to the Rules of Behavior yearly, and we are required to capture the date on which you accepted them.
· Everyone will be required to accept the Rules of Behavior (ROB):
i. First-time users will be prompted upon login.
ii. Users that accepted the ROB last year will be prompted to renew their acceptance the next time they login after July 1st.
· It’s very simple, when it’s time to renew your acceptance, we will display the Rules of Behavior and you will have the option to Accept or Decline them. If you select Decline you will be unable to login to MSAR.
NOTE: As a part of this release, you will be prompted to accept the Rules of Behavior
We are releasing the Windows 10 version of the MSAR app. This new app has the same features as the Windows 8.1 app (i.e. off-line data capture, camera, photo upload, etc.) as well as the new features listed in this Release.
· You may download the MSAR Win10 app from the Microsoft App Store simply by connecting with a device running Windows 10.
· If you do not have access to the Microsoft Store, you must contact your Help Desk.
Our field users requested the ability to gauge the accuracy of the GPS coordinates provided by the device. MSAR pulls the latitude and longitude directly from the device, or the location selected by the user when clicking <Launch Map>. While some devices have GPS chips, other devices rely on internet access for location services, which are not very accurate.
On the MSAR mobile app, you will see the GPS Accuracy Indicator when you click on <Use Device Coordinates>. It may take your device a few seconds to get a lock on satellites, but when it does, you will see the accuracy indicator to the left of the coordinate field. These indicators are only available on the mobile app.
MSAR has received a high accuracy result (<= 65 meters) from the device within 20 seconds of the request.
MSAR has received a high accuracy result (between 65 – 85 meters) from the device within 20 seconds of the request.
MSAR has received a low accuracy result (> 85 meters) from the device or the GPS coordinates are older than 20 seconds.
NOTE: If you click on <Launch Map> the GPS Accuracy Indicator will be removed from screen.
We have made it easier to identify the mobile app version installed on your device. Simply follow the instructions below on your device.
· Click on <Settings> and enter “MSAR” in the search box.
· Click on the “MSAR” list entry
· Click on < Settings – Apps – Application Manager >
· Click on “MSAR” and the version is displayed under the app name
· Launch the MSAR mobile app
· From the Home screen, click on <Support>
· The version number is displayed under the support link.
The following fields have been added to the MSAR portal to simplify reporting. If you currently use List Views or Reports, you may want to update the filters to use one of the fields below.
This field is displayed on the Event record and it allows you to associate the event with a specific program:
· ER – used by State and Local agencies to request Federal Aid through the ER Program
· ERFO – used by FLMAs to request Federal Aid through the ERFO Program.
· Test – used to designate events created for Training purposes.
· Other – Select this option if none of the others apply.
There are several stakeholders that have purchased licenses to MSAR, and FHWA needs a better way to associate users to the licensing groups.
We are updating the list of supported browsers and devices:
· Browsers Click on this link for the most updated list
· iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) running iOS 11 or later
· Android smartphones and tablets running OS 5.0.3 or later
· Windows 10 devices
· Windows 8.1 surface Pro 3 tablets – will be sun setting support for Windows 8.1 on July 1, 2018
We have included the following fixes in this release:
1. Google Maps - Google requires an update to the API key to render the Google Maps on the portal. All visualforce pages displaying maps are impacted
2. Permissions Error Generating PDFs: Users with the DOT Program Executive – SSO profile reported issues generating the PDF reports from DDIR and DSR records.
3. Field display on New DDIR page: The New DDIR now displays a label instead of a field for “Environmental Assessment Recommendation”