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December 30, 2011

OnTrack Newsletter Vol:20 – Tech Knowledge: A Look at the Tracking Page

Welcome!

Welcome to the latest issue of the Position Logic newsletter. We’d like to first of all thank everyone who provided us with positive feedback and constructive comments on last month’s newsletter. As we discussed last month, we provide this newsletter not only so that we can be a better asset for you, but also so that you can be a better asset for your clients; so it really does mean a lot to us when people are engaged with our content and finding things of value in the newsletter. Keep it up – we love to hear from you!

In this month’s Tech Knowledge we’ll begin to take a look at the very heart of how you monitor all of your tracking devices: The tracking screen tab in the Position Logic interface. Let’s get started!

TECH KNOWLEDGE
A Look at the Tracking Page

The Position Logic interface for setting up and monitoring your assets was designed from the ground up to be simple, familiar and easy to use. If you’re thinking about becoming a Position Logic customer, you will definitely want to read on to see some of the cool capabilities of the tracking tab that you will have access to. If you’re already an existing Position Logic partner, some of this might be review – but keep reading, because you just might discover something about the tracking tab that you didn’t know before!

Tracking page with Geofence

Since the tracking tab is so chock full of location-based goodness, we’re going to take things slow and split our discussion of it across a few different newsletters. We’ll begin the series by looking at two key components of the tracking tab: The map pane, and how to select your various personnel, vehicles and assets for display on that map.

Your Face is Familiar

The first thing you might notice when you visit the tracking page is that the people or items that you are tracking are probably overlayed on top of something that no doubt looks pretty familiar to you: Google Maps. What that means is that all of the features that make Google Maps both easy-to-use and powerful are also present in the tracking tab.

Fleet Tracking

For example, clicking the little “X” at the top right of the panel will expand a menu that lets you choose the display mode from street, satellite, or hybrid views.You can also easily zoom in and out with the slider on the left, and by holding down the left mouse button you can easily drag the map around in the panel.

The mapping pane is much more than just Google Maps, however; it is, in fact, one of the most elaborate and flexible location-based mapping platforms around. Position Logic provides its clients with an OpenLayer mapping framework, which allows for users of the system to use their own custom map data and add additional map layers as needed. The ability of the client to have a mapping platform that is unique to them has proven especially important and effective in countries like Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and other locations where the coverage of Google Maps can be thin in places.

If you have more in-depth questions about Position Logic’s mapping system you can always talk to one of our specialists by calling (U.S.) 1-866-676-2371, or by requesting a demo at http://www.positionlogic.com/request-a-demo/. You can also read on, because all this mappinggoodness is only the beginning of the features that are packed into the tracking tab!

Cover Your Assets

How are these features actually put to good use? Besides showing the “location” portion of “location-based services,” the map views also provide a context for the personnel, vehicles and assets that you are tracking. To select which items are currently displayed on the map, start out in the top left corner; there you will find a dropdown that lists the groups that you have created on the Dashboard tab. Select a specific group, and you will see a list of the tracked assets for that group show up immediately under it.

This is where the magic starts to happen. Once a group is selected, all of the checked assets under it are displayed in the map pane. The Position Logic system is smart enough to scale the map for you so that all selected items are displayed on the map at once, and the map will also be centered on your selected items. Too many items cluttering up your map? Uncheck the box next to an item to remove its display from the map. (Conversely, checking an item will make it visible on the map. Brilliant!) A fast way to select only a single item is to put your mouse cursor on the name of the desired item and click; this will simultaneously select that item and de-select all other items, and allows you to rapidly focus your attention on a single item of interest.

Sometimes you will need to know more in-depth information about an item than its position on the map. You can momentarily hover over an item, and a miniature status window will pop up with statistics including the item’s current speed and address, how long it’s been stopped, and when it last reported in to the system. While this at-a-glance information can be incredibly useful, sometimes you need to know even more information about an asset. That’s where the Unit Details panel comes in.

It’s All in the Details

To open the Unit Details panel for an item simply click on its information icon, which you will find directly to the right of the column labeled “Last” in the item pane. The Unit Details panel will then open in the map pane, ready to reveal all of its secrets.

The first thing you might notice is that the Unit Details panel has several different tabs. These tabs serve to organize the information that is available on an item, and allow in-depth exploration of an item’s general information, its location, any alerts or events, and its CAN information, if applicable. You will also notice near the top right of the panel that there is a dropdown which lets you select a specific date against which the data displayed is filtered, which is extremely handy when you’d like to check the history of an item’s location.

The General tab contains all of the information that the miniature status window contains, along with extra information like the latitude/longitude and the maximum speed attained by the item on the selected date.The Location tab contains a complete history of the item’s location information for the date selected, enabling you to see exactly where the item was and at what speed it was moving at given times throughout the day.

Next Time

We hope this first look at the tracking tab has whetted your appetite for even more tracking goodness! Next month we’ll look at even more useful tools that the tracking tab has to offer. In the meantime, if you’d like a personal, in-depth demonstration of the tracking page and all of the other location-based services offered by Position Logic, just let us know! It’s easy -- click here to request a demo, or you can call us at (U.S.) 1-866-676-2371. Either way, we look forward to speaking with you!