Apr 22 2014

Customize Dashlet Titles

We thought it might be convenient to change the title of any dashlet to make it easier for customers to remember what they are looking at.  You can now customize any dashlet title to something that makes better sense for you.

Simply click the edit icon on any dashlet and locate the new Custom Dashlet Title field:

Then enter a new name to display on the top of the dashlet:

Click apply and you now your dashlet has the new dashlet title you entered:

You can also rename as many dashlets as you want. Here is an example with two dashlets, one for PHOENIX and one for CHICAGO vehicles:

In order to keep the new dashlet titles you will need to save your dashboard. If you do not save the dashboard, all dashlet names will go back to their default name, e.g. Map.

Bear in mind you can always use groups and Hierarchies named “Phoenix” and “Chicago” and those also show up as the selected group, so perhaps a different naming convention works better for you, such as “Idle Graph for 7 days” or “Zoomed out stopped vehicles” where you are describing the attributes you’ve set within the dashlet editable properties.  Or you can call it “My Money Making Fleet Important View!” or whatever you want now.

Enjoy!
-Rob

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Apr 17 2014

New Option to Zoom In or Out of Dashlet Maps Using Your Mouse Scroll Wheel

Category: Dashboard Maps,Mapping,New Features,User Preferencesrdonat @ 3:09 pm

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

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!

-Rob

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Apr 16 2014

NAFA 2014 in Minneapolis

Category: Conferencesrdonat @ 2:44 pm

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

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

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!

-Rob

 

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Mar 18 2014

New Option for ‘Fixed’ Menu When Scrolling

We added a new default option for a ‘fixed’ menu bar when scrolling:

Fixed Menu When Scrolling

Fixed Menu When Scrolling

The menu bar will now stay in place when you scroll your mouse:

Menu Stays in Place While Scrolling

Menu Stays in Place While Scrolling

If you click the fixed menu icon  , the icon will change to the unfixed menu icon  indicating the menu bar will go back to scrolling with the page:

Change Menu Bar Back to Scrolling

Change Menu Bar Back to Scrolling

Menu Scrolls with Entire Page

Menu Scrolls with Entire Page

You can also set your default preference for this in the User Preferences menu:

Set Scrolling Options in User Preferences

Set Scrolling Options in User Preferences

Depending on how you use the GPS Insight application and your dashboard and monitor size, you may prefer one over the other, which is why we allow customers to choose for themselves now.

Thanks,

Rob

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Mar 18 2014

Landmarks Now in 2D Live Mapping

Category: Landmarks,Mapping,New Featuresrdonat @ 11:03 am

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 Single Landmark

Searching for Landmark Group

Searching for Landmark Group

Now the map shows both the single Landmark and the Landmark Group you selected:

Map Showing Selected Landmarks

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

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

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!

Rob.

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Mar 10 2014

New Help Portal for Customers

Category: Ease of use,New Features,Video Demosrdonat @ 9:56 am

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

Accessing New Help Portal

The 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

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

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.

Thanks.

Rob.

 

 

 

 

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Mar 03 2014

You Can Now Add GIS Overlays to GPS Insight Maps

Category: Mapping,Overlaysrdonat @ 6:27 pm

GPS Insight now has the ability, with assistance from our IT Staff, to display Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping data such as ESRI overlays, directly in our telematics solution.

Customers can choose to have the overlays shown at all times, like the county boundaries and significant sites shown in black:

Example GIS Map Overlay

Example GIS Map Overlay

Or, overlays can be toggled on/off with single buttons:

Toggle Overlays On/Off

Toggle Overlays On/Off

We can also place multiple overlays in a drop-down style menu with any naming convention you choose. The example below displays various overhead distribution network lines from one of our utility customers:

Multiple Overlays in Drop-down Menu

Multiple Overlays in Drop-down Menu

This functionality is not only available on dashboard maps, but also in fullscreen 2D maps:

Overlays Are Available in Dashlet and Fullscreen Maps

Overlays Are Available in Dashlet and Fullscreen Maps

It is important to note that these are static overlays for visual reference only. If you need reportable overlay information, you would have to import KMZ/KML files via Google Earth or ESRI shape files via Google Earth Pro. Points will be converted to radius landmarks, and bounded areas will come in as landmarks with the same shape. Line data cannot be converted to landmarks. There are reasonable restrictions on the number of landmarks you can import.  The example below shows a Facilities Grid imported as landmarks. This allows you to report on or dispatch to/from various grid numbers:

Import KMZ/KML Files into Landmarks

Import KMZ/KML Files into Landmarks

There are additional setup and usage charges associated with this feature, so please work with your sales representative or support to discuss your requirements and the additional setup and ongoing costs (typically a 3-5% increase in total cost).

Thanks,

Rob.

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Mar 03 2014

Odd-hours Report Now Includes a Click-thru Link to Activity Detail

Category: Reporting,Reports,Uncategorizedrdonat @ 6:17 pm

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.

Enjoy!

Rob.

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Feb 24 2014

GPS Insight was kickin’ it for the Playworks Arizona Corporate Kickball Tournament

Category: Arizona,GPS Insight Employees,UNRELATED TO GPSrdonat @ 3:40 pm

This past Friday, GPS Insight competed in the 2014 Playworks Arizona Corporate Kickball Tournament in Tempe, AZ.

Team GPS Insight

Team GPS Insight

Team GPS Insight

Team GPS Insight

Here is a fun video one of our employees made at the event:

The day started off with a Rock Paper Scissors competition between all Kickball participants (around 150 people). One of our own employees made it to the final 3.

Team GPS Insight finished the morning rounds with a record of 2-1 which earned them a spot in the playoffs. After a hard fought battle, the Round 1 match ended in a tie, which then was decided by a best of 3 round of Rock Paper Scissors. Sadly, our earlier Rock Paper Scissors superstar was defeated and our day was done.

This was a great team building experience for our employees and also a great way to contribute to a local nonprofit organization. To learn more about Playworks check out their website.

We hope to regroup and go for the championship next year!

Rob.

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Feb 19 2014

Interesting day in the life of a curbside pickup solid waste truck

Category: Google Earthrdonat @ 11:22 am

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.

Rob.


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