Guard 4 Life
106 Ridgeway Suite F Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
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User Settings

Users can configure some system operation parameters per their needs and tasks.

To view user settings, click on the username in the top panel and then choose User Settings in the menu.

The User Settings dialog can contain up to three tabs that depend on system configuration:
  • General Settings
  • Maps
  • Account

:!: Hint. Settings from one user can be imported to other users.

General Settings

The first tab of the User Settings dialog contains general settings. Here you indicate your time zone, input your e-mail address, change the password to enter the system, and set many other parameters.

Language: The language menu. Contact your service administrator to enlarge the list of available languages.

Time zone: Indicate your time zone accurately because all time values in messages got from devices are displayed in accordance with time zone selected. Changing time zone requires reloading the page.

Daylight saving time: Specify DST options if you use summer and winter time in your region — choose the most appropriate DST schedule on the dropdown list. None — summer time is not used.

Persian calendar: This option allows to activate the Iranian calendar also known as Persian solar calendar. It is used in Iran and Afghanistan. If the option is chosen, the Persian calendar will replace usual (Gregorian) calendar in the places where a user should indicate some time interval (to build a track, to query messages or a report, to setup a job or assign a route, etc.) At that, if Arabic is selected as interface language, the calendar will be in Farsi (language spoken in Iran) and shown from right to left. Otherwise, it will be in English (in Latin characters and Arabic numbers) and shown from left to right (see details). Enabling/disabling the Persian calendar requires reloading the page.

Date and time format

These masks of date and time format define date and time presentation throughout the system. For example, months can be written in words or numbers, year can consist of two or four digits, day of week can be included or not. Moreover, you can change the order in which those items appear in the date. Instructions upon the syntax of these fields is given in their tooltips. Besides, you can just choose one of predefined masks in the dropdown list. Here are some examples of formats:

First day of week: Choose Monday or Sunday as the first day of week. This will affect the appearance of the calendar and the manner of counting weeks in general.

Measurement system: Choose one of the measurement systems available. The corresponding units of measurement will be used in tools like Distance, Area, Routing, Nearest Units. A chosen measurement system also influences address processing in some way, as well as creation of routes. However, the earlier created units and resources (together with geofences, jobs, and notifications) possess the measurement system chosen upon their creation. Speaking about reports, their measurement system is set separately (refer to 'Advanced settings of a report template').

City: In this field, you can indicate your city. It will be used in the Nearest Units and Address tools as the default city. Enter the name of the city. Upon entering of the first letters the dropdown menu with the names corresponding to the request will be automatically opened. You can either continue typing in the name or choose it from the dropdown menu (there can be several towns with the same names in different countries).

Position of the map upon entering the tracking system is stipulated by the city indicated in this setting (if the field is blank, then Minsk is a chosen city by default). However, if there are any units displayed on the map, then upon the entering the map will be scaled in such a way that all of them will be visible.

E-mail: This e-mail address will be used to send you a reset password link in case you forget your password.

Change password: If you push this button, some additional fields will appear. You will be asked to input your current password, and then your new password (two times). New password can be applied on the login page. Note: However, not all users are permitted to change their passwords. Check with your administrator for further information.

Mobile access: If you are going to use mobile phone or PPC to manage the server, enter the access key. If you leave this field empty, the access will be denied.

Play sound for events: The sound can be played for online notifications and drivers' messages. When a notification or message from driver pop up, the browser will play sound. In Windows OS, QuickTime Alternative can be used as media player. splay popup events: For online notifications and messages from drivers to be automatically shown on the display, it is necessary to indicate this flag. If you remove the flag, only a number on red background in the bottom panel indicates receiving of new events. :!: Closing online notifications window or chat with driver window using the cross in the upper right corner leads to unchecking the 'Automatically display popup events' flag. The flag can be checked again either in the user settings window or by clicking on the 'Online notifications' or 'Chat with drivers' buttons in the bottom panel.

Use keyboard shortcuts: Check this box to activate Shortcuts.

Infinite map: Allows moving (dragging) the map infinitely right or left. This option is to be activated only in the case when tracking occurs in the region of 180th longitude (Fiji, Chukotka, etc.).

Driver's activity: Check this box in order an information on driver's activity to be shown in unit's and driver's tooltips, as well as in extended unit information.

Show Additional Information about the Unit

Here you choose additional information about the unit to be displayed in different places of the tracking system.

In the left column, check information to be shown in unit's tooltip (displayed as you hover mouse pointer over unit's icon).

In the right column, check items to be shown in extended unit information in the work list.

To check all the items from any column, hold <ctrl> on the keyboard and check any box of the corresponding column.

Last message: Time when the last message was received and how long ago.

Location: The last detected address.

Presence in geofences: If unit is situated in a geofence, geofence's name will be displayed in unit's tooltip and in extended unit information with sorting by area (from small to large), and it will have the same color as assigned in geofence properties. This option also affects units count in the Geofences panel.

Speed: Speed in the latest message.

Altitude: Altitude in the latest message (if device can give such data).

Counters: Values of mileage counter and engine hours’ counter. See Counters.

Satellites: The number of satellites locked.

Connectivity settings: Device type, unique ID(s), and phone number(s) specified in unit properties. This information is available to users with 'Edit connectivity settings' access flag.

Sensors values: Sensors configured for the unit and their known values will be listed. Custom sensor name is displayed and the value processed per calculation table of this sensor.

Parameters: Latest known parameters like CAN bus, power voltages, and many others. Their names (as they come in messages) and their raw values can be shown as additional information.

Drivers: Name, photo, and phone number of the driver(s) currently bound to the unit.

Trailers: Name and photo (if available) of the trailer(s) currently bound to the unit.

Custom fields: Custom fields from unit properties (general or/and admin fields depending on access).

Profile: Unit's profile information.

Maintenance state: Service intervals together with their states (days/engine hours/kilometers left or expired) are shown.

:!: Note. Counters are refreshed once a minute, as well as information about drivers and trailers. The check for presence in geofences is performed every two minutes. Other information is refreshed immediately.

Unit Visualization on Map

Replace unit icons with motion state signs: If marked, unit icons are hidden, and all units are displayed with motion direction arrows (if they are in motion) or with blue rhomb shaped marker (if they are
stationary). See also Unit presentation on map.

Display overlapping units in one icon: If one or more units overlay on the map, their icons can be grouped into one. It lightens visual reception of the map. The exception is in two biggest zooms where all icons are displayed regardless their overlapping.

Show unit icons at map borders: If a unit gets out of view, its icon will be displayed at map border in the direction where the unit is located. Click on this icon to move to this unit on the map.

Trace: It is possible to indicate the length of the trace which is added to a moving unit on the map (the 'Points in traces' parameter), and choose the color and width for it.

Multicolor sensors in unit's tooltip: Sensors, if chosen to be displayed in unit's tooltip, can change their colors per received values. Color scheme can be adjusted on the first tab of sensor's properties. In unit's tooltip, color can be applied either to the whole row with sensor (both its name and value) or only to its value — select desired option in the dropdown list. If the option “Multicolor sensors in unit's tooltip” is disabled, default color (black) will be employed.

Other Items on Map

Display names of routes' check points on map:
Depending on the flag, routes' check points can be displayed with or without their names on the map.

Display names of geofences on map: Depending on this flag, geofences can be displayed on the map with their names or without them. The color of the captions is adjusted in geofence properties.

Display overlapping geofences in one icon: If several icons of geofences overlap when displayed on the map, they can be grouped into one. Place the cursor over this icon to know which geofences are hidden behind it. Note that for reports this option is set independently — in advanced options of report template.

Render geofences on server: By default, all geofences are rendered in browser. This may slow down browser work if your computer is not very powerful. But if you have good Internet connection, it is possible to increase G4L system performance by enabling the option of rendering on server.


Maps settings are adjusted in User Settings dialog on the Maps tab.

Format of coordinates: Format of coordinates can be either degrees or degrees and minutes. Selected format affects coordinates of cursor displayed in the lower right corner of the map. However, in messages and geofences coordinates can be displayed only in degrees; in reports and event registrar — only in degrees and minutes.

Enable: Tick the appropriate check boxes to activate more map layers. The changes will take effect after clicking OK and refreshing the page. To choose a different map as a base layer, choose it in the maps menu at the bottom panel of the program.

The following maps can be used in G4L: Google Maps, Bing Maps, Kosmosnimki, 2GIS, WikiMapia, Visicom, Yandex, HERE, Regio, Luxena, MyIndia, ArcGIS,, Mapbox, OpenSeaMap (additional layers). Besides, G4L Maps and OpenStreetMap are available by default.

Some maps go in blocks. For example, when you enable Google Maps, several map layouts appear on the menu at once: Google Streets, Google Physical, Google Satellite, Google Hybrid, Google Map Maker, Google Map Maker Hybrid, and Google Street View for tracking on mini map. Moreover, if the additional layers are available (for example, traffic layer, maritime navigation), then they can be visually put over any chosen map.

If a map you need is not available, address your request to G4L Help System. :!: Usage of cartographic services is stipulated by the procedures established by the author or by other right holder of such services. By choosing cartographic service you confirm that you acknowledge and accept the full responsibility for its possible misuse.

Address format: Here you can define how addresses will look in tooltips, tools, messages, and other places. Choose which of standard address components to be displayed: country, region, city, street, and house (at least one of these items should be selected). For example, if your units move mainly within the same city or town you can omit country, region, and city and leave only street name and house number in addresses. Address components can be put in any order. To change this order, drag components up and down sticking to arrow-shaped buttons. This format affects addresses mainly in cities/towns/villages.

When out of cities/towns/villages (on motorways between them), address information is given per the following parameters:

  • Max distance from unit defines that if unit is on a road or close to it and there is a city/town/village in the indicated distance then the address is displayed as name of the road and distance to that city (if several cities fit, we take the nearest).
  • Min city radius defines that if no cities/towns/villages have been found in the distance indicated as 'Max distance from unit' then the address is bound to the nearest city which radius is equal or larger than 'Min city radius' values. This parameter can be used to eliminate small towns from address information and stick to large cities instead.

For every block (enabling maps, address format) there is a possibility to check all the boxes at once. To do so, hold <ctrl> button on the keyboard and check any box of the corresponding block.