An overview of Tracking Analyst
Last modified April 26, 2005
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ESRI ArcGIS Tracking Analyst is the extension for mapping objects that move or change status through time. Tracking Analyst gives you the power to:
With the ArcGIS Tracking Analyst extension, you can create a new connection to a tracking service that can stream real-time temporal data to track events as they occur. Use ArcCatalog to set up the connection and add data directly into ArcMap, where you can play the data on a map background. You can also add and symbolize fixed-time data to play on the map.
You can change the symbology of your temporal data by color, size, and shape using the Symbology tab in the ArcMap Layer Properties dialog box. Use the customized settings in Tracking Analyst to make changes and set preferences for the display of your data, including temporal tracks to identify individual entities. You can adjust time window settings, color and size ranges, and other temporal aspects of the display.
Learn more about symbolizing temporal data
Using the Tracking Analyst Playback Manager, you can replay real-time data messages or fixed-time data from disk. The Playback Manager allows you to set start and end times and replay data as it occurred—or as it is occurring—within that time frame, or playback window. You can play data backward or forward, change the playback speed, and adjust the playback window on the fly.
Learn more about displaying temporal data
Using Tracking Analyst charting tools, you can display the temporal distribution of data. You can determine what units and ranges you want to show, summarize the temporal information, and display your charts with legends and labels to help analyze your data more easily and efficiently. You can also manage data clock charts using the Data Clock Manager.
Learn more about charting temporal data
You can create and apply actions to alter your data, filter it, or perform some operation based on its contents, either in real-time data messages or in fixed-time datasets, depending on the type and location of the action. The Tracking Analyst Actions tab in the ArcMap Layer Properties dialog box allows you to create and apply actions to temporal data layers. You can use the Actions tab in ArcCatalog to apply actions to the data itself as it comes in from the server. You can apply actions to highlight and suppress data display, include or exclude data from a dataset using a filter, or convert a dataset's coordinate system reference. You can also create custom actions for real-time data using Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).