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Unit Groups

Unit group is a system macro object incorporating several units that have something in common. In many cases, it is convenient to operate a group of units instead of performing an action over each unit individually.

Working with Unit Groups

To open the Unit Groups panel, choose a corresponding name in the top panel or click on the necessary item in the main menu customizer. Here you can create, view, copy, edit, and delete unit groups.

On the panel, there is a button to create new groups, a filter, and a list of unit groups available to the current user. On the list, there is an indication of the number of units in each group. If you hover the mouse cursor over a group, in a tooltip you can see which units there are and their current location. For your convenience, the groups are arranged by name. If there are many unit groups, use the dynamic filter above the list to easily find a necessary one.

Use buttons against each unit group to perform a standard action over it:

or — Edit or view unit group properties – depends on your access (change name, add more units, remove units, manage access, etc.). The dialog of unit group properties can contain up to 4 tabs which were described above:

  • General,
  • Access,
  • Icon,
  • Custom fields.

— Create a new group using this one as a basis (copy).

— Delete the group from the system. Deleting a group does not mean deleting the units included. If the button is dimmed, it means you have not enough access.

When working with unit groups, consider some specific features relating to access rights:

  • A group can be used to give a user access to several units at once.
  • With groups, access to a unit can be widened but not narrowed.
  • The creator of the group must have rights to units in this group. Otherwise, it would not be possible to transfer the rights properly.
  • To add/remove unit to/from a group, you are required to have the rights Edit ACL propagated items on this group.

Application of Unit Groups

Unit groups are widely used in the user interface of G4L:

1- Online tracking of unit groups:

  • display/remove from the map a group of units with one mouse click;
  • send commands to a group of units at once;
  • observe a certain parameter (sensor value, movement state, etc.) for a group of units in one window.

2- Advanced reports:

  • all tabular reports can be generated for a unit group;
  • draw tacks of all grouped units on the map.

3- Configuring jobs, notifications, and routes:

  • When configuring jobs, notifications or routes, they can be applied to a group of units at once, which accelerates the process.

Unit groups also have some specific functions in the management system, which were described above.

At that, unit groups are easy to handle. Deleting groups does not mean physical removal of units belonged to this group. That is why you can easily create, manipulate and delete groups. Besides, the dynamic formation of groups is supported – see Notification Action. It means, if some preset conditions are met, a unit can be added to a group automatically or removed from it.