Using Area Search to investigate vehicle activity

Nearly every GPS customer at some point in time wants to investigate vehicle activity at a particular address.

Area Search is a great investigative tool that can show you which of your vehicles entered and left a designated area during a particular time and date range.

It only takes a second to get the information to show on the live map – this means you can deal with queries from clients immediately while they are on the phone with you.

Some examples of how customers use Area Search include:

  • Dispatch looking to see if a courier parcel was dropped off
  • Tradespeople using it to quickly work out how long they were on site at a call-out while invoicing
  • A landscaper wanting to prove his team were at a new client’s site all day
  • Managers checking if any staff vehicles were seen at particular out of bounds addresses
  • A person wanted to check what time they left the gym the night before

How to use Area Search

  1. From the live map click the ? with dotted rectangle icon on the far right of the Google maps toolbar at the top left of the screen.
  2. Click and draw a square or rectangle over the area on the map you would like to investigate
  3. The ‘Area Search’ window opens
  4. Enter the time and date range you would like to search in
  5. Leave ‘Event Rule’ set at ‘None’ unless you would like to narrow the search by event (such as viewing only those of your vehicles that were speeding in the area)
  6. Click ‘Search’ – the window will now display the details for each time one of your vehicles entered or left the search area
  7. You can click ‘Export’ to download the data as .csv file
  8. Simply click to close the Area Search window when you have finished.

Note: some older versions of the application may not have Area Search activated. If these instructions don’t work for you please give us a call and we’ll sort it out.

The Area Search feature is included as part of your monthly service fee. Please give our team a call on 0800 438 862 for help with using this feature.