GPS Trackers Improve Safety For Chemical Transportation: Part 2

GPS trackers: Benefits for safe handling

Chemicals being transported across the nation presents a set of extraordinary shipping requirements due to the latent danger and potential impact on the safety of everyone involved. That’s why specific training is needed for fleet drivers that transport these hazardous chemicals. Without these special people your business wouldn’t exist so it’s important to keep them safe. GPS trackers can aid in protecting your company’s assets, most importantly the human assets. In part one of this series, we talked about 2 ways to use this technology to improve safety for your chemical transportation company and drivers.

Here are 2 more ways GPS trackers come through for chemical transportation companies:

1.) Safe routing: There may only be certain roads where your fleet vehicles, with chemicals in the back, are allowed to travel. With that being said, GPS trackers can help you by allowing your dispatching team, managers, or drivers plan out the safest and most compliant routes in minutes. This makes it easy to stay in compliance wherever your trucks travel.

2.) Avoid breakdowns: It would be devastating for a chemical truck to be broken down in the middle of nowhere, especially if the hazardous materials inside are temperature-sensitive. In the event that cell phone service wasn’t able to be used the panic alert feature could come in handy here. This is a feature built in to your GPS trackers and can be used by any driver.

In your business it’s more than just dropping off a box or two at someone’s doorstep. Hardly an industry exists that relies more on expertise than someone handling chemicals and keeping your drivers safe is important. As we explained in part one, it’s your responsibility as a fleet owner or manager to know your drivers are safe and handling their workload as smoothly as possible. Thankfully, there are GPS trackers to make jobs like these just a little bit easier.

To view our selection of GPS trackers, please click here.

GPS Trackers Improve Safety For Chemical Transportation: Part 1

GPS trackers: Benefits for safe handling

Getting the right product to the right place at the right time while controlling costs is a tough job for any transport company. For fleet companies transferring corrosive, combustible, poisonous, temperature-sensitive, or otherwise questionable materials, a new level of safety is required. An exceptionally high level of quality precision has to go into the handling of all chemical transports. Not only are the materials worthy of monitoring, but the safety of your drivers is critical. GPS trackers are a great way to improve your entire fleet’s security.

Here are 2 ways GPS trackers come through for chemical transportation companies:

1.) Monitoring drivers: You can keep track of where your drivers are located with their hazardous cargo by viewing each active vehicle thanks to GPS trackers with live, real-time maps. You can also make use of alerts and reports to screen for unsafe driving behaviors (such as speeding and aggressive driving).

2.) Following laws: Trucking industries of any kind have to obey the law and GPS trackers can help. By calculating start/stop times it’s easy to make certain that company drivers don’t go over their scheduled work hours resulting in a violation of the labor laws. In the reports section you have the control to change the minimum stop time making it possible to customize the recorded data to fit your drivers’ delivery schedules.

When you’re trucks are carrying chemicals it’s important to make sure that your drivers are safe. It’s your responsibility as a fleet owner or manager to know your drivers are safe and handling their workload as smoothly as possible. With GPS trackers a lot of your bases will be covered leaving your most talented workers to only worry about driving and handling the chemicals properly on site.

To view our selection of GPS trackers, please click here.

Upgrade Offers For GPS Trackers With 3G Network

GPS trackers: Upgrade before 2G shutdown

When you think about why technology changes so quickly it would most likely stem from the fact that humans have become more integrated with technology. The more integrated we become, the more we expect to be able to have increased communication and to be able to perform more efficient tasks. This is, no doubt, the reason why AT&T has made the decision to shut down 2G networks in an effort to ramp up their newer networks and enable more customers to have a better experience. As a result, our GPS trackers will also be operating only on the newer 3G network.

We can imagine that the news to shut down 2G network completely came as a shock to some business owners. For this reason our team, at US Fleet Tracking, is available to make this transition as smooth as possible. If you still have 2G network devices, the following upgrade offers for GPS trackers with 3G network are currently in existence:

  • Upgrade to any of our 3G GPS trackers and get $100 off per device.
  • Upgrade for FREE to any of our 3G GPS trackers with a 2 year agreement.

For more details about these offers, please click here.

Should you choose to not upgrade, your devices will be deactivated when AT&T discontinues service for bands of 2G networks. At that time, you will no longer be charged for service on those GPS trackers.

We are on standby to help you transition if need be. If you need direct assistance with upgrading your fleet from the 2G network to the 3G network our team would be happy to help you either by email, chat, or telephone. Simply contact technical support or your sales representative.

If you would like to view our selection of 3G GPS trackers, please click here.

4 Ways You Lose Money Without GPS Tracking: Part 2

GPS tracking: Reducing the waste of profits

As we explained in part one of this series GPS tracking technology can make a fleet so much more organized and keep vehicles up to date on routine maintenance. The live, 3G map provides a view of every active fleet member in the field so there is no question about where one is located when you need them. Truthfully, if you fleet business isn’t using GPS tracking your budget may be blown. Today, we’re going to shed some light on 2 more ways that you lose money without GPS tracking.

1.) Excessive idling: Allowing fleet trucks to run in an idle state for too long will eventually break down the engine. Without GPS tracking you may not ever know which drivers are excessive idling causing your company budget to be spent on more maintenance than necessary.

2.) Wasting fuel: Without GPS tracking you won’t really know how fast drivers are driving, if they’re driving aggressively, idling too long, or if harsh braking is a habit. These are all actions that burn fuel faster and cause your profits to go up in smoke.

If your fleet company is busy exhausting all the income that the business earns on more maintenance than necessary and extreme fuel consumption there is a problem. The live map and the maintenance alerts that we talked about in part one are great tools to avoid wasting profits. A few other ways that GPS tracking can help you avoid wasting profits include reports to monitor idling and fuel usage. The reports will show details like when the ignition was turned on and how long a vehicle sat in one spot with the engine running. It’s quite simple and all you had to do was get the devices installed. Are you ready to start seeing your savings add up within a few short weeks?

To view our selection of GPS tracking devices, please click here.

4 Ways You Lose Money Without GPS Tracking: Part 1

GPS tracking: Reducing the waste of profits

GPS tracking truly is a wonderful form of technology that can make running a fleet business so much easier. The 3G connectivity provides data quickly and keeps you connected without a hassle. What happens if you don’t have GPS tracking? Quite frankly, without this technology on your side your bottom line can be depleted by having too much overhead cost. Today, we’re going to shed some light on 2 out of 4 ways that you lose money without GPS tracking.

1.) Unorganized fleet: Without GPS tracking your fleet drivers could be wasting company time without you even realizing it. For example, let’s say you’ve lined up jobs for one worker while another has a few hours of downtime. That’s not a very efficient way for everyone to be spending the workday. An unorganized fleet is one surefire way to waste profits quickly.

2.) Vehicle repairs: Without GPS software it can be difficult to keep up with every vehicle that needs routine work done. Manually tracking it on paper requires time to double check the figures. Tracking it on an app means you actually have to open the app to check it periodically. If you can’t remember the maintenance in the first place, will you remember to open the app and check?

Spending more than necessary on expenses is a problem many fleet companies face. A few ways that GPS tracking can help you avoid wasting profits include live maps to keep tabs on your drivers at all times and automatic maintenance reminders to help you remember to take care of some of your most important company assets. The system is also very simple to use and within weeks you could see the money saving difference. Are you ready to stop wasting your profits?

To view our selection of GPS tracking devices, please click here.

The Installation Of 2G Vs. 3G GPS Tracker Devices

GPS tracker: Communicating with the system

As you may have heard or read about in our previous shout outs, AT&T has announced plans to shut down all 2G networks. AT&T is doing this in an effort to keep up with the growing demand for quicker, mobile broadband data. This impacts the world of GPS tracker devices in that if they are still operating on the 2G network they may stop functioning any time between now and December 31, 2016. After the shutdown of the AT&T 2G network, your device will no longer be able to communicate with our system. Many businesses have already made the switch in order to ensure that their services are not interrupted. Others question if the installation of 3G GPS tracker devices is worth it.

Here’s why having the most up-to-date technology would be beneficial for you:

The 2G network has slowed down to the point that consumers often have to wait minutes for important data to stream though. It’s an understatement to say that every second counts for a fleet company! That’s why it’s great to have the 3G network that will allow alerts to come through in seconds. GPS tracker units functioning at their best yields quicker results for things like downloading reports and receiving alerts.

Luckily, the installation process for 3G GPS tracker devices is, in most cases, the same process as those that previously had the 2G network. For most GPS tracker users, it’s as simple as disconnecting the old devices and connecting the new ones in the same location, using the same wires. If there are questions about installing new devices, our technical support is available to make this transition as simple as possible. To learn more about this transitioning process or to contact US Fleet Tracking, please click here.

To view our selection of GPS tracker devices, please click here.

Wonderful Ways GPS Trackers Aid Electric Companies: Part 2

GPS trackers: Technology with benefits

Most people already know that electricity practically runs their lives. As a fleet manager of electricians going out to manage electricity for society we’re willing to bet you understand the vital nature of your business, as well. There is a lot of responsibility for an electrician and it’s alright to admit that you’d rather the job be a little easier. In part one of this series we talked about 2 wonderful ways that GPS trackers aid electric companies. Today, we want to talk about 2 more.

1.) The ability to increase productivity: Having GPS trackers is a great way to improve employee productivity. The GPS trackers in each vehicle will record data such as start and stop times when an electrician goes out to complete a job. The live map allows management to keep a close eye on the location of their drivers and hold them accountable for their actions.

2.) The ability to provide accurate payroll: Most companies probably have a time sheet or card for each employee, whether that be digital or paper. Even if you’d like to rely on older methods it’s nice to have a backup system in place for an extra level of accuracy. By importing a beginning and end-of-day report discrepancies can be found at the click of a button. GPS trackers help with the process of streamlining payroll and having proof of time worked to ensure that payroll calculations are correct.

Electric companies from all around have saved money on fuel expenses, provided better customer service, increased employee productivity, and provided accurate payroll thanks to GPS trackers. For business to remain lucrative, it’s worth it for most to put in the initial investment for GPS trackers. Perhaps now is the right time for your electric company to take advantage of this technology.

To view our selection of GPS trackers, please click here.

Wonderful Ways GPS Trackers Aid Electric Companies: Part 1

GPS trackers: Technology with benefits

With each passing year it seems there is some new technological gadget and another reason to rely on electricity. From home, to work, and even while you’re on the go, everyday life just wouldn’t be the same without the electricity. This puts electricians in an interesting position as they wield the knowledge necessary to make certain that electrical output is what it should be. If you’re a fleet manager of a group of technicians then you know all too well how important the job of an electrician really is to others. We recognize that efficiency is a top priority. For this reason, we’re going to talk about 2 wonderful ways GPS trackers aid electric companies.

1.) The ability to decrease fuel costs: With live 10, 5, or 1 second updates (depending on the GPS trackers) it’s easy to see how drivers are going about their day. Management won’t have to question whether their electrical technicians are taking the shortest route, because paths can be easily programed into each of the GPS trackers. Monitoring things like excessive idling and aggressive driving can be helpful to quickly implement a new routine and save on fuel.

2.) The ability to provide accurate arrival times: If a customer is waiting for an electrician to come fix a problem the arrival time is pretty important to that customer. Using the information calculated out by the GPS trackers in each vehicle makes it easy for every driver to be able to provide accurate arrival times to their customers. Management will also know once the employee has arrived on location, when they leave, and when they’re back on the road to either head back to the office or go out on another call.

To continue conducting business in a cost-effective manner, electric companies could partake in the tremendously awesome technology with the benefits that GPS trackers bring. Having lower fuel costs and providing customers with accurate arrival times is certainly nothing to scoff at, as it could mean more money in your electric company’s bottom line. You can truly supercharge your business with GPS trackers. Are you ready?

To view our selection of GPS trackers, please click here.

Why 2G GPS Tracking Network Is Being Eliminated

GPS tracking: Upgrading to the next level

The reality is that technological advances have been happening quite rapidly over the years. People used to be amazed by their children making mud pies in the backyard for fun, but now they see them connecting wirelessly via the internet for entertainment. Likewise, business owners who used to rely on manual forms of operation have succumbed to the efficient ways of GPS tracking. These devices, too, have changed over the years, but in the last 10 years users of the 2G network have been quite fortunate to have received service from the same GPS tracking devices. We’ve talked about 3G network before in order to help you with upgrading to the next level, but this time we’re mentioning it, because the 2G network will soon be disappearing for good.

The previous posts talking about upgrading to the 3G network were merely suggestive to ensure faster speeds and better connectivity for your GPS tracking devices. Today, it’s important to note that 2G network will no longer exist by December 31, 2016. Our staff, at US Fleet Tracking, wants to stress to our customers that the decision to do away with the 2G network was not our own. The carrier company, AT&T, has made the decision to shut down all 2G networks in an effort to free up valuable spectrum and provide increased speed and capacity using more adequate cellular technologies.

US Fleet Tracking is committed to providing technical support in this time of transition. The serial numbers of all customer devices are gathered and by entering in your information the system can tell you which specific devices are 2G and should be upgraded before the AT&T 2G shutdown date. If you are a US Fleet Tracking customer and you aren’t certain as to whether your device is 2G or 3G, then you may enter your serial number by clicking here.

If you’d like to see our selection of new 3G GPS tracking devices, please click here.

Using A GPS Tracker To Keep Your Engine Cranking

GPS tracker: Oil change reminders

As a fleet owner you have many challenges, regular tasks, and goals to complete. One of those duties should include making sure that fleet vehicles have proper maintenance, but more specifically, routine oil changes. Preferably, preventative maintenance is ideal to avoid breakdowns or other engine troubles. Among everything else there is to do it may be difficult to really keep up with oil changes. That is, unless you are using a GPS tracker in every vehicle. GPS tracker devices can do the remembering for you so that you can keep your engine cranking.

Most fleet trucks are very large and have a lot of functioning parts. The parts under the hood have to rub against each other and that causes both friction and heat. That’s why oil is such a vital component. It greases up those moving parts to keep them moving accurately and it helps to absorb the heat. Now imagine an engine that hasn’t had an oil change in far too long. If left allowed to operate in this less effective manner it can lead to more expensive problems in the future. GPS tracker oil change reminders are a simple way to avoid undue stress on the engine.

Fleet drivers spend the majority of their time driving company vehicles and it’s important that that with every mile they drive they’re doing so in a reliable vehicle. The only to maintain that vehicles stay safe for daily use is to have reminders of the oil changes. Managers and drivers can both easily access the information in the GPS tracker system. With it being so simple to use, very little training time will be needed for most users. Just clicking into the Device Maintenance module allows GPS tracker users to enter in their current vehicle mileage and then the device auto calculates when the next oil change should be due! How easy is that?

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