Map

The Map page enables you to map your account's devices, with broadcast, alarm, company locations and geofence information easily accessible. Mapping devices involves four steps:

  1. Selecting the devices to map
  2. Finding selected devices
  3. Interacting with the map
  4. Interacting with the text results

Selecting Devices

Devices are selected from the Devices table list in the top-left corner of the Map page. The default arrangement is by 'Group'.

'Assign Colour' radio buttons are used to choose icon colours by their respective groups or devices. By default icons are assigned colour by their device, inheriting the colour that was configured in Configure - Devices. When colouring icons by group, the icons inherit the colour that was configured to the group, and supersedes any existing assigned colour for individual devices. If a device belongs to multiple groups the device will be mapped with a grey hexagon shape , indicating that there are conflicting properties for that device.

When viewed by group, profile, or geofence, each grouping can be expanded by clicking the button to reveal the devices that belong to the group of geofence. The button collapses the group or geofence.

When devices are arranged by group, profile, or geofence, you can select all devices in a grouping by ticking the checkbox to the left of the group, profile, or geofence name.

Devices that appear with the icon next to their name are 'fixed' devices.

Devices may be fixed via the Edit Device pop-up (see below). Fixing a device involves defining a location where you expect the device to remain. That is, use the fixed device functionality to mark devices that you don't expect to move. Furthermore, fixed devices may have an 'unauthorised movement alarm' enabled which will monitor whether GPS locations from the device are within an acceptable range of the fixed location.

For more information Groups are created in the 'Devices' page of 'Configure' (Configure - Devices help).
Geofences are created in the 'Geofences' page of 'Configure' (Configure - Geofences help).

Request Device Location

Locations can be requested on demand (poll) for 2-way devices (including Iridium 9575, Delorme inReache, BlueTraker LRIT). In the Device Pane, locate the "Request device location" button next to the 2-way device. Pushing this button will send a request location command to the device. The resulting location will appear in a future mapping request once Tracertrak has processed the responding device report.

Finding selected Devices

Tracertrak can retrieve historical locations from the last 90 days or map the devices' proximity to a particular location. Up to 500 locations per device can be shown on a single map, with results ordered from most recent.

View Locations:


Use this to create a map of the selected devices' locations. You can map one or more locations per device depending on which of the following options you select:

Last known location The last location for the device(s) in the Tracertrak database is mapped.
Last x locations The last 'x' locations for the device(s) in the Tracertrak database are mapped. Enter a number between 1 and 500.
Today's locations All the locations for the device(s) in the Tracertrak database for the current date are mapped. Should more than 500 results exist for any particular device for the current day, only the 20 most recent results will be mapped.
Between Maps locations for the device(s) between a start time and date and an end time and date. The date can be selected from a pop-up calendar. Times must be entered in the format 'hh:mm' in 24 hour (e.g. 14:30 for 2:30pm). Should more than 500 results exist for any particular device for the requested time period, only the 500 most recent results will be mapped.

Find Proximity to:


Use this to map one or more devices around an address. There are 4 ways to define the address, which are explained in the table below. The last known location for each selected device is used by default.

New address Define an address by entering the address details. A minimum of a suburb is required.
Previous address Select from a list of the last 10 'new addresses' that have been mapped.
Company location Select a Company Location. Company Locations enable your business to save commonly used addresses to improve the efficiency of using Tracertrak. Administrators and console users with appointed rights can create Company Locations via the 'Custom GIS' page within 'Configure' (Configure - Custom GIS help).
Coordinates Define an address by entering the WGS84 coordinates. Both the latitude and longitude are required, e.g. -26.4766,152.952.

Applying & Saving Search Parameters:

After selecting the devices, locations and/or proximity parameters you desire, these search parameters can be used to map the relevant device locations and table the location results. Use the following buttons to apply your selected search parameters, clear search parameters, set default map displays and reset map displays.

Display the map locations and location results for your selected devices and location parameters.
Clear the selected devices and location parameters.
Save the current selected devices and location parameters as your default Map and Results display. Pressing this button will allow the current search results to be displayed by default whenever you access the Map page. This button is only active after a new search has been run.
Reset the default Map and Results display to BLANK. Pressing this button will revert the Map page to display a blank map when you access the Map page. This button is only active when device and location parameters have been saved.

Interacting with the Map

Map symbology

Tracertrak overlays the following symbology on its maps.

This is an example of an icon marking an device's location. By default each device is assigned a different colour in alphabetical order. The first device will be shown with blue icons, the second with red, the third with green and so on up to 10 devices. After 10 devices the icon colours are reused. The locations for each individual device are numbered on the icon from most recent to oldest. You can change the appearance and colour of the icon by configuring the device or group.

Clicking a device icon will display a bubble. The content of the bubble is explained below.

The device icon may be overlayed with a combination of the following symbols:

Unacknowledged Alarm: One or more alarms were triggered, or one or more alarms were already active for the device when the mapped location was broadcast. At least one of the device's alarms had not been acknowledged.
Acknowledged Alarm: When the mapped location was broadcast one or more alarms were triggered or already active for the device, and all those device's alarms have been acknowledged.
Fixed Device: The device was 'fixed' at the time the location mapped with this icon was broadcast. Fixing a device involves defining a location where you expect the device to remain. That is, use the fixed device functionality to mark devices that you don't expect to move. Devices are defined as fixed via the 'Edit Device' pop-up, accessed from the 'Configure' page.

Positioning the mouse pointer on the map over a fixed device icon displays the following icon, which marks the location where the device was fixed.

Location was transmitted with an "OK" status.
Location was transmitted with a "Help" status.
Location was transmitted with a "Cancel Help" status.
Location was transmitted with an "SOS" emergency status.
Location was transmitted with a "Cancel SOS" emergency status.
Location was transmitted with a "Custom" message.
This target marks the origin of a proximity search. That is, the address from which the selected devices' proximity was mapped. Rolling the mouse pointer over this icon will display the street address on which the target is centered.
This is an example of an icon marking the location of a company location. Company locations can be defined by the account Administrator and appointed console users via the 'Custom GIS' page of 'Configure' (Configure - Custom GIS help).

Device location icons in close proximity to each other can be clustered after performing a search for Last Known Location. See below for further details.

An icon representing a standard cluster.
An icon representing a cluster that contain at least one location for a device with an unacknowledged alarm and no locations for devices with unacknowledged "duress" alarms or missed check-ins.
An icon representing a cluster that contain at least one location for a device with an unacknowledged missed check-in and no locations for devices with unacknowledged "duress" alarms.
An icon representing a cluster that contain at least one location for a device with an unacknowledged "duress" alarm, occurring at the time.

Map device icon on-click bubble

The bubble displays the device name and identifies the location where the device is mapped. If an address is shown, a match accuracy is shown. This is a visual representation of how close the address match is located to the GPS coordinates broadcast by the device (see below). The buttons shown in the bubble are the same as those in the text results, and are explained below.

Icon clustering

Icon clustering is a feature that can only be enabled after performing a search for Last Known Location. Device locations in close proximity of each other are clustered into a single cluster icon. Cluster icons have a number in their centre representing the number of device locations within the cluster. When a cluster icon is left clicked it will zoom the map to the bounds of the device locations contained in the cluster, and device locations that are no longer in close proximity to each other will be displayed as single device icons. If the locations within a cluster are so close together that they will still be clustered at the map's maximum zoom, a bubble with a list of devices in the cluster will open, and the map will not zoom. The cluster can also be right clicked to open the bubble at any time. Clicking a device in the list will open a popup with the device's location broadcast details (see Broadcast Details).

Map control panel

The map will expand to fill any available space in the web browser. This space is also occupied by the 'Find' options and the 'Text' results. The table below displays the controls to the 'Find' and 'Text' page areas.

Open device selection and search options Hide device selection and search options
Open text results Hide text results

The table below identifies what functions each of the map buttons perform.

Get results for selected devices and properties.
Refresh the map to show all devices selected in the text results.
Zoom the map to fit all devices selected in the text results as well as the geofences those devices are associated with.
Open a pop-up map legend.
Company locations are currently displayed. Click to hide company locations.
Company locations are currently hidden. Click to show company locations.
Geofences are currently displayed. Click to hide geofences.
Geofences are currently hidden. Click to show geofences.
Custom Map Layer (KMZ file) is currently displayed. Click to hide layer.
Custom Map Layer (KMZ file) is currently hidden. Click to show layer.
Icon Clustering is currently enabled. Click to disable.
Icon Clustering is currently disabled. Click to enable.
Device Paths are currently displayed. Click to hide layer.
Device Paths are currently hidden. Click to show layer.
Active route paths are currently displayed. Click to hide layer.
Active route paths are currently hidden. Click to show layer.
Open a pop-up print-friendly version of the map.

Geofences

If the device is associated with one or more geofences the geofences are drawn on the map in the transparent shades defined below. Geofences must be enabled in the control panel to display.

PENDING: A broadcast has not been received from any one of the devices associated with the geofence since the geofence was created or its location, status or type was changed.
OK: All devices associated with the geofence have either a last location that was OK - did not breach the geofence - or a condition of pending
IN DOUBT: None of the associated devices has a status of in breach. The last location for one or more associated devices is a location error or there is a missing broadcast alarm for one or more of the associated devices.
BREACHED: The last location of one or more devices associated with the geofence was in breach of the geofence.
INACTIVE: The geofence has been set to 'inactive'. The geofence is not being monitored for breaches. Change the geofence status on the 'Geofences' page of 'Configure' (Configure - Geofences help).

Custom Map Layer

An additional user defined map layer can be configured and displayed as an overlay to the map. This layer uses the KML standard to draw additional geographic data such as icons, labels, and ground overlays. See the Google Maps KML documentation for detailed instructions.

The Custom Map Layer can be configured by the account Administrator and appointed console users via the 'Custom GIS' page of 'Configure' (Configure - Custom GIS help). To display, the Custom Map Layer must be enabled in the control panel.

Device Paths

Devices mapped with multiple locations can use Device Paths to visualise the approximate path the device traveled. Device Paths feature a series of interconnecting lines between locations, accompanied by directional arrows pointing from the oldest locations to more recent, coloured to match the device the line is associated with. Device Paths must be enabled in the control panel to display.

Route Paths

Active routes configured in Configure - Routes can be displayed on the map. These will be presented as opaque grey shapes representing the route's configured boundary.

Interacting with the Text Results

The text results are displayed beneath the map and summarise all the locations shown on the map as well as those that could not be mapped due to an error. Device icons can be turned on and off by selecting and deselecting the checkbox in the left-hand column. The following table explains the buttons available:

Display a pop-up containing active alarm information and management for the device (see Manage Alarms).
Display a pop-up containing additional information provided in the broadcast, including the hex string broadcast by the device, alarm information and motion sensor status (see Broadcast Details).
Zoom the map to fit an individual device location.
Initiates a 'Find Proximity to' search using the device location from the same line of the text results as the clicked 'Find Proximity to' button as the address from which proximity will be mapped. When clicked the device's address will be copied to the 'Find Proximity to' address input and a message will be displayed notifying you that this has occurred. From then you can select the devices for whom you would like to determine a proximity to this address (see 'Find Proximity to' above for more information).
Acknowledges a device's unacknowledged alarm(s). Should the device have more than one unacknowledged alarm a pop-up lists all the device's alarms, from which you may select which alarms to acknowledge. Should a device have on
Actions the console to perform a reverse geocode on the selected coordinates, should an address now be available to display.
Display a pop-up containing the content and recipient of user message sent in the broadcast.

Additionally, certain broadcast rows will have distinct background colours. See table below:

Red background Indicates that the broadcast log contains an unacknowledged 'SOS' alarm.
Yellow background Indicates that the broadcast log contains an unacknowledged 'Help' alarm.
Orange background Indicates a missed check-in.

Address Accuracy

When an address can be matched to coordinates in a broadcast, the address will be displayed in the broadcast's text results, icon on-click bubble and broadcast detail popup. The accuracy of an address match is determined by comparing the straight-line distance from the broadcast coordinates to the matched address. Address accuracy is represented by the following icons:

Address match more than 10km from broadcast coordinates.
Address match more than 1km, but less than or equal to 10km from broadcast coordinates.
Address match more than 100m, but less than or equal to 1km from broadcast coordinates.
Address match less than or equal 100m from broadcast coordinates.

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