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Omnitracs Navigation for Android

 

Introduction

Omnitracs Navigation provides distraction-free routes that are efficient, optimized for your truck’s parameters, and use historical data to provide the most accurate routing, improved safety, and on-time arrival. Road information like posted road speeds and toll roads as well as historical use and traffic volume to provide more consistent, predictable, and accurate routes.
As maps are updated, drivers are prompted to download them. If you are in an area with poor cellular or WiFi connectivity, you may not receive some data updates until you are back in communication coverage.
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Be sure you’re safely parked before you enter routes, trips, or destinations.

Using the Map

The map shows your current location and any route you may be following. You can adjust zoom level, map orientation, and what points of interest (POIs) display. If you are en route to a destination, you’ll see turn-by-turn directions, have the option to detour, and may cancel the route. The status bar at the bottom of the screen shows upcoming turns, current location, or selected points of interest.

 

OTNav Map Screen
 

 

  1. Next turn – Indicates the next step or turn and its distance.
  2. ETA pane – Indicates the anticipated time of arrival and distance to your next stop. Tap it to switch between anticipated time of arrival and estimated duration of trip.
  3. Detour – Tap to find a detour for the next 1, 2, 5, 15, or 20 miles (1, 8, 16, or 24 km) of the route.
  4. Cancel – Tap to cancel the current route.
  5. Arrive – If you aren’t automatically marked as having arrived, tap Arrive. You may need to do this if you park or stop at a location that is not near your stop’s street address.
  6. Day/Night Mode – Tap to switch between a light or dark background.
  7. Compass – Indicates your current direction of travel. Tap the compass to change the map orientation to show your current heading always at the top of the screen (heading up), North always at the top of the screen (North up), or a three-dimensional view (3D).
  8. Zoom – Tap these buttons to zoom in or out on the map. The number above the zoom buttons indicates the distance you see horizontally across the map.
  9. Speed pane – Depicts your current speed on the left and the posted road speed for the road on the right, if known. If speed alerts are enabled and the vehicle’s speed exceeds the posted road speed, the vehicle’s speed displays is yellow, and if you exceed the speeding threshold the vehicle’s speed displays in red.
  10. Menu – Tap to access more features.
  11. Directions – Tap to see turn-by-turn directions for the entire route.
  12. Shortcuts – Tap for a list of functions you commonly used in Omnitracs Navigation. If you haven’t set any shortcuts, this list is blank.
  13. Incident – Tap to record your current location and a timestamp. When you’re safely stopped, go back to the list of incidents you created to make notes and submit feedback about routes and improve future routing
Note: Items 1-5 and 11 display only if you're en route.


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Destinations (Routing)

You may select a destination by full address, city center, from a pre-defined list of points of interest, choosing from the application history, or selecting from a list of your previously saved favorites. After you choose a destination, you can create a route, save it as a favorite, or add it to an existing trip.

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Full Address

If you know the full address of your destination, follow these steps.

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap New Destination.
  3. Tap Address.
  4. Tap Full Address.
  5. Type the city name. As you type, you see an alphabetical list of possible matches.
  6. Tap the city name or tap list to scroll through the list to find it.
  7. Type the building number and tap Next or tap Skip to enter a street name and no number.
  8. Type the street name. As you type, you see an alphabetical list of possible matches.
  9. Tap your destination or scroll through the list to find it.
Address Screen

If you didn't provide a building number, you are prompted to select a range of building numbers after you select a street.

 

If the city or street don't appear in the list, type only the first few letters of the name and scroll through the list of possible matches. Omnitracs recommends that you type fewer letters to populate the list; then type more letters to narrow the list.

 

City Center

If you just need directions to a city or town but not a specific location, follow these steps.

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap New Destination.
  3. Tap Address.
  4. Tap City Center.
  5. Type in name of city
    1. As you type, the device will begin showing a list of possible matches, sorted alphabetically
    2. Tap your destination if it appears in the list or tap list to scroll through the full list
  6. Tap Start

Point on Map

You can tap on the map to identify a location; then navigate to that location.
1.    Scroll to and tap the location on the map.
2.    When the green target appears, tap the green target and select an action from the pop-up menu.

Map with Green Target


If you are on a trip, you are prompted to Add As Next Stop to go to that stop next or Add as Waypoint to allow Omnitracs Navigation to add it where it would most efficiently fit in the current trip.

Map with Options Pop-up Box
 

POI

Omnitracs Navigation has a default set of points of interest (POI) and your company can create custom POIs. The POIs are broken down into types and sub-types for easy navigation. The full list of POI types and sub-types are shown in the Appendix.

Points of Interest screen

Near Vehicle

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap Navigate To.
  3. Tap POI or Fleet POI.
  4. Tap Near Vehicle.
  5. Tap a POI type.
  6. Tap a POI sub-type.
  7. Tap a destination. You may need to scroll through the list.
  8. Tap Start.

Near City

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap Navigate To.
  3. Tap POI or Fleet POI.
  4. Tap Near City.
  5. Type the city name. As you type, you’ll see an alphabetical list of possible matches.
  6. Tap your destination or tap List to view the full list.
  7. Tap a POI type.
  8. Tap a POI sub-type.
  9. Tap a destination. You may need to scroll through the list.
  10. Tap Start.

Near Destination

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap Navigate To.
  3. Tap POI or Fleet POI.
  4. Tap Near Destination. This option is available only if you have a route selected.
  5. Tap a POI type.
  6. Tap a POI sub-type.
  7. Tap a destination. You may need to scroll through the list.
  8. Tap Start.

History

Destinations you calculate a path to a location, they are stored in your history.

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap Navigate To.
  3. Tap History.
  4. Tap a destination. You may need to scroll through the list.
  5. Tap Start.

Favorites

Favorites are locations you visit regularly and can be added to trips or navigated to directly.

Create

  1. Follow steps 1-7 to find destination by address or destination from a POI.
  2. Tap Favorite.
  3. Type a name.
  4. Tap OK.

Edit

After you save a favorite you can rename, change the location, or delete it.

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap Navigate To.
  3. Tap Favorites.
  4. Tap the pencil next to the favorite.
  5. Now you can Rename or Edit Address.  Steps for editing the address are the same as searching for a location.
Favorites Screen

 

Fuel Search

If shortcuts are enabled and one is defined for Fuel Search, you can quickly locate a fueling station near you.
 

  1. Tap the shortcut menu.
  2. Tap Fuel Search.
  3. Select a fueling station.
  4. Add as a favorite, add it to the trip or navigate to it now.

Fuel Search Menu

Trips

A trip is a sequence of destinations or stops. When selected, Omnitracs Navigation calculates a route based on the preferred route settings and any restrictions.
Be aware that by default, trips are stored on your device for 10 hours. This value can be reset by your administrator.

Receive a Trip from Dispatch

If your company integrates with a transportation management system (TMS), Omnitracs Navigation allows you to receive trips and calculate a route to start the trip.


You are notified when you receive a trip and the notification stays on the screen for 15 seconds. If you are stopped, you can view the trip. If you tap View, you are taken to the trip where can edit or start the trip. If your vehicle is moving, the notification displays, but you cannot view it. After your vehicle is stopped, you can tap Menu > Trips to view the trip.

New Trip Added Notification


When you receive an update to an existing trip, the on-screen notification informs you that a trip was updated. If the update affects the stop you’re currently routed to, you are notified that the current trip changed and Omnitracs Navigation recalculates the route to the updated stop.

Create a Trip

Trips are created in two steps: create a named trip with no stops, then add stops to the trip.

To create a trip:

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap Trips.
  3. Tap Add Trip.
  4. Type in a name for the trip
  5. Tap OK.
Trips Screen

Now you add stops by finding a location and adding it to a trip.

 

Modify an Existing Trip

After you create a trip, you can add or re-sequence stops, edit stops, rename the trip, or delete it.

Add a Stop to a Trip

  1. Follow steps 1-7 to find destination by address or destination from a POI.
  2. Choose Add to Trip.

Edit a Stop on a Trip

You can change destinations, rearrange the order of stops, or delete stops.

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap Trips.
  3. Tap the trip name.
  4. Tap reorder to change the sequence of stops or the pencil next to a stop you want to edit.
  5. Tap the type of edit you want to make and make your changes.
Edit Stop screen

Rename a Trip

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap Trips.
  3. Tap the pencil next to the trip.
  4. Tap the back arrow to delete the old name and type in a new name for the trip
  5. Tap Save.

A confirmation message will appear on screen and you can tap OK to dismiss it or it will auto dismiss after 5 seconds.

Delete a Trip

  1. Tap Menu
  2. Tap Trips
  3. Tap the trip you want to delete
  4. Tap Delete Trip
  5. Tap Yes to confirm you want to delete the trip or tap No to cancel

Start a Trip

After you have a trip, you can start it and Omnitracs Navigation will calculate a route for you from your current location to all of the stops in sequence listed. If you need to reorder the stops, see the section about editing a stop above. You don’t need to start the trip at the first stop listed. You can select a different stop and Omnitracs Navigation plot a route from your current location to that stop and then to all the other stops in sequence.


To start a trip from the beginning:

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap Trips.
  3. Tap the trip.
  4. Tap Start.
Edit Trip Screen

To start a trip from a stop in the middle of a trip:

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap Trips.
  3. Tap the trip you want to use, use the arrow buttons to scroll through the list
  4. Tap the stop you want to start the trip from.
  5. Tap Yes.

En Route

After you select a destination, Omnitracs Navigation calculates the most efficient route based on your vehicle parameters and any restrictions and displays it on the map along with turn-by-turn directions.

ETA and Location

When en route, the map displays ETA and location information. By default, the ETA banner shows the estimated time of arrival. Tap it to switch between the ETA and the estimated remaining duration of the route to that stop.

ETA Screen 1 ETA Screen 2


   
The banner at the bottom of the map shows your destination. Tap it to switch between showing your destination and current location.

ETA Screen 3
 

Arrive

When Omnitracs Navigation detects that you're at your destination, you see a pop-up indicating you automatically arrived, and if you are currently on a trip, you may stop the trip, calculate a route to the next stop, or choose the next stop through the notification.

Arrival Notification Arrival Notification


   

Manually Arrive

If you weren't able to park at the location identified by the street address, you may need to manually mark yourself as arrived.

  1. Tap Arrive and tap Yes.

    Arrival Query Pop-Up
     
  2. Tap Close.

Arrive at Next Stop

You may mark the next stop as arrived if you already serviced that stop or your current and next stop are very close to each other like in a strip mall.

Choose Next Stop

You may need to choose you next stop instead of automatically being routed to the next in the stop list if you need to rearrange stops quickly due to last minute delivery priority changes, operating hours conflicts, or various other business needs.

Stop Current Trip

You may need to stop your current trip if you’re going off duty before the trip ends.

Detour

If you are en route and need to be temporarily routed around a delay, tap Detour and identify if you want to avoid the next 1, 5, 10, or 15 miles (1, 8, 16, or 24 km) of the route.

Create Detour Screen
 
While on a detour, you can cancel the detour at any time by tapping Cancel Detour and be routed back to your original route.

Cancel Detour option
 

Settings

Your back office may have defined and locked settings for how Omnitracs Navigation configured. If the settings are unlocked, you can configure your vehicle's parameters including dimensions and weight, define what roadways or restrictions apply when generating routes, set triggers for speeding alerts, and set how the map displays. Other information like GPS fix, map updates, and current software version may be used to troubleshoot problems if they arise.

If a closed padlock displays next to any settings, they are locked by your back office and you cannot modify them.

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Vehicle Settings

Omnitracs Navigation uses the vehicle profile (dimensions and weight) when routing. Set or review these settings before you generate a route at your start of day ensure they are accurate. Tap edit next to any parameter to adjust the parameter.

Units are defined under Settings > Units.

Parameter     Definition
Overall Length Enter the trailer length in inches/centimeters.
Height     Enter the vehicle’s height (the highest part of the vehicle) in inches/centimeters.
Gross Vehicle Weight Enter the vehicle’s gross weight (including load) in pounds/kilograms.
Commercial Toggle this setting ON to indicate that you want to be routed over commercial vehicle-approved roadways only. Toggle it off to generate routes that use commercial and non-commercial vehicle-approved roadways.

 

Map Settings

Auto Zoom

When off, you manually adjust the zoom using the + and buttons on the map. When on, the zoom level of the map dynamically adjusts to show the level of detail you need at that point of your route.

POI On/Off

Go here set which, if any, POIs are displayed on the map. You can choose to show or hide all POIs by checking or unchecking the box next to All, or display only certain types of POIs. If a POI type has a + sign next to it, there are sub types available. Tap the type to select sub-types of POIs. When a partial list of POIs is selected, the box next to the type and All shows a minus sign instead of a check mark.
The AppendixAppendix lists all the POI types and sub-types. The sub-types for restaurant and hotel/motel also break down into a third level, which is reflected in subsequent tables.

Map Orientation

You can set your map to display as heading up, north up, or 3D. In heading up orientation, the map continuously rotates so that the vehicle’s current heading is always at the top of the map. In north up orientation, north is always at the top and the map does not turn as the vehicle turns. The 3D setting uses a heading up orientation, but displays the map in a three-dimensional view. Tap the compass on the map to cycle through these orientations. If you zoom out to a very large scale, the map automatically switches to North Up orientation, but switches back to your chosen orientation after you zoom back in.

Path Settings

Path settings are related to the types of roads and help determine the best route. You can select or change these options after a route has already been calculated and the route will be recalculated using your new preferences.

Parameter     Behavior
Use Tollways Routes may be include toll roads. Turn this setting off to avoid toll roads in routing, which may result in less efficient routes.
Use Dirt Roads Routes may include dirt roads. Turn this setting off to avoid dirt roads in routing.
Prefer Trucking Roads If enabled, routing will prefer state highways and interstates that are part of the National Network based on the Surface Transportation Assistance Act.
Historic Traffic The application considers historic traffic patterns when calculating routes to generate the most efficient routes.

Alerts

Speed Alerts

Speed alerts allow you to configure an overspeed threshold and duration that can be used to visually and audibly alert you that you are exceeding the posted road speed. This configuration can also be set and locked from the Omnitracs Navigation portal back office application.

Parameter     Definition
Speed Alerts Choose whether speed alerts are enabled or disabled on this device.
Alert Sound Choose whether an audible alert will sound or not when you exceed the speeding threshold and speeding duration. This sound will repeat every 15 seconds until you reduce speed or the posted road speed changes.
Speeding Threshold Set how much faster than the posted road speed that the vehicle needs to be moving to trigger a speed alert. The threshold can be set to any speed between 0-20 mph or 0-40 km/h.
Speeding Duration  Set the duration of time the speeding threshold must be exceeded before an alert is triggered. The duration can be set to any length of time between 0 seconds and 30 minutes.

Sounds

Volume

Tap the toggle to enable or disable Omnitracs Navigation sounds. Volume for these sounds is controlled through the device’s volume settings.

Color Scheme

You can choose what display that works best for your lighting situation. Day mode is brighter and easy to see when there is a lot of surrounding light. Night mode dims the screen so that, in low light situations, you don’t have to adjust between a bright screen and the road.

Units

You can view and enter values in imperial units or metric units.

GPS Status

The GPS status gives the current signal strength of the mobile device, location of the vehicle according to GPS calculations, and the Doppler (DOP) value. It also identifies how many GPS satellites are seen and how many are being used to calculate the current position.

Configure Shortcut

If not locked by your back office, you can identify what shortcuts appear on the shortcut menu on the map screen. By enabling these shortcuts, you can quickly navigate to these features.

About

This screen displays the version of Omnitracs Navigation you are running, the version of the map set that’s installed, your device’s ID, and copyright/disclosures/disclaimers as related to Omnitracs Navigation and our partners.

About screen, Annotated
 

Feedback

Omnitracs Navigation provides the most current road data available by adjusting dynamically based on feedback from drivers as they encounter issues or changes to route conditions such as road closures, construction, changes to POIs, or speed limit changes.

Feedback cannot be used to communicate with your back office.

Create an Incident

To create an incident while driving, tap the incident button on the display screen and your current location and a timestamp are recorded. You see an acknowledgement that the incident has been recorded. Later, when you’re safely parked, you can add more details to the incident before sending it.

Create an Incident screen

Report an Incident

After you stop the vehicle, you can modify and submit the incident you recorded while driving or submit other comments.
 

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap Feedback
  3. Select an incident.
  4. Edit the location or timestamp.
  5. Tap Next.
  6. Choose incident type and a sub-type.
  7. Tap Next.
  8. Type comments.
  9. Tap OK.
  10. Tap Send.
Edit Feedback screen

Other Comments

You can also submit feedback or any other comments related to the Omnitracs Navigation application through the feedback section. These comments are not seen by your dispatcher.

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap Feedback.
  3. Tap Add Feedback.
  4. Tap Other Comment.
  5. Type a comment.
  6. Tap OK.
  7. Tap Send.

Appendix

The following are POI types and sub-types.

Main POI Types Sub Type  
Fuel Station •    Arco
•    BP
•    Chevron
•    Exxon
•    Mobil
•    Valero
•    Shell
•    Texaco
•    Union (Unocal) ‘76
Trucking     •    Rest Area
•    Truck Stops    
•    Weigh Stations
•    Truck Dealerships
Restaurant*  •    Coffee Shop
•    Fast Food
•    American
•    Asian
•    African
•    Australian
•    Bar/Pub
•    Canadian    
•    European
•    Latin/South American
•    Middle Eastern
•    Mexican
•    Seafood
•    Vegetarian
•    Other
Parking •    Open Parking Areas
•    Park and Ride
•    Parking Garage
•    Rest Area
Shopping     •    Book Store
•    Grocery Store
•    Shopping Center
•    Cleaning & Laundry
•    Clothing
•    Department Stores
•    Electronic Stores
•    Health & Beauty
•    Home & Garden
•    Office Supply
•    Pharmacy & Optical
•    Photo, Video, Games
•    Sporting Goods
Bank/ATM •    Bank •    ATM
Car Dealer/Repair •    Car Dealership
•    Auto Service
•    Auto Parts
•    Car Wash/Detailing
•    Auto Dealership
Hospital/Emergency •    Hospital
•    Pharmacy
•    Police Station
•    Fire Station
Hotel/Motel* •    Budget
•    Leisure/Business
•    Luxury
Airport     No Sub Types  
Business     •    Business Facility •    Business Service
Bus Station No Sub Types  
Exhibition Center No Sub Types  
Ferry     No Sub Types  
Golf Course No Sub Types  
Government     •    City Hall
•    Court House
•    Community Center
Recreation/Entertainment •    Amusement Park
•    Casino
•    Cinema
•    Marina
•    Recreation Facility
Rental Car No Sub Types  
School/Library •    Library
•    School
•    University/College
Religious     No Sub Types  
Sports     •    Bowling Center
•    Community Center
•    Ice Skating Rink
•    Public Sport Airport
•    Recreation Facility
•    Recreation
•    Ski Resort
•    Sports Activity
•    Sports Center
Tourist     •    Amusement Park
•    Historical Monument
•    Museum
•    Performing Arts
•    Tourist Attraction
•    Tourist Office
Train Station  •    Railway Station •    Commuter Rail

 

Restaurant Type Sub Type  
Coffee Shop No Sub Types  
Fast Food •    Sandwich
•    Chicken
•    Hamburger
American     •    American Cuisine
•    Barbecue/Southern
•    Bistro
•    Californian
•    Chicken
•    Continental
•    Grill
•    Hamburger
•    Sandwich/Deli
•    Southwestern
•    Steak House
Asian     •    Chinese
•    Japanese
•    Vietnamese
•    Korean
•    Southeast Asian
•    Filipino
•    Hawaiian/Polynesian
•    Indian
•    Indonesian/Malaysian
•    Thai
African     No Sub Types  
Australian     No Sub Types  
Bar/Pub No Sub Types  
Canadian     No Sub Types  
European     •    Belgian
•    Austrian
•    British Isles
•    Balkan
•    Bohemian
•    Dutch
•    East European
•    Finnish
•    French
•    German
•    Greek
•    Hungarian
•    Italian
•    Jewish/Kosher
•    Polish
•    Portuguese
•    Russian
•    Scandinavian
•    Swiss
•    Turkish
•    Spanish
Latin/South American •    Latin American
•    South American
 •    Surinamese
Middle Eastern •    Maltese •    Middle Eastern
Mexican     No Sub Types  
Seafood     No Sub Types  
Vegetarian     No Sub Types  
Other     •    Other Cuisine •    International

 

Hotel/Motel Type Sub Type  
Budget     •    Budget Host Inn
•    Days Inn
•    Econo Lodge
•    Economy Inn
•    Microtel 
•    Motel 6
•    Red Roof Inn
•    Scottish Inn
•    Super 8
Leisure/Business •    AmeriHost
•    Best Western
•    Best Inn, Suites
•    Comfort Inn
•    Country Hearth Inn
•    Country Inn and Suites
•    Courtyard by Mariott
•    Doubletree
•    Holiday Inn
•    Homewood Suites
•    Howard Johnson
•    Knights Inn
•    La Quinta Inn
•    Park Inns International
•    Ramada
•    Red Lion
•    Shilo Inn
•    Sleep Inn
•    Hyatt Summerfield Suites
•    Travelodge
•    Travelers Inn
Luxury     •    Clarion Hotel
•    Crown Plaza Hotel
•    Embassy Suites
•    Fairfield Inn
•    Fairmont Hotel
•    Four Seasons
•    Hilton
•    Hampton Inn
•    Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
•    Grand Hyatt
•    Loews Hotel
•    Marriott
•    Radisson Hotels and Resorts
•    Renaissance
•    Ritz-Carlton
•    Sheraton
•    Sofitel
•    Westin
•    Wyndham


Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
Email: www-ocus@omnitracs.com
Phone: 1‐800‐541‐7490

 

Open Source code policy

Open source code libraries from SpatialLite and ZIPVFS are used in this application – some of the open source code files have been modified. Under the Mozilla Public License (MPL), modifications have been made to SpatiaLite open source code library. These modifications can be made available on request – to submit a request for this information, please contact legal@omnitracs.com