DigitalAnalyst version 5.1
GNSS location display
Version 5 introduces support for Smart Tacho (Generation 2 tachographs). VU data from the older Generation 1 tachographs and Smart Tachos can now be imported and analysed. Smart Tacho data also introduced a new GNSS (GPS) positioning system to show the location of the vehicle at the start and end of a work period and also after every three hours of accumulated driving by any driver. This data can be shown on a Google Map by right-clicking on anything within a Daily Activity record item in the left data pane and choosing the View Location option
Please note that only Smart Tacho data contains the GNSS location data. Older Generation 1 digital tachographs do not contain this type of data so location data will not be available. Since a GNSS location is only recorded after three hours of accumulated driving by a driver whose card is inserted into the drivers card slot, the position data is unlikely to useful to many investigations.
Version 5.1 introduces two new features. Both are designed to affect the Analyst view only.
Digital tachograph speed data is downloaded from the VU in one minute long blocks. The regulations require that once the vehicle is considered to be moving, a speed block must be recorded. Each speed block is 60 seconds long.
Different manufacturers of tachographs have interpreted this requirement in slightly different ways. Some, such as Continental, start the recorded data at the first second of the minute in which driving starts. Others, for example Stoneridge, record data at the second where driving is assumed to start. This means that Stoneridge tachographs in particular have a number of speed blocks which start at a few kilometres per hour.
DigitalAnalyst has always displayed a zero speed in the absence of a speed block. This was to emulate the look of the traditional paper tachograph discs. Since acceleration data is not recorded by a digital tachograph, the acceleration trace is derived from the speed trace. This means that at the start of a speed block, where the initial speed is not zero, a sudden acceleration spike will be generated. Version 5.1 of DigitalAnalyst detects and removes these spikes producing an acceleration trace which only shows the actual accelerations.
In addition to removing these spurious acceleration spikes, there is now an option to only display the speed trace where there is a speed block. This option can be activated by checking the Actual Speed box in the Analysis tab.
This will eliminate the display of all the apparent zero speeds (and corresponding accelerations) where there is no speed data in the VU download. This produces an intermittent trace as shown
No two internal tachograph clocks are likely to be recording exactly the same time. In multi-vehicle collisions this time difference can show that the same event occurred at different times which can be complicated to explain.
To assist with this type of analysis, version 5.1 allows you to offset the time displayed on an Analysis chart using a new Time Offset control on the
In reality the difference between tachograph clocks is likely to be in the order of a few seconds. This is particularly so with Smart Tachos which are required to synchronise their internal clocks with the GNSS signal. However DigitalAnalyst allows you to offset the time by up to 7200 seconds (two hours) either positive or negative.
In the image below the time has been offset by -4200 seconds
The start of the recording now appears to start at 22:50 and runs through until 22:49:59 seconds instead of the usual unadjusted 00:00 to 23:59:59. To highlight that the time on a graph has been offset, the offset value is displayed on the label for the time axis.
If a time offset is set and the view saved for future reference, the offset for that particular saved view is also saved with the file.
Note that any time offset only affects the display on the Analysis view. It down not affect any other record such as the daily activity records, or calibration date/timesDigital tachographs only record times to a resolution of one second. How an appropriate time offset is calculated is for the user to determine. One method may be to record the time a download starts using an external time, such as from the wristwatch of the investigator. Once the download is complete that time can be compared with the recorded download time. If multiple vehicles are involved, then clearly the same timepiece should be used.
DigitalAnalyst assists the user in the analysis of data from EU approved digital tachographs. In particular it allows the user to analyse the 1Hz detailed speed data stored within the vehicle unit or the 4Hz data sored in Siemens units to find speeds, changes in speed, distances and acceleration. Once analysed, the information can be used in the reconstruction of collisions or for route tracing.
Checks data integrity of downloaded files
Displays a summary of the downloaded data and digital signatures.
Shows details of the calibration history, K, W, L etc.
User adjustable W factor (useful for forensic calibration)
Displays recorded events and faults
Detailed speed chart (24 hours, 1 hour and 1 minute views)
Analysis of detailed speed data (1Hz and Siemens 4Hz data)
Separate speed and acceleration charts on analysis page
Show vehicle activity timeline (mode chart)
Export CSV data between cursors
Detailed Speed Analysis
Analyse the detailed speed data graph to find the speed at any particular second. Use the multiple cursors to find average speed, distance, change in speed and acceleration.
For collision investigation and route tracing purposes where the vehicle has been calibrated, W can be adjusted to correct the speeds and distances. Siemens 4Hz data can also be imported into the main 1Hz data file and analysed in the same way.
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A mode line showing which activity is set in the vehicle unit and listing any faults, events together with driver card insertions/removals.
Daily totals for Driving, Availability, Other Work and rest/break recorded in the vehicle unit are also listed.
Note that this data is that derived directly from the VU download file. DigitalAnalyst does not read driver card data or perform drivers’ hours analyses.
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A series of views are generated by DigitalAnalyst all of which are replicated when printed.
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Events and Faults
Speed 1 Hour
Speed 24 Hours
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If you are already a licensed user of DigitalAnalyst, you can download the latest version from our Downloads page. A Demo version of DigitalAnalyst is also available from the Downloads page.
Update to the latest full version of DigitalAnalyst from here. This can be safely installed over your existing installation.
Install the demo version of DigitalAnalyst from here. Please note that the installation file is password protected. To install use the password ‘genesis’ (all lower-case and without the quote marks). IMPORTANT: Please note that the demonstration version of DigitalAnalyst alters the actual W value of any data you download and substitutes a value of between 80 and 120% of the real value. As a result the speeds shown on the analysis graph will not be accurate and must not be used.
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Tachograph - Forensic calibration and digital route tracing
Tachographs are calibrated instruments, the data from which can be analysed to establish speed, distance and acceleration for collision investigation and route tracing purposes. This course looks at the various methods used to calibrate the vehicle for the day of the collision and how to use the information to retrace the route taken by a vehicle.
What you will study
Calibration methods and techniques for vehicles that can be driven and for those that have been seriously damaged. Route tracing using the data from digital tachographs.
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Classroom based with practical inputs.
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Successful candidates will be awarded an IMI certificate.
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Tachograph analysis software for collision investigators.
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