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Types of alerts

This section describes all the types of alerts available with the Employtask platform.

NOTE: All types of notifications are not available to all GPS devices or mobile apps. 

Movement

Geo-fence enter/exit - Geofence is a restricted area on a map. It is created to control trackers inside and out of it. On our platform, geo-fences are used for setting a virtual perimeter. You will get notifications when your objects cross the borders. So, for example, if some building machinery leaves the zone, the chief will get an email or SMS notification.

Speed exceeding Our GPS-tracking system allows you to control speed exceeding. Speed limit you set on your own.

 

You can create one or several rules to control the speed of your drivers. When the system fix speed exceeding you will get an SMS or email notification.

 

You can choose the hardware or software version of this rule (if supported by the tracker). In the case of hardware, all calculations are made by the tracker itself and it only sends an Overspeed event to the server. If you choose software, the server will do the calculations.

Parking detection - Some organizations want to control the driving time of their vehicles. For example, vehicles shouldn’t be used off duty. So this rule helps to stay aware of the beginning/end of a trip. It sends notifications on your email address or phone number about the parking state of your objects.

Scheduling

Deviation from the route Some companies control their employees’ traffic routes. Using the app “Geofences” you can create a strict route. Then you should just set this rule to control deviations. You will get SMS or emails about breaking the rule.

Work statuses change - With the help of the “Working statuses” feature, mobile employees can indicate what they are doing at the moment and inform about their readiness to start a new task by selecting the corresponding point from a list created by a supervisor. This way, after the ”Work status change” rule has been activated, the monitoring system will inform about changes in your employees’ current statuses (for ex., free, started working) by SMS or email messages.

Task performance - This feature is perfectly suitable for companies with a large number of mobile employees. By setting up the rule, you can control the process of task performance and receive notifications about submitted forms. The system will inform you about the event by SMS, email, or push notification to the “X-GPS Monitor” mobile app.

Scheduled visits - This rule is used for tracking geofence visits. 

Parking time - This rule will notify you whenever the system detects parking that lasts longer than the specified time. You can specify intervals from 5 to 1440 minutes.

Driving time -  This rule will help you track the work/rest conditions of your drivers.

The system will notify you once the tracker exceeds the allowed uninterrupted driving period. The rule will reset once the driver rests for a specified time.


You will need to specify two intervals:

  • max allowed driving time

  • minimal parking time to reset the rule

Fuel and Eco-driving

Excessive idling - This feature is helpful for owners of a fleet of several cars, as it gives a possibility to reduce fuel costs. Also, it helps to control drivers. If a vehicle stands still, but the ignition is ON, the system will send you SMS or email notification. At the end of excessive idling, you will also receive a notification. So, you may always be aware of excessive engine idling.

Fuel level change - This rule is designed to help monitor the fuel level in real-time by receiving immediate notifications on any drastic fuel level changes: decreases or increases. Notifications can be sent via SMS and/or email. Before creating the rule, please add and configure a fuel level sensor you want to monitor.

Harsh driving - Many vehicle GPS trackers have a built-in detector for harsh driving. It constantly controls the value of accelerations during speed-ups, braking, and turns. This feature gives the ability to control the driving quality of employees.

 

Firstly you should configure the detection of harsh driving and create the rule “harsh driving,” you will always know when the car passes the limit values, the system fixes the corresponding event. Further, these “Harsh driving” events can be controlled through notifications and reports.

Safety

SOS button - The SOS button gives an outstanding possibility to ask for help in extreme situations. For example, if your child presses this button, you will get an SMS or email immediately. 

Auto geo-fencing - The auto geo-fencing feature ensures the safety of your device. When the vehicle is parked device will create a geofence around it. If vehicles cross the border it will alert the owner.

Fall detection - Fall detection alert can be used to inform medical staff and request immediate help.

Unauthorized movement - You need to be sure that your car is safe in your absence. In case your vehicle is off, but the car with a mounted tracker starts moving, the platform will inform you about this Unauthorized movement. This function is useful when, for example, the car is evacuated or carjacked. The system will inform you by SMS / email notification.

Car crash - Keep track of your driver's driving habits. Your dispatch can also stay on track and will be able to react fast in case a car crash was detected.

Autocontrol related rules - This alert will help track a variety of features: status of security mode; GSM signal damping; Unauthorized movement; Ignition; Opening of doors, hood, and trunk; Disabling external power supply. - Used for Wondeproud devices.

Advanced driver assistant system (ADAS) - ADAS rules will help your driver be more focused. The system will alert if it detects any of the following events:

  • Lane Departure Warning

  • Forward Collision Warning

  • Headway Monitoring Warning

  • Peds in the danger zone

  • Peds Collision Warning

  • Traffic sign recognition

Identification RFID/iButton/Camera - The event will notify you that a new RFID key was read by the device. For Suntech ST3300R tracker with Suntech Fatigue Camera attachment - the driver can also be recognized and assigned by the camera.

Driver change - The rule “Driver change” will be useful for organizations, where multiple drivers use the same vehicle. Having set up this feature, you will always be aware of who drives at the moment; the system informs you by SMS or email you indicated, and also send notifications to X-GPS.Monitor application.

Notice: The “Driver change” rule is available only for the devices with connected RFID or iButton reader (or any other equipment for driver identification).

Fatigue driving - Alert will notify dispatch in case the driver's fatigue is detected. Timely detection of tiredness is crucial to preventing accidents, reducing losses, and keeping employee health in check.

No movement - The rule is triggered when there is no movement for a long time. Has a separate portlet for customization.

GPS devices

Trackers switched OFF or lost connection - Sometimes, the connection can be lost for different reasons. For example, no GSM signal in tracker location or battery is low. In such cases, the system will fix it in the event's history and inform you about it by SMS or email.

GSM jamming - Some trackers can track interference with GSM signal reception by the device. This helps prevent attempted car theft.

GPS jamming - Some trackers can track interference with GPS signal reception by the device. This helps prevent attempted car theft.

Low battery - Most GPS trackers have an internal battery and can work autonomously from 10 to 20 hours. Working time depends on accumulator capacity and operating conditions. Not to forget to charge your battery; you can set the rule "Low battery." When you have less than 30% of charge, you will get automatic notification about the necessity to charge your battery by SMS, email, Push-notification, or automated phone call.

Tracker detached from vehicle - Ensure your goods are perfectly tracked and receive a notification when the tracker has been removed from an object.

External power cut - If you have a number of vehicles with trackers mounted on them, this rule is very useful for you! You will get SMS or email notifications when some dishonest employee tries to cut external power.

Ignition starts in alarm mode - The rule is available for models with the so-called "Alarm Mode," which is activated according to the specified conditions (for example, if the ignition is off and there is no vibration for more than 10 minutes). The system will notify you if the ignition gets switched on in this mode.

Hood/door opening in alarm mode - The rule is available for models with the so-called "Alarm Mode," which is activated according to the specified conditions (for example, if the ignition is off and there is no vibration for more than 10 minutes). The system will notify you if a door or hood is opened in this mode.

Alarm ON/OFF mode - This rule generates "Alarm mode" notifications on devices where this feature is available.

Location report on demand - For some devices, a manual request for coordinates is available via SMS or GPRS channel in cases where the tracker went to sleep and turned off the GPS module. Coordinates can be requested by clicking the Refresh button in the location widget. This rule will notify you of every tracker's response to such a request.

Connected/disconnected from OBD port - OBD trackers often have very weak batteries and drain quickly if unplugged. This rule will notify you about the disconnection of the tracker so that you can react quickly before the device is discharged.

Tracker switch ON/OFF - Sometimes, the connection can be lost for different reasons. For example, no GSM signal in the tracker location or battery is low. In such cases, the system will fix it in the event's history and inform you about it by SMS or email.

Locking/unlocking (padlock GPS) - If you use a smart lock, then you just need this rule. You will receive a notification every time someone opens and closes the lock. If you use a smart lock tracker, then use this rule for notifications about hacking attempts. It works if the lock was not opened with a key or a command from the server.

Backup battery low - Most models of trackers (even vehicle ones) have a built-in battery to keep the device operating without external power. Sometimes the battery lasts for months, and in some models, it only lasts for a few hours. This rule will notify you when the charge drops below 20%. You will be able to react in a timely manner and charge your device.

Case intrusion - This rule is usually available for cargo trackers that attach to a tracked item. If someone opens the case of the device, the tracker will immediately send an alert.

GPS signal lost/recovered - The rule is triggered when the GPS signal is unavailable and the tracker cannot fix its location. Most often, this happens in a building or underground. Please note that the rule will only work if the cellular signal is available and the tracker has access to the Internet.

Vibration sensor - This rule is triggered when the device detects continuous vibration while parking. The triggering mechanism is similar to that of a conventional car alarm.

Light sensor - Reacts to the light sensor triggering, which is usually used in cargo trackers to detect removal from the tracked object.

Call button pressed - Some trackers can make a call to a pre-programmed phone number. This rule will notify you when the call button is pressed.

Tracker switched ON - This rule is triggered immediately after the tracker has been turned on.

GPS antenna disconnected - Create this rule to receive timely notifications for when the GPS antenna is disconnected from the tracker. It can be one of the reasons why satellite signal is lost, and you be able to fix it with zero delays. (Some car trackers are equipped with an external GPS antenna connected to the device via a special input. This antenna can be moved some distance away from the tracker where reception is optimal.)

Check engine (MIL) - The rule is available for devices connected via an OBD connector. If the "Check Engine" indicator flashes on the dashboard, the tracker will know about it and you will receive a notification.

 

The error code can be found in the OBD data widget.

Inputs and outputs

Input triggering - Some vehicle GPS trackers are equipped with inputs. To inputs, you can connect different tools such as car track opening or SOS button pressing. If you set up this rule, the system will inform you about inputs triggered by SMS or email.

Outputs triggering - Most GPS devices are equipped with outputs. The number of outputs depends on each particular GPS hardware. By changing the outputs state in the widget bar of your monitoring account, you can manage various equipment (e.g. block/unblock the engine, arm/disarm the alarm, etc). By setting this type of rule, you will be able to receive alerts by SMS or email about every change of the output’s state.

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