GPS tracking: Upgrade now!
There are many mixed emotions which are a little difficult to cover in just a single word when addressing the ending of 2G GPS tracking networks. We’ve been talking about this finale for a while, yet time has gone by so quickly that it still feels so surreal to finally be saying goodbye to an operating system we’ve been blessed to utilize for ten years. Tomorrow, December 31st, 2016 is the day that AT&T has designated as the cutoff date for all 2G networks and if you haven’t done so, we wanted to let you know that today is the perfect time upgrade your GPS tracking devices!
To avoid having no GPS tracking connection at all you’ll need to have devices that utilize the new 3G technology. Upgrading is the only way to keep work life simple and take advantage of things like automatic oil change notifications, geofencing, and speed alerts. Additionally, you’ll be able to enjoy the fastest 5-10 second updates and keep a strong connection no matter where your fleet drivers travel.
As 2017 approaches think about being the best fleet company you can be and then ask yourself if that means utilizing the best in GPS tracking. If you answered “yes”, because you’d like for your fleet team to operate smoothly, efficiently, and keep your bottom line looking great and you still haven’t upgraded to the 3G network then please feel free to contact us to upgrade now!
If you have more questions about the upgrade process, the upgrade offers US Fleet Tracking currently has in place, or you want to check to see if your device is already 3G capable then click here. Our US Fleet Tracking support team is available to answer any GPS tracking questions you may have.
If you would like to see our selection of GPS tracking devices, please click here.
GPS tracking: Up to the challenge
While some states are enjoying the comforts of warmer winter weather at this moment, others are experiencing quite the opposite. When specific areas are cloaked in white sheets of snow a very special industry shines. From roadways to entry ways, snow removal services are counted on to ensure safety and luckily GPS tracking is there to makes this task a lot easier to manage. Here are some of the best ways GPS tracking helps snow removal service companies complete their jobs more efficiently:
1.) Live GPS Tracking Map: Snow removal service managers can keep track of their crews by seeing their exact location within the city on the live streaming map. Leveraging this means being able to position fleet drivers in the way that makes the most sense.
2.) Route Planning: Planning out routes for drivers is smart as it cuts out any backtracking that may have happened without the plan. It’s also as simple as clicking a few buttons, entering destinations and allowing the GPS tracking system to automatically generate the shortest, smartest route.
3.) Automatic Updates: Imagine having 1, 5, or 10 second updates. Even at 10 seconds one could hardly call that slow. These updates are extremely helpful for various alerts like geofences, speed alerts, or weather updates. These, of course, are all in an attempt to increase safety.
Bring on the snow, because GPS tracking is definitely up for the challenge with multiple features like live map, route planning, and automatic updates which provide efficiency, accountability, and safety for your drivers. When the snow has piled up outside and the population is relying on your snow removal services to help them get to where they’re going you can look to GPS to make things easier.
If you’d like to view our selection of GPS tracking devices, please click here.
GPS tracker: Make it happen
There’s only a few days left until Christmas and in the midst of the holiday scramble it can be easy to forget about important work related tasks. It’s sometimes difficult for busy fleet drivers to realize that if they don’t have time to do something right the first time that they just might not have time to fix the problem when everything goes awry. Luckily, GPS tracker data can be utilized to help drivers metaphorically jump over certain productivity hurdles. Today, we’re discussing one of the top problems that squashes productivity and how a GPS tracker system can help.
Vehicle Breakdowns: When you’re drivers are constantly on the go this holiday season, it may become commonplace to completely forget about or procrastinate on getting regular vehicle maintenance. For example, allowing an extra few hundred miles before getting that scheduled oil change may not seem as if it would be too cumbersome for the engine, but too many instances like this will degrade the engine overtime.
Likewise, tire rotations and other under the hood maintenance is important to keep vehicles running at their best. If drivers neglect to have maintenance performed when necessary this can lead to unnecessary vehicle breakdowns causing unscheduled work delays and that puts a damper on productivity.
GPS tracker data such as maintenance alerts can help drivers remember when vehicle maintenance is coming up so that they can avoid frequent breakdowns.
Time is of the essence for fleet business drivers and regardless of how distracted they may be with their personal lives, it’s vital to stay the course. If you’re looking for GPS tracker devices with 1, 5, or 10 second live updates, look no further than US Fleet Tracking for your next investment. We’ve been creating live 5- and 10-second vehicle tracking systems literally longer than any other company in the world! Not only do our GPS tracker devices help make productivity happen, but they also offer ROI within the first month. Are you ready?
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GPS tracker: Make it happen
This time of year can be quite distracting in itself with all of the holiday glitz and glamour clouding the mind. It seems as though when the holiday season rolls around there’s always so much to do and so little time, but business must go on! When productivity is necessary, yet it feels difficult to jump over the hurdles lining your path a GPS tracker system can help. Let’s take a look at one of the top productivity killers plaguing fleet drivers this busy season and analyze how GPS tracker data could make a difference.
Personal Errands: With so much to do for Christmas or holiday get-togethers it may be tempting for drivers to want to make a few personal stops along the way to their job-site locations. This may seem innocent, but these actions take away from the time spent on the job which means taking more time to complete the job at hand and ultimately decreasing the bottom line due to less work being finished in a day.
Of course, with a GPS tracker in the employee’s vehicle management would know exactly where drivers are, drivers would be less inclined to bend the rules, and productivity would be on course.
If you’re looking for GPS tracker devices with the quickest live updates possible, look no further than US Fleet Tracking for your next investment. If you’re looking to create a more productive fleet just know that US Fleet Tracking’s GPS tracker devices are designed to help you make it happen! We manufacture internet-based access to LIVE vehicle tracking and asset management. We believe that knowing where your vehicles and assets are at all times gives you the power to make time and money-saving decisions with a quick glance.
To learn more about what GPS tracker units can help you with, stick around for part two of this series.
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GPS trackers: Control in minutes
GPS trackers may seem as though they’d be complicated to utilize, but in actuality the system is quite intuitive and you can have complete control over your fleet in minutes. It’s amazing what a few button clicks can provide. For example, dispatchers sitting in an office can help drivers in the field by maneuvering planned routes on the live map to direct drivers around traffic, construction, and other road hazards. Managers can see everything happening as well which makes the entire team able to function more cohesively. One of the best ways fleet managers can lighten the workload is by using the Advanced Routing option.
GPS trackers with Advanced Routing is optimal for entering all stops or locations that drivers need to get to and generating the quickest and shortest routes to save time. Workers getting to job-sites quicker allows jobs to be completed faster, as well. Work being completed quicker opens up the possibility of fulfilling more work requests and ultimately increases the bottom line. As a bonus to having shorter routes when arriving on scene is that it will also decrease fuel usage, thus saving the company more money.
What company doesn’t want to save money and make more of it simultaneously? Not only should most fleet managers want this for their company, but it would be surprising if they didn’t want to improve their overall daily operation. Getting down to it, GPS trackers make life a lot easier. Forget about manually organizing all of the drivers’ stops for the day, just plug and go! Verifying that drivers are on site when they need to be is as simple as glancing at the live map.
GPS trackers being in every vehicle is also great for automatically measuring mileage, idling times, whether a driver is speeding, and keeping up with vehicle maintenance. Think of all the time saved. Are you ready to see improvement in your workload by using GPS trackers?
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GPS trackers: Safety while on the road
According to a report from the National Safety Council, a nonprofit devoted to using research and data to prevent deaths, fatalities from traffic incidents were 9% higher through the first six months of 2016 than during the same time period last year. Achieving safety while on the road seems to be even more important as a record 2.2 million people have been recorded as injured while nearly 19,100 people have been reported dead. With traffic accidents on the rise anything fleet drivers can do to protect themselves should be worth considering. Thankfully, GPS trackers are able to provide some protection for fleet drivers and today we’ll talk a bit about how that’s possible.
First of all, GPS trackers can help drivers be less distracted with digital devices while driving as they can either be programmed before the driver leaves the office or dispatching can control all of the route updates for the driver. These verbal updates could include ways to avoid traffic, construction, and other road hazards such as pre-existing accidents.
Aside from the safety of the hands-free options, the GPS trackers in each vehicle will record data like driver speeds and aggressive driving behaviors. This isn’t a way to simply punish drivers for disobeying the traffic laws, but instead to help ensure that drivers are staying safe! In fact, the data about the drivers’ performances can be pulled up on speeding reports and aggressive driving reports to be used for a reward system if management wanted to use it in that way.
The fact is that many drivers believe they only need to slow down when heavy rain or snow is in the works. Truthfully, drivers just need to be aware of surroundings and while they’re all on a deadline to get to the next job-site it would be worth it to slow it down.
Maintaining safety is a top priority with any fleet business and GPS trackers have many ways to provide protection. They can reduce the dangers of distracted driving, speeding, reckless driving and help drivers avoid accidents, traffic, and construction. If you’re looking for a way to increase safety for your fleets, consider GPS trackers.
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GPS tracking: 2G shutdown in 3 weeks, 2 days
It’s hard to believe how quickly time has gone by since AT&T officially announced that they were planning to shut down all 2G networks. This change has come as quite the shock to some people and others have embraced it wholeheartedly as they know it gives them a chance to benefit from the new and improved networks. Why does this 2G shutdown matter so much? Well, the fact is that our GPS tracking devices used to operate off of the 2G network, much like many cell phones did. The problem is that those who have not upgraded within the next 23 days will lose connection completely.
All US Fleet Tracking customers currently still using 2G network GPS tracking devices will need to upgrade to the 3G network prior to December 31, 2016 to be “in the clear”. We are working with customers on this transition by offering a few upgrade deals. You can either upgrade to any 3G device and get $100 off per device or upgrade for free to any 3G device with a 2 year agreement. Please click here for further details about these offers.
You may be wondering, just how much better is 3G GPS tracking network compared to the old 2G network? AT&T has explained that the newer, 3G advanced networks allow for GPS tracking features like real-time streaming and driver dash cameras for fleet trucks to function much better. The 3G network can support more radio technologies making it a smoother operating system and allows for instant data rather than customers having to wait several minutes for information to stream through.
When time is money, speed makes all the difference in the world! If you still need to upgrade to 3G GPS tracking, but you’re not sure which devices would be right for you please feel free to contact US Fleet Tracking for support.
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GPS tracker: Reports and historical playback
Being a company involved with energy services, whether it be oil and gas, wind energy, or electrical power requires many well functioning roles to be successful. From the crew members doing to the work to the physical parts being used, everything must be monitored closely and executed according to a well designed plan. Of course, management in the pipeline construction field who choose to utilize GPS tracker units have an advantage. Thanks to the automatic data recording capabilities that GPS tracker devices offer, they’re able to monitor ongoing activities on a daily basis to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch.
From the pre-construction phase all the way to the post construction phase of pipeline building, fleets can be monitored either live on the GPS tracker map during the entire process or historical playback can be pulled up. While live map viewing is always available, the historical playback feature is a significant help to management teams that are simply too busy to sit and monitor live activity on a daily basis. With the GPS tracker historical playback feature, a manager can see the locations of where their drivers went every few hours on any given day for up to 90 days back.
Other helpful aspects for pipeline construction crews are the other various GPS tracker reports for regulating safety procedures. Safety should be a top priority in this line of work and reports can help managers bring a new level of awareness to their crew members. For example, the excessive idling, aggressive driving, and speeding reports are three important safety related reports that first come to mind for keeping fleet drivers in check.
If you’re in the pipeline construction business with the goal of promoting the safest work environment while also wanting to keep projects moving along then GPS tracker units are something to consider. As an added bonus to maintaining a steady workflow and emphasizing safety, GPS tracker devices are a great investment as they do offer ROI quickly. To learn more about how you could receive a return on your investment, click here to use our ROI calculator.
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GPS tracking: An array of features
Environmental solutions companies have one main strategy in mind and that is to provide the most valuable resources, capabilities, and ideas for their customers to be able to protect the environment. In order to provide the best ideas to clients so that they can be environmentally compliant, it would make sense that these environmental solutions companies would work to make certain that they were on the forefront of technological advances themselves. For this reason that the greatest of these companies have decided to utilize GPS tracking.
When exploration and production companies (E&S) are seeking things such as transportation of fresh water to drilling sites, treatment of drilling wastes for recycle or disposal, and disposal of solid waste they are relying heavily on environmental solutions. The management team that monitors their environmental solution drivers have quite the task at hand. They have many things to monitor and thankfully, GPS tracking can help.
GPS tracking can help environmental solutions companies with things like:
- Keeping up with vehicle maintenance
- Keeping drivers from speeding, idling, and dawdling
- Providing safety for drivers via various alerts
- Navigating through traffic, construction, and weather
- Keeping trucks safe after hours via Geofence alerts
- Saving money on insurance rates
- Getting 1, 5, or 10 second updates on field activity
While your company is dedicated to the protection and growth of environmental solutions for the energy and industrial end-markets you can let GPS tracking be the protectors for your company!
At US Fleet Tracking, we’re dedicated to providing a GPS tracking system that covers you anywhere! We, at US Fleet Tracking, are rooted in honesty, integrity and doing the job right the first time and we’d love to provide your environmental solutions company with a solution that perfect for you.
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GPS tracking: The best choice for you
With GPS tracking reports, users have the option to pull data for an individual device or an entire device group. In part one of this series we talked about how viewing reports online would be a great choice when viewing data for one vehicle at a time or, possibly, very small reports for the entire fleet. If management finds that they need to go back and review large chunks of data for the entire fleet or are having to constantly run larger reports then downloading the GPS tracking reports is a better choice.
Pulling up GPS tracking reports via the downloading method works best when you know the data is going to be more bulky. For example, if you desire to see historical playback data from 90 days back this type of data is best pulled into a report that will be downloaded as the attempt to view that much information online may bog down your computer. Downloading reports is a good idea when they’re needed for the entire fleet, too. Furthermore, the benefit to downloading this type of data rather than viewing it online is the ease of saving the spreadsheet of information for printing it off later if need be.
We hope after learning about reading your reports online versus downloading them that you know enough to make the best choice for you. The main thing to keep in mind when deciding between “View Online” or the “Request Download” option is the size of the report.
If you haven’t started using GPS tracking to optimize your fleets, we’re here to help you decide which devices would be the best for your team, answer any questions you may have about any of the features, and provide ongoing support when needed!
To view our selection of GPS tracking devices, please click here.