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October 09, 2012

OnTrack Vol 28: Powering Your Platform

Powering Your Platform

We work very hard at Position Logic to make sure that our GPS tracking platform is always the best in the industry, and filled with features and technology that allow you, our clients, to be the best in your own industry. Yes, we’re sure you know that the platform is totally white-labeled so you can put your own branding on it, that time-to-market is fast, and that licensing fees are kept reasonable. But did you also know that we have now integrated over 250 GPS tracking devices onto the platform – including Android and Blackberry devices through our mobile tracking applications?

Beyond that, because tracking reports and other data views are so important and because we are always releasing improvements to the tracking platform, we thought that this month we’d run through some strengths and features of the reporting tools that you might have either missed or forgotten about. But before we get to that, here’s an exciting sneak peak at a reporting capability that we’ll be releasing soon: Graphical reports. This next-generation technology will be coming your way before the end of the year, so stay tuned!

Reporting In

Even before the upcoming graphical report release, the Position Logic reporting suite gives you great variety and flexibility. With twenty-two reports to choose from ranging from tracking to after-hours to scheduled vehicle maintenance, you can view your data in whatever way is most helpful to you in a given situation. Sorting that data is now even easier, too, since we’ve added calendar filtering that automatically works with whatever date format is native to the user’s computer.

Another enhancement to reporting is the option to save position records for an asset only during set Hours of Operation. You can choose this option, available for each of your groups in the Group Editor, to help keep your reports from being filled with information on assets when you already have a certainty as to where they’re located. This ability is entirely optional, which provides a great deal of flexibility to you: Use it or not as the needs of you or clients dictate. And if you’re worried that an asset might get moved during the night, hey -- you can always use one of the geofencing tools to trigger an alert if that happens.

In case you haven’t yet seen it, the Current Track Report has also gotten an enhancement. The address data in the report is now a link to open a map in a new window – meaning that with no more than a click from within the report, you can now view a position without having to cut, paste and search. This feature both saves time and gives you another way of looking at your valuable data, and works not only when the report is first run but also every subsequent time a saved report is opened.

Finally, there’s another small feature that you might not have paid a lot of attention: A little message at the top of your reports screen reminding you to enable pop-ups. Why? Well, let’s face it: A lot of us have pop-up blocking enabled in our browsers. That’s normally great – except that anything that opens in a new window or tab, including reports, are considered by the browsers to be pop-ups and are blocked. Another truth: We often forget that pop-up blocking is on, and then wonder why our reports aren’t displaying. The friendly reminder is thus in place to remind us – and everyone else -- that they already know the answer to that age-old question: Dude, where’s my report?