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Basic map operations

This topic covers the most common features of the Map Tools plugin.

Map navigation: zoom, pan and rotate

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).

Note:

The maximum zoom level is configured for you by the administrator in T.Commander.

To pan the map, click and drag in the map view.

To rotate and tilt the map, right-click and drag in the map view.

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:

Icon Meaning
Your location Your location
Your last known location Your last known location
You are talking You are talking
Location where you were last seen talking Location where you were last seen talking
User's location User's location
User's last known location User's last known location
User is talking User is talking
Location where user was last seen talking Location where user was last seen talking
User is in emergency User is in emergency
Emergency message Emergency message
User's coordinates are unknown User's coordinates are unknown
User with unknown coordinates is talking 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:

Radio user with unknown coordinates is talking

Notes:
  • Your own location is marked only if the Disable sharing coordinates option is cleared and your coordinates are specified on the Map Tools page of the configuration settings.
  • Users with unknown coordinates are marked only if Actions | Keep unknown positions is turned on in the main menu of the Map Tools window.

User icons show users' previous locations in two cases:

  1. If the user goes offline.
  2. 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.

Using Infsoft indoor localization

If Infsoft indoor localization is used in your TASSTA network and enabled for you, then switching to indoor localization mode is simply a matter of zooming in enough for the indoor location map to appear.

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.