trakit usa instruction manual
Welcome to training on IDA Corporation’s TRAKIT GPS AVL Fleet Management
System. This training is focused on basic operation of the TRAKIT system using a radio
communications link.. You will get familiar with the fundamentals, know where to go if
you have questions and be exposed to most of the features and functions of the system.
Areas that will be covered are
Installation descripton (not installation training)
System Configuration
Software and maps
Elements of the system
Fleet Management System
GPS Satellite
150 MHz
220 MHz
450 MHz
800 MHz
900 MHz
Land line Phone
(Cellular/LEO E-mail)
- or -
- or -
Vehicle Icon
- or -
12V Power
Vehicle Icon
GPS Antenna
Play Back
Event Alerts
Screen Output
Data Buffer
Printed Maps
Preventive Maintenance Schedules
TRAKIT Vehicle Supervisor
Base Dispatch
Data Files
TRAKIT Vehicle Terminal
Vehicle Equipment
Equipment installed in the vehicle will include (at least) the TRAKIT vehicle device
connected to the mobile radio. The TRAKIT vehicle device includes the GPS receiver,
communications modem and a data buffer. A GPS antenna connects to the TRAKIT and
is installed to have a clear view of the sky.
The radio has its own antenna and is used to send locations from the vehicle through the
radio communications network to the base station.
Dispatch Base
At the base station the data is received by the base radio and sent to the TRAKIT base
device. A computer with TRAKIT software connects to the TRAKIT base device to
accept the data and process it. The data is used for display of vehicle icons over a digital
map on the screen or for creating files to be archived or used for generation of a variety
of operation and management reports.
When the TRAKIT vehicle device is attached to the radio in the vehicle it is assigned an
identifying number. This number is made up of a 3 digit GROUP NUMBER and a 3
digit ID NUMBER. This is how the system identifies the individual vehicles. This
number is recorded in the software module along with other information about that
particular vehicle
Dispatch Base
At the dispatch base station a TRAKIT base device is connected between the base radio
and the computer. The TRAKIT base software is installed in the computer.
Software and Map
Map Functions
The map menus and buttons allow you to easily choose the function you want to perform
or navigate around on the map. Click on these menu options to see the sub-menus.
Map Control
Point and center
The cursor is used to move the map. When you click the left mouse button (left-click)
the map will readjust so that the point that you clicked is positioned in the center of the
screen. This is a good way to pan the map either horizontally or vertically.
There are several ways to have the map zoom-in or zoom-out.
From the menu bar you can click on VIEW. This will bring up a menu of zoom options.
Or, you can select one of the zoom speed buttons in the row directly under the menu bar
Left-click on the magnifying glass buttons to zoom in (+) or zoom out (-) and then place
the cursor at some position on the map. The map will zoom and at the same time center
on the position where you put your cursor. The next two buttons do not require placing
the cursor on the map. The screen will stay in position and just zoom. Left-click on the
last button and you will zoom in to the smallest level. Left-clicking this button again and
you return to the level you came from.
Landmarks are icons you can place anywhere on the map to use as reference points or to
provide you with additional information about a certain point on the map. There are
numerous icons to choose from and you can manage them to represent anything that
serves your purpose.
Select LANDMARKS from the menu bar. This will bring up a menu for creating and
maintaining the landmarks. When you select ADD A LANDMARK SYMBOL you will
go to the LANDMARK SYMBOL box
Add Landmark Symbol
The LANDMARK LAYER is a file that is created. If a landmark layer has not been
created for you see CREATE LANDMARK LAYERS in these instructions. You can
have numerous landmark layer files open at any one time. You may want certain
landmark layers visible at different times. For that you would manage which landmark
layers were visible or invisible. To do this see MAP PROPERTIES in these instructions.
After selecting the landmark layer file you can choose the landmark Symbol you want to
use. There are many to choose from. If the Symbol shows in black you can change the
color. If the Symbol shows in a color already you cannot change the color. You can set
the Size by points. You may want to experiment with Sizes to become familiar with how
.big or small the numeric value will make the landmark. By checking the Scale to map
box the landmark will dynamically change in size to match the zoom level. If you want
the landmark to stay the same size no matter what the zoom level, leave this box
unchecked. You can create multiple landmarks on the map at one time if you check the
box Make multiple copies of the Symbol.
Position the cursor on the map where you want to place the landmark. Left-click once to
place the landmark.
Labels are text strings that you can put on one or many positions on the map. They can
be used to label a landmark or to apply custom annotation to the map. To create a label
left-click on ADD LANDMARK LABEL from the LANDMARK menu. The
LANDMARK LABEL box will appear.
Add Landmark Label
The landmark label is assigned to a landmark layer just like a landmark symbol. In the
Label box, type the text label that you want to put onto the map. You can rotate the label
to present the label in any attitude desired on the map. The Size can be set. A selection
can be made from a variety of colors. By checking the Make multiple copies of this
Label box multiple labels can be applied to the map at one time. The Scale to map box
will make the label change in size with the change in zoom level. Not changing this box
will cause the label to remain the same size no matter what the change in zoom level.
Point & Click Data Feature
The TRAKIT system has a unique feature called Point & Click Data Feature. This
feature provides for a database to be associated with map landmarks. When the landmark
layer is created you can set up a set of file fields that, when landmarks are put onto the
map the operator can enter data in each of the fields. You can have several landmark
layers active at the same time, each with a unique set of data fields. One could have
names and addresses of customers. Others could have numbers of tanks with tank
capacities. Others could have special instructions that when a driver approaches the
reference point the dispatcher can advise the driver of the instructions. You can also
control when each landmark is displayed or not displayed on the map.
When the Point & Click data feature is enabled (see Create Landmark Layers), and you
go to place a landmark on the map you will see the ITEM INFORMATION dialog box
for you to enter data.
To close the ITEM INFORMATION box left-click on OK. The landmark will remain on
the map at the position where you put your cursor.
To see the data that is associated with each landmark left-click on ENABLE POINT
QUERY from the LANDMARK menu.
Enable Point Query
This will change the cursor to an arrow with a + sign. Left-click on the landmark. This
will bring up the ITEM INFORMATION box with the data associated with that
landmark. While the box is on the screen the data in the fields can be changed. This
means that these databases can be maintained on-screen.
The databases used with the Point & Click Data Feature are .db files. These files are
commonly maintained by Microsoft Access, Paradox, dBase and many other database
manager-type utilities. The files can be manipulated and updated outside of TRAKIT.
This means that updates from outside files like accounts receivable, sales or notation files
could be easily accessible by the Point & Click Data Feature.
Create Landmark Layers
Each landmark symbol and landmark label must be attached to a landmark layer. You
may want to spend some time analyzing how management of landmark layers will benefit
your application. You can turn layers on or off depending on the presentation you wish
to have on the screen at any given time. Each landmark layer can be associated with a
custom database that provides the Point & Click Data feature. For this feature you
determine the fields of data in the database. These fields can then be maintained onscreen by using the Enable Point Query function.
To create a Landmark Layer go to LANDMARKS, CREATE LANDMARK LAYER
Create Landmark Layer
Create fields of the file by left-clicking on Add Field. In the Field Information box the
Name will indicate the next field number available. You can change this to any field
name you wish. You can indicate the Type and size (Width) of the field. Field Indexed
is reserved for advanced users. By clicking on Create you will have created the landmark
Visible control
You can control whether or not the landmark will be displayed on the map. When setting
up the Point & Click Database Data structure include a field called “visible”. Indicate the
field Type as “logical”. This field acts like a toggle switch by turning on or off (True or
False) the display of this landmark.
Map Properties
You can manage landmark files in the Map Properties box. Get there by MAP
Map Control
Map Properties
Double-clicking on a landmark layer brings up the Layer Properties box. Under Layer
Controls you can indicate in the Layer Visible box if you want the layer to be used on the
map. Other parameters in the box are reserved for advanced users only.
Additional Map Views
Besides the main full-screen map view up to two additional views can be displayed on
the screen. To show the additional views left-click on MAP CONTROL on the menu
bar, then select either or both of MAP VIEW 1 and MAP VIEW 2.
Map Control
Map View 1 (or) Map View 2
Each of the map views can have independent zoom levels. Each of the views can be
programmed to follow a vehicle. This is a good way to follow several vehicles at streetlevel zoom or to monitor a vehicle at street-level and wide-area zoom levels at the same
Vehicle Info List
The Vehicle Info List is a box that is displayed on the screen showing the text address
and other information about each position received from each vehicle. The box can be
sized and placed anywhere on the screen. Initiate the Vehicle Info List by selecting
Show Vehicle Info List
Alert Zones
You can set up zones on the map to detect if vehicles enter or leave specified areas on the
map. To Work with zones select ALERTS from the menu bar, then ZONE. To make a
new alert zone select NEW.
Select a zone type. You can set the zone to apply to all vehicles, a single vehicle or to
detect the movement of a vehicle. If for only one vehicle select that vehicle from the
vehicle identification box. The Zone activation threshold is the number of meters that the
vehicle will enter or leave the zone before the zone alert will be triggered.
Position and size the zone by clicking and dragging across the map. Left-click to confirm
position and size of the zone. If the zone does not show on the map, check the ALERTS,
VIEW, OPTIONS menu selection.
Make sure the Display zones box is checked. This is also where you can select the color
of the zone lines.
Map Control- Display Options
Map Control
Display Options
Use this box to change the display of DMS (Degrees, Minutes, Seconds) and metric
values as well as tell the system to indicate the direction of travel of the vehicle icon by
pointing the icon in that direction.
Grid Lines, Grid Tics
You may want to set up additional reference points to make the job of dispatching easier.
Grid Lines and Grid Tics can help. Select these options from the MAP CONTROL
Map Control
Grid Lines (or) Grid Tics
Grid Lines
Grid Tics
Drawing Tool
The TRAKIT map includes a drawing tool for placing lines and shapes on the map.
From the MAP CONROL menu select the ADD LANDMARK
Map Control
Add Landmark (Polyline/Polygon)
Select a color and size for the line. After left-clicking OK perform a series of left-clicks
on the map along the route you wish to draw the line.
Check the Polygon box to make a shape on the map. You can make virtually any shape.
Perform a series of left-clicks on the map outlining the area you want to cover
Address Search
Find the map location from addresses. Indicate a city or address and the location will be
found on the map. Click on the yellow flag to find a place (city) and the green sign post
to find a location by street address.
The TRAKIT software includes a router that will trace out a route from one point to
Indicate the Start Location and the Finish Location then click on Calculate. The system
will look for the best route based on your selections
When you close the box the route will be plotted for you on the map.
Print Map
If you want to print a map there is a menu selection under MAP CONTROL to print the
map that is currently on-screen. The map is printed along with any landmark symbols
and landmark labels you entered.
Map Control
Print Map
Vehicle Programming
New/Modify vehicle
When setting up the system you must tell the TRAKIT software about the vehicles.
There are numerous features and functions available if the vehicles are properly
programmed into the software. From the VEHICLES menu select ADD VEHICLE
Add Vehicle
The Group and ID you enter must match with the Group and ID that was programmed
into the vehicle device when it was installed. The Alias is the label that you will see
under the vehicle icon on the digital map when you are monitoring.
Ref# and Driver are fields that will be inserted in log files. You may want to assign these
to identify a job, customer, etc. or the driver of the vehicle. When reports are generated
from the files this data can be reported.
You must check the Poll Vehicle box if you want the system to include this vehicle in the
polling rotation. Likewise you will want to check the Playback Display box if you want
this vehicle to appear on the digital map when playing back an activity file.
Choose a Polling Interval. There are many choices from By Query Only to One Day.
Choose a vehicle icon. You may want to organize your icons to represent types of
vehicles in your fleet. If the icon shows black in the box you can change the color.
Bread Crumb Trail Enable will turn on a feature where the last 20 positions of the vehicle
activity will be displayed on-screen by the icon you select for the bread crumb trail. If
the icon shows black in the box you can change the color.
The Cellular Setup and StarCom Setup boxes are not used for radio systems.
Modify Vehicle
Selecting MODIFY VEHICLE from the VEHICLE menu allows you to change the
settings for each vehicle.
Modify Vehicle
You may want to change the settings often to increase the efficiency of the system. By
turning off polling when the vehicle is not in use the system will not waste time looking
for it.
Modify Vehicle Hardware
There is intelligence in the TRAKIT vehicle devices that help the efficiency and
usefulness of the system. You can adjust settings in the vehicle devices over-the-air that
affect how often location positions are sent to the dispatch center or recorded in the
vehicle device data buffer.
When you select MODIFY VEHICLE HARDWARE from the VEHICLES menu ,
Modify Vehicle Hardware
you will select a vehicle you wish to change the settings for. The system will attempt to
communicate with the vehicle device and retrieve a copy of the present settings. If the
vehicle device is not operating, possibly because it is powered down, the connection will
not be able to take place.
If your communication with the vehicle was successful the Remote Vehicle Setup box
will appear.
Buffer Control
With this setting you control what happens if the capacity of the data buffer is exceeded
in the TRAKIT vehicle device.
Position Events
Certain events can trigger location positions to be sent to the dispatch center or recorded
in the TRAKIT vehicle device. A vehicle does not always have to be polled from the
dispatch computer to send its location. These settings will cause the positions to be
automatically sent when it is most efficient for the vehicle to do so. Likewise location
positions can be selectively recorded in the vehicle data buffer reducing the amount of
unnecessary data and conserving buffer capacity.
Dynamic Timers
The efficiency of tracking a fleet of vehicles on a radio system is greatly enhanced by
maximizing the capacity of the communications link. By sending location data only
when necessary the burden on the communications link is lessened considerably.
The Dynamic Timers feature provides for five speed ranges each assigned with a
different time interval for sending the vehicle position. Depending on the requirements
of your application you can adjust these settings to promote the greatest efficiency of the
system. The interval is expressed in seconds and the speed is expressed in miles per hour
or kilometers per hour depending on your setting in the Map Control, Display Options.
Map Control
Display Options
Each Speed/Interval corresponds with the time interval that is used for recording or
storing positions.
Turn Threshold Value
This setting is the number of degrees of heading change that will trigger a directionchange event for sending or storing location positions. This feature can help define the
actual route of a vehicle by showing all of the corners of the route taken. It can also be
useful to efficiently track a vehicle, not just getting time-interval positions but positions
when the vehicle changes direction.
When OK is clicked on the Remote Vehicle Setup box the system will attempt to update
the settings in the vehicle. The TRAKIT vehicle device needs to be operational for the
settings to be updated in the vehicle.
Real-time Monitoring
After the TRAKIT vehicle devices are installed and the vehicles are properly set up in the
TRAKIT software you can begin to start monitoring activity of the vehicles. Start your
TRAKIT AVL system from Windows.
You will see the TRAKIT map.
From the FILE menu select the option to START MONITORING.
Start Monitoring
The system will immediately begin to start polling the vehicles and/or displaying
positions sent from the vehicles. As each position is received the icon for that vehicle
will be presented on the map at the location that is reported. You can set the system to
always start monitoring when you go into the program. This setting is located in the
General Setup
You can also have the Vehicle Info List show automatically when you start the program.
Also from the OPTIONS menu you can change polling settings in POLLING SETUP.
Polling Setup
In this box you can set a polling rate that overrides the vehicle settings. Double-clicking
on the vehicle will bring up that vehicle’s settings if you want to change them.
File Logging
If you check this box a file will be created storing all of the activity of all of the vehicles.
These files can be used for play-back at a later time or for processing in the TRAKIT
ANALYZER program for generation of operation and management reports. You can
instruct the system to automatically name these files for you each time and to
automatically start a new file at midnight of each day.
Dynamic Polling
There are times when vehicles are out of service or inactive for extended periods of time.
It may be inefficient to continue to try to poll those vehicles, taking up valuable cycle
time of the system. When Dynamic Polling is enabled, if polling is not successful for a
certain number of Intervals Before Pause, the system will automatically wait a set number
of Intervals Before Retry before trying to poll that vehicle again.
Query A Vehicle
At any time you can query the location of any active vehicle. Do this by either selecting
Query Vehicle
or by clicking on the speed button
and selecting the vehicle you want to query
Get information about a vehicle by clicking on the question-mark speed button
Drag the ? to the vehicle you want and click.
Information on that vehicle will display showing time and date of last position and the
physical address of the position.
Right-clicking anywhere on the map will bring up a dialog box with short-cut options.
You can change the Driver/Reference number on the fly. These data elements will occur
along with the location data in files captured while monitoring the activity of the fleet.
You can go directly to the Polling Setup, Playback Setup or Download Setup menu
The Route Start Set and Route Stop Set are used to automatically indicate the start and
end parameters of the automatic routing feature.
Follow Vehicle
You may want the map to adjust automatically to follow a vehicle if it should travel past
the map shown on the screen. Left-clicking on the Follow Vehicle button
will let you select the vehicle that you want to follow.
Whenever this selected vehicle starts to go off-screen the map will automatically adjust to
position this vehicle in the middle of the screen.
Over-The-Air Buffer Download
Data captured and stored in the TRAKIT vehicle device can be downloaded to the
dispatch computer over-the-air. To do this select DOWNLOAD VEHICLE DATA from
the VEHICLES menu.
Download Vehicle Data
You will be asked to select the vehicle. You will name the file and indicate where on
your computer you would like to place it. The system will then attempt to download all
of the data from the selected vehicle’s buffer. The amount of time this will take will
depend on the capacity of the radio system and amount of data to be downloaded. Once
downloaded the files can be used to play-back activity or for processing by the TRAKIT
ANALYZER to produce operation and management reports.
Play-back of Vehicle Activity
Any file captured from monitoring or downloaded from the vehicle can be played back
on-screen. From the FILE menu choose PLAYBACK FILE.
Playback File
Select the file you wish to play back. You can control the play-back using the VCR-type
In order from left-to-right the buttons are:
The playback will run at approximately one position per second. 2X SPEED will double
that speed. REPEAT PLAY will automatically start the playback over from the
beginning when it reaches the end.
Export to ASCII
A captured data file can be exported to a standard ASCII file. This file can be imported
into a variety of spreadsheet and database management programs for individual and
detailed analysis. Select this option by going to the FILE menu and selecting EXPORT
Export To ASCII
Map View 1 (or) Map View 2 . 15
Modify Vehicle ......................... 27
Modify Vehicle Hardware ...... 27
Navigation................................... 5
New/Modify vehicle ................. 26
Over-The-Air Buffer Download
................................................ 34
Play-back of Vehicle Activity . 35
Point & Click data feature...... 10
Point and center ......................... 5
Print Map ................................. 25
Query A Vehicle....................... 32
Real-time Monitoring .............. 30
Right-clicking ........................... 33
Router ....................................... 24
Show Vehicle Info List ............ 16
Software and Map ..................... 5
Vehicle Equipment .................... 3
Vehicle Info List....................... 16
Vehicle Programming.............. 26
Visible control .......................... 12
Zoom ........................................... 5
zoom speed buttons.................... 6
Add Landmark Label................ 9
Add Landmark Symbol............. 7
Add Vehicle............................... 26
Additional Map Views ............. 15
Address Search......................... 22
Alert Zones ............................... 16
Create Landmark Layers........ 11
Dispatch Base ............................. 4
Download Vehicle Data ........... 34
Drawing Tool............................ 20
Dynamic Polling ....................... 32
Elements of the system .............. 3
Enable Point Query ................. 11
Export to ASCII ....................... 35
File Logging .............................. 32
Follow Vehicle .......................... 34
Grid Lines, Grid Tics............... 19
Installation .................................. 4
Labels .......................................... 8
Landmarks.................................. 6
Map Control- Display Options19
Map Functions............................ 5
Map Properties......................... 13
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