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Troubleshooting - Proactive Monitoring

Long term tracking across large areas requires monitoring as to how the devices are functioning especially battery powered assets. 

For example; knowing that your device will experience low coverage situations and planning for these in advance could save you months of battery life.

With powered devices, being able to monitor the data coming out of the unit could alert you to wiring issues, extreme temperatures, and faults with the device.

OEM System ParametersTelematics Guru monitoring

OEM Server Device Counters

You can access the device counters in OEM for an individual device by entering the device number in and selecting 'Details'

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In this menu, you can see details for the individual device statistics such as battery life, and total times spent doing different processes.

If you find you have high ratio of failed GPS fixes to successful, or failed uploads to successful, you may have to look at widening your parameters to enable the device to gain a fix or complete an upload.

Oyster 2 - Device Counters

1. Current Battery Percentage

2. Failed Action Times
-Failed GPS fix Time
-Failed Upload Time

3. Maximum Temperature measured

4. Currently Uptime of unit

If you're using Telematics Guru, this data is also projected into the Battery Management Page under Assets > Battery Management

More information on battery management page here

OEM Server parameters 

GPS Settings

For a more indepth discussion on GPS debugging, see our knowledge base article - 'GPS Troubleshooting'

Upload Timeouts

For more information on Upload timeout debugging, see our knowledge base article - 'Cellular battery powered Timeouts'

Telematics Guru Device Monitoring

Things you are looking for

 - If straight after the ignition goes off, external power goes. Means the power is not a constant source and is only on when the engine is on.  

- If it is pretty random, there is probably a dodgy connection or bad earth. 

 - If the device is permanently in trip with the ignition on, IGN has been wired to constant power.  

- If you have logs missing completely (i.e. they don't back fill when back in coverage) the device is losing power completely. Usually you will lose external power and then it will work on battery for some time so this is fairly obvious. 

Manage Asset > Telemetry IO

1) The external power wired to a non-permanent source. This is shown below and is consistent with the external voltage(V) reporting zero when the trip ends. This can be due to a wiring issue, or an isolation switch is in relay

2) Battery flat & External power not wired to constant source. This is shown by having only trip logs in the telemetry, and no heartbeat logs. Telemetry usually ends with 'Digital input changed' or 'End of Trip' log reasons, commonly during the middle of the day or end of work time periods.

Manage Asset > Telemetry

3) Loss of Cellular reception. Aside from Analogue 4's values which can sometimes be confusing, you can tell a device has lost reception at a point, then back-filled the records when the unit has reconnected by seeing a 'Transmission delay' record.

For more information on cellular reception troubleshooting, click here for our main knowledge base article

Reports > Analogue Mapping Report

4) Another way to see external voltage issues is to run an Analogue Mapping Report. By selecting one or multiple analogues out of Battery Voltage, External voltage, Temperature or GSM reception, you can determine if the issue is a systemic one, or a situational one.

Reports > Devices not Connecting Report

Under Support Reports in Telematics Guru is a helpful report that you can schedule to run every 24 hours to notify you of any devices that have no connected and committed data in the last X hours.

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