Mapping

To view your asset in the map log in to the website using your credentials.  Select the map button on the menu.  Select your asset using the search bar.  The live position of your asset is shown by default.

Map Types

Checkmate supports a variety of map types to allow flexibility depending on use. The default is Microsoft Bing maps. The following are supported:

Bing Maps

Has live traffic information (in view menu). Used for dispatch or planning scenarios.

Automatic map mode will switch to an interesting 3D and street view perspective when zoomed in.

Google Maps

Geotab does not currently license Google Maps.

Customers can license from Google or make sure their companies complies already https://developers.google.com/maps/terms.

OpenStreetMaps

Free, open collaborative maps that can be improved or corrected by anyone contributing, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap.

Setup your own login on the map website www.osm.org and start editing any mistakes or add posted road speed information to the maps.

Geotab updates their maps on the my servers about once every month.This map type does not currently support traffic or street imagery.

Custom Maps

There is powerful custom maps support available - any maps that are supported by OpenLayers see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenLayers are supported. Examples of supported map types are:

  • ArcGIS REST Servers

  • MapQuest

  • CloudMade

  • Tilemill

Customers with custom maps eg. ESRI maps can be integrated by setting up a tile server or ArcGIS server. All trips, exceptions and zones will appear on these maps. These maps can be configured in Administration->System Settings

Map Searching & Views

The search box makes it easy to find anything from one place. It simultaneously searches:

  • Device Name

  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

  • Zone/Customer Name

  • Route

  • Address

The drop down triangle next to the search is used to browse vehicles and groups. Selecting the vehicle will show its current position on the map. You can search for and select more than one vehicle at a time.

View->Views->Save this View to save specific map views to return to quickly and easily.  Map views are user defined options.

These can be administered from Administration->Options.The view that is at the top of the list of all the predefined views is the default view that will be used when opening a new map.

Zones can be shown or hidden to reduce clutter.

New Routes can be added.

A smart legend which shows which exceptions are which colors can be shown to help with identifying problems.  Exceptions can be toggled on and off on the map by left clicking on the individual exceptions in the legend to reduce clutter.

Live Tracking

It is easy to add one, multiple or an entire group to a map.

The map will adjust to automatically show all vehicles being tracked.

Changing the view will then cause only those vehicles left in the view to be tracked.

Moving the mouse over the current position will show more information about what the vehicle is currently doing.


By left clicking on the current location of an asset several options are available.

Clicking on a map

By clicking on the map, the following options are available:

  • Adding a zone will create a zone of the default size and square shape at the point clicked. This is useful for quickly creating zones and it can be edited afterwards.

  • Finding the nearest vehicles to the middle of the map or the address being searched.

  • Finding the address at this point.

  • Street view if you are licensed for Google maps.

Historic Tracking

The trips history button allows looking at one or more vehicles trips back in time.

When switching from Live Map to Trips History, the vehicles selected in Live Map will have their trips shown.

Initially only the list of trips without a map is shown.

Each row is one trip and stop info.

The first item in a row is the address where the vehicle stopped (or the name of the zone).By importing customers, office locations or other places into the system, these zone names will show instead of the address.

If the location is a zone then it is underlined with the following to show the type of the zone.

  • Green is for home type

  • Orange is for office type

  • Red is for customer type

The row also shows when the vehicle arrived, how long it was stopped for, the trip time and trip distance.

Clicking on the row will cause the screen to split and a map to show on the right.

Further clicking on any trip rows will have those trips added to the map.A shortcut to adding all the trips for the day is to click on the date row.

The numbers on the trips list correspond to the numbers on the map for that vehicle, making it easy to relate them.

There is a speed graph button on each row, allowing a quick view of the speed of the vehicle during that trip.


Each vehicles track will be shown in a different color on the map.  The colored bar to the left of the trip data indicates the color of that vehicles track on the map.  

The map itself has an automatic legend that shows at the bottom.

Each exception applicable to the map and the stop icons are shown.

By clicking on any icon below, that exception can be hidden from the map.

The trail of the vehicle will be shown in the color of the exception. Where there are multiple exceptions, the color will alternate in a banding pattern. When an exception is too small to be visible, a warning triangle is shown instead .

Small arrows indicate the direction of travel.

A star with a number indicates a customer stop (a zone was created at that location) and a square with a number indicates a stop that occurred outside of a known zone.

Moving the mouse over the trail will show more info like time, speed and exceptions.When viewing trips on a map, the software will automatically push your left menu out of the way. To get the menu back, click on the orange line located to the left side of the page.