What are they
Asset Groups are sorting containers for Assets that ensure ease of use for organizations with extensive Asset ecosystems. Groups can contain any number of Assets, and Assets can belong to any number of Groups. In the List Panel, Asset Groups display as top level folders with Assets inside of them.
Interacting with Asset Groups
In the List Panel, Asset Groups are primarily containers, but they do support high-level notification amalgamation. Notification Boxes appear under the name of Asset Groups just as they do with individual Assets, and the indicators will be lit if any of the Assets in the Group have at least one notification of that type.
Asset Groups can be dragged and dropped to reorder them in a way not provided by the Sorting Options in the Quick Actions Menu. Additionally, Asset visibility can be toggled at the Group level, which affects all Assets in the Group. This is a quick way to declutter the Map View when there are large numbers of Assets in an ecosystem.
The Folder Icon next to each Asset Group tells the user how many Assets are in the group, and can be clicked to toggle the list of Assets in the Group to be expanded or collapsed.
Clicking the Cog Button on any Asset Group will open the Group Options in the Details Panel. From here, users can take actions that affect all Assets in the Group, including messaging them all at once, or viewing all Notification Details of each type for all of the Assets.
For devices that support two-way messaging, users will be able to send a custom text message to them as a bulk action. Users simply click the Send Message action button, deselect any Assets they wish to exclude as recipients, then type the message text and hit Send Message.
The Follow Live action button opens the Live Mode with all devices not included in the Group hidden from the Map View. Users will also be following all Assets as they continue to report positions.
The History Replay action button opens the History Mode with all devices not included in the Group hidden from the Map View. Users will have the option to toggle the viewable time period as normal.
The Dulpicate Group action button opens the Add Group form with the properties of the existing group already filled.
Message Destination ID
Users can assign an ID to a Group or Subgroup, and this ID can be used to message assets in that Group directly from other assets in the field. The portal routes the messages that it receives from the Asset and sends it automatically to all assets in the Group. For example, if the Group ID is FL, users will be able to send a message from their Asset to the portal that says “FL:Ready to move” and “Ready to move” will be sent as a text message to all Assets in the FL Group.