Dashboards

The Dashboard plugin provides a real time overview of your VehicleTracker application. You can now visualize the number of vehicles idling, distance traveled or any other events triggered and their duration. The real time interface provides you with a better overall control of your fleet and easier management of fleet operations. Dashboards are available in the desktop interface and our mobile application, which enables you to be constantly updated, even when you are on the go!


Introduction

A dashboard is a great tool to give a visual summary of your fleet’s activity. The Mobile Dashboard plugin aggregates data based on your event rules and presents the information with graphs to give you a better understanding of the data.

A Dashboard consist of one or multiple Dashboard Items. Each Dashboard Item is linked to an Event Rule that you are interested in. You can decide if you want to show the number of active events, the duration or the total distance when the event rule was active and much more.

Installation

1. Make sure that you have .NET 4 installed on your Windows Server
2. Enable .NET 4 for GpsGate Server from SiteAdmin -> Plugins > Target Framework.
3. Login to SiteAdmin and navigate to the Plugins tab.
4. Change the repository URL to: beta.gpsgate.com.
5. Select the Get More Plugins tab.
6. Find and install the Dashboard plugin.
7. After installing, enable the Dashboard plugin for the desired application by going to the Applications tab. Select the application and expand the privilege section. Scroll down to the Plugins folder and enable the Dashboard privileges.
8. Log in to VehicleTracker to start the setup process.

Create a new Dashboard

1. Go to menu Admin -> Dashboard.
2. Add a new Dashboard and save it.
3. Select which View the dashboard will be gathering data from.

Add a new Dashboard Item

This example will show how to set up a dashboard item to show the current number of SOS events in a graph.

1. From the Dashboard creation window, or the Dashboard Items section, add a new Dashboard Item.

Dashboard Item creation

2. Select the event rule that triggers on vehicle SOS. This event rule will be linked to this Dashboard Item.
3. From the dropdown menu, select “Current count”. This will display the number of active events for the SOS rule.
You will see that the fields in the Formula section has been automatically selected. That is because Current count is a preset template. (More information about the Formula field can be found further down)
4. Choose a graph type and graph color.
5. Click on step 2 and select a dashboard that the dashboard item will belong to.
6. Save the Dashboard Item.

Note: The dashboard item will start to gather data from the point of creation and onwards. It will not process old event data.

Note: The event rule selected for the dashboard item must be Enabled. A current limitation is that the event rule must also have Show in map view selected in the Presentation section OR have a Notifier in the Notifications section in the event rule wizard. Otherwise the dashboard item will not be able to calculate any data.

Dashboard Desktop Interface

You can view all of your previously created dashboards and items in the desktop interface.

Go to menu Windows -> Dashboard. This will bring up the dashboard view.

Dashboard view

From this view you can change between different dashboards and items to give you a quick overview of the status of your fleet.

Compare and view historic data

Dashboard compare tools

Use the Period selector to view data for a Day, Week, Moth or Year. By pressing the plus (+) icon you can add another data set and compare days, week etc to each other.

Dashboard compare graphs

The graph above compare two days to each other. This can be very useful when analyzing your fleet and you can take actions to optimize your business.

Dashboard Mobile Interface

1. Log in to the Mobile Application.
2. Select the Dashboard tab from the right side.
3. This will show you a list of all your Dashboard Items for the selected Dashboard.

Dashboard Item list

Click on any of the rows to go into that dashboard item. This view shows you a graph with the values during the day. You can interact with the graph by pressing any of the data points, this will bring up a label with the time and value at that time.

Idle Vehicles graph

More about the Formula

Dashboard Item list
The formula field lets you choose how the data for this Dashboard Item will be calculated. The formula is divided into three steps that together make the final value.

Per View
First you will select how the data should be calculated for the whole view. It can be a Sum or Daily Sum.
Sum is the current number of triggered events for the view and Daily sum is the accumulated number of triggered events for the whole day.

Per User
The second step describes how the data will be calculated per user. It can be Total, Min, Max, Average, or Value.

Variable
The last step lets you select the variable that should be counted. For Current count and Accumulated cound the value 1 represents the weight. It means that the total number will be increased by 1 for each time the event is triggered. You can also Include values coming from mapped fields.

Presets

There are some presets available and they are described below.

Current count
Count current number of active events of the event.

Accumulated count
Count how many events of the selected type that has triggered. Every time the selected event triggers it will increase the value by one.

Duration
Count how long the event has been active.

Distance
Count the distance travelled when the event was active.

Custom
The custom template lets you make your own formula to calculate something that you are interested in. The last step in the formula lets you include values comming from different sources like the Odometer or any other mapped field.

Data Collection

Data collection starts the moment you create the dashboard item, because of this the data for the first day can be imprecise. Data is calculated per View so you can set up multiple views with different tags to compare data. A snapshot of the dashboard items value is taken periodically, with a 5 minutes interval and this is saved to the database.


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