Benefits Of GPS Tracking With Historical Playback: Part 2

GPS tracking: Reaching beyond

GPS tracking comes equipped with several invaluable mechanisms to make fleet businesses improve. In part one of this series we mentioned how GPS tracking offers all clients 90-day historical playback as part of their account for no additional charge. The Historical Playback feature gives you the ability to look into past events in a matter of minutes. In part one of this series we also discussed one way that using this feature can be beneficial. Today, we want to talk about another mind-blowing option within the Historical Playback realm.

Enter Retroactive Geofences: In the event that you ever forgot to set up a Geofence alert, but you really wish you would have, there is something you can do! GPS tracking with Historical Playback will come to your rescue, so to speak. If you wanted to know when a certain vehicle entered or exited a specific area, Historical Playback gives you the opportunity to set up retroactive Geofences. You can go into alerts and set up the Geofence for the time, date and device in mind. Next, go back to the Historical Playback and choose the date, time and vehicle you want to know about and watch as the story unfolds.

Not only can GPS tracking provide you with live map views to keep track of your fleet vehicles on a daily basis, but you also have the ability to see data from the past! Accountability is built in as you stay on top of hours spent on the job and eliminate any billing disputes from customers. These are a just a few reasons Historical Playback may be useful. No matter what the issue at hand is, you can have peace of mind knowing the GPS tracking system has the data you need.. Are you ready to reach beyond just the everyday obvious needs of GPS tracking? Start now!

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Benefits Of GPS Tracking With Historical Playback: Part 1

GPS tracking: Reaching beyond

GPS tracking offers many helpful tools to make fleet businesses better. One, sometimes hidden, gem with GPS tracking is their ability to offer an easy way to see where a device has traveled at any point within the past 90 days. This feature, called Historical Playback, gives quite an in depth history in a few minutes, without having to run individual reports. Let’s dive in a bit deeper with one example of how Historical Playback could be beneficial to your fleet business.

Find Data For An Exact Date: Let’s say a circumstance arises which requires you to look up specific details about where a vehicle went throughout the day, but it was 65 days ago. That’s not a problem with GPS tracking Historical Playback. First, you simply click into the Historical Playback area of the control panel and choose the device in question using the drop down menu. Above that you can type in the exact day you need and, if necessary, get specific about the range of time. If you want, feel free to use the slider bar to scroll straight to the end of the day and see all routes taken by that vehicle for the whole day.

When we think about how GPS tracking technology changes the way businesses operate, and the benefits presented, the first thing that comes to mind is the ability to locate vehicles in real-time. While this is the main reason GPS tracking is adopted by many, there is so much more these devices can do and there isn’t an extra cost involved for using things like Historical Playback. Whether it be for tax purpose or a personnel issue, you just never know when older data will come in handy. With the Historical Playback feature, you’re able to reach beyond just the everyday obvious needs.

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Should You Have GPS Tracker Alerts Emailed To You?

GPS tracker: Getting data quickly

The GPS tracker alert system enables you to create an infinite number of various alerts for whatever you feel is important for you to know about how your fleet business is being run. The nice part about the program is that it allows you to designate if you want the alerts emailed to you or sent via text. Both options are nice and there is always the option to have both! It seems though, that getting quick messages via text is often regarded as the best option and some feel as though it’s the only option for them.

That could be a mistake. We’re going to talk about one major reason why having GPS tracker alerts emailed to you may be a smart choice. Having GPS tracker alerts emailed to you is great, because they are easier to sift through that way. Let’s explain a little more about what we mean. First of all, many email programs allow you to create folders and move inbox emails so that you still have important data you need (for now or later) without it clogging up your view of new, incoming emails. Why is this important?

Well, have you ever had a boss or heard of one always asking for important questions to be emailed to them even though you just tried to have the same face-to-face conversation with them? It’s about protecting themselves and covering all of their basis.

With GPS tracker alerts, you can get everything from Speed Alerts to Geofence Alerts sent to email and they can be accessed right away. This is vital, because if there is ever a cause for concern with one of your drivers and you need to have “the talk”, then you can sift through GPS tracker alerts in your email a lot quicker than you could scroll through a slew of texts to find the data you need to prove your point. Not only is it easy to find email data quickly, but they’re easier to print.

See? Getting email isn’t such a bad thing.

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Know More By Glancing At The GPS Tracker Mobile Screen

GPS tracker: Keeping it quick

Being a fleet manager means you’re busy and you’re doing far more than just managing people. You have the task of monitoring company assets and equipment, too. A lot of fleet managers have found that GPS tracker devices make their daily tasks much more efficient than they were before. The GPS tracker system is simple to learn so that your team can get on the road to success quickly. With a few clicks on a mobile phone, managers can see all of their devices and know quite a bit about what’s going on in the field. Today, we’re going to talk a little bit more about that and how you, too, can get a clear picture and know more about your fleets by glancing at the GPS tracker mobile screen.

Step 1.) Log-In to the system and there is an option to save log-in information after initially signing in so as to make it quicker for the future.

Step 2.) After logging into the system it’s pretty easy to navigate around by “clicking” or tapping tapping your smartphone’s screen. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see a spot where you can click on devices. Click it!

Step 3.) A screen opens up which gives you some very basic information right at a glance. The list of devices have the letter “i” next to them which are color coded for a one-second recognition of what is going on. The clear letter “i” means that a particular vehicle is stopped or not being used. Yellow indicates that a vehicles is in idle and by clicking into that device more information can be seen such as; how long that vehicle has been idle and the address where they are located. Devices in the list with green next to them means that those vehicles are on the move and clicking on a particular vehicle will give information such as how fast that vehicle is moving.

See there, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! In just a few clicks into the system managers are able to obtain automatic visuals on all their drivers in the field and know exactly what each driver is doing. Managers utilizing GPS tracker devices in their company vehicles have the capability to complete a quick check-up on their fleet drivers in a matter of seconds. We don’t know if it could get any easier than that. If you’re not using GPS tracker devices for your fleets you could be missing out on the best thing since sliced bread.

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How To Have A Workplace Competition With GPS Trackers: Part 2

GPS trackers: Enabling motivation

According to Psychology Today, the desire to win is basically ingrained in human DNA. It’s been contemplated that people are motivated by a fun, friendly competition as it allows them to satisfy the need to win, provides the opportunity to improve upon their performance and motivates them to put forth a stronger effort that can result in boosted performance. In part one of this series, we talked about one type of competition style you could introduce to your fleet drivers, using GPS trackers, to make work a little more enjoyable. Today, we’re going to talk about another competition style you could use if the first one didn’t suit you.

A Collaborative Effort: In this competition style everyone on your team would be working together to achieve one, common goal.

Just as with any other competition, you’d have to decide what goal you want your team to work towards.The examples listed in part one of this series could work well here, but in a slightly different manner. Just as mentioned before, you could chose to use the reports generated from the data in their GPS trackers. The difference would be that you’d have to set a company wide goal for all drivers to meet such as “go 30 days without anyone going over speed limits”. Another example might be that everyone keeps their idling down to a set number of minutes each week for a month. In addition, alerts from the GPS trackers can also be used to spice things up. Management could set a limit on alerts and test all drivers as a team to see if they can stay below the number decided upon.

Some prizes for a whole fleet team may be a bit more expensive than a competition with only one winner, so you’d have to get creative. If you’re up for it, you could have an office wide pizza party. If that’s too much to spend, you could try something more simple and daring like having the boss shave his head if the team meets their goals!

The choice is yours, but don’t get too carried away. Just keep in mind that it’s suppose to be good, clean fun for your fleet company. Using GPS trackers you have many options to spark up a little competition of your choosing. If you don’t have GPS trackers, maybe it’s time to add them to your shopping list!

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How To Have A Workplace Competition With GPS Trackers: Part 1

GPS trackers: Enabling motivation

I’m sure you’ve heard that a little competition in the workplace is encouraged due to it’s power to enable motivation and productivity. According to Psychology Today a little competition increases chemicals like testosterone and that gives employees drive to achieve goals. Fleet business drivers may not be suited up businessmen in a confined office space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a little fun into your work, too. Today, we’re going to talk about 1 of 2 different competition styles you could use to get your employees having some fun with GPS trackers.

All Against All: In this competition style you would be putting all of your fleet drivers against each other to see which one of them can perform the best.

As the manager of your team, you get decide what it is the workers are “fighting” to be the best at. For example, you could chose to use the reports generated from the data in their GPS trackers to see which driver stayed within the speed limit the most days out of the month, or which one kept their idling down, etc. You could also utilize the alerts feature of the GPS trackers to make it even more challenging. Management could decide that the winner of the competition is the driver that caused the LEAST amount of alerts to come through.

When it comes down to the prize for the winner, you can choose anything you feel is work appropriate. Some inexpensive, winner worthy options for prizes could be anything from a free lunch, a gift card or something like letting the winner put a pie in the boss’s face! There’s just something so satisfying about that last one, even if the boss is really nice.

Whatever you decide, remember the idea is to have fun and there may be no better way to incorporate company equipment such as the GPS trackers you may already be using daily! If you don’t have GPS trackers, maybe it’s time you got in the game!

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The Difference Between These 2 GPS Tracking Mileage Reports

GPS tracking: Going the distance

In the past, tracking mileage for business used to involve notebooks, loose leaf papers, binders and sometimes just a scribble on some random, scrap piece of paper. That was, no doubt, the stuff of accounting nightmares. Luckily, GPS tracking has awarded many fleet businesses with technology to release them from the the doom and gloom of spending hours or days calculating.

With our GPS tracking system users will notice two pre-built reports for mileage tracking. Why are there two? You may be wondering and, perhaps, it may seem confusing, especially if you’re new to the world of GPS tracking. Today, we’re going to briefly discuss the difference between these two mileage reports provided to you upon start-up.

1.) Device Mileage Report: This report is basic and allows you to track how far your vehicles travel in a single day. If you are a local business, not driving out of state, then this report is perfect for you to easily calculate mileage, individually, for each vehicle. The GPS tracking system will allow you to print the report if needed.

2.) Device Mileage By State Report: This report is a bit more advanced. It has the ability to keep track of daily mileage driven by each vehicle from state to state. Thus, if you are running a larger operation with a fleet that goes out of state then you can generate this report to see mileage information for specific or all vehicles based on the states they were in and at what time.

So there you have it; a fast and easy way to track mileage no matter how near or far your fleet drivers travel. With GPS tracking going the distance for your drivers, you’ll be a better business in no time. Imagine, already, just how much time and money you’ll save just by tracking your mileage automatically!

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3 Ways To Give Your Business A Boost With GPS Tracker Devices

GPS tracker: Used to create better business

Company managers have a busy job to focus on and if they’re managing fleets, they know that the goal is to monitor productivity as it is the best way to boost their business. Being able to respond to customer needs as quickly as possible plays an important role in fulfilling this goal. As you might have guess, GPS tracker devices are a great way to help give your business the boost it needs. Here are a few ways it works to do so:

1.) Routing System: GPS tracker routing systems and fleet management are both valuable ways to maximize your business. Plan out the safest, quickest routes to save time and money.

2.) Live Dispatching: GPS tracker dispatching is invaluable. It can be used to help drivers navigate through unexpected weather, traffic conditions or other hazards. This will cut down on delays and make drivers more efficient.

3.) Expense Savings: GPS tracker devices allow for better business by giving you the ability to monitor your fleet drivers. This allows you to know things like how much fuel is being consumed, when vehicle maintenance is needed, and how long drivers are spending at job sites. Knowing these details will help reign in expenses, keeping them low and profits high.

Fleet company owners just want to cut expenses and increase profit, or at least they should. Better fleet management means increased savings. Fleet company owners just want to cut expenses and increase profit, or at least they should. Better fleet management means increased savings. Being able to save money on fuel and maintenance costs make the GPS tracking system well worth the investment. Also, by saving time spent driving, your technicians may be able to make more service calls per day. Furthermore, by giving each of your drivers the time to respond to extra calls, this could have a tremendous impact on your bottom line.

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How To Monitor Your Shared Fleet Vehicles With GPS Tracking

GPS tracking: Detailed solutions

While some fleets are looking to purchase more vehicles as the year progresses, other fleets have considered sharing vehicles for multiple reasons. Both environmental and financial responsibilities are leading to this trend, but some problems present themselves when vehicles are being shared amongst several fleet drivers. No one wants to be accused of not keeping up with proper vehicle maintenance or abusing the company vehicle when it was actually another guilty party. Never fear! GPS tracking allows management to monitor their shared fleet vehicles to give everyone peace of mind.

The most daunting task for management will be keeping track of whom will operate the vehicle at which times. Of course, you could provide a clipboard with a “sign-in/ sign-out” sheet or manually assign vehicle usage based on employee shifts. What’s easier than that is using GPS tracking. With device management capabilities, it is simple to click into the Driver Editor feature and assign a driver to a device. This is helpful, because you can create several drivers in the system and keep track of which driver is with the vehicle in question at which times of the day.

Even better than just knowing which driver is with a shared vehicle, is knowing the performance of that driver at any time. GPS tracking makes it simple! By viewing alerts and/or reports management can retrieve a plethora of information from the driver’s speed statistics, braking habits, the fuel percentage being used and more.

The GPS tracking system will also keep track of how many hours a particular driver has been on the road, so if you’re a business that needs to monitor hours on the road to comply with labor laws, then you’ll know when to switch out drivers. GPS tracking is a great way to make sure you are getting all the data you need to make sure your drivers are being safe and that all of your drivers are equally being held accountable.

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How To Benefit From The Usage Of GPS Tracker Routes

GPS tracker: Paths made simple

As a fleet business owner, you already know that you need an intelligent way to optimize your drivers’ routes on a daily basis. Having something that systematically calculates and displays routed paths in real-time is one of the most cost-effective, customer-friendly technologies. GPS tracker devices have the capability to provide convenient, live maps with planned routes. There are a few ways you can utilize the map to view your routes in the most optimal, beneficial way.

First, you have to create the routes you desire your drivers to take. Logging in is the first step and then simply by clicking on the Dispatch/Routing tab and Routing button you will see a pop up of all routes in your list. If there aren’t any, it only takes minutes to create one! Then, you’re well on your way to viewing all the paths for your drivers.

1.) Street views: There isn’t just one map view to see routes how you want to see them. There is a simple map view that is basic, a birdseye view, a satellite view and a hybrid view. Having these customized options provides effective, intuitive GPS tracker usage for managers, drivers and dispatchers.

2.) Zoomed out: Upon entering the GPS tracker system, the map usually defaults as being “zoomed out”. This allows a nationwide or worldwide view of all your fleets and the routes you’ve created.

3.) Zoomed in: By zooming in on a specific location on the GPS tracker screen, you can get a more precise view and by checking the Small Icons box on map controls, you will even be able to distinguish the difference between any vehicles that may be slightly overlapping on the same routes.

Why are planned routes so helpful? When you need drivers to take a specific path due to road blockages or detours, routes become super helpful. You can even go as far as to set up variations or how far out from the set path it will take before an alert is sent to management.

Whether you’re in the delivery industry, the head of a maintenance crew or some other fleet company, the fact is that being on time is essential and having planned routes can help accomplish that goal. Not only do GPS tracker routes help management to know vehicles are moving as they should be, but there is an added measure of security so that vital issues can be attacked right away.

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