Basic map operations
This topic covers the most common features of the Map Tools plugin.
There are several ways to zoom the map in and out. Use the + and - keys on the keyboard, the + and - buttons on the map (top left corner) or the mouse wheel. Double-clicking the map also zooms in.
The lower left corner of the map shows the current scale. Depending on the zoom, the scale value changes in accordance with the current scale. Values are shown in two systems at once: metric units (kilometers, meters) and US customary units (miles, feet).
The maximum zoom level is configured for you by the administrator in T.Commander.
Detailed street view
It is important to have a detailed street view on the map. The integrated map provides a detailed street view with house numbers, road and street names and provides the address of any location.
Furthermore, the map shows colored lines, areas and other standard symbols to help read and interpret the map at different scales.
"Who is talking" status and user identification
The position of each subscriber is marked by an icon on the map with a label that shows the user name, group and lone worker protection status. A user's icon changes its status when the user presses PTT and the floor is granted.
The set of icons is as follows:
|Your last known location|
|You are talking|
|Location where you were last seen talking|
|User's last known location|
|User is talking|
|Location where user was last seen talking|
|User is in emergency|
|User's coordinates are unknown|
|User with unknown coordinates is talking|
In addition to the icons listed above, there is a set of icons with the same meanings for radio users connected to the TASSTA network through bridge middleware. These icons have a pin, as in the following example:
User icons show users' previous locations in two cases:
- If the user goes offline.
- If GPS is turned off. This happens if GPS remains disabled for a time interval configured by the administrator in T.Commander.
The previous location icon stays up for 120 seconds and then disappears from the map (unless Actions | Keep unknown positions is turned on in the main menu of the Map Tools window).
View the user’s current/last location or center user on the map through the context menu.
Real-time positioning and precise location on the map
T.Rodon lets you view other users locations on the map. The map details can rely on the region, but in most cases, TASSTA user locations are shown in real time, accurate to the street and house number in the T.Rodon map interface.
Quick access to a user's LWP settings
To view the status of a user's lone worker protection settings without leaving the map, right-click that user and select LWP properties.
Making calls from the map view
To make an individual call to a user that you have located on the map, right-click that user and select Call.
Integration with other plugins
The Map Tools plugin has access to functionality provided by other plugins. Therefore, when you are using the map you don't have to switch views to assign tasks, send messages or make calls. Right-click a user on the map and select the action you need:
- Center on map
Focuses the map view on the selected user
- GPS history
Lets you select the time slot for which to report the movements of the selected user
- Create issue
Redirects you to the Task Manager plugin view, where you can create an issue for the selected user
- Additional actions permitted for that user by the resultant configuration
For a list of the possible actions, see the Actions on users list in the Access to people in your TASSTA network topic
Centering the map on a user
The Center On Map action is available for all users that have GPS enabled and are allowed to share their location. If you center the map on a hidden user, a static marker is displayed that does not reveal the user location; a message with the date, user name and channel information is shown for 10 seconds.
Changing channel color and visibility
The Map Tools plugin lets you customize color for channels. This can help distinguish channels visually in a busy map and attribute group members. To define custom colors, click the Channel style button with the paintbrush icon in the Map Tools window toolbar, and use the editor panel that opens.
Hiding users by channel
In the same editor panel, use the rightmost column to select whether the channel is visible or hidden. If a channel is hidden, then the map does not show users from that channel.
Other common map actions
The Actions submenu in the main menu of the of the Map Tools window provides the following useful items:
- Save camera position
- To saved position
- Show only LW
Display only lone workers on the map.
- Show only names
- Show only current group users
If there are a lot of users, you may want to show users only from the current group to reduce visual clutter.
- Remove temporary markers
Temporary markers are left on the map when you click the location button for an emergency item in the Emergency Jounal. The action lets you remove all such markers when you no longer need them.
- Keep unknown positions
This is a toggle that specifies whether to keep showing (past the 120-second limit) the last known positions of users whose current position is unknown.