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Adding or Editing Vehicle Types and Vehicles

Adding or Editing Vehicle Types

Vehicles can be grouped into Types for tracking and management. The Vehicle Types tab allows customers to create and edit default settings assigned to each Type of Vehicle in the Fleet. Newly added Vehicles will have those Vehicle and Alarm settings assigned to their corresponding Type until they are eventually edited.
Click on the Add button if you want to add a new Vehicle Type or click on an existing one (underlined) to edit its information.

When the Vehicle Type menu appears, under Vehicle Type:

  1. Add a new Vehicle Type ID (required field) or directly edit the Description of the existing one.
  2. Select an appropriate icon from the drop-down menu to display for that vehicle.
  3. Click Save (or click Cancel to exit menu).

Users with remote video recording capabilities, such as those using vMax Commander, will have an Alarms tab displayed.

Under Alarms:

  1. Select Download Alarm Event to enable this feature.
  2. Select Download Video to have vMax LIVE+ download the video segments that are associated to the Alarm events. This enables related fields.
  1. If Download Video is selected, enter the video Pre and Post Alarm Times in minutes and seconds to specify the length of the video segment downloaded with the Alarm event.
  2. Select All Channels if you want to include all available cameras in the alarm video download.
  3. Choose the Resolution (High or Low) of the video to be downloaded from the drop-down menu. Keep in mind that high resolution video has better quality but takes longer to download.
  4. Click Set All if you want to apply the newly specified settings to all Alarm types.
  5. Otherwise, enter individual settings for each Alarm type including Alarm Name, Download Alarm Event and Download Video, Pre and Post Alarm video times, All Channels (if preferred), FTP Upload and Resolution.
  6. Check Update All Vehicles with this Vehicle Type if preferred.
  7. Click Save (or click Cancel to exit the menu).

NOTE: FTP Load

If selected, a video is automatically converted to .avi file and uploaded to the customer’s FTP site. By default, video starts 4 seconds before and ends 4 seconds after the event. Notice that only one Alarm Type can be set for FTP Upload.

IMPORTANT: Alarm Type Considerations

The number and type of Alarms available in the Vehicle Type and Vehicle menus can vary depending on the DVR installed in the Vehicle. In general terms, the Alarm types help organize alarms and other signals based on the response expected from the system after the event.

Some DVR models have a two-pin alarm input that allows the connection of an Alarm Switch (figure on the left showing a red button). During installation, alarms triggered by this button are configured as Alarm 0 in vMax LIVE+. An Event-Diagnostic button (figure on the right with green ring light) can also be installed, unless the required harness connection is already being used by a RGY light indicator that displays DVR recording and video loss conditions. Alarms triggered by the Event-Diagnostic button are necessarily configured as Alarm 1.

Some recorders don’t have the input for the Alarm Switch, and these only allow the installation of the Event-Diagnostic button through the provided harness.

Both buttons can be pressed at the driver’s discretion after an event. By doing so, the DVR registers the exact moment of the event to facilitate later analysis.

The rest of the Alarm types in the menu are assigned to automatic vehicle event signals and configured as desired.

Adding or Editing Vehicles

The Vehicle tab shows the following information:

  • Vehicle ID, Vehicle Type, Vehicle Group and Device ID (VML controller number installed in the vehicle).
  • Current Driver ID (name of vehicle driver) and Current Route.
  • DVR Type installed in the vehicle, DVR Associated notification (indicates if a DVR has been associated with the Vehicle in vMax Commander), Firmware version used in the DVR, Firmware Status (upload status of last DVR firmware version) and Configuration Status (upload status of last DVR configuration version).

Notice that different Actions buttons are displayed in the last column of the Vehicles table.

  • Delete removes Vehicle entries from the table.
  • Odometer opens the odometer menu.
  • Alarm Record lists the Alarm events detected in Fleet Vehicles.
  • Occupants lists the Vehicle’s occupants.

NOTE: Upload Firmware and DVR Configuration

Users with remote video recorder management capabilities, such as those using vMax Commander, will find two more Action buttons to the far right of Vehicles with a synchronized DVR or NVR:

  • Upload Firmware – Shown as a green arrow above a video recorder, schedules a Firmware Upload to the DVR.
  • Modify DVR Configuration – Shown as a blue cog above a video recorder, edits recorder Configuration and schedules a Configuration Upload.

Remember that you learn more about this topic in the instructional materials included in the Managing DVRs chapter of the vMax Commader User Guide that you can download from the Safe Fleet Documentation Library. You can also visit the final section of our vMax Commander Training Tutorials.

Now that you are familiar with the Vehicles menu, you can click on the Add button if you want to add a new Vehicle or click on an existing one (underlined) to edit its information.

When the Vehicle menu appears, under Vehicle:

  1. Add the new Vehicle ID (number from installer) or edit the information of an existing Vehicle.
  2. Select Vehicle Group and Type (Car, Full Bus, Service Vehicle, Small Bus default types, or other custom vehicle type).
    Vehicle ID, Group and Type are required fields.
  3. Enter Vehicle Information in the corresponding text box if necessary.
  4. If needed, enter Operation Cost, Seating Capacity, Year Manufactured or License Plate Number (optional fields).
  5. If an Asset Collection has been associated with an existing Vehicle, this will be shown on the right of the dialog. You can access and edit the Asset Collection by clicking its link.
    To know more about this topic, review Asset Collections within the Integrations section.
  1. Select Live Streaming Connection to enable live streaming and Vehicle’s cellular router configuration.
    Enter IP Address and Port, and check Enable Map if required.
  2. Once the Vehicle Configuration is finished, click Save or Save and Close as preferred (click Cancel if you want to exit the menu).

NOTE: DVR and Alarms Tabs

If selected, a video is automatically converted to .avi file and uploaded to the customer’s FTP site. By default, video starts 4 seconds before and ends 4 seconds after the event. Notice that only one Alarm Type can be set for FTP Upload.

Remember that you learn more about this topic in the instructional materials included in the Managing DVRs chapter of the vMax Commader User Guide that you can download from the Safe Fleet Documentation Library. You can also visit the final section of our vMax Commander Training Tutorials.


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