In most cases, resource and account can be used as synonymous notions, however, sometimes it is needed to understand the difference between them.

Resource is a system macro object which includes different micro objects as its contents, which are, geofences, jobs, notifications, drivers, trailers, passengers, and report templates. Availability of a resource gives user an opportunity to create such objects. These contents can be easily saved to a file or copied to another resource (see Import and Export).

A distinctive characteristic of an account is considered to be a billing plan usage. An account may contain more than one resource (or even dependent account). The point is that an account can hold not only a resource and its contents (micro objects mentioned above) but also information about other macro objects, such as units, users, unit groups, routes as well as other dependent resources and accounts.

The count of both macro and micro objects is supported in the account and money is written off for their usage. A billing plan is applied to an account and not to a user. Therefore, Wialon manager uses account to limit users' activity, define number and cost of available services, control payment, etc.

Creator is a crucial part of an account. Micro objects are classified to an account by their resource, but macro objects reveal their belonging to an account through their creator. All macro objects created by the same user who is a creator of an account (or by other users whose creator is this user) are automatically attached to this account.

An account is usually created for each client individually, however, a number of users can exist within one account and have different rights and access to units. For instance, we can create an account Vehicle Fleet with users Boss, Accountant, Machinist, Manager, etc., and each of these users will use Wialon in their own way.

All dependent macro and micro objects are deleted together with their account. More...

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