ZEUS Easy track


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Manual

1. The main window


The main application windows has 3 custom parts:

1. Track options menu

This menu lets you control ZEUS Easy track.

2. Real-time analyzis info row

The following data are displayed:
- timestamp: the actual real track time
- distance from the reference point (if defined)
- route length (in path display mode)
- the minimum, maximum and average speed values (in km/h)
- Actual location data: longitude, latitude, altitude (in meters)

3. ZEUS layer switches

You can switch all 3 ZEUS layers on and off:
- the live track layer
- the layer of the reference point
- the layer of the imported CSV data.


2. Track symbols on the map



ZEUS Easy track can display live track data in 2 ways.

2.1 Path mode

Every time a new location data is available, a red sphere is displayed. These objects are linked with a white line. The chain of these objects represents the actual path.

Path mode is the default display mode. If you want to switch from position mode to path mode again, select the
'Restart path drawing' option.

Please note, that for path drawing at least 2 data updates are needed (to have a minimal path with a starting and an end node).

2.2 Position mode

Only the actual location is displayed, with a green triangle. To enable position display mode, select to option
'Show position only' in the main menu.

2.3 Track symbol sizes

The size of the spheres and triangles can be set from the main menu (Tracking options).

There are 4 sizes available:

-
very small: recommended for low-speed trackig like hiking, jogging
-
small and normal: general purpos size, ideal for tracking cars, trains etc.
-
large: ideal for fast moving objects like airplanes.

2.4 Track details

Spheres and triangles are not just graphical objects. They actually represent the snapshot of the remotely tracked location. If you hove the mouse over such an object, it becomes grey shaded and a ligthbox will appear, displaying the following data:

- timestamp
- longitude
- latitude
- altitude (in meters)
- speed (in km/h).

This way, you can comfortably check every point of a path in details. Using Easy track for traffic analyzis for example, you can easily see the details of a vehicle at that specific point. This makes analyzis in time possible.

2.5 Disable / re-enable path drawing

It is possible to disable the white lines in path display mode. In this case, only the red spheres are displayed. This is a more simple, yet effective display.

In the main menu, select the
Draw path: ON / OFF option to disable or enable th path drawing. The actual setting can be verified by the option label: itself 'Draw path: ON' means, that path drawing is enabled. After clicking on this option, the label changes to 'Draw path: OFF', indicating, that actual path drawing is disabled.

2.6 Restart path drawing

It is possible to drop the previously drawed path and restart drawing from tha actual position. To do so, select to option
'Restart path drawing' in the main menu.


3. Configuration settings

ZEUS Easy track has also a small configuration file settings.properties , which has a similar content:

updateinterval=10
marker_set=true
marker_alt=160
marker_long=19.064440536499023
marker_lat=47.45220976863926
map_center_lat=47.50
map_center_long=19.05
map_center_alt=20000



3.1 Setting the track update intervals

Within settings.properties, you can set the intervals, in which ZEUS Easy track reads the data prepared by the adapter application.

The configuration entry is called UPDATEINTERVAL and accepts values in seconds. The recommended setting is 10.



updateinterval=10


To make configuration changes valid, you have to restart ZEUS Easy track.


3.2 Setting the default center of the map

In the settings.propertioes configuration file, you can define, which location Easy track has to show after launching the application. You can set the longitude, latitude and altitude (in meters).

With the following the default center of the map will be the area of Budapest:

map_center_lat=47.50
map_center_long=19.05
map_center_alt=20000


To make configuration changes valid, you have to restart ZEUS Easy track.

3.3 Predefined reference points

Reference point are locations displayed in ZEUS Easy track. If set, track the distance of locations from that point is measured and displayed automatically. This can be helpful for example, if you have to give remote support for somebody to reach an exact loation.

To set a reference point set the following values in settings.properties:
MARKER_LONG, MARKER_LAT, MARKER_ALT. Altitude values have to be in meters.

marker_set=true
marker_alt=160
marker_long=19.064440536499023
marker_lat=47.45220976863926

To make configuration changes valid, you have to restart ZEUS Easy track.

3.4 Ad hoc defined reference points

By selecting the option
'Create reference point from current position', you can replace the predefinde reference point by setting the actually tracked location as a reference point.


4. Real-time analyzis

4.1 Distance and route calculations

The
distance of the actually tracked location from the reference point is automatically calculated and displayed in the real-tims analyzis row of the application, with the label 'Dist:'.

Note: if no reference point is defined, the distance is not displayed.

Route length calculation is available in path display mode and can be restarted from every time from the actual track location by selecting the option 'restart path drawing' in the main menu.

4.2 Analyzis values

The following calculations are performed and displayed int the info row in real time:
- timestamp: the actual real track time
- distance from the reference point (if defined)
- route length (in path display mode)
- the minimum, maximum and average speed values (in km/h)
- Actual location data: longitude, latitude, altitude (in meters)

4.3 Report creation

Easy track can even create reports based on the same real-time location track data, which is dispalyed. To create a report, select the
'Create live report' in the main menu.

The report is a quick analyzis in text form, which is displayed in a new window.

The report contains:

- report genaration timestamp
- amount of analyzed track records in total
- last track timestamp
- route length and track time in total
- actual location: longitude, latitude
- speed statistics: atual, lowest, highest and average speed (in m/s, km/h and mp/h)
- altitude statistics: absolute and relative altitude deifferences, actual altitude, lowest and highest altitude values and the average altitude

If a reference point is defined:
- reference point's location (longitude, latitude, altitude) and current distance from the reference point.

Note: every time you generate a live report, the new analyzis is displayed in a new window as well, so you can have reports from different points of time at one look.


5. Creating CSV route files


There are 2 way to create CSV file containing location data in time.

5.1 Live logging using the mobile client ZEUS track

If you have installed ZEUS track for your Android device, you are ready to go. Once launched, this mobile application creates CSV files automatically for you.

The CSV file is called
LOG*.CSV and can be found in the _zeusz folder, in the root directory of your device. You can download it to your desktop PC and import it directly into Easy track.

Every time you start the mobile client, the CSV file will be overwritten.

5.2 Logging with Easy track

Easy track creates CSV files automatically in the C:\ZEUSZ folder. The CSV file is called
LOG_*.CSV.

You can also manually restart the logging by selecting
'Restart live CSV logging' from the main menu.

5.3 Import and analyzis of external CSV data files

By selecting the option
'Load external CSV route log' in the main menu, you can load and display previously created CSV files. This makes "offline" analyzis possible, where you can comfortably examine location data in time. You can even import multiple CSV files.

Imported CSV files are displayed on a separate map layer, so you can display it simoultaneously with the actual tracking data. If you want to just remove this data, you can unselect it in the layer panel on the left hand side or select the
'Cleanup CSV layer' in the main menu.

It's even possible to create reports based on the imported CSV files. Just select the
'Create report from CSV' option in the main menu and a report will be created, which is similar to the live reoport described in 4.3 Report creation. The only difference is, that this report doesn't contain the following entries: Last stored track time, actual location data, Actual speed, Actual altitude and reference point data, just because these data make only sense in live tracking mode.

Please note, that generated reports refer always to the last imported CSV file!




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