Product Updates

New Live Tracking Page

Quartix has introduced additional icons on our Live Tracking page that improve readability and give our customers more information at a single glance.

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Screenshot of the new live tracking page

These additional icons show the current status of your entire fleet:

  • The ‘black square’ shows you that the vehicle has stopped with its ignition off
  • The ‘pause symbol’ shows you that the vehicle has stopped with its ignition on
  • The green arrow indicates a speed lower than 30 mph
  • The yellow arrow indicates a speed between 30-50 mph
  • The blue arrow indicates a speed between 50-60 mph
  • The orange arrow indicates a speed between 60-70 mph
  • The red arrow indicates a speed greater than 70 mph

This new road map lets you not only see the speed of your vehicles, but also their direction, in real-time.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact Quartix Support on 01686 806 663 or email support@quartix.net.

 

Quartix Dashboards

It’s always been possible to customise the Quartix system, to allow each customer to tailor our reporting tools to best suit the needs of their company.  With the addition of the new Quartix Dashboards, we have gone one step further towards giving our customers control over how they view their fleet’s activities in real-time.

The Quartix Dashboards are made up of a number of components, each using simple and clear graphs to display a variety of live fleet information.  Individually, each one is itself customisable.

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You can view the components on the Live Status Dashboard, with two at the top and three below.  This live dashboard will routinely update to show the current status of all parameters being monitored—you can choose to view your entire fleet or specific groups of vehicles for each individual component.

Once you have created a layout for the dashboards that best suits your needs, you can save this under a customised name, to use in the future.  You can also choose to share the dashboard with another user on your account; when you make changes to the individual components, or delete/add a component, this will be reflected on everyone’s setup for that dashboard. There is no limit to the number of dashboard set-ups you can have on your account and more components will be made available as they are developed.

The components currently available are as follows:

Usage Profile

This component, displayed as a bar chart, shows the percentage of vehicles in use either for each hour of the current day or for each day of the week.  Clicking on any bar in the chart will list the vehicles in use and not in use during that time period, in separate, scrollable lists.  You can then click on a vehicle to view its daily log (for vehicles in use) or last location (for unused vehicles).

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Usage

This doughnut chart shows the vehicles that are used and unused for either the day or the week as whole, rather than by the hour as in the Usage Profile. A vehicle will be considered ‘used’ if it has made a trip that exceeds 250 metres, although this is customisable via the admin window and can be defined by an ignition-on event. For this component, you can set the utilisation target, or the percentage of the fleet that must be in use during the time period.  You can also decide when an alert will show if this has not been reached.

For example, if it is a requirement that over 60% of the fleet be used during the day, it would be irrelevant to raise an alert that this hasn’t happened at 08:00, if most of the vehicles were naturally not in use up until then.  Therefore, it is possible to set the time by which this criteria should be met.  Alerts for all components will show as red on the graphs.

For a weekly chart, the alert condition will be based on the daily average for the week so far.

Clicking on any section will list the vehicles in use and not in use during that time period, in separate, scrollable lists.  You can then click on a vehicle to view its daily log (for vehicles in use) or last location (for unused vehicles).

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Number of Calls

This component, displayed as a speedometer, shows the number of calls made as compared to a set target number.  A ‘call’ is considered to be a stop at a different place from where the vehicle was kept at the start of its shift. You can define a target for the number of calls per vehicle, and the total calls will be calculated from that and the number of vehicles in your selected group.  The scale on the chart will run from 0 to twice the target level, to account for trips made beyond the target number; the exact target level will show at the top of the arch.

For this component, you can determine the calls per day per vehicle, the alert start time, and whether or not to include stops where the ignition is left on.  Clicking on the component will display the list of vehicles, in ascending number of calls undertaken, and each vehicle will take you to its daily log.

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Vehicles Off-Site

This component, displayed as a speedometer, shows the number of vehicles that are away from their overnight location, to give the measure of fleet activity.

For a vehicle to be considered ‘Off-Site,’ its latest event must be at a different place from where the vehicle was kept overnight. This can be done by comparing the location of the latest event with that of the day’s first Ignition-On event.  The scale will be from zero to the number of vehicles in the selected group and the percentage target point is represented as a line on the dial.

Clicking on any section will list the vehicles in use and not in use during that time period, in separate, scrollable lists.  You can then click on a vehicle to view its daily log (for vehicles in use) or last location (for unused vehicles).

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Real-Time Status

This doughnut chart summarises what all selected fleet vehicles are doing at the current time.  The status options are Moving, Stationary, Parked Off-Site, and Parked On-Site.  Off-Site will be considered to be a different place from where the vehicle was kept overnight.

You can adjust the target levels for each status option, and whether an alert will be raised for numbers above or below this target.  You can also set the alert start and end times. Clicking the sections will show a list of the vehicles in each category, sorted in descending order of importance. In other words, if the target is to be above a certain number, the furthest from meeting that criteria will be shown first. You can click through the daily log for each vehicle.

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Some of the components have additional graphics, such as above, that flag the targets for each status and alert in red, just like the graph itself, until those targets are met.  A glance at the screen can tell you how close you are to reaching a particular target.

These five components offer quick and comprehensive views of the most vital functions of a mobile fleet and make staying on top of operations easier than ever.

 

Privacy Controls

The Quartix Vehicle Tracking system has a set of privacy modes that allow customers to decide when fleet vehicles are tracked and when they are not.  They can choose to either monitor them all the time, define the hours of monitoring for weekdays and weekends, or have no monitoring for lengthy periods such as holidays.

Now, for our customers’ convenience, these monitoring modes can be accessed remotely, in real-time.

Accessing the web application:

  1. If you wish to use the new privacy application, please contact our Sales or Support teams. They will send you a link upon request.
  2. Follow that link and a new page, will appear, allowing you to directly enter your passwords. (It is necessary to click on the blue button ‘Login’ to validate your credentials.)

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  1. Once logged on, select a vehicle from the dropdown menu, then the tracking mode desired.

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The different tracking modes available are:

  • Track Always – Monitoring is 24/7. All information related to the vehicles is recorded.
  • Track Between – Monitoring periods can be defined for weekdays and each day of the weekend. Vehicle tracking is only “on” during those periods.
  • Stop Tracking – The vehicle will no longer be tracked. This is intended for use for extended periods when a vehicle is not being used on business, for example when the driver is on holiday.

A confirmation message appears when a tracking mode is selected. In case of error, an alert message is displayed to indicate that the follow-up is not permitted on the vehicle in question (monitoring unauthorized).

  1. To log out of the application, please click on the red button ‘logout’ at the top right of your screen.

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Note: The application allows the user to manually change a vehicle’s mode of monitoring. Please note that in the event ‘Stop Tracking’ is chosen, tracking will stop permanently until re-enabled by the user.

 

Fuel Card Integration

Quartix has partnered with Fleetcheck to deliver a new Fuel Card Report. This feature is available upon request for our InfoPlus and Corporate customers who have fuel cards with a third-party provider.  You must also be registered with Fleetcheck and signed up for Fuel Card Integration to receive this report, a process which the Quartix Sales and Support teams are able to facilitate. Fleetcheck works with the nine major fuel card providers.

Once set-up is complete, you can select Fuel Card Report from the Fleet Management menu, then select the date range you require.

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A message will display to confirm that the report has been loaded, which you accept by clicking ‘OK.’  A second message will then appear in the browser (usually near the bottom, but this will vary depending on the browser used) and will show options for the downloaded file.

The Fuel Card Report is an Excel file which contains all fuel card data for the customer, within the specific date range selected. The file will contain the following details:

  • Vehicle details as registered with the fuel card provider (eg. Vehicle registration number)
  • Date of fuel purchase
  • Fuel card number
  • Fuel type
  • Quantity purchased (in litres)
  • Cost of fuel (Net, VAT and Gross)
  • Subtotal of quantity and cost for each vehicle

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The fuel data on this report can be updated as frequently as desired on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis.  Most customers choose monthly, and the updates occur within the first five days of the month.

With Quartix and Fleetcheck, you have the ability to better track your fuel purchases, as well as lower your overall fuel costs.

 

Daily Driver Briefing with Speed Data

Quartix captures more than 30 million vehicle movement events every day. With this data, we are able to maintain our Road Speed Database for the UK roads network, This database allows us to compare the speed profile of individual drivers to other drivers on the same section of road, by providing two key pieces of information:  an estimate of the speed limit for the location of the vehicle and a distribution of measured speeds at that point.

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Within the new Daily Driver Briefing report, the driver’s speed profile, or Speed Report, for the day is shown in the top chart.  The Driving Style Report graph below that shows a comparison with the Road Speed Database profile for that section of road and shows the driver’s Acceleration and Braking Indexes. The Speed Profile dial displays the driver’s overall average speed distribution percentile.

For the Speed Report, the speed limit is indicated on each bar as a horizontal line through the speed data point. If viewed across several data points, the speed limit is clear, however hovering over the data line will show the speed limit, the driver’s speed and the speed distribution percentile.

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For the times that the driver has stayed below the speed limit for that part of the road, the bar will be blue. When they stayed below the speed limit, but their speed was higher than 95% of other drivers on that same road, the bar will be yellow.  This indicates that although they were not legally speeding, they were driving faster than what is normal for that road.

The minutes when the driver went above the speed limit will show as bright red. For the times the driver was above the speed limit and drove faster than 95% of other drivers who were also above the speed limit, the bar will be dark red. This indicates that not only were they speeding, but they were speeding in excess of other drivers.

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The Speed Profile dial is a brand new feature on this report. It shows the driver’s speed relative to other drivers as a percentile, which is averaged over the trips taken on that day. Most drivers will fall between 40% and 60%. In the below example, however, the driver’s average speed profile is significantly higher than most other drivers.

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Quartix’s enhanced Daily Driver Briefing gives you an even more accurate portrait of how your drivers are taking to the roads. With this information, you can adopt policies and practises that can lower your fuel costs, decrease your environmental impact and improve the overall safety of your fleet.

 

Managing Custom Locations

Quartix now gives you the ability to better upload and manage your custom locations. If your fleet vehicles visit large numbers of sites which routinely change, you can easily remove redundant sites by setting up an expiration date on each location. This date does not affect reporting; a vehicle stopping at a location will be marked as having been there, regardless of the expiration date. The expiration date is only there to help the management of custom locations.

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A new option that is available on request on the configuration menu makes this possible, and it is only accessible to admin users. On the menu, you can see all of your current locations. The ‘Show Expired’ tab displays only the locations which have expired, so you can quickly find the ones that you no longer need. You can choose to select all or they can be selected and deleted individually. Once they are deleted, however, there is no way to retrieve them.

You will also be able to upload an Excel spread sheet that contains a list of locations for which you want to set a single expiration date. The Excel file can contain any or all of the following, but it must contain the ‘address’ column:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Postcode
  • Radius
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

Google will then search for your locations based on this information. If a location cannot be found, there will be an option to edit your spread sheet and re-upload for clarification. If Google finds multiple locations, you will be able to choose the desired location.

 

Trip Reporter

Quartix has released a new report to show trips for many vehicles over numerous days. It offers a simple way to see a fleet’s total mileage, driving hours and idling time over any time period. For those interested in totals by vehicle or driver, the summary screen shows the driving and idling times as well as the total distance for each vehicle or driver for the whole of the report period.

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To track the usage of the fleet over time, the totals can also be grouped by the day the trips took place. As with other Quartix reports, the day takes into account a shift’s start time for either the driver or the vehicle. Each of the groupings by vehicle, driver or day can be examined in detail to review trips actually made during the reporting period. This is true for reports of both trips made by a vehicle or driver over a number of days, as well as the trips made by all or part of the fleet for a single day.

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Screenshot showing detail of individual trips and subtrips which is available by clicking on the individual rows in the summary screen below.

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Because some companies do not monitor their vehicles all of the time, the report offers the ability to include or exclude the non-monitored mileage, or to just report on the total non-monitored distance. As for monitored mileages, these can be grouped by vehicle or by day.

Some companies wish to do further analysis on the trips – in this case, the summary data and the detail can be exported to a .csv file. The new report will be available to InfoPlus and Corporate customers in the Trip Reporting folder.

 

New Daily Group Report

For those of you who currently receive and use our Daily Group Reports, Quartix has now made it easier for you to view and analyse the information they contain for larger groups of vehicles on one sheet.

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The Daily Group Report that comes to you as a spreadsheet is divided into summary and detail tabs:

  • Vehicle Tabs

Each vehicle has a single detail tab showing all trips for the day of the report. This includes detailed start and stop times, locations visited, travel and idling times and fuel usage. The names of these tabs match the registration numbers of the vehicles.

  • Summary Tab

The summary tab contains summaries of the data for each of the vehicles, as well as a summary of the data collected for all vehicles.  This enables you to make easy and quick comparisons across the fleet and identify areas of concern.

Details Screen

The daily vehicle summary area displays the same data as the summary page, but the trip breakdown also includes overnight trips.

There are several ways to calculate shift times.

  • Total shift time is from the start of the first trip to the end of the last.
  • Total time on-site is the amount of time between the end of first trip and the start of the last.
  • Total on-site shift duration is the time between trips within the shift. I.e. ignition off time.
 

Updated Driving Style Score Algorithm

As part of our ongoing programme of development, the algorithm used to calculate driving style scores has been updated to better reflect the results from current vehicle tracking data compared to the data that was used when this was originally implemented 2 years ago.

This involved scoring many thousands of trips from each of the two types of GPS components which are used in Quartix Vehicle Tracking Units. Those scores were then reviewed to apply the statistical analysis as described at http://www.quartix.net/vehicle-tracking-tour/driving-style.php and the weightings adjusted to maintain the spread of scores as in the diagram :

With effect from 1st August, any reports produced on driving style will use the new algorithm, and historical reports before that date will use the old algorithm so historical reports will not change. Using the new algorithm there will be some small changes in scoring, but the relative positions between vehicles and drivers should not change substantially.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact Quartix Support on 08700 136663 or email support@quartix.net

 

New menu structure

New Menu StructureQuartix has introduced a new menu structure in a bid to improve navigation and help users find reports and features even more easily.

The web-based system is known for its ease-of-use and Quartix is always striving to develop its vehicle tracking application to ensure it is optimised for busy fleet managers.

Under the new structure, navigation is optimised with the reports grouped around business applications. Alongside the Live Tracking, Daily Route Maps, and Daily Vehicle Logs, features are therefore now based around 4 core clusters: Trip Reporting, Fleet Management, Driving Style, and Configuration for those users with Administrative access.

Customers with any queries are encouraged to contact our dedicated Customer Resources team on customerresources@quartix.net or 0870 0136663.