Know the location and status of every event participant

Learn immediately if any of them requires attention

Engage online spectators with live competitor locations & times


For Event Officials

(mouseover an item in the below display for an explanation of that item)

Alarms area Weak cell signal Weak cell signal Stopped on stage row Stopped on stage row Low battery Buttons Map type Brown area Brown area Brown area Stopped on stage Cell icon Cell icon Cell icon Cell icon Cell icon Sat icon Sat icon Sat icon Sat icon Info popup Stage start Stage start Stage start Stage flying finish Stage flying finish Stage trace

Alarms. Scrollable list of automatically generated Alarms. Most recent is at the top. Alarms are generated whenever...
  • A car stops on an active stage
  • A car that was stopped on a stage starts moving again
  • The SOS button on a tracking device has been pressed
Weak Signal. Yellow background of a cell in this column means that the cellular signal strength at the car in this row is weak. This lets you know that some location updates might be missed, especially if the satellite communication devices are not being used. Stopped On Stage. Red background of a cell in this column means that this car is stopped on an active stage. Corresponds to the "Triangle" and "Red Cross" icons on the map. A red background caused by an SOS condition is never automatically cleared; it can be manually cleared by clicking on the red background cell.
Lost GPS. Yellow background of a cell in this column means that the GPS of the cellular tracker for this car has been lost. Corresponds to a yellow icon on the map which shows the latest location prior to the loss of GPS.
Low Battery. Yellow background of a cell in this column indicates that the battery in this car's tracking device is low. When the cell background first turns yellow the battery has about 5 hours of life left. Buttons. The three "Test..." buttons play the 3 different sounds associated with the 3 types of Alarms that are automatically generated (and shown in the yellow Alarms section at the top of the display). Press each of these 3 buttons to learn the sounds and to set the volume on your computer. Press the Reload Map button if the map ceases to be shown. Status Table. Overview of the status of all tracked cars. One row per car.
  • Mouseover a row to center the map on that car number and open an information window above that car's map icon.
  • The Speed column will show either a red "0" if the car is stopped, the actual speed of the car in green if avaialbe, or green "moving" if the actual speed is not avaiable.
  • If the information about a car has become "stale" (too old to reliably believe) its Speed will show "?" and the font color of its Time of Latest Fix will be blue.
  • You can click on a "stale" vehicle's car number in the table to remove it from the table and from the map (e.g. the car has DNF'd, it's tracker has been turned off, and you no longer want to see it).
  • Click on a column's heading to alternately sort the rows by ascending or descending order of the values in that column. Default is ascending by car number.
Map Type. You can change the type of map to either Terrain, Satellite or Road. Default is Terrain. No Cellular Coverage. Brown regions on the map indicate areas along the event route that are known to have no cellular coverage. Location updates from these areas are communicated via satellite if the add-on satellite communication devices are being used on the event. Satellite-communicated updates will be less frequent than cellular-communicated updates and will not contain stage timing data. Stage timing events that occur where there is no cell coverage are stored and communicated as soon as the tracker regains a cellular connection. Stopped On Stage. Triangle icon means that this car is stopped on an active stage. Mouseover the icon to open a popup window with detailed information. Icon background will turn blue if the information becomes "stale". Cellular-reported Fix. Location and status information that was communicated over a cellular network.
  • The number in the black box is the car number.
  • Green icon indicates the car is moving.
  • Red icon indicates the car is stopped.
  • Blue icon indicates that the information about this car has become "stale".
  • Yellow icon indicates that the tracker in this car has lost its GPS fix. The icon position is at last location prior to losing its GPS.
Mouseover the icon to open a popup window with detailed information.
Satellite-reported Fix. Icons with a "black dot" in the center indicate location data that was communicated via satellite.
  • The number in the black box is the car number.
  • Green icon indicates the car is moving.
  • Red icon indicates the car is stopped.
  • Blue icon indicates that the information about this car has become "stale".
Mouseover the icon to open a popup window with detailed information.
SOS. Red Cross icon indicates that the SOS button on this car's tracking device has been pressed. Mouseover the icon to open a popup window with detailed information. Icon background will turn blue if the information becomes "stale". An SOS condition is never automatically cleared; it can be manually cleared by clicking on the car's corresponding red background cell in the Status Table to the left. Mouseover Popup. The latest Information about the car that corresponds to the map icon or Status Table row that was moused over. The information shown updates in real-time if new information arrives while it is open.
- Car number appears at the top.
- Entry infromation appears in the middle along with some data about the condition of the tracking device (e.g. battery level, signal strength, number of GPS satellites used in the fix).
- The information in the bottom section varies based on the car's status:
  • The amount of time since the latest location information received from this car is always shown
  • The car's distance into the stage is shown if it is in an active stage
  • The amount of time that the car has been stopped is shown whenever the car is stopped, whether on a stage or not
Stage Start Line. These icons indicate the locations of the Stage Start lines. Click on the icon for the corresponding stage number(s). Stage Flying Finish. These icons indicate the location of Stage Flying Finish lines. Stage Traces. The lines on the map indicate the event's stages. Click on a line for the name of that stage.

Faster, Better-informed Decisions

Event officials can better manage the competiton by knowing the current location, speed and status of every event participant. They can more quickly assess vehicle stops on stages, and decide how to best direct a response to detected irregularities.

EZTrak devices installed in the event Course Cars gives officials an effective continuous real-time view of the progress toward readiness for competition of every stage. This enables them to foresee and direct actions to mitigate developing situations that might, for example, cause a delay to the scheduled start of a stage.

Automatic Alarms and Notifications

The movements of every competitor are analysed and displayed in real time. Distinctive audible and visual alarms are immediately generated whenever a car stops on an active stage or when a competitor presses the SOS button on their in-car EZTrak device. No one in the Rally Command Center needs to be actively monitoring the map-based tracking information display until an alarm is heard.

A text message with the car's status and location can be optionally sent to a designated recipient (e.g. the car’s Crew Chief, the event Clerk-of-the-Course) whenever that car goes into and out of an alarm condition.


For Fans, Teams and Volunteers

(mouseover an item in the below display for an explanation of that item)

Times button List of cars Map type Pick stage Sponsor logo Times window Times window Car icon Car icon Car icon Car icon Car icon Car icon Car icon Car icon Car icon Car icon Car icon Stage start Stage start Stage start Stage start Stage start Stage trace Stage trace Stage trace Stage trace Stage trace Stage trace Stage number

Stage Times Button. This yellow button will appear if there are any stage times available to display. Click on the button to open the Times Display window. List of Cars. The list of car numbers is shown in ascending order. Mouseover a car number to center the map on that car number and open a popup window above that car's map icon with more information about that car. Map Type. You can change the type of map to either Terrain, Satellite or Road. Default is Terrain. Stage Pick List. Click here to get a list of the stage names for which times are currently avaialbe. Move the mouse up or down the list to select the stage that you want to see. Event or Sponsor Link. Clicking on the displayed event or sponsor logo will take you to that organization's Web site. Times Display Window. This window shows the time differences, overall position, and position in class of the cars that have completed the selected stage. Cars that have arrived at the start area of the stage but have not yet arrived at the finish appear at the bottom of the list with no times. These tracker-derived times are UNOFFICIAL and are not accumulated across stages (as this is not meant to be an event scoring system). Mouseover Popup. The latest information about the car for the map icon or the number in the List of Cars that was moused over. The information shown updates in real-time if new information arrives while it is open.
- Car number appears at the top.
- Entry infromation about this car number appears in the middle.
- The amount of time since the latest location information received from this car appears at the bottom.
Car Icon.
  • The number in the black box is the car number.
  • Green icon indicates the car is moving.
  • Red icon indicates the car is stopped.
  • Blue icon indicates that the information about this car has become "stale" - probably too old to still be valid.
Mouseover the icon to open a popup window with information about this car number.
Stage Start Line. These icons indicate the locations of the Stage Start lines. Click on the icon for the corresponding stage number(s). Stage Flying Finish. These icons indicate the location of Stage Flying Finish lines. Stage Traces. The lines on the map indicate the event's stages. Click on a line for the name of that stage. Stage Number. This popup information window shows the stage number(s) associated with a clicked Stage Start Line icon.

Enriched Online Experience

Everybody who has access to the Internet with a Web browser – whether through PC, tablet or cellphone – can follow the rally LIVE. Friends, family, crew, sponsors, fans, media and even stage workers can all monitor the current locations and stage times of the competitors.

A color-coded visual indication of each car's location and movement status, with "mousover" popup details, is shown on a map with traces of the event stages.

LIVE (unofficial) stage times are shown and updated automatically after each car finishes a stage.

A sponsor’s message and link can be inserted for all online spectators to see.


Device Characteristics

Fast, Easy Installation

Installation and removal of the EZTrak devices takes less than one minute:

  • adhered to the car's dashboard with industrial strength Velcro, or
  • attached to the roll cage with a "zip" tie

The EZTrak devices are completely self-contained:

  • internal antennas and batteries
  • no external connections
  • no mounting bracket required

No user interactions with the devices are required.

The primary EZTrak device can be augmented with a small self-contained satellite communications add-on that reports vehicle locations when the vehicle is in an area that has no cellular network coverage.

Small, Rugged Construction

Primary EZTrak device:

  • 6.7" (170mm) x 4.7" (120mm) x 2.1" (53mm)
  • 20ounces (570grams)

Optional satellite communications add-on:

  • 2.7" (69mm) x 2.1" (53mm) x 0.9" (22mm)
  • 3ounces (86grams)

-5ºF (-20ºC) to +160ºF (+70ºC) operating temperatures.

Crushproof & watertight to IP67 standards.

Shock and vibration to U.S. Military Standards 202G and 810F, and SAE J1455.

Compliant with EMC/EMI FCC Part 15B and Industry Canada standards.

 

For inquiries about EZTrak send an email to: motoringeventservices@gmail.com