After the first logging in, a work area contains a list of units and two charts: mileage (10 units with the maximum mileage for the previous day) and fuel consumption chart (10 units with the maximum fuel consumption for the previous day).A list of units is a table with current information on units: name, connection state, location, last message time, speed. Filtration by any of the above mentioned parameters can be used in the list.Both the list and the charts can be closed. Reopening the list and the charts, as well as adding new charts on the basis of the same or other parameter could be done at any time by clicking the corresponding buttons in the top right corner of the app.
Key Performance Indicators
Parameters relevant to units and helping to analyze their history and practicability of actions connected to them are considered to be Key Performance Indicators. There are the following indicators in the app:
- Fuel consumption,
- Engine hours,
- Average speed,
- Maximum speed,
- Time in trips,
- Fuel consumption calculation method is chosen according to unit settings and equipment used. The methods are the following: ‘By Math’, ‘By Rates’, ‘By InsFCS’, ‘By FLS’, ‘By AbsFCS’, ‘By ImpFCS’.
- Measurement system employed for the key performance indicators is taken from user properties.
Charts (on the basis of a single parameter)
Upon clicking ‘Add Chart’ button, the dialogue box is opened. Here it is necessary to choose a chart type (in this case ‘Charts’), units, and specify a necessary parameter. These are the variants for choosing units:
- Several units/all the units
The app provides the possibility to choose any number of units with maximum/minimum parameter value from all the units available. For example, there are 50 units in a vehicle fleet, and you would like to know which 10 of them have the maximum/minimum mileage value this month. So, it is necessary to choose ‘All units’ item in the dropdown list, indicate filtration type (maximum/minimum parameter value), and put 10 in ‘Show units’ field.If it is necessary to place all available units according to their parameter's value (from maximum to minimum or vice versa), then you should indicate the total number of units, in this case 50.In case with the minimum value, ‘Skip zero values’ flag can be useful. If the flag is activated, then the application shows units with minimum but not zero values.
To analyze data of a unit group, it is necessary to choose a corresponding unit group in the dropdown list. For a unit group as well as for several units you should indicate filtration type, number of units, and choose whether to skip or not zero values.
To analyze data of a particular unit, it is necessary to choose a required unit in the dropdown list. A chart of a particular unit is of an interest if an interval lasts more than one day, because in this case every column of a chart represents information for a corresponding day.
‘Multicharts’ function enables comparing charts on the basis of two different KPIs, which helps to analyze them and find correlation. Upon clicking ‘Add Chart’ button, the dialogue box is opened. Here it is necessary to indicate a chart’s type (in this case ‘Multicharts’), units, and choose two target parameters.A process of choosing units for ‘Multicharts’ is the same as for ‘Charts’ and includes the following options: all units, unit group, or particular unit.After units have been chosen, it is necessary to indicate the value calculation method for charts. There are two variants available: a value is calculated as ‘Average’ or as ‘Total’. For example, you have chosen ‘All Units’ and indicate ‘Average’ as value calculation method. In this case the total value received from units is divided by the number of these units. Also, in the case with ‘Average’ value calculation method, it is useful to apply the ‘Skip zero values’ flag. In this case units with zero values are disregarded for the calculation. If both ‘All Units’ and ‘Total’ have been chosen , then the total value received from units is provided.Underneath, in two columns, there is a pair of KPIs on the basis of which charts will be made. By default such a pair is mileage and time in trips. To change KPIs in the pair, it is necessary to click a corresponding column and indicate a target parameter. To create a multichart, click OK.
Working with Charts
Upon clicking OK, a corresponding chart appears in the work area. It is possible to add any number of windows with charts and drag them to any place on the work area.A name of the chart reflects its configuration. You can choose different types of a chart visualization in the window: circle diagram, line chart, grouping bar chart, accumulating bar chart, horizontal bar chart — for single-parameter charts; and also line chart and grouping bar chart — for multicharts. The corresponding icons are placed in the left part of a chart heading.Most charts have a legend. The legend of one-parameter chart, for example, shows the list of units forming this chart. The legend also gives you a hint on color-unit schemes utilized in charts. For multicharts, a legend shows parameters utilized, and colors chosen for each axis. You can disable certain items in a legend (either a unit or an axis — depending on a chart type), and they disappear from a chart. Moreover, if you double-click an item in a legend, a chart is rebuilt to display data only for this item (for example, data for a selected unit).
The default setting for the interval is ‘Yesterday’. However, this setting can be changed for different periods of time such as day (‘Yesterday’, ‘Today’), a time interval (‘Week’, ‘Month’) or other interval indicated manually (‘Custom’). Any changes to the time interval are applied to all charts in the work area.