Jul 22 2014

New Stop Detail and Idle Time Map

Category: Mapping,New Features,reduced idling,Reportsrdonat @ 10:15 am

We recently added a new way to visualize your fleet’s stops and idle times by displaying color specific circles on a map – red for stopped, purple for idle.

New Stop Detail and Idle Time Map

New Stop Detail and Idle Time Map

Here is the run-down on all the features:

  • Click on a vehicle to limit the map view to only stops/idles for that vehicle. The rows on the right for that vehicle will highlight in yellow.
  • See all stops/idles on the map again by clicking “display all”.
  • Double-click the rows on the right and the map will zoom to that stop and popup more info (clicking on the circles will also popup the same info).
  • Use the “Time Range” slider to filter out short or long stops.
  • Use the “Scale” slider to adjust the size of the circles on the map. This is helpful if you filter out longer stops and want the circles to be bigger.
  • Sort by stop duration or by vehicle.
Stop Detail Popup

Stop Detail Popup

To access this new feature, navigate to the Stop Detail and Idle Time Report and click on the “Browser Map” button:

Access Browser Map

Access Browser Map

We added this feature to help a great customer which had asked for us to help them visualize the “big picture” of where their stops and activity were occurring. If you have any suggestions about this or anything else, please send them to us as we always listen to our customers’ requests and incorporate them into our product as appropriate.

Enjoy!

-Rob

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Jul 22 2014

New Interactive Product Training Courses

Category: Trainingrdonat @ 10:12 am

GPS Insight now offers interactive product training courses to help new users quickly come up to speed. These courses provide a guided training experience on the basic features of the GPS Insight portal. Using recorded videos and multiple-choice quiz questions, learners can independently assess how well they meet course objectives and replay topics at their own pace.

Preview of Training Course

Preview of Training Course

Whenever possible, we encourage customers to complete these courses before scheduling a live training session. Having a basic understanding of the GPS Insight toolset allows you to prepare more effective questions for your account representative. Together we can explore the functionality more in-depth and apply the framework to your specific business needs.

You can sign up for training courses through your GPS Insight portal account:

Sign up for Training

Sign up for Training

*Courses available to you depend on your account permissions.

Here are the currently available courses:

  • Course I: Getting Started with GPS Insight. This course is designed for new GPS Insight users. The course provides the skills necessary to navigate the portal and use the dashboard, maps, and reports. Suggested timing is 1 hour.
  • Course II: Advanced Setup for GPS Insight. This course is designed for new administrators of the GPS Insight portal. It provides the skills necessary to use the administrative and advanced features of the portal. Suggested timing is 2 hours.

As always, other self-service Help materials and videos are always accessible 24/7/365 from the GPS Insight portal and the online Support wiki.

-Rob

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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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