Using Google Earth to view real-time TracPlus data

TracPlus supports third-party applications for the visualisation of your asset's tracking data, including Google Earth™. Google Earth can only display the most recent 24 hours of your tracking data.

Note: Currently the live KML tracking is not supported in either Google Maps or with the earth.google.com web page. 

A generic KML file is attached which you can use. When you open this file with Google Earth, you will be requested to input your TracPlus Username and Password.

Running the KML File

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For the first time use, simply double click on the file. This will automatically start Google Earth (if installed) with the app running. If you do not have Google Earth installed you can access the download file here.

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When Google Earth starts, a pop-up message box will request your Usercode details before you can see tracking data.

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The list of assets can be expanded by clicking on the little arrow on the left. The visibility of individual assets can be seen on the map by ticking or unticking the respective Tick Boxes.

The tracking data will update automatically with the most recent data.

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Using the 3D option in Google Earth, the tracking can look something like this, with the curtain dropped below the tracking trail.

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When you close Google Earth it will ask if you want to save for next time, or if you want to discard the details. If you save you will be asked to enter again the Usercode details on start-up.

Adding Usercode details to KML File

The basic KML file attached does not contain any Usercode details but possible to insert your Usercode details into the KML file so that you do not have to enter them each time you start Google Earth.

To do this you will need to use Notepad++. The ordinary Notepad program will not be able to make the changes correctly. You can download Notepad++ from here.

Once installed, run Notepad++ as Administrator by right-clicking on the Shortcut and select 'Run as Administrator.' The KML file is just 13 lines of simple code with only one line that needs to be updated.

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The line that needs to be edited is highlighted above.

This line of code needs to be altered to read: '<href>https://service.tracplus.com/gateways/kml/gateway.aspx? user=<Usercode>&amp;pw=<Password>&amp;hours=24</href>' where <Usercode> = your Usercode, and <Password> = your Password.

Edit these details and then File->Save.

Now double click the Shortcut to run. This time Google Earth will not ask for your logon detail.

If you need to share this file

If you need to shall this file with others we recommend that you save the KML file as a KMZ file and share this one instead. You can create a KMZ file from the KML one in Google Earth. The difference between a KML and a KMZ file is that a KML file can be edited and a KMZ file cannot.

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To create a KMZ file. Open the KML file in Google Earth, right click on the KML Name. In the pop-up menu select 'Save Place As . . . '

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Enter the name you want to call the file and select where you want to save it, press the 'Save' button to create the new KMZ file.

Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the TracPlus support team on support@tracplus.com or call +64 (3) 477 8656.

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