A variety of events will show on Maps and Reports in your ClearPathGPS portal. Here is a brief summary:
- Ignition On: The vehicle's engine has been started. For plug-in trackers, ignition is detected by a signal being sent to the OBD port. For wired trackers, this is detected by the ignition detection wire receiving voltage.
- Ignition Off: The vehicle's engine has been shut off. This is detected in the same manner as ignition On, via a signal to the port, or a drop in voltage on the ignition wire.
- Moving: When the GPS detects the speed of the vehicle has passed more than 3mph, a Moving event is reported. This is detected not by the vehicle's speedometer, as many units aren't connected to a speedometer, but by the change in GPS location over time. The reason for the 3mph minimum threshold, is to avoid false moving events caused by minor GPS diffraction. Certain very slow moving vehicles, such as farm equipment or steamrollers, can sometimes show a series of Idle events as opposed to Moving events due to the speed of the vehicles always remaining under 3 mph.
- Idle: If the engine of a vehicle has been running for 6 minutes without a Moving event, an Idle event is reported. (If you'd like to see a summary of Idle events, a Report can be generated under Reports->Group Summary->Idle Summary Report)
- Stop: A stop event is sent 90 seconds after the vehicle has become stationary. A stop is not related to the engine being shut off (that is an Ignition Off event). Occasionally long traffic lights or slow moving stop-and-go traffic will register Stops.
- Speeding: A speeding event indicates that the vehicle is driving faster than the maximum threshold set for that specific vehicle. The default value is 72 mph, but can be changed under Administration->Vehicle Admin, and updating the field 'Maximum Speed.' Speeding events are not based on the posted speed limit, simply by exceeding the maximum speed set in that field. What is considered 'speeding' will vary greatly depending on the vehicle and state law.
- Heartbeat: A Heartbeat event is a device's daily check-in to let us know that it's powered up and communicating. We use this event for troubleshooting purposes, it can be ignored. For many devices, Heartbeats are followed by a 'Power On.' This can be ignored, it is just indicating the tracker rebooted. More info on heartbeats here.
- Tow: Certain models of trackers will show 'Tow' when the GPS detects the vehicle is moving but an ignition on event has not occurred.
- Media Available: This indicates that Dashcam media, either a snapshot or a video clip, is available for viewing in the Media Manager.
For a full guide on ClearPathGPS Dashcams click here
Harsh Driving Events (Reports are Pro Accounts Only): Harsh Driving Events are calculated in different ways depending on your hardware, details below. Essentially, if the change in vehicle speed is greater than 11 mph per second per second, an event is triggered. In the end, what is truly considered 'harsh' is up to the customer's discretion as cornering in a sports car and in a cement truck will report the same event, with different levels of safety, and radness.
- OBD Plug-In Devices: Measured either via the tracker’s internal accelerometer, or by the vehicle’s onboard computer, depending on the model of your device
- Hardwired, or Asset Trackers: Acceleration is detected by a rapid change in GPS location as these trackers don’t have internal accelerometers, and are not connected to the vehicle’s onboard computer
- Solar Trackers: These devices cannot detect harsh acceleration
- OBD Plug-In Devices: Via the tracker’s internal accelerometer, or by the vehicle’s onboard computer
- Hardwired, Asset, or Solar Trackers: Not capable of detecting harsh braking at this time
- OBD Plug-In Devices: Measured via the tracker’s internal accelerometer
- Hardwired, Asset, or Solar Trackers: These devices cannot detect cornering
- Power Connect: The tracker registered it has been connected to power. Typically will only show if tracker lost power for a short period while still being powered by its backup battery. Likely to show after a reboot/power on.
- Power On: The tracker has booted up, some devices will do this daily after a Heartbeat event.
- Power Disconnect: The tracker has been disconnected from its power source for more than 2 minutes. Either by being unplugged, or its power or ground wire coming loose. For a full guide on Power Disconnect Events, see here.
- We offer Power Disconnect alerts for both Standard and Pro users. If you'd like to receive an email or text in the event of a Power Disconnect, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us the email or phone number you'd like to receive the alerts at, and for which vehicles you'd like the alerts to apply to.
- If you are seeing Power Connect/Disconnect events, it is likely that the either: The tracker isn't firmly plugged in; The driver is unplugging/replugging the unit; Or, in the case of hard-wired units: the power or ground wire isn't secure or has been incorrectly wired to something that isn't constantly powered (the dome light for example).
- Blown Fuse:
- OBD Plug-in Units plug into the vehicle's On Board Diagnostic port. This port is susceptible to blown fuses as it is often shared with several other circuits in the vehicle, such as the cigarette lighter. This OBD port fuse can also be blown when a vehicle is jump-started. The fuse blowing isn't related to the tracker as it draws a minimal amount of power.
- Hardwire Units have a separate fuse on the wiring harness. This fuse can be blown when the vehicle is jump-started. If a power disconnect is reported at the time of a jump start, it is the first thing that should be checked.
- The power disconnect events listed above do not apply to Trailer Tracker Units, they report power differently because of their sleep modes, see the section on Trailer Trackers further down)
If you have set up Geozones in your account, you will see some additional events:
- Arrive: The vehicle has entered into a Geozone boundary.
- Depart: The vehicle has left a Geozone boundary.
- Geozones are available for all users. Here is an Overview of Geozones
Power Take Off tracking (Pro Accounts Only): Some vehicles have additional motors or pumps that can be tracked when wired to do so. It is often useful for vehicles like cement mixers, tow trucks, pump trucks, street sweepers, etc. to have secondary motor hours tracked.
- PTO: On: Power Take Off-On, the pump/motor is running.
- PTO: Off: Power Take Off-Off, the pump/motor has stopped.
- Inputs: When running reports on vehicles with PTO you might see 'Inputs' before and after the PTO On/Off events, this can be ignored. It is simply the tracker reporting to the system that PTO is occurring.
- Note: A more in-depth guide to PTO Events can be found here.
Driver ID (Pro Account Only): Driver ID is an option for customers with certain types of units that is useful when several different drivers operate the same vehicle. Upon starting the vehicle, the driver will scan a key fob assigned to him or her, and the system will assign that driver to that vehicle. This feature requires a Pro subscription, more information on DriverID can be found here.
- DriverID: This event will show when the fob is scanned. On the map page, the driver's name will display in parenthesis next to the vehicle, for example 'Ford F150 (Danny).' On the ProPack Event Details Reports the driver's name will be displayed in a column next to all events.
Trailer Trackers, also known as Asset Trackers, report slightly differently than other trackers. They can be placed on vehicles that don't have a motor to provide ignition events, such as a camper trailer In this case, they will report:
- Asset Check In: This is a 2x daily check in with the GPS location of the asset. This event displays as Gold on the map.
- Wake Motion: The device has woken up from its power-conserving sleep because it has detected vibration or movement.
- Tow: The device is being towed.
- Tow Stop: The device has stopped being towed.
If the Trailer Tracker Unit is wired to an ignition source, on a skiploader for example, it will report all of the normal events such as Ignition On/Off, Moving, Idle, Stop, etc., as well as its 2x daily Asset Check in.
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