GPS Insight can now dispatch individual stops and/or routes to email addresses associated with vehicles and drivers. The main advantage here, is that drivers can now leverage audible turn-by-turn directions used by the mapping Apps resident on their smart devices (iPhone, iPad, and Android). Here is how it works:
In this example, a company that repairs fuel pumps needs to route one of their service trucks to six local gas stations, a typical day’s work.
First, the Dispatcher will create and/or load an existing route using GPS Insight’s Route Dashlet, just as they would for routing to a Garmin device.
The Dispatcher can preview the optimized route (if selected) in standard Google maps by clicking the “Map This” button.
Next, the Dispatcher will scroll to the desired vehicle in using the “Dispatch Pop-Up” window. Please note that an email address needs to have defined for the driver of that vehicle in Driver Administration. Then just click “Send.”
An email from GPS Insight will be sent to the driver. The driver can then click on the applicable link that will automatically open the appropriate mapping app on their mobile device.
And away he or she goes!
With audible cues, fleets can enjoy a safer and more efficient driving experience. This feature is available to all customers who have access to our Route Dashlet. We have recently revised this dashlet and are now releasing it first to customers who specifically request it, to ensure any feedback they may have is addressed before releasing it to all customers.
We just added a new functionality when setting up scheduled reports that allows you to control whether you receive empty reports with no data or not. Some people like to see positive confirmation that no one was speeding, idling, etc. during a day, but some customers prefer they only see reports come in when there are problems.
This way, the customer can specify for each scheduled report which behavior is chosen when a report would otherwise come through with no data (“To send, or not to send, that is the question”).
New "Don't Send Empty Reports" Feature
If you choose to receive the report every time it’s run, and if it’s empty, it will simply show “No Relevant Data Available.”
Example Report with No Data
This new option allows you to configure scheduled reports how you want.
We recently had a prospective customer who is piloting a couple of our devices ask us to add something to the interface. They wanted us to provide functionality in the dashboard to allow them to notate pending calls or information that everyone could see without having to be in the office. After four days of development and testing, the Whiteboard Dashlet was created and made available for all GPS Insight customers.
New Whiteboard Dashlet
We expanded on the initial idea and made the whiteboard a collaborate real-time documentation/notepad. Users can create multiple public whiteboards to collaborate with anyone on the account:
Example Public Whiteboard
Users can also create private whiteboards and collaborate with anyone on their account that they share the saved whiteboard name with:
Creating New Private Whiteboard
Creating New Private Whiteboard
You can also load private whiteboards created by other users in the same account if you specify the name of the board within the prompt. Authorship colors are shown by default:
Loading Private Whiteboard
There is the ability to “replay” the history of the board so if you need some information which was from earlier, it’s there based on a time slider of the document’s history, and there are other nice capabilities like color-coding for various authors, etc. In a nutshell, it’s a nice addition to the highly customizable dashboard we offer our customers. As always, our customers can drag and drop only the dashlets they need onto the dashboard, and use the product in a fashion which is suited to their exact requirements.
We’re glad to have such an easily adaptable, highly flexible product and architecture, and that this feature only took 4 days to release from inception.
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
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
To access this new feature, navigate to the Stop Detail and Idle Time Report and click on the “Browser Map” button:
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.
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
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
*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.
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.
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!