A GPS Tracker To Monitor Kids This Halloween

GPS tracker: The Halloween safety device

On Halloween some parents drive slowly alongside the curb line from house to house as their children load up bags with goodies. Some parents walk with their children, but remain at the end of the driveway while their children head up to the front door. Some parents don’t go with their children at all. That moment your child leaves your side you just never know what could happen. There can be quite large crowds in some trick-or-treat areas and it is possible for small children to disappear in the crowds. They’ll keep walking along hurriedly in excitement and in an instant a waiting parent becomes a panicked parent. While we are all about GPS tracker devices for fleet vehicles, we also marvel at any use for GPS tracker technology in special circumstances. That’s precisely why we’re talking about how GPS tracker software allows parents to monitor their kids for a safer Halloween.

How many times have you lost your child in what seemed to be plain sight? Right out in the open? Nothing can describe that feeling of sheer terror that a parent feels when they frantically search for their lost child. Many GPS tracker devices are small enough to clip right onto an article of clothing or in a backpack, but they may not have the most advances technology. Some of US Fleet Tracking’s devices are actually small enough to fit in a backpack and they do have advanced capabilities.

Capabilities of a decent GPS tracker include real-time updates and a live map. With the right device you will know your child’s speed, direction and you can set up a designated are your child is to stay in called a geofence. With the live map you will see the exact location on your child. The geofence alert will send you a message right to your cell phone if your child ever exits the boundary you have set. With GPS tracker software you won’t have to concoct 100 different scenarios at once about what happened to your child. The GPS tracker will tell you everything you need to know to find your child quickly.

Above all, we wish you a safe and happy Halloween!

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GPS Trackers Protect Assets Against “Tricks”

GPS trackers: Stopping the pranksters

This Halloween week is in full force and there are activities well under way. While this is a time of year for some tasty treats and some outdoor fall fun, there will always be those late nights when some pranksters will take “tricks” a little too far. Fleet owners never know when outsiders will take the opportunity to take it out on your company vehicles as they sit in the office parking lot. If you’re wondering what solutions could prevent you from being a “scaredy cat” look no further than GPS trackers. Protecting vehicles from theft is a growing problem for many fleets, mostly overnights and on weekends. GPS trackers can protect your company assets against the pranksters that think theft of trucks is a funny “trick.”

To prevent theft of company vehicles GPS trackers with the geofence alert feature are helpful. When managers leave the office for the night they can set up designated geofences on the company vehicles. This makes it possible for the GPS trackers to send out an alert when a company truck is moving, especially if it shouldn’t be. Thanks to GPS trackers having live maps with 3G connectivity, if a theft did ever take place, you would immediately have the location information to report the stolen property to authorities. This makes getting your truck back even faster.

With GPS trackers you will be able to protect your assets against those pesky “tricks” by stopping pranksters in their tracks. Keeping your company trucks from being stolen also translates into an increased bottom line because you’ll be saving money. A lot of fleet managers find that their worries are decreased when GPS trackers are being used. You could be one of the many managers finishing out this Halloween week safely with GPS trackers!

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GPS Tracker Fun For Halloween Week

GPS tracker: A spooktacular time

It’s Halloween week and it’s pretty difficult not to take notice of the crisp, cool air. In a few days the sounds of kids roaming around your neighborhood and the crunching leaves under foot will fill the air. Perhaps your own children will contribute to the trick-or-treat crowds. In the meantime, you may be wondering if there is any good, clean fun to be had. Passing the days until “treat day” can be so much more fun than simply checking off the date on the calendar. The answer is right under your noses! GPS tracker software, of course! The GPS tracker maps can be used for geocaching which is a family friendly, fun-filled activity perfect for Halloween week.

There’s just something about Halloween that stirs up geocaching excitement. In many cities people will create a series of Halloween-inspired caches so that you can enjoy a treasure hunting experience right in your home town. If you’re following a set-up by another individual then most likely you will be following the latitude and longitude of single pin-pointed locations which may or may not be related. Using the GPS tracker shouldn’t be too difficult and most caches will be simple, but keep in mind the difficulty levels may vary so that may help you decide which Halloween-themed caches to look for based on your children’s ages. Some caches might drive you a little batty!

If you own your own GPS tracker, you could get creative and create your own geocaching course and if your children are young do it with them. There could be actual “treats” waiting for them or you could personally reward them for finding the next clue. If you have older teens able to drive themselves, it could be fun to use your GPS tracker’s advanced route planner. With this option, you can use the GPS tracker map to draw out the entire route and save it in the system. That way your teens would just have to follow the liner route to get to their next “treat” location. For a more difficult experience, you could just give them clues leading to a set latitude and longitude of a location which has the clue for the next spot.

Whether you choose to use your GPS tracker for a spooktacular time or you choose some other activity, just remember to be safe!

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Nightmare Scenarios When Self-Installing GPS Trackers

GPS trackers: Self installations gone terribly wrong

Fleet business owners have a mile long list of things to do and GPS trackers have been credited to helping many fleets get organized, cut down on time constraints and improve customer service. A lot of business owners that decide to purchase GPS trackers think they can manage the task of self installing the devices, but they quickly find themselves in one of many nightmare scenarios. If you’re a fleet business that has leaned towards self-installing your GPS tracker system, you might want to take a look at why that might not be the best way to go. Here are a few ways self installations of GPS trackers have gone terribly wrong.

Scenario #1: Employees installed the GPS trackers in your company vehicles, but they weren’t installed properly. This results is trouble shooting problems and work time wasted. Research must be completed to attempt fixing the mistakes and there is no guarantee that a solution will be found.

Scenario #2: You took employees away from their regular assigned duties to have them install your GPS trackers, but it takes them much more time to get the job done than professionals. Now, you are having trouble justifying the true cost of labor for the time it takes your employees to finish the job while diminishing manpower in other departments.

Scenario #3: Your employees install the GPS trackers for your fleets, but they assumed all installs were the same. Now, you will have complications with the system to deal with as no generic installation exists. It should be noted that not all devices are exactly the same so you’d be doing yourself a major disservice by allowing employees to do the job, incorrectly.

In the end, it is better to let professionals complete the install process for you. Don’t get caught up in the mindset that it will take less time if your employees install the GPS trackers, because it can cause more problems and it won’t save you upfront costs. Monitoring fleets is a significant part of making your business more efficient and you certainly don’t want to have a system failure due to improper installation.

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Cut The Bad Seeds Using GPS Tracking

GPS tracking: Minimize the slackers

When you think about how you run your fleets and how your employees operate on a daily basis are you confident about how things are going? Does your typical work day leave you feeling as though you have all the answers in regards to what you employees were actually doing? As a fleet manager, you have a responsibility to make sure your employees aren’t wasting valuable company time. Your bottom line could be suffering as a result of slackers that you aren’t even aware of. If you want to be able to cut the bad seeds, you could start using GPS tracking.

Companies can become more efficient with vehicle routing provided by GPS tracking technology. When dispatchers know where every vehicle is, they can send out the ones closest to a particular job. The rest are displayed on a live map so there is no question about where they are. This is important as your customers are counting on you. With GPS tracking, you can also receive updates by email or text messages. With a range of reports available to you, it will never be a question as to how long an employee spent on a job-site. GPS tracking provides information on mileage, total driving time, and job start times and stop times. This data can be used to monitor job performance statistics of your employees.

GPS tracking for employees takes the guesswork out of management by giving managers access to reliable information. GPS tracking not only boosts productivity, it can also lower costs, mostly, by allowing you to cut out those who don’t have a good work ethic. If you’re worried about the employees you do have being ok with GPS tracking, you could also offer incentives to those employees that are working hard. If employees are doing what they should be doing, they won’t have anything to worry about. GPS tracking simply helps managers minimize the slackers on their crew.

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Being Lost Without A GPS Tracker

GPS tracker: A guide to your destination

So let’s imagine that you are a repairman out on duty. You type in the customer’s destination on your cell phone map and it starts to guide you along. Before you know it, there is nothing around you and your cell phone loses connection. You’re in your company vehicle and you’re supposed to be on your way to help a customer in need, but you have no idea where you are and the one chance you had was that cell phone. Now, not only has all hope of reaching out to someone or seeing a map disappeared, but you’re lost in the middle of nowhere. If your company vehicle would have had a GPS tracker installed this trip would have had a better ending.

With a GPS tracker you wouldn’t be wasting your gas, your company time and your customer wouldn’t be left waiting for you to arrive. A GPS tracker works to save your gas by providing planned routes which take you towards the shortest, quickest path. It also tracks activities known to burn gas faster so that a driver can correct their actions. Not only is gas usage important, but so is company time. A GPS tracker will get you where you need to be on time, therefore; saving from overtime being paid out. Most importantly, jobs will be completed timely if drivers can make it to their destinations safely. This makes customers more likely to use your service again.

In the scenario without a GPS tracker, the driver would have been reduced to just driving and hoping for the best. The driver may not have ever even made it to the customer’s home to complete the repair needed. It would seem that getting stuck without a GPS tracker is no one’s idea of fun. For this reason, we recommend a GPS tracker for any business with a fleet. You can prevent being lost without a GPS tracker and have a real guide to your destination.

3 Frequent Misunderstandings About GPS Trackers

GPS trackers: Better than you think

GPS trackers have been used for all types of businesses over the years and fleets have become better than they ever were as a result. If you haven’t bought into the idea of GPS trackers yet, it may due to one of the frequent misunderstandings about them. In case you’re a manager stuck in the decision making stage, here are a few of those frequent misunderstandings we were talking about. Perhaps, identifying them and knowing why they are false claims will help you clarify your position on GPS trackers.

Misunderstanding #1: Employees Will Hate Them

The fear of upsetting employees is one the top arguments against GPS trackers, but the truth is that the majority of employees come to realize that the benefits outweigh the fear. GPS trackers provide planned routing, automatic timekeeping and added security with several types of alerts features for drivers.

Misunderstanding #2: GPS Trackers Cost Too Much

Upfront cost has a lot of fleet managers questioning the worth of GPS trackers. It should be known that most business owners see a return on investment pretty quickly; sometimes hundreds of dollars within the first month. GPS trackers help out in so many ways to save money on fuel, vehicle maintenance, labor costs and even lower insurance rates.

Misunderstanding #3: GPS Trackers Are Difficult

Many fleet managers believe GPS trackers will be too difficult to install and use. The truth is that professionals can install them for you, making getting them in your vehicles a breeze. Using them is pretty simple as well, but if you need extra help you can count on ongoing training to teach you more.

Many business owners have the wrong idea about how GPS trackers will affect their business. As you can see there are many benefits to having GPS trackers. We hope that by reading up on the truth about these devices that making your decision is a little easier. If you are ready to implement GPS trackers, just get ready to be better than you were!

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How Public Buses Are Utilizing GPS Tracking

GPS tracking: Improving public transportation

Public transportation has been around for quite a long time and it’s about time public buses had an upgrade. These days, many public bus lines have turned to utilizing GPS tracking. The truth is that GPS tracking can be tailored to fit just about any industry and this wonderful technology has found a place amongst many buses that are part of the public transportation system. The devices provide a level of monitoring that makes their bus routes more efficient. Here are just a few benefits GPS tracking brings to public buses.

Maps: Passengers enjoy knowing location of buses thanks to GPS tracking with live maps. They are able to see up to the minute location information for the estimated time of arrivals. Management can also see the location of buses to make certain drivers are on schedule. Traffic conditions can easily be reported in case a re-route to the next stop is needed.

Alerts: GPS tracking has geofence alerts which are helpful when there is a planned route and drivers go outside of the designated zone. This will let management know if something is wrong. Fleet managers and dispatching have access to multiple alerts that provide them with detailed information about the public bus routes and their ongoing activities. This makes it easy for management to ensure everything is operating smoothly.

Reports: Analytical information such as fuel usage, braking, driving speeds and more can be provided automatically using GPS tracking. The information can be put to good use to judge driver performance, cut costs on fuel, set vehicle maintenance reminders and for overall record keeping for the public bus business.

It’s not difficult to see how the advantages of GPS tracking have improved communication between dispatchers and drivers. They have also helped passengers have a better connection and understand about the bus arrival times. This is sure to keep customers coming back and add the benefit of return on investment for the public bus lines that chose to incorporate GPS tracking.

Fall Fuel Saving Tips Using GPS Trackers

GPS trackers: Minimize fuel costs

It should be no surprised that fuel is a top priority for fleets everywhere. There isn’t much a fleet company could do without fuel. The trouble is when one thinks gas prices will drop in the fall, there is no guarantee on the fluctuation. One thing is for certain and that is that there are ways that GPS trackers can help save fleet businesses money on fuel. Minimizing fuel costs is a great way to put some capital to use elsewhere for a fleet business. Today, we are revealing 3 ways that GPS trackers can be utilized to take advantage of these fall fuel saving tips.

1.) Plan Routes: GPS trackers provide dispatchers with the opportunity to give turn-by-turn directions to drivers. To put it quite simple, taking the shortest, quickest path to job-sites cuts down on mileage driven. Every mile adds up to more fuel savings!

2.) Decrease Idling: Warming up trucks or idling takes longer than a few minutes. Over time this takes a toll on the engine causing it to degrade. The truth is that driving the vehicle heats it up faster. In case there are drivers unwilling to comply, GPS trackers monitor idle times to help manages cut back on this unnecessary fuel burning practice.

3.) Reduce Speeding: Not only does speeding put drivers at risk for tickets and/or accidents, but it also makes the engine operate inefficiently and in gas-guzzling mode. Using the GPS trackers speeding reports, fleet managers can examine which drivers aren’t obeying the speed limits and correct this action accordingly to save on fuel (and other expenses).

By identifying where in the fleet there is room for improvement, management can start the process of saving on fuel sooner. GPS trackers do a great job of increasing awareness of the company vehicles’ fuel efficiency. If growing a fleet business and shrinking the fuel usage expenses sound like something desirable, GPS trackers are available to assist!

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How Invoicing Gets Better With GPS Trackers: Part 2

GPS trackers: Your billing issues resolved

It’s a new age where GPS trackers are helping fleet business owners overcome many obstacles. They’ve already discovered the power GPS trackers give to them for drivers out on the road, but more of them are also finding out how invoicing is getting better by using the same technology. In part one of this series we talked a bit about how GPS trackers make for easier billing and provide you with a paper-free system. In part two of this series we’re talking about how GPS trackers can help deter client disputes and provide helpful, informational reports.

Deter Disputes: There will be less arguing with GPS trackers, because they make invoicing easier on everyone involved. The nice part about GPS trackers recording everything automatically is that if your client questions the invoice, you have proof to defend their claim. You will have a time stamp of the exact time that you charged them for by regarding the GPS tracker. Managers and the accounting team will know every location visited, when they were visited and how long trucks stayed on location.

Informational Reports: GPS trackers have reports for just about everything you could imagine needing. For example, idle times, labor time, vehicle usage, maintenance, fuel usage and vehicle condition. These are all important aspects for your fleet business which need to be taken into consideration when you determine what your pricing should be in order to make a profit. In this way the GPS trackers’ reports are also tied into invoicing.

In the end, anything that speeds up the billing process will, inevitably, begin to increase your business’ income. GPS trackers are helping to make speedy billing cycles and resolve any issues you might have prior to implementing these devices. With the proper documentation invoice calculations are straight forward with a lesser chance of disputes and reporting is faster.

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