Flexible Installation Options
Hard Wire Installation
Your Track My Ride hardware includes a hard-wire harness in the box. This allows for a more permanent installation of your tracker. If you wish to make use of the extended functionality your tracker offers such as inputs, outputs or driver ID, you will need to hard-wire your tracker.
- Your wiring harness should be connected to a constant +12V or +24V power source in your vehicle or a direct connection to your vehicle’s battery. The tracker will draw at most 3 Watts of power (250mA @ 12V, 125mA @ 24V). Your power supply must be able to provide at a minimum this much power. For instructions on the wiring harness’ extra wires, see the section below “Accessories Installation Instructions”.
- Connect the red wire from pin 1 marked “+10 … 30V DC” to a fused positive 12V or 24V power source in your vehicle or your vehicle’s positive battery terminal with an in-circuit fuse. We recommend a 2 amp fuse be used.
- Connect the black wire from pin 7 to your vehicle’s negative battery terminal, grounded vehicle chassis or negative power source.
- (Optional) Engine On/Off detection – For enhanced engine on/off detection connect the wire marked “Ignition” to a switched accessories power source. This is a power source that is 0V when your car is off and +12V or +24V when your car is turned on or in the accessories power mode. This can be for example the cigarette lighter, radio switched power or ignition power. This will then be used to determine the engine on/off state as used for the engine hour-meter, reports and alerts.
- If the Ignition detection wire isn’t installed, Track My Ride will utilise a voltage detection algorithm to determine when the vehicle is turned on/off. If the voltage input to your tracker is greater than or equal to 13.2 volts, the vehicle’s engine will be flagged as On.
- (TMR-S5 External antennas model only) Install the 3G data antenna (Long and thin) underneath your dash on a plastic surface, it does not need a view of the sky. The antenna has an adhesive pad on the bottom side to aid in mounting. For best signal strength the antenna should be oriented vertically up and down in relation to the ground. Do not mount the data antenna directly onto metal or within 2 inches of any metal surface as it will reduce the antenna’s signal strength and your tracker may not be able to connect to the mobile data network. Avoid placing the antenna directly next to your vehicle’s electrical wiring. The GPS & Data antennas are waterproof but the tracker hardware unit is not.
- (TMR-S5 External antennas model only) Install the GPS antenna (Small and square) under your dash as close to the top front of the dash plastics as possible. GPS signals can penetrate glass, plastic and fibreglass but cannot penetrate metal or heat-reflective metallic infused windscreens. As such, do not mount the GPS antenna underneath metal. The antenna has an adhesive pad on the bottom side to aid in mounting. Mount the antenna with the top side pointing towards the sky. If installing in a truck, angle the antenna to point through the windshield towards the sky.
- (TMR-S5 External antennas model only) Screw the GPS and data antennas into the connectors on the tracker. They are labelled GPS and 3G. The antenna connectors are designed to screw into their designated port only with matching male and female connectors.
- Connect the power cable firmly to your tracker until the clip locks it in place. The 2 LED lights on the tracker will turn on after a few seconds and begin to flash. If they do not light up please check your wiring.
- Mount the GPS tracker in your vehicle in a location that it will not come in contact with water. Your tracking hardware is not waterproof. Face the side as marked towards the sky, ensuring you don’t place your GPS tracker under any metal surface. GPS signals can penetrate glass, plastic, wood and fibreglass but they cannot penetrate metal.
- Now your tracker has been installed it’s ready to activate it and set up your new Track My Ride account! Simply visit our activation page and follow the instructions at www.trackmyride.com.au/activate
Things that block GPS signals
Accessories Installation Instructions
Track My Ride supports driver identification via a driver ID keyfob reader and driver ID keyfobs (sold separately) which can be used by your drivers to maintain the records of who is operating your vehicle in your reports. The reader will register the unique ID of the keyfob when the keyfob is pressed to the reader for 1 second. The keyfob’s unique ID will be matched against one of your existing drivers, or a new driver record for the keyfob will be created automatically if no match was found.
You can also install the Driver Login Reminder functionality below to give your drivers an audible notification to remind them to log in to the vehicle each time it is driven.
Driver ID reader – wiring & installation
The keyfob reader has two wires, red wire (centre pin of the reader) and black (outer reader contact). The red wire should be connected to the wire marked Keyfob Data / ID Data (harness pin 11) on your tracker. The black wire of the reader should be connected to a common ground that the tracker is connected such as your vehicle’s chassis or ground (harness pin 7) on your tracker. Install the Driver ID Reader in an easy-to-access location in your vehicle.
- Keyfob reader red wire: Connect to wiring harness pin 11 marked Keyfob data / ID data
- Keyfob reader black wire: Connect to tracker’s power supply common ground or vehicle chassis
Driver login reminder allows you to install a buzzer in your vehicle that will sound when the vehicle is turned on until the driver has presented their Driver ID keyfob. This gives your drivers an audible reminder to log in to the vehicle each time they go for a drive ensuring your drivers are recorded correctly in your reports.
Step 1 – Wiring it all up
1.1 Complete your vehicle wiring as follows (Pinout shown for Model TMR-S7, TMR-S8 and TMR-S8W). The output channel pin 8 provides a switchable path to ground. It defaults to off/high resistance.
1.2 Turn on the vehicle’s ignition so that +12V/+24V is present on pin 5. The tracker will recognise this wire has been connected and automatically be reconfigured so that engine on/off is detected via this wire instead of the default via incoming voltage >13.2V
IMPORTANT: The output channel on pin 8 is rated to a maximum current of 500mA and a maximum of 24 volts. Drawing more than 500mA of current through the output channel will damage the output channel and could cause damage to your tracker which is not covered by your warranty. If you need to control a device that draws more than 500mA of current, you must use a relay.
(Pinout shown for Model TMR-S7, TMR-S8 and TMR-S8W)
Step 2 – Enable driver login reminder for this vehicle
2.1 Press the Refresh button above the vehicles tab to reload your tracker’s current installation state.
2.2 Enable the driver login reminder functionality for your vehicle as indicated below and click save. The change to turn on this function will be applied to your tracker the next time it’s in communication with our servers such as when motion is detected or +12V/+24V is detected on pin 5.
Note: You must have connected the Pin 5 on your wiring harness to an ACC/Ignition power source and +12V/+24V must have been present on the wire at least once before you can enable this setting. You may need to wait up to 15 minutes after first completing your wiring for the option to become available below, press Refresh from step 2.1 if the option is not yet available to select and you have confirmed your wiring is correct.
Step 3 – Testing the installation
3.1 After you’ve enabled the setting for the vehicle under Output 1 control the tracker must receive this new change before it will take effect. You can do this simply by turning on the Ignition for your vehicle. This will cause the tracker to connect to our servers and receive your new settings.
3.2 Your buzzer should now turn on when the vehicle is started until your driver keyfob is presented to the reader.
3.3 Press and hold the keyfob to the reader for 1 second and the buzzer will turn off, indicating you have successfully logged into the vehicle. The buzzer will remain off and the driver will not need to rescan their keyfob until the vehicle is turned off for at least 30 seconds.
Driver Login Reminder Workflow
|1||Vehicle is off||0V||OFF – High resistance to ground||The buzzer is silent, as pin 8 does not provide a path to ground.|
|2||The driver turns on Ignition/ACC||>= +12V||ON – Low resistance to ground||The buzzer is audible, as pin 8 now provides a path to ground for power to flow through the buzzer.|
|3||Driver tags on their keyfob||>= +12V||OFF – High resistance to ground||The buzzer is silent, as pin 8 does not provide a path to ground.|
|4||The driver starts the vehicle||>= +12V||OFF – High resistance to ground||Vehicle has started|
|5||The driver turns off the vehicle||0V||OFF – High resistance to ground||30 seconds after the driver turns off the vehicle the process begins again from step 1.|
The panic button is a button that can be installed in your vehicle and used to trigger a notification to yourself or other key personnel of your choice when pressed in your vehicle. It’s a very useful feature for improving the safety of the person operating your vehicles.
Panic Button Wiring and Installation
The panic function is triggered when +12V or +24V is detected on your Track My Ride hardware’s input channel. You can configure either input channel 1 or input channel 2 within your Track My Ride account to trigger the Panic Button functionality when the button is pressed.
- Connect a +12V or +24V power source to one of the wires on a normally open momentary push button. You must use a normally open momentary push button so that there is no power present on the input line when the button is not pressed.
- Connect the other wire of the normally open panic button to the wire marked ‘Input 1’ or ‘Input 2’ on your Track My Ride hardware.
- From within your Track My Ride account at https://app.trackmyride.com.au – Navigate to your vehicles tab, edit the vehicle’s properties and enable the Panic Button action against the input that you connected the panic button to. In the below example, we have connected the panic button to Input 2.
- Configure the settings and notifications for your panic button under your Track My Ride account at https://app.trackmyride.com.au under account settings -> Panic button.
Inputs & Outputs
Track My Ride model TMR-S8W, TMR-S8, TMR-S7, TMR-S7e & TMR-S5 feature 2 external positive voltage detection inputs. Inputs allow the tracker to know when an external event is taking place – like your vehicle’s alarm has triggered or a door has been opened. In these instances, it would be accomplished by connecting one of the input wires to the alarm’s +12V signal (or 12V horn) or the vehicle’s interior light +12V signal.
Inputs can be tied to alerts to automatically notify you via SMS, Email or Push Notification to your mobile phone when these events occur.
Inputs monitor for an external voltage being present on the input channel >= 9V. As such inputs can be connected to any external switched power source or device to monitor when they turn on & off.
IMPORTANT: Outputs are not designed to immobilise your vehicle! As outputs can only be controlled while your tracker has a cellular network connection we cannot support immobilising your vehicle via remotely controllable outputs and you should not wire them as such. Immobilising a vehicle that is being driven is a safety risk and must never be done as the vehicle will lose power steering and power brakes. As such, we cannot support using outputs to immobilise a vehicle.
Outputs provide a remotely switchable path to ground. Outputs must be used in conjunction with a relay if you’re going to be switching more than 500mA of current. Relays can then be used to switch on and off a high-current external device – like a horn or other item. The outputs can be switched from within your Track My Ride account when your tracker is within the cellular network coverage area. Changes to your outputs will be sent to your tracker when your tracker next communicates with our servers. If you update your outputs while the tracker is in a sleep state, the changes will be applied when your tracker next wakes up, connects to our servers and receives the command. The automatic sleep state is exited when the tracker detects motion or detects +12V or +24V on the ignition sense, input 1 or input 2 wires.
Note: The output’s default state is off (high resistance). The outputs will return to their default state if your tracker is reset, loses external power and its internal battery goes flat, or after an over-the-air firmware update. Please keep this in mind when wiring your outputs.
IMPORTANT: To ensure commands to turn on/off your outputs aren’t delayed by your tracker remaining in sleep mode, we recommend connecting the ACC/IGN wire on your wiring harness to an accessories power source to wake your tracker from sleep mode when you turn your car onto accessories power.
IMPORTANT: Output channels are rated to a maximum current of 500mA and a maximum of 24 volts. Drawing more than 500mA of current through the output channel will damage the output channel and could cause damage to your tracker which is not covered by your warranty. If you need to control a device that draws more than 500mA of current, you must use a relay.
To control the state of an output, log in to your account at https://app.trackmyride.com.au or use the mobile app and edit your vehicle’s properties. From here you can toggle the output to an On or Off state and specify the duration of the state change. After the duration expires, the output’s state will change to the opposite state. Remember, your changes will only be applied when the tracker next communicates with our servers – not instantly.