MapFactor Navigator – communicate with your fleet using remote commands

Mapfactor Navigator is one of the few applications that allows integration into other dispatching and telematics software for remote communication with the vehicle. It provides flexible communication between the driver and control centre.


MapFactor Navigator – more than average navigation

Companies and professional drivers tend to have higher demands than ordinary drivers.
Large vehicle drivers need the ability to input the dimensions of their vehicles to avoid restricted roads. This can be achieved in Navigator Truck.

Some companies need flexible communication between the driver and control centre, maybe even integrated in other software. Mapfactor Navigator is one of the few applications that allows integration into other dispatching and telematics software for remote communication with the vehicle.

Technical solution for connecting Navigator to a telematics system

Remote commands can be sent to Navigator either through a serial port or using the TCP/IP protocol. Currently remote commands are supported on Windows (PC Navigator), WinCE (Pocket Navigator), MapFactor Navigator for Android and iOS.

What are the use case scenarios?

Messaging and sending delivery routes from despatch to drivers. Emergency services can relay incident reports and set destinations. Security companies can keep contact with their officers.

Remote commands examples

1) Remotely setting routes – destination and waypoints

The most used command is remotely setting a new destination (and waypoints) for the driver.

Destination coordinates are sent to the application and navigation can be initiated automatically. The driver can postpone it and finish his current route first.

As well as routing point it is possible to remotely send checkpoints. These differ in that they do not have to be driven through exactly but have a radius to set a circular zone. Driving into this zone will be enough set the checkpoint as finished.

2) Getting the current vehicle position

It is often important for despatch operators to know the accurate position of the vehicle. Using a remote command it is posible to query the location of the vehicle from the navigation software and display it on a map.

3) Continous vehicle location

With Navigator for Windows and WinCE it is possible to send continuous GPS positions from the remote unit. This way it is possble to track vehicles in the fleet.

4) Distance and time to destination

Another usefull command that will return the estimated arrival time and distance left in the journey.

5) Dynamic icons

This feature allows customs icons to be remotely added on the Navigator map. They can also be moved or deleted. For exmple, it is possible to display the position of one vehicle on the map of another.

6) Change Navigator window size

In Navigator for Windows and Win CE it is possible to set the size of the navigation window so that it can integrate into another application or run alongside another.

7) Change the map centre and zoom

It is possible to remotely centre the map on a set of coordinates at a custom zoom level. For example, showing the driver a detailed map of the destination.

8) Messaging with the driver

Navigator for Windows/Win CE it integrates remote messaging which displays on the screen. It is possible for the driver to respond from within the application.

9) Change road restrictions

A very usefull feature is the ability to remotely close of a road and force navigation to route around it. Ideal for helping drivers avoid traffic and road closures.

10) Notifications about completed waypoints and deviation from a planned route.

Set Navigator to send information remotely when a vehicles arrives at a routing point or if a route is recalculated to indicate that a driver has taken a different way.

Up to date information about remote commands can be found here

We are happy to create custom command tailored to your needs on agreement.