Does your GPS Tracking System have Map Control?

Map Control in a GPS Tracking System is crucial

To help you manage your fleet better, Our GPS Tracking System gives you numerous options to customize your map to your liking.  In the live tracking web-based system, you have four views to choose from: Map View, Hybrid, Birdseye and Satellite view; clicking on these buttons will switch the map to one of the four views available.
•    Map View – A fast loading, map only view.
•    Hybrid – Aerial photography with road and location names labeled.
•    Birdseye – High-resolution aerial photography view with no labels.
•    Satellite – Satellite images with no labels.

In each of these views, you may move the map and toggle the display of helpful information.

Zoom and Move the Map

The zoom control is a narrow bar with a plus and minus symbol on the top and bottom.  Click the plus and minus buttons to zoom the map in or out.  Just to the left of the zoom control is the movement control; this control is a box with eight arrows, pointing in every direction.  Click any of the arrows to scroll the map in that direction.  You can also click and drag the map to move it.

Additional Map Control Options

Immediately below the view type buttons, you will see six check boxes: Center, Optimize, Traffic, Fences, Radar and Clouds.
When the Center box is checked, the view will automatically center on your selected assets.  Uncheck this box before moving the map manually.
The Optimize box will freeze the map at the currently selected zoom level.  Uncheck this box to zoom the map in or out manually.
The Traffic check box will activate the traffic indication on nearby interstates.  Traffic is indicated by a line highlighting nearby interstates.  Green means traffic is clear, yellow means traffic is heavy, red means traffic is extremely congested and black means that the road is closed.
The Fences check box toggles the display of any Zone Alerts that you have defined.
Click the Radar check box to display live Doppler weather radar on your map.  This allows you to see where rain, hail, sleet or snow is falling.  A radar legend will appear in the upper right-hand corner of the map; click the loop option in this legend to loop the radar animation.
The Clouds check box will overlay your review with live cloud cover.  The legend will appear in the lower right-hand corner; click the loop option in this legend to loop the clouds animation.

Show Routes Button

The Show Routes button is located just below these check boxes.  If you have any Routes defined, this button will bring up a list of them.  Check the box next to a route, and it will appear on your map.  Uncheck the box to deactivate the route.  Click the Hide Routes button to return to the standard Map Control view.

Refresh Map Button

Click the refresh button to redraw the map with the current position of selected assets indicated.  If you are in Historical Playback mode, this will return you to the live view.
If you have any questions about your map control options, click on the Live Support near the bottom of your control panel.

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Curb Speeding With Our Reports For GPS Tracking

Curb Speeding With Our Reports For GPS Tracking –

If your business operates a fleet of vehicles, you know you have to be concerned about saving money whenever possible; this has become even more crucial in recent years as fuel costs have skyrocketed.  Any reasonable action you can take to reduce your cost of fleet operations makes a real difference in your bottom line.  Sometimes, the best way to save money is by changing the behavior of your drivers.  If your drivers are speeding, it is potentially costing both them and you.

If your drivers are caught speeding, the speeding ticket is not the only cost to them.  Every time they are caught speeding, points are added to their license; these points increase their auto insurance rates.  If they have too many speeding tickets, they could even risk losing their license.  Speeding also costs your business money.  When one of your drivers is dealing with a court date or traffic school related to the speeding infraction, they lose work time.  If one of your drivers loses his or her license, your business loses a driver.  Beyond these two issues, speeding increases your fuel and maintenance costs.  When a driver has a “lead foot,” fuel efficiency suffers dramatically.  Driving too quickly is also hard on the brakes, suspension, and tires, leading to increased maintenance costs.

Clearly, if you could reduce speeding, it would benefit your business.  This is a problem; how can you supervise your drivers when they are out in your vehicles and you are back in the office?  You can reduce speeding with fleet tracking.  Our GPS Tracking system is the solution that you are looking for.  Our GPS Tracking system gives you customized reports, viewable online or by email to help you track down speeding or other inefficient driving behaviors.  The reports are easy to set up and view; you can run them directly from the US Fleet Tracking web based interface.  This is how to do it:
1.    Click Reports.
2.    Choose from Online or Emailed reports.
3.    Select Speeding Report.
4.    Choose the desired maximum speed; the default is 65 MPH.
5.    Choose the desired date range.
6.    Click Generate Report.

In just a few seconds, you will receive a comprehensive report of every speeding incident within your selected date range.  Each incident will be recorded with the date and time, exact location and actual speed.  This means you can instantly see if any of your drivers has a speeding problem.  If speeding is a recurring issue, you can choose to receive immediate alerts of speeding by text message or email; the choice is yours.

Speeding costs your business money; now, you can reduce speeding with GPS Tracking.  US Fleet Tracking is the industry-leading provider of fleet tracking and management services.  We are pioneers in the field, and we continue to lead the way with innovative solutions for your fleet management issues.  If speeding is costing you money, or you want to find out about all the other ways that real-time fleet tracking can make your business more efficient, contact us today at 405-726-9900 or for more information or to schedule a live demonstration.

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GPS Tracking Compliance and Analytical Reporting

GPS Tracking Compliance and Analytical Reporting –

GPS  Tracking or global positioning system is an incredibly useful technology.  The GPS Tracking system allows you to precisely find your position anywhere on earth using a portable device.  The ability to find your exact location using a handheld device was unheard of 50 years ago; GPS  Tracking truly is a marvel of modern technology.  The most familiar use of GPS Tracking is to combine the position information with map data to direct users from one place to another; for many people who have problems reading maps, getting lost has become a thing of the past.  This type of routing may be the most common use, but it is far from the only use for this technology.

US Fleet Tracking GPS devices are designed to be installed in fleet vehicles used by businesses.  These devices connect to consumer GPS Tracking devices for routing purposes, but they also report their location back to you, giving you a detailed record of where your vehicle has been and when it was there.  Once you have this information, there are many ways that it can be useful to you.  We will examine two of those ways here: Compliance reporting and Analytical reporting.
Compliance reporting is useful for supervising your employees in the field.  Supervising employees whose jobs include driving has been historically difficult to manage.  Unless a supervisor is following them or in the vehicle with them, you have very little way of knowing how well this individual is doing their job.  Now, you can use GPS Tracking technology to be certain your drivers are behaving correctly.  You can easily check for Route Compliance, Speeding, Aggressive Driving, Engine Left Running, and many other undesirable behaviors.  With customizable alerts, you can be notified immediately of these problems, or receive daily, weekly or monthly reports.

Analytical reporting is used to detect inefficiencies in your route planning.  Here are three potential problems that analytical reporting could reveal.

•    Poor routing might make your routes longer than they need to be, meaning that your vehicle will use more fuel and your drivers will take more time.
•    You may have multiple vehicles covering the same area.
•    Your vehicles are routinely stuck in traffic at certain times of day and in certain places.

If any of these problems are happening, they are costing your business money.  By getting accurate information, you can detect these problems, and take steps to eliminate them.  You can make better decisions when you have better knowledge.

The US Fleet Tracking system offers many options for tracking and managing your fleet vehicles.  Compliance and analytical reporting are just the tip of the iceberg.  When you have a complete picture of your fleet operations readily available, your creativity is the only limit to the usefulness of this information.  What can GPS Tracking and fleet management do for your business?  It can probably do much more than you realize.  If you have any questions or want to find out exactly how US Fleet Tracking can help you manage your business better, contact us today at 405-726-9900.

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Monitoring a GPS Tracker with our Alerts System

GPS Tracker Alerts System –

The US Fleet Tracking system lets you monitor your fleet in real time through a web-based interface.  This is handy when you are able to sit down in front of a computer or give your full attention to your smartphone.  By using our GPS Tracker Alert System, you can also choose to monitor your fleet with customizable alerts that come directly to your mobile phone or email inbox.  To get started, open the GPS Tracker Alert System tab on your Control Panel, then click the Show Alert Editor button to open the Text Alert Editor window.

Zone Alerts

Zone Alerts notify you when the vehicles you choose enter or exit an area that you have defined, such as your fleet yard or your service area.  To set up a zone alert, click the Add Zone Alert button.  Give your zone a name; then enter a phone number or email address to be notified when a vehicle enters or exits this zone.  You should see a red box representing the zone on your map; click and drag the pins at the upper-left and lower-right hand corners to adjust the zone’s size and position.  When you are finished, click the Save Alert Zone button.

Speed Alerts

Speed alerts let you know any time one of your vehicles exceeds the speed limit that you have set.  To set up a  GPS Tracker speed alert, click the Add Speed Alert button.  Enter the phone number and/or, email address to be notified, and choose the vehicles the limit will apply to.  Click the Save Speed Alert button to exit.

Panic Alerts

When one of your drivers is in an emergency situation, Panic Alerts give them a quick, discrete way to call for help.  Click the Add  GPS Tracker Panic Alert button to set up panic alerts.  When panic alerts are enabled, the live tracking map system will continually display the state of the panic alert switches.  Click the Emergency Alerts button to turn this display on or off.

Ignition Alerts

On your hardwired devices, anyone you choose can be alerted when the ignition is turned on or off.  If your drivers are assigned to specific vehicles, you may choose to alert them when their vehicle is started, for instance.  This notification is set for 24 hours a day by default, but you can change this setting to whatever time you like.  GPS Tracker Alerts can be sent for the ignition switching on, switching off or both.

Route Alerts

If your vehicles are assigned to specific routes, you can choose to be notified when the vehicles leave their assigned routes.  Before this feature can be activated, you must have defined at least one route using the Advanced Route Planner feature found in the Dispatch and Directions tab of the  GPS Tracker Control Panel.
To set up the route alert, click the Add Route Alert button.  Choose the desired route and the vehicles the new alert will apply to; you may also set the time parameters for this notification.  The default maximum distance a vehicle can deviate from its assigned route is 300 feet, but you can set this distance for anything from 100 feet to 1 mile.  Finally, just as before, set a phone number or email address for the letter to be sent to.

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GPS Tracking Increases Productivity For Office Equipment Companies

GPS Tracking for Office Equipment Companies –

In the office equipment industry, the majority of profits come through leasing or maintenance contracts with business clients.  To be successful, your company must be able to respond quickly to your customer needs.  If a piece of equipment is mission-critical to your customer, diagnosing and repairing any problems with that piece of equipment is mission-critical to you.  The quickest way to increase profits in the office equipment industry is to reduce expenses.  You can dramatically reduce your fleet management costs by using our GPS Tracking system.

Integration

Stand-alone GPS tracking routing systems are already useful on their own.  Stand-alone fleet management systems are also valuable on their own, but your company can get the maximum value by integrating GPS tracking routing and fleet tracking systems with your existing systems and processes.  The US Fleet Tracking system allows you to integrate fleet tracking, dispatch and even traffic and weather data into existing ERP systems, where all your assets can be managed together.  Your business always runs the best when you are managing all of your resources effectively.

Accountability

In the office equipment industry, your customers are counting on you to come through for them.  This means that you must be able to count on your field technicians as well.  It has always been difficult to supervise employees who work in the field.  You do not want to be perceived as micromanaging them, and you do not want to require them to report back to you constantly; this is a waste of their time and yours.  With the US Fleet Tracking management system, you can receive your desired status updates by email or text, wherever you are.
One of the most powerful features of the US fleet tracking management system is the range of reports that are available to you.  Historical information on mileage, total driving time and many other aspects of job performance are logged automatically, so you can review them at any time.  You can make better decisions, by having better information.

Live Dispatching

When a customer calls with an urgent need, your business must be able to respond quickly.  The US Fleet Tracking system can be integrated with your current dispatching system, so that you and your dispatchers will know which of your technicians is best positioned to respond to a customer need.  Cut down response time to improve customer satisfaction.

Cost Savings

There are two ways of increasing profits for your business: reducing expenses and increasing income.  Better fleet management saves money on fuel and maintenance costs; these savings alone make the cost of the system well worth the investment.  By saving time spent driving, your technicians may be able to make more service calls per day.  Giving each of your technicians the time to make an extra 100 to 200 more calls per year could have a tremendous impact on your bottom line.

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Why we have the best software for multiple GPS Tracking Devices

Click the Devices tab to open the Devices screen; this screen has two drop-down menus and three buttons.

Single Vehicle Drop-Down Menu

Click the Single Vehicle menu to see a list of all your vehicles in the Live Tracking map system.  Select an individual vehicle or asset from the list to view it.  You can view the Historical Playback for a particular vehicle.  Select View All Vehicles or click Refresh Map to exit the single vehicle view.

Group Drop-Down Menu

If you operate a large fleet or have multiple vehicle types of coverage areas, you can make managing them easier by putting your vehicles into groups.  Choose a group from the drop-down menu to view the vehicles in that group.  Click View All Vehicles or the Refresh Map button to return to the standard view.

Group Editor Button

To create a group of vehicles, click the Group Editor button.  Name your group, and then choose vehicles from the Add All Vehicles drop-down menu to add to your group; click the vehicle name, then click the Add button.  Continue this process until you have added all the vehicles for that group.  To delete a vehicle, click on it, then click the Remove button.  Click the Clear button to remove all vehicles from a group.  When you are finished, click the Save Vehicle Group button.  To remove the group, click the group name in the Group box, then click the remove button.

Driver Editor Button

Each of your vehicles can have one or more drivers assigned to it.  Click the Driver Editor button to add the names and phone numbers of the drivers.  To add a driver, click on the Add Driver button to enter the driver’s name, then use the drop-down menu to select the vehicles you would like to associate with this driver.  Add up to two phone numbers in the Phone Nums. field, and select the cell phone carrier if applicable.  This allows you to make a Skype call to the driver directly from the last tracking map system simply by clicking on the vehicle and selecting Phone Driver from Vehicle Options.  You must have Skype installed on your computer and have credit available to place a call.

Device Maintenance Button

For vehicles using hard-wired tracking devices, you can set alerts for vehicle maintenance tasks based on a vehicle’s mileage or hours of use.  Click this button to open the Device Maintenance window; you can set up a separate password to protect your maintenance records.
If this is your first visit to the Device Maintenance area, you will not have any maintenance alerts set up.  To set up an alert, first click the desired vehicle; you will need to enter some baseline data first.  Initial Miles and Initial Hours should contain these values from the time you put the vehicle in the service.  Current Miles and Current Hours should contain the current values for these numbers.  Once you have the baseline data entered, click the Add button at the bottom of the window to set up a Maintenance Alert.  Enter the maintenance interval and the last time that this maintenance was performed.  The system can now alert you by text message or email when your vehicle needs scheduled maintenance.

Towing companies and how they use our GPS Tracker

For a towing company, the importance of promptness can hardly be overestimated.  To be successful, it is essential to have drivers when and where they are needed.  When you are managing the locations of your trucks well, you can respond in the most efficient manner to a customer’s needs.  This means you can work more jobs and earn more money.  US Fleet Tracking’s live GPS system can make your towing business run better.

Your customers need you when they are in emergency situations.  When you use our GPS Tracker for the towing industry, you can improve your response time by quickly finding the quickest path from your driver to your customer.  Better routing also leads to fuel savings.  With live GPS tracking, you can serve more customers, operate more efficiently and communicate more effectively with your drivers.

What’s Going On?

In the towing business, it is always difficult to supervise your drivers when they are out on the road.  With our fleet tracking alerts, you can know that your drivers are doing the right thing, or the wrong thing.  You will instantly know when one of your drivers exceeds the speed limit or leaves his or her designated area.  This extra monitoring will probably not make your drivers feel micromanaged; in fact, they will likely feel empowered, knowing that their good job performance can be monitored and recorded.  Better job performance benefits everyone.

Efficiency Rules

When a customer call comes in, do you know which one of your vehicles is best positioned to respond?  With our fleet tracking service, you will know.  Our Dispatch and Routing systems give you the monitoring and communication tools to more efficiently assign drivers to customers.  Your drivers will be routed to the customers who are closest to them, and will even have the fastest route sent directly to them.

Make Safety Happen

None of your assets are more important than your employees; US Fleet Tracking’s live GPS tracking is designed to keep your drivers informed and safe at all times.  When the weather is bad, towing services are more important than ever; our web-based tracking system is integrated with the National Weather Service, so you can get up-to-the-minute information about driving conditions.  When combined with our real-time traffic monitoring system, you can spot trouble areas and have your trucks ready to respond.  Traffic monitoring also allows your dispatchers to reroute your trucks to avoid traffic slowdowns.  Avoiding slow traffic can easily save many hours per day, meaning that you can serve even more customers.

At US Fleet Tracking, we specialize in finding ways to make GPS tracking work for you.  Our GPS Tracker for the towing industry gives you better routing, better response times and better communication.  The best part is that all of these advantages and more only cost you about $1 dollar per day.  This means that our service will pay for itself many times over, every single month.  Call us today at 405-726-9900 or send an email to find out what we can do for you and schedule a live demonstration.

Key Map Functions for GPS Tracking

Once you have logged in, and the system has loaded, the map view will center the location of your vehicles.  Zoom is set automatically to show all of your vehicles, no matter how close together or far apart they are.  This feature instantly gives you a broad overview of your assets, right from the start.

Moving the Map

Click and drag directly on the map to choose which part of the map you want to see.  Double-clicking on the map zooms in on the current position of the cursor.  If your mouse is equipped with a scroll wheel, roll it up or down to zoom in or out.

Current Device Data Window

Place your mouse cursor over any vehicle or asset, and click to open the Device Options Window.  From this dialogue, you can change the vehicle icon, change the name or color of the vehicle’s flag, retrieve the vehicle’s current location or set the map to follow the vehicle as it moves.
At the top of the window, the Device ID field displays the serial number of your tracking device; this number cannot be changed.  Click in the Flag Text field to rename your vehicle.  To change the color of the flag or the text, click the Color button on the right and choose from the palette that appears.  The six characters in the Flag Color and Text Color fields represent the chosen color in a hexadecimal code.
You can also choose the icon that represents your device on the live tracking map.  There are many different icons to choose from; you may select an icon by clicking on it.  Once you are satisfied with your Flag Color, Text Color and Icon choices, click the save button to exit.

Follow Vehicle / Stop Following Button

When you click the “Follow Vehicle” button, the currently selected vehicle will stay in the center of the live tracking map as it updates.  To disable this feature, click on the selected vehicle again, and then select the “Stop Following” button.

Show Address Button

When you click the “Show Address” button, the system will search for and display the known address closest to the current location of the selected vehicle.  This address will be displayed in the Device Options window.

Phone Driver Button

Click the “Phone Driver” button to bring up a Skype window where you can place a call to the driver’s cell phone, if there is a number associated with the currently selected vehicle.  Alternatively, you may enter a cell phone number in the number field.  You must have the Skype application installed on your computer and have Skype credit available to place a call.

Message to Driver’s Cell Button

Click this button to open the “Message to Driver” window.  From this window, you can enter a brief message to send to the driver.  Enter the driver’s cell number and select his or her cellular carrier from the drop-down menu.  Standard messaging rates may apply.  For safety purposes, you should never read or send text messages while driving.

Additional Options

With the proper hardware installed, you can perform many more actions:
•    Lock/Unlock Doors
•    Honk the Horn
•    Disable/Enable Starter
•    Remote Start
•    Message to NAV Device
•    Dispatch NAV Device

Contact your service representative for more information about these options.

Keep up with the whole crew using our Dispatch and Directions feature for Fleet Tracking

The Dispatch and Directions tab allows you to create routes for your drivers.  You can create complete routes or just a list of stops.  The options in the software let you simply enter a list of stops and let the computer plan the route for you, or you can set the exact route you want your delivery drivers to follow.  You can have as much or as little control as you need with the US Fleet Tracking Dispatch and Directions for Fleet Tracking feature.

Route Planner

Use the route planner to plan a specific route by placing the start and end points, with stops in between.  You can choose to automatically optimize the route for the shortest distance or fastest time, or choose no optimization to visit point, in the order you entered them.  You can enter the desired addresses or use latitude and longitude coordinates to choose specific locations.  Choose your desired options, and then click the “Calculate Route” button; the software will draw your route on the map and also produce a printable sheet of turn-by-turn directions.  You can keep this information on the screen, or print out the directions for your driver.  When you are finished viewing the route on your map, click the “Clear Route” button to erase the current route.

Advanced Route Planner

The Advanced Route Planner allows you to set predetermined routes simply by drawing them directly on the map.  In this mode, you must designate exactly where the route goes; there are no options for optimization.  You can also set route alerts to let you know automatically if a vehicle deviates from its designated route.  You can set the route width to anything from 150 feet to 1 mile and select the route display color.  Once you have chosen your desired options, click the Start button to begin route planning.
Start by entering a route name, then start planning your route.  Right-click anywhere on the map to place points, or enter latitude and longitude coordinates directly.  You will need to click at every turn or to follow the road when it veers.  To edit the existing route, simply left click and drag to move the points, or click the “Remove Selected Point” button to delete a selected point.  Click “Clear Route” to delete all points; you will be asked to confirm this choice, so you will not delete anything by mistake.  When you are satisfied with your route, click the Save button.
You can select existing routes to edit them at any time.  If you want to delete an existing route, click the Delete button.  It is easy to view any or all of your maps at the same time to make your strategic route planning simple.  All you have to do is check or uncheck boxes to display or remove routes from your map view.
Planning routes and being certain that your trucks are following those routes is an essential function of any fleet tracking software package.  With US Fleet Tracking Dispatch and Directions for Fleet Tracking, this process is easy, quick and simple.

What is the best GPS Tracker for companies in the waste and recycling industry?

Environmental issues such as pollution and global climate change have been in the news for years now.  With all the media attention on the idea of going green, the waste recycling business is booming.  Unfortunately, even in the best of times, waste recycling is a low margin business.  Most recyclers operate by sending trucks to pick up recyclable materials from customers.  Not only are these specialized trucks very expensive; they are, somewhat ironically, not very fuel-efficient.  With a large vehicle running a route, every moment counts.  That is why GPS-based tracking and routing systems are so beneficial.  When you have better routing, you can make the most of every minute that your truck is running; this higher efficiency saves you time and money.  GPS tracking can also be useful for loss prevention.  A fleet tracking system lets you know where your vehicles are and what they are doing at all times.

About GPS

The GPS, or Global Positioning Service, depends on a network of satellites that communicate with a handheld or vehicle mounted receiver; by comparing its relative distance from three or more satellites, a GPS receiver can determine its position anywhere on earth.  The 31 GPS satellites currently in orbit and healthy were launched by the US Federal Government between 1990 and 2010.  The system was developed and put into practice at an enormous cost to American taxpayers.  According to Time Magazine the GPS system was installed at a price of more than $12 billion; the annual cost of operation is approximately $750 million, almost $2 million per day.  If you are a taxpayer, you are already footing the bill for the GPS system.  If you could realize a return on this investment, you owe it to yourself to do so.

The Best Trackers
The best GPS Tracker for the waste and recycling industry must have a few characteristics.

  • Accurate – If a GPS tracker is not accurate, it is useless.  It must work in all locations and weather conditions.
  • Robust – A GPS tracker installed on a commercial vehicle must be tough and reliable enough to depend on, day in and day out.
  • Discrete – In order to be useful for loss prevention, a GPS tracker must be small and easily concealable.  If a would-be thief spots your tracker, they will simply remove it and render your fleet tracking system useless.
  • Inexpensive – A GPS tracker must be inexpensive, or it will be too valuable to risk losing.

Great hardware is necessary, but a complete GPS system must have great software backing it up.  When you use a GPS Tracker for the waste and recycling industry as part of a fleet tracking system, you also need a great service team standing behind the system.  At US Fleet Tracking, we specialize in GPS tracking for any application you can imagine.  Our motto is “Anything that moves… anywhere”; and we have the hardware and skills to live up to that promise.  Contact us today at 405-726-9900 or send us an e-mail.  We will help you find just the hardware and software combination that you need, and arrange a live demo.  Our customer support specialists are ready to help you.