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RavTrack PC Functions

Mapping Features

  • Display a unique icon for each tracked vehicle
  • Display user-configured Points of Interest
  • Show distance to nearest tracked vehicle
  • Show distance to nearest POI or way point
  • Free-format graphics layer for user-defined graphics
  • Track plot layer to show snail-trail of movement
  • Various layers may be turned on or off
  • Any image, .jpg, .bmp, .tiff file may be converted to a map
  • ESRI shape files may be imported and overlaid
  • Quick distance measurement tool
  • Range-circle on/off switch
  • Display only vehicle belonging to specific groups
  • “Home” location may be fixed or obtained from GPS
  • Built-in calibration tool to convert images and graphic files to map files
  • Import geotiff and ESRI files without having to calibrate them
  • Track-dot color may be configured to be proportional to radio signal strength (RSSI)
  • Multi-Map. Switch between multiple maps with a click of the drop-down map list
  • Optionally, display an arrow at the Home location, pointing in the direction of travel

User-configurable Rules

  • Speeding in geo-fence
  • Idling too long
  • Idling too long in a certain area
  • Missing or not reporting in
  • Speeding too fast
  • Going to slow
  • Battery voltage
  • Man-down from Personal Locator
  • Alert from Personal Locator
  • Critical Alert from Personal Locator
  • Proximity to a POI
  • Geo-fence may be a circle, ellipse, polygon, or rectangle
  • Parameter rules may be limited to in or out of certain areas
  • Rules may be configure by ID, ID range or Group name
  • Individual voice prompts may be configured for each rule
  • Rules may be configured to apply only in certain geographical areas.
  • Rules may be configured to apply only at certain times of the day.
  • Rules may be configured to apply only at certain days of the week.

Operator Alerts

  • Alerts are generated when rules are triggered
  • Enable visual alert with pop-up window displaying vehicle info and alert name
  • The label under a vehicle’s icon will change color when an alert is active
  • Enable audible alert by playing .wav file
  • Execute one of two external programs
  • Operator may review alert list
  • Operator may sort alerts by time, type, or vehicle
  • Operator may acknowledge alerts
  • Operator may remove cleared alerts from the alert list
  • Operator may filter alert list showing only certain types
  • Alerts may be stored to a log file
  • Each alert may have an individualized voice prompt
  • Alerts may be defined to apply only is specific areas
  • Alerts may be defined to apply only during certain hours
  • Alerts may be defined to apply on only certain days of the week

“Object Info” Window

  • Upper left of screen is a quick-view “Object Info” window
  • information on whatever the operator clicks on, will be displayed
  • Info may be on tracked objects/vehicles showing location and status
  • Displays location of nearest POI
  • Displays direction to nearest other vehicles
  • Displays names of POIs and geo-fences
  • Displays list of active alerts for selected vehicle
  • Show distance from Home location
  • Operator may sort nearby vehicles by name, distance, or heading
  • Operator may open the “Object Info” in a separate window making room for expanding the map
  • Operator may open a list of tracked objects in a separate window.

Other Functions

  • Print an image of the whole screen at any time
  • Print a snapshot of the map with the tracked vehicles
  • Print a snapshot of the map showing only vehicle with alerts
  • Local GPS with NMEA messages may be used to locate Home location
  • One-click to view communication status
  • List all geo-fences
  • List all POIs
  • List all things drawn on the map
  • Measure distance
  • Measure accumulated distance point-to-point
  • Display multiple individual vehicle status windows

System Configuration

  • Log file enable/configure/disable
  • Text for comment in log file
  • Name of the tracked object (cars, boats, trucks…)
  • Edit/add/delete user groups. User Groups are names such as Emergency vehicles, trains, squad 22,…
  • Lat/lon format dd.ddd, dd mm.mmm, or dd mm ss.ssss
  • Track-dot size
  • Enable RSSI colors of track dots
  • Current map to view
  • .wav file to play for alerts
  • Enable/disable highlighting of icon captions
  • Digital input descriptors
  • Shell programs to execute upon alert trigger
  • Units of measure (metric or English)
  • Icon label font, size, and color
  • Map centering
  • Speed limits, voltage limits, and idle-time limit
  • ESRI shapefile color, fonts, line weights, and caption handling
  • Database location for multi-user systems
  • Email server configuration
  • Define icon font face to use on vehicle labels
  • Define icon font size and offset from icon

Log Replay

  • Entries in the log file may be replayed on the map
  • User may play in real-time, fast-forward, or rewind.
  • User may single-step through log entries forward or backward
  • Historical location from the log is shown on map, and listed in a table for review by operator
  • Any crystal report with data from the log file may also be replayed on the map
  • Operator may retrieve log entries to replay based upon vehicle ID, location within a geo-fence, speed, voltage, idle time, or a combination of these

Historical Activity Log Database

  • Use either Microsoft Access or Microsoft SQL Server
  • MS Access for stand-alone and small systems
  • MS SQL Server for larger systems
  • Schedule automatic backups of activity log information
  • Built-in log database pruning
  • Also works with MS SLQ Express
  • Backup copies of the historical Log table may be automatically deleted after preset time interval

Tracked Objects Database

  • Location and status of all tracked objects are stored in a database
  • Supports Microsoft ACCESS database
  • Supports Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • Supports Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Multiple-copies of RavTrack PC may share one common database.
  • Refresh rate to database is user-programmable.
  • Third-party applications may easily read location and status of all tracked objects.

General Features

  • Runs on a Windows XP/Vista/7 computer
  • No internet connection is required

Report Printing

  • Uses Crystal Reports 10
  • Reports may be sorted by date/time
  • Reports may be filtered by data/time
  • Reports may be filtered by vehicle ID
  • Reports may be filtered by User Group
  • Reports may be filtered by geographic location
  • Print a list of vehicles
  • Print a list of vehicles with alerts
  • Print a list of moving vehicles
  • Print a list of non-moving vehicles
  • Print details of vehicle status
  • Print alert log
  • Print movement log
  • Export report data to Excel spreadsheets
  • Export report data to text or .pdf files
  • Any report from the log file may also be replayed on the map
  • Address location is printed if MapPoint is used for location look-up
  • Daily, weekly, and monthly vehicle usage reports are available
  • Usage reports show hours used, idle time, and maximum speed.
  • Graph speed, altitude, voltage, satellites, and RSSI parameters vs time
  • Time interval on historical log reports may be limited to reduce the size of the report

The Log File

  • Records vehicle movement
  • Records alerts
  • Record all, or only movements
  • Historical log entries may be loaded onto map and replayed
  • May be printed with Crystal Reports
  • Stored in MS Access for easy post-processing
  • All data logged (position, time, heading, altitude, I/O status, speed, …)
  • Backup and Pruning of LOG table done automatically.
  • User rights to prune or delete log entries my be restricted.

Importing Files

  • Garmin .gpx files may be imported
  • Ozi Explorer .upt ans .wpt files may be imported
  • Imported way points may be converted to POIs
  • Import raw $PRAVE messages from a file

Track Vehicle Data

  • One-click access to tracked object/vehicle information
  • Speed, location, heading, altitude, input status, temperature, voltage, and idle time are all displayed.
  • Tracking information stored in common database
  • Database may be shared among multiple RavTrack PC workstations
  • Individual icon may be configured for each vehicle
  • Each vehicle may have its own track color
  • Digital inputs may be enabled/disabled for each vehicle
  • Database of all tracked objects is displayed on-screen
  • Each tracked object/vehicle may be assigned to a user group
  • Operator may configure an number of user groups
  • Open database format for easy integration with other applications.

Digital I/O Processing

  • Raveon’s transponders have digital inputs
  • Each input may be assigned a name
  • I/O conditions may be assigned text (door open, panic alert, engine on)
  • Individual vehicles may have inputs enabled or ignored
  • Operator may be alerted to input changes/status
  • Email message may be sent when an input changes
  • Input status is displayed in “Info” window on main screen

User-Configurable Main Screen

  • Layout of main screen may be configured by user.
  • Size of map, size of Info Window, and size of vehicle list are all user-configurable.
  • Sort vehicle list by ID, name, location, speed, heading, nearest POI, altitude, time of report, time of last movement, and input status.
  • Displayed columns in vehicle list may be re-ordered by user.
  • Color, font, and text size of text used to display vehicle names is user-configurable.
  • User may switch maps to other images at any time
  • Zoom from 1% to 40000% .
  • Filter displayed vehicles by speed, idling, not-reporting, alerting, user-group, and moving .
  • Quickly jump between various locations on the map using a drop-down list of points-of-interest .
  • Individual icons may be configured to rotate/point in the direction of travel.
  • Quickly select which User Group member vehicles are displayed on the map.
  • May be configured to restrict viewing to only specific User Groups, hiding all others
  • Home location may be fixed or local GPS position
  • Optionally, keep map centered on Home location

Communications with Vehicles

  • Uses Raveon’s $PRAVE message format from M7 transponders
  • Receive position/status via RS232 serial links
  • Receive position/status via winsock TCP socket
  • Receive position/status via shared database
  • Up to 6 communication channels operating at the same time
  • Alerts, geo-fence, logging active on all 6 channels
  • Telnet server easily connects M7 transponders via Internet
  • Signal strength from each vehicle is displayed and logged
  • RavTrack PC can automatically forward position report to other computers across a TCP/IP connection.
  • Extensive statistics and diagnostic information to ensure reliable communications.

Google Earth

  • Any RavTrack PC may be configured to store Google’s .kml files
  • The position and status of all tracked vehicles are embedded in the .kml file
  • .kml file generation interval is programmable
  • User may choose the pallet and icon number to use for the vehicles
  • Google Earth is easily configured to periodically retrieve the .kml file and display all of the tracked vehicles.
  • Free version of GE uses pins/drops and upgraded version has vehicle icons on the earth image


  • Only one RavTrack PC need be connected to the radio system
  • RavTrack PC will operated in single-user mode or multi-user mode
  • Position/status information is exchanged using a shared database
  • Each workstation may have its own set of rules, maps, and alerts
  • Operators may be “administrators” with all rights
  • Operators may be restricted to printing, view-only, importing, managing alerts, and/or editing vehicle information
  • Each workstation can be configured to view and report on only the vehicles in designated User Groups.

Inter-Networking via TCP/IP

  • Up to 6 simultaneous communication channels to bring in position reports and status
  • Any of the 6 channels may be configured for RS-232, Telnet Server, or Telnet Client.
  • Remote location of M7 radios via simple terminal servers.
  • RavTrack PC Unlimited can automatically forward position reports to remote computers.
  • Multi-threading software for smooth background communications and routing.

Microsoft MapPoint 2010 (optional)

  • Optionally run Microsoft MapPoint 2010 in parallel with RavTrack PC
  • Use MS MapPoint to automatically look-up street addresses
  • Automatically place vehicle icons onto the MapPoint map
  • Use MS MapPoint to create routes for the tracked vehicles
  • Address locations are stored to database for all users to see
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