Vehicle Tracking

Vehicle tracking allows you to map your vehicles/units and collect information such as Date/Times, Locations, Speeds, Altitudes, etc and display this information on a map of your service area.

 

Devices:

To get the information from your vehicles, you can choose a commercially available solution (Guardian Mobility, Latitude, Outerlink, SpiderTracks, SkyTrac, etc) or an App on a cell phone/computer in the unit.  BGS is able to import data from most providers but contact us to verify integration.

Setup:

IMPORTANT:  The more frequent your vehicles update, the more data will be sent via your data plan and also the larger the effect on battery life of your device.  I recommend updating at intervals of 2 minutes or greater to help with both of these.

Each unit/vehicle in the scheduler must be associated with the data from the device transmitter.  Commercially available transmitters  will have a fixed Electronic Serial Number (ESN).  Android / iOS app may give you the ability to choose your ESN or input the ESN.  First, we will setup the units with the ESN from your provider.

If Using A Commercially Available Device:

  1. Log into your provider’s website and locate the ESN number of each vehicle or the Device ID.  Note: The ESN number is not the IMEI number.
  2. Log into the scheduler -> Features -> System Configuration -> Units tab -> Units/Vehicles.
  3. Select the unit from the list.  If you have several units (ie Ems1-1 and Ems1-2, use the Ems1-1 unit and leave others blank)
  4. Click “Edit Unit“.
  5. Set “Unit Tracking Enabled” -> “Enabled”.
  6. Enter the ESN into the “Tracking ESN / Vehicle ID“.
  7. Click “Update Unit“.

 

If Using A Android App: 

  1. Download and install CelltracGTS/Free
  2. Click the 3 dots in the Top Right corner for Configuration.
  3. Select “Mobile-ID Type” to “IMEI / ESN“.
  4. Write down the “Mobile-ID”.  This will be your “ESN” in the scheduler.
  5. Set the “Server URL” to “https://sch.bradgoodmansolutions.com/OpenGTS.asp“.
  6. Set the “GPS Same Rate” to “10 seconds“. Increasing this value will reduce cell phone battery consumption.
  7. Set the “Event Interval While Moving” to “2 Minutes“.  This is how often the device will update.  More frequent updates will create more data on the cell phone plan and use more battery power.  BGS will only accept updates at 1 minute or higher intervals.
  8. Set the  “Auto-Startup on Reboot” to “Yes“.
  9. Log into the scheduler -> Features -> System Configuration -> Units tab -> Units/Vehicles.
  10. Select the unit from the list.  If you have several units (ie Ems1-1 and Ems1-2, use the Ems1-1 unit and leave others blank)
  11. Click “Edit Unit“.
  12. Set “Unit Tracking Enabled” -> “Enabled“.
  13. Enter the ESN into the “Tracking ESN / Vehicle ID“.
  14. Click “Update Unit“.

 

 

 

If Using iOS App:

  1. Log into the scheduler -> Features -> System Configuration -> Units tab -> Units/Vehicles.
  2. Select the unit from the list.  If you have several units (ie Ems1-1 and Ems1-2, use the Ems1-1 unit and leave others blank)
  3. Click “Edit Unit“.
  4. Set “Unit Tracking Enabled” -> “Enabled“.
  5. Click “Auto Generate Tracking ESN“.
  6. Click “Update Unit“.
  7. On the Right Hand side, write down the “Unit Tracking Account ID” and the “Vehicle ID“.
  8. Download and install Open GTS Client Pro
  9. Expand the Settings section by clicking the “+” icon.
  10. Set the “Server” to “https://sch.bradgoodmansolutions.com“.
  11. Set the “Port” to “80“.
  12. Set the “Directory” to “/OpenGTS/“.
  13. Set the “Account ID” to the Account ID from Step #7.
  14. Set the “Vehicle ID” to the Vehicle ID from Step #7.
  15. Set the “Update Interval (s)” to “120“.  This is the number of seconds between updates. Minimum value is 60 seconds.
  16. Click “Save“.
  17. The settings area will dim and become un-editable.  To make a correction, close the app and re-open.
  18. Next, click “Start Tracking“.
  19. If the “OpenGTS Server Update Status” does not become green and show “Success”, verify you settings and re-try.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracking:

To open the tracking feature, click on “Vehicle Tracking” from the Quick Links section or from “Features” -> “Vehicle Tracking“.

The mapping system will show a map of your service area.

 

First, ensure that all bases are shown on the map.   If a Base is not shown, click “Return to Scheduler” and update your base address from “Features” -> “System Configuration” -> “Base Types“.  Enter the correct address and save.  Then verify the mapping by clicking “Scheduling” -> “Bases And Units“.  The map of the base should appear.  Next, return to the Vehicle Tracker.

 

Notice the Icons in the Top Right corner.  .  The House icon will reset your view back to the normal view and stop any tracks that are currently playing.

 

Next, click in the background of the map.  The “Fleet Overview” will appear showing all units that the scheduler has received coordinates

from.  If a unit is missing, verify the ESN from the scheduler Unit setup and also the app settings.

Each unit will be shown in the table along with the last coordinates received, the speed (in knots), Altitude (in meters), Heading, Last Date Time Fix (in UTC time), Number of minutes ago (adjusted to local time) and the average Frequency between coordinates (in minutes).

 

Notice the options box in the Top Left corner.  This box contains links to view the prior/historical tracks of each unit by selecting a unit from “View History For Unit” and selecting the time.

The buttons on the lower section allow you to add Layers to the map.  Airports will load all airports in the United States including the latest TAF and METARs.  The NWS Warnings will show active alerts from the National Weather Service.  Smoke will render the current smoke plumes that may affect visibility.  TFRs will load all active TFRs.  All layers are updated hourly.

 

When you select a historical flight, the map will zoom to the starting location and begin the timeline.  You can stop, fast forward, and rewind the timeline by using the icons in the Bottom Right corner.  You can also click on a time from the timeline to go to that time.  

 

 

 

 

 

When viewing a vehicle history, the camera will lock onto the unit.  Mouse controls will now shift the camera angle.  To un-lock the camera from the unit and return the map to normal mouse controls, click the Camera icon in the top right corner of the Tracks window.  Clicking the Home icon will also un-lock the camera and reset the view.

 

Airport Information:

Enable the Airports layer by clicking “Airports“.

Select any airport on the map to show the airport information including TAF and METAR.  All Layers are updated hourly.