We just added a new option to zoom in or out of dashlet maps using your mouse scroll wheel. Full screen 2D and 3D maps already have the functionality to zoom in or out of a map using your mouse scroll wheel, but maps on the dashboard did not have this option. This is mostly because you need to be able to scroll the entire window to view more dashlets or dashlets that are longer, such as the Vehicle Selector. Now you can do both. If you scroll your mouse wheel when your cursor is hovering over a map dashlet, the map will zoom in or out, but if you scroll your mouse wheel anywhere else on the dashboard, the screen moves as it has always done.
Here is a quick video showing this:
You can also enable or disable this new option in the User Preferences menu:
Option for Enabling or Disabling Scroll Wheel Map Zoom
A customer asked us for this type of functionality last week, and we decided to get it out there quickly, so here it is after just a few business days. Enjoy!
We just got back from the the 2014 NAFA Institute & Expo in Minneapolis, MN (NAFA is the National Association of Fleet Administration). This was our 8th consecutive year exhibiting and it was a great conference as always.
We usually take a group photo in front of our booth, but we were so busy this year we never had a chance – so here is a picture of our booth minus any staff:
GPS Insight Booth at NAFA 2014
I did however manage to take one picture of some conference signage displaying our logo:
Ruby Level Sponsor at NAFA 2014
We’re in very good company with the major Automotive providers!
It’s always great to meet new people and see familiar faces at these conferences. We appreciate everyone who stopped by our booth and will see you next year in Orlando, FL!
You can now search for and display Landmarks in 2D Live (Beta) mapping.
Simply search for a Landmark or Landmark Group and click to add it to the map (single landmarks are gold, landmark groups are orange):
Searching for Single Landmark
Searching for Landmark Group
Now the map shows both the single Landmark and the Landmark Group you selected:
Map Showing Selected Landmarks
You can also add Landmarks and Landmark Groups from the Vehicle List drop-down menu:
Add Landmarks and Landmark Groups from the Vehicle List Drop-down Menu
If you want to remove any of the visible landmarks from the map, just click on the “x”:
Removing Displayed Landmarks
We are still working on finalizing this BETA version of our new mapping offering, but you are welcome to use it and please send feedback if you have any with the convenient “give feedback” button at the left of the toolbar.
Thanks & enjoy!
Have a question about something you see in the GPS Insight portal? We now offer searchable online help from within the portal. After you’re logged in, simply click the ? icon in the right corner of the menu bar to access the new user guides in Web, PDF, Mobile, and Video formats:
Accessing New Help Portal
The New Help Portal
The Getting Started resources are designed for new users to quickly learn how to navigate the portal and use the dashboard, maps, and reports. They also provide sample use cases for common goals among fleet managers that you can apply to your own industry. The video library is especially helpful if you’re not sure how a feature can work for the unique needs of your fleet—simply click to watch a short, guided walk-through using an example scenario and step-by-step instructions:
Example Help Video
Setup Guide resources are reserved for administrators who need to set up advanced features of the portal like vehicle registration, groups, attributes, and more. All of this information is now available right from your pocket:
Mobile Version of New Help Portal
By knowing how to customize your alerts, scheduled reports, and dashboards, you can easily focus on the areas of fleet tracking that matter to you most—with as little or as much automation as you want. Check it out, and let us “Help” you get the most out of your GPS tracking investment.
We will be adding “context sensitive” help in the future as well to ensure you can easily find more information about features you are using, while you are using them.
We recently added a new click-thru link into our Odd-hours Report that allows you to ‘jump to’ the associated activity detail.
When you click the icon it will open up the Activity Detail Report for that drive time. You can then research the odd-hours occurrence in further detail:
This helps you to easily see more information about that odd hours activity by simply clicking through, as most of our reports allow.
I had been looking at a customer of ours who has their reporting interval tied to every time the vehicle picks up (tips) a can of solid waste (trash), and played it as a video using our Google Earth 3D integration, then recorded to put on the blog since it’s pretty interesting to see. Every time the arm collects a can of waste, the dot adds a “star” to indicate switch/PTO activity.
The blue lines starts the day thin and lightly colored, then gets thicker and darker, to visually help the user to see the progression through the day. Mid-day, the truck gets full and returns to the transfer station, then back to where the route was interrupted.
Most customers use 1 or 2 minute updates, as there is an additional cost associated with more frequent reporting, but many will tie the reporting interval to a switch, such as emergency lights, snowplow down, sweeper down, etc., and go from 2 minute updates to 30 second updates, etc.
I thought it was interesting so I have shared it with you.
A few months ago we released a new feature called “Clone User” to make adding users more efficient if they have a lot of the same info. After some great feedback from our customers we updated this feature to be even more simple to use.
Now instead of locating the “Clone User” icon in the User List, you simply have the option built into the Create New Username popup:
Updated "Clone User" Option
Selecting Existing User to Clone Information and Settings
This makes it very simple to duplicate a user whose permissions were modified so that the same permissions and group visibility don’t need to be manually replicated.