Managing Fleet Tracking Systems During the Winter | US Fleet Tracking

Taking Care of Your Fleet Tracking System in Cold Weather or Over the Winter

When you invest in GPS fleet tracking technology, you want to make sure it lasts so that you can truly get your money’s worth. While it’s relatively easy to prevent physical damage to your devices with proper installation and protective cases, there are certain hazards that are much more difficult to control. When it comes to electronics, exposure to extreme temperatures is one of the greatest of such hazards.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how winter temperatures can affect your GPS tracking system, as well as how you and your company can prevent weather-related issues before they can start.

GPS Device on Map

How Fleet Tracking System Technology Works

The actual specifications of fleet track technology vary between GPS companies, but systems typically include a GPS tracking device that stays in the truck as well as some manner of wireless receiving device to obtain the data. In a US Fleet Tracking system, the recipient device can be any internet-enabled device that can access our convenient, web-based tracking and GPS fleet management interface.

Depending upon the intent behind the installation or the policies of the company, such GPS trackers can be installed with the drivers’ knowledge or covertly (to monitor potential issues with drivers). Once installed, these systems provide GPS location updates at regular intervals. US Fleet Tracking’s AT-V4 4G LTE tracker, for example, provides a live tracking feed that can update in either 5- or 10-second increments.

Why Is Cold Weather So Harsh on the Equipment?

The main reason cold weather can be so tough on electronic equipment is that it can affect the internal components. While many of today’s ubiquitous technologies can be quite resilient in cold, other devices can be susceptible to significant issues in above-zero cold temperatures.

Batteries in many devices struggle to function properly in extreme, cold temperatures; think about your car battery, for example. LCD screens can also fail in below-freezing temperatures, making reading information or navigating menus near impossible.

In devices that have a hard disk drive (in particular, one that uses fluid dynamic bearings to spin), single-digit Fahrenheit temperatures can cause the fluid to thicken and the drive to fail to boot. Usually, this problem resolves after the device is brought into a warmer environment, but repeated switching between extreme cold and warm areas can cause severe damage.

There is a risk of such damage whenever you bring GPS monitor equipment indoors after having been outside in a freezing truck for several hours. Have you ever noticed that when individuals who wear glasses step indoors after being out in the cold will suddenly find themselves dealing with fogged up lenses?

Yes, just like on a cold beverage, this is caused by the condensation of water in reaction to the cold temperature of the glasses lenses. While you may not notice it, this can happen to the interior workings of electronic equipment, too, introducing damaging moisture.

Car Driving Through Snow

How to Avoid System Problems in Low Temperatures

Now that you know how cold temperatures can affect electronics, let’s talk about how you can avoid disaster altogether. The following are just a few of the ways in which you can prevent both your GPS tracker and receiving devices from dropping too far in temperature:

  • Install devices in a location in the truck that will not be easily affected by changes in temperature (e.g., somewhere in the cabin).
  • Keep truck cabin temperatures above freezing by running the heat appropriately.
  • Consider using an electric heating pad or blanket to keep equipment warm in severe temperatures or when the truck is not in use.
  • Invest in a high-quality, durable truck tracking system that is more resilient to lower temperature (e.g., the CloudSat3).
  • Keep all sending and receiving devices (tablets, laptops, smartphones, etc.) indoors or in a warm area and avoid moving them between extreme cold and warm temperatures if possible.

Some of these suggestions may be difficult to employ if your trackers are installed covertly, so it may be worth your while to consider how you can keep your GPS equipment warm before it’s installed.

Winter Driving Risks

The effect of winter weather on electronic equipment isn’t the only potential risk to your fleet GPS equipment, of course; poor driving conditions, low visibility, and icy roads can be just as dangerous for your equipment—not to mention your drivers.

Always make sure that your fleet is properly winterized and prepared for snow, ice, and slush in the colder months. Keep vehicle maintenance up to date, change out tires as needed, check brakes and ensure that headlights and windshields allow for maximum visibility.

Hire drivers who have good driving records and a strong sense of responsibility and respect for safety. Continue to keep all of your drivers trained on safe driving, and keep an eye on their GPS tracking information to make sure that they aren’t prone to speeding or making other unsafe choices with their truck.

Although your fleet efficiency and timeliness are extremely important to your business, it’s also important to know as a company when to keep your drivers off the road. Have a discussion with the appropriate staff to determine at what point you’ll say driving conditions are too dangerous to continue. Ultimately, ensuring the safety of your employees and other drivers on the road will give your company a positive reputation for responsibility.

Person Driving at Night

Invest in Durable, High-Quality Fleet Tracking Systems from US Fleet Tracking

At US Fleet Tracking, we offer a range of wireless, versatile GPS trackers that interface easily with our online tracking and management system. Our unique tracking interface is completely web-based, which means you’ll never have to install software or worry about whether a given computer or mobile device can run it properly.

US Fleet Tracking offers the following models of GPS trackers that will  all operate in temperatures as low as -30° Celsius for fleet monitoring and management:

  • AT-V4: 4G LTE connectivity and live 5- or 10-second tracking updates
  • AT-V3: Water-resistant housing, great for marine vehicles, cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.
  • AT-V3 Pro: GPS and 3G connectivity with live 5- or 10-second tracking updates
  • NT-V3: GPS and 3G connectivity, dispatch, and communications capabilities
  • NT-V3ia: GPS and 3G connectivity, provides Geofence/speed alert notifications
  • OBD-V3: Snaps into OBDII port of most vehicles, can be used to monitor fuel usage
  • PT-V3: GPS and 3G connectivity, transmits every 20 feet on foot and every 5 or 10 seconds in a moving vehicle
  • PT-V3 Pro: Same as PT-V3, but with extended battery time of 75 hours
  • CloudSat3: GPS and satellite connectivity, can operate at temperatures as low as -30° C (-22° F)

For years, US Fleet Tracking has been helping companies around the world manage live asset and vehicle tracking with great coverage and strong reliability. We’ve even been the tracking choice of a number of major events, including 11 Super Bowls, one Pro Bowl, one NHL All Star Game, two Olympics (winter and summer) and even the Republican National Convention.

If you’re looking for a trusted, experienced GPS company to help you keep track of your fleet for any reason, we’re here to help. To learn more about what we can do for you or to purchase a GPS tracking system today, give us a call at (405) 726-9900.

Delivery Trucks on Map Routes

Sources
1. http://www.userbytes.com/how-cold-weather-can-affect-electronics/
2. https://www.esurance.com/info/car/dangers-of-winter-driving

GPS Tracking Increasingly Used by Wide Range of Industries

Fleet tracking via GPS helps businesses with large capital assets keep better track of those assets and the employees using them, allowing greater efficiency and accountability. Transportation and government agencies are already using GPS trackers for fleet management to great effect, but many other industries can benefit from this technological marvel.

Satelitte's Provide the Tech Needed for GPS Tracking

What Is GPS?

The Global Positioning System, or GPS, is a network of satellites that transmit precise information concerning their position in space to receivers on Earth. These receivers use the information transmitted from the satellite to determine their own position and speed, and the current time where they are.

GPS was born of the Cold War and the space race between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. The military initially proposed a satellite tracking system to help guide missiles to their targets, and the first navigational satellites were launched in the 1960s. What we know now as GPS began with a series of launches in the 1970s, and it includes more than 24 satellites providing accurate locational data to civilian and military users. Europe, China, Russia, and India are developing or have developed similar systems of their own.

What Is GPS Fleet Tracking?

GPS fleet tracking uses GPS receivers and the GPS system to provide information concerning fleets of vehicles to their owners or managers. With GPS fleet tracking, managers can always know where their assets are and where they are headed, and details about time and speed. By compiling and analyzing data gathered by commercial GPS tracking systems, these managers can identify ways to better use their resources. Tracking also helps prevent assets from going missing or being stolen.

GPS Tracking Found in Cars

Some benefits of GPS tracking include:

  • Reducing fuel costs – Smarter routing and policies to improve driver efficiency resulting from information gleaned from commercial GPS tracking can help companies reduce their fuel costs. While gas prices are cheap right now, reducing fuel costs will help save some money now and, potentially, a lot in the future when gas prices rise again.
  • Improved maintenance – GPS tracking can help companies better track vehicle usage and performance, allowing them to develop a more effective upkeep plan. By using smart, proactive maintenance, companies can reduce expensive and time-consuming repairs and increase the longevity of their fleet.
  • Cut insurance premiums – Many insurers offer discounts of between 25 and 35 percent for vehicles outfitted with GPS trackers. This can be very helpful to companies with large fleets they must insure.
  • Avoid loss and misuse of resources – Being able to track vehicles no matter where they may be can help companies avoid loss and theft of these important assets. It can also help ensure that vehicles are not used for non-work-related purposes.
  • Improved safety – Fleet tracking applications allow companies to track speed. As excessive speed is a leading contributor to accidents, keeping tabs on driver speed and encouraging safe driving habits can reduce crashes.
  • Paperwork reduction – GPS tracking system can reduce the paperwork load of dispatchers and managers by automatically recording details formerly documented by these workers.

Who’s Using GPS Fleet Tracking?

Commercial trucking companies are among the biggest customers of GPS tracking services. Thanks to GPS tracking, commercial truck companies have a way to gather data that managers can interpret to track patterns and establish plans to improve efficiency and safety.

Who's Using GPS Fleet Tracking

For example, GPS tracking can be used to determine whether truckers are following company policy regarding speed and break time. Companies can also use GPS tracking to determine which routes are efficient and which are not, and develop ways to boost efficiency.

Government entities are also increasingly jumping on the GPS tracking bandwagon. Law enforcement and public safety entities can use GPS tracking to more quickly and efficiently dispatch units to respond to fire, police, and emergency medical calls. The information provided by GPS can also help these entities better plan patrol routes and help units find their way when traffic jams and other events may bar main roads and highways.

Government agencies have lots of vehicles and heavy equipment to keep track of, and some of that equipment sometimes becomes lost, stolen, or forgotten. Just recently, federal prosecutors convicted an auto seller of working with a government insider to sell vehicles stolen from the U.S. State Department. GPS tracking helps deter this activity and ensure theft is detected more quickly.

GPS Tracking Technology Comes Standard in Today's Cars

Courier services also are finding commercial GPS tracking to be helpful in their endeavors. Good courier companies are obsessed with shaving time off deliveries and finding small, incremental ways to improve safety and efficiency.

While improving a delivery time by a few seconds, or using just a little less gasoline may not seem like much, when applied many times throughout a large company these tiny savings can add up to big money. GPS tracking can help courier companies find the best routes, encourage safer, more productive driving by employees, and ensure the most efficient allocation of company resources.

Who Else Can Use GPS Tracking?

Businesses large and small can make use of the efficiency and accountability commercial GPS tracking can bring to the table. Consider these examples of how GPS tracking technology can benefit business:

  • HVAC and plumbing companies can use information gleaned from GPS tracking to provide better, faster service. By using GPS tracking solutions to monitor company vans in real time, these companies can work to improve response and repair time.
  • School systems can use fleet tracking to monitor their school buses and maintenance vehicles. Live vehicle tracking can provide important information to law enforcement in emergency situations such as severe weather events or hijackings. More prosaic benefits the technology can provide are improved route planning and monitoring of driver behavior.

What Industries Could Be Using GPS

  • Utility companies can use GPS tracking to immediately find the nearest maintenance truck and dispatch those workers to rapidly respond to customer needs. Real-time monitoring also helps these companies promote a culture of safety by keeping tabs on driver behavior.
  • Food delivery services, much like courier services, can benefit from GPS tracking to better route their drivers and to encourage safer driving habits among their employees.

The bottom line is that if your company uses vehicles or heavy equipment, GPS tracking solutions can help you improve the safety and efficiency of your operations.

More and more companies are discovering the tremendous benefits offered by GPS fleet tracking services. A study by C.J. Driscoll & Associates found that more than 8 million vehicles and pieces of equipment are now outfitted with GPS trackers. The study predicts that by 2019, the GPS tracking industry will cover 14 million vehicles and pieces of equipment and will turn a profit of more than $4.7 billion. Regulations requiring interstate trucking fleets to use electronic logging devices for keeping tabs on driver service hours are helping to fuel growth, as is greater awareness concerning the benefits of GPS tracking applications.

Courier Services Can Take Advantage of GPS Tracking

The commercial GPS tracking industry is rapidly growing, and many new companies are entering the market, making it tough for companies that desire this service to find the right partner. US Fleet Tracking is a well-established provider of GPS fleet tracking solutions. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, US Fleet Tracking has a global reach and provides the widest coverage area with the best reliability of any GPS fleet tracking product.

For reliable and accurate tracking services at a highly competitive price, contact US Fleet Tracking for a consultation. Customer service representatives can outline how the company’s services can benefit you. The company also provides a helpful tool on its website that can help you determine how much money you could save by equipping your vehicles with GPS tracking devices.

US Fleet Tracking Announces The AT-V4 | 4G LTE GPS Tracker

US Fleet Tracking rattled the GPS tracking industry several years ago when it introduced live GPS tracking as its standard. The company is shifting the industry again by rolling out its newest product, the AT-V4, which packs 4G LTE connectivity. This GPS tracker is the first of its kind in the U.S. market allowing for better coverage throughout the nation.

Prior to US Fleet Tracking, the GPS tracking industry offered clients tracking updates that were logged to a specific device, ping-based, or updated after several minutes. Jerry Hunter, US Fleet Tracking CEO and founder, knew there was a better way to access location data and developed the first live GPS tracking software. This allowed clients to gather accurate vehicle data. Clients instantly benefited from near-odometer mileage reporting, the ability to take immediate action when the vehicle reaches a user-determined speed or when the vehicle entered or exited a specific area.

The AT-V4 adds more capability to US Fleet Tracking’s wide spectrum of features that help companies seamlessly run day-to-day activities, increase profit margins and gain an edge over the competition.

Along with the 4G LTE connectivity, the AT-V4 is equipped with programmable inputs and outputs so the user can truly customize a GPS tracker that fits their specific needs and their specific vehicle. The device is also temperature sensor ready and driver ID badge-in compatible.

Learn more about the all new AT-V4 GPS tracker by visiting https://www.usfleettracking.com/atv4.

GPS Fleet Tracking Keeps Film Assets in the Picture

Making a major motion picture requires much more than just some film and a camera. Movie sets are like a cross between small cities and military operations, and they require an incredible amount of logistical organization to ensure the film is completed on time and within budget.

Film companies can improve their management of important assets like vehicles and trailers by using GPS equipment tracking devices. The film industry uses a lot of vehicles, whether it’s stunt cars for amazing scenes, vintage cars for historical accuracy, trucks for hauling equipment, buses for transporting extras, or golf carts or other vehicles for transporting cast and crew. These vehicles represent a big investment for the film company, and keeping up with them is vital to managing budgets and appeasing insurers.

GPS Tracking Helps the Film Industy

 

What Is GPS Tracking?

GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking has become a widely-used technology employed in a variety of devices, including our cell phones. GPS uses a satellite system that communicates with devices on earth to provide accurate time and geolocation information.

GPS was first developed by the U.S. military to provide accurate navigation systems. Today, anyone with a GPS receiver can make use of the system, although the U.S. military has selectively denied access in the past, such as in 1999, when it cut off access to the Indian military during the Kargil War. More than 30 satellites are part of the GPS program, and the first was launched in 1978.

What Is GPS Tracking

Ways GPS Tracking Can Help the Movie Industry

Automobiles play a big part in many movies and even a leading role in some. Consider the latest installment of the Fast & the Furious Series, Fast & the Furious 8: The Fate of the Furious. The movie, filmed in 2016 in Georgia, spent $1.6 million on transportation and truck rental and a little over $1 million on rental cars. The film spent $435,772 on gasoline.

Ways GPS Tracking Can Help the Movie Industry

Another great example is the early 2000s hit Gone in 60 Seconds, which featured 50 classic and high-end vehicles, including a rare Ford Mustang, “Eleanor,” that recently sold for $1 million at auction.

Other films require specialty vehicles to be made, such as Mad Max: Fury Road. The post-apocalyptic film developed many expensive custom-built vehicles, including a humongous 18-wheeler with two V8 engines and modified cabins. The cost of the vehicles helped contribute to the film’s $150 million budget.

Some movies spend millions on cars, just to destroy them, such as the James Bond film Spectre, which spent $37 million destroying seven Aston Martins, or the 1980 classic The Blues Brothers, which destroyed about 60 junked police cars.

Keeping track of these vehicles—even the ones doomed to destruction—helps film directors better manage budgets and ensure that resources are available when the film schedule demands it. Consider these benefits GPS equipment tracking can provide the film industry:

  • Preventing theft and loss – In a frenzied production environment where dozens of vehicles are being used in filming and to transport cast and crew, it’d be very easy for one or two of those vehicles to end up getting stolen. GPS tracking helps prevent losses associated with theft by allowing film producers and directors to track missing vehicles.
  • Tracking talent – Films run on a very tight schedule, so knowing where crews and stars are at all time can help directors and producers ensure everything happens on time. With GPS tracking, directors and producers will know where vehicles transporting key members of the production are, enabling more effective communication and better-informed scheduling.
  • Tracking trailers and large-scale equipment – Vehicles aren’t the only major capital investments used in films. Trailers and heavy equipment are also important to many productions. With GPS tracking devices, film producers and directors can keep track of these high dollar investments, deterring theft and misuse and preventing accidental loss.
  • Gathering data – By using information gathered from GPS devices regarding vehicle use, astute film directors and producers can find efficiencies they can apply to the film they’re currently shooting or future films. GPS asset tracking data has led to a revolution in efficiency in the transportation industry and can also help film companies make better use of their assets.
  • Making insurers happy – Insurance can be a big cost for films. Filmmakers can reassure insurers that their risk is minimized and, perhaps, convince them to offer lower premiums by installing GPS trackers in expensive vehicles and other equipment covered by their policy.
  • Reducing overall costs – By preventing theft and loss, keeping films on schedule, and lowering insurance premiums, film directors and producers can reduce costs, allowing them to spend more money on more mission-critical parts of a film or cutting the overall cost of making a film.
Source: https://financesonline.com/top-10-most-expensive-cars-from-iconic-films-and-tv-shows/
10 Most Expensive Vehicles from Movies & TV
Film Car Cost
Back to the Future DeLorean DMC-12 $541,000
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Car $805,000
Gone in 60 Seconds 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 $1 million
Spinout 1929 Duesenberg Model J $1.2 million
Le Mans Porsche 911S $1.37 million
Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 $4.6 million
Batman TV Series Batmobile $4.62 million
Redline 7000 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona $7.25 million
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 1961 Ferrari 250 GT $10.9 million
Le Mans 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf $11 million

GPS Tracking Can Reduce the Overall Cost of Production

A Pivotal Plot Device

GPS isn’t just a logistical superstar; it also plays a pivotal role in the plot of many movies. Consider these films that have featured GPS tracking as an important plot device:

  • GPS, The Movie – Yes, there’s really a film called GPS, The Movie. In the film, a group of friends joins a friendly GPS scavenger hunt, but the light-hearted hunt becomes more serious when they must use their GPS devices and tracking skills to locate an alleged kidnap victim.
  • The Dark Knight – In this second installment of Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Batman uses a technology developed by Wayne Industries to employ all cell phones in Gotham City as a tracking system to find the location where his arch-nemesis, the Joker, is holding hostages.
  • Enemy of the State – In this late 90s Will Smith action film, Smith plays attorney Robert Dean, who has been framed in an espionage plot involving a rogue intelligence agency. GPS tracking plays a huge role in the film, as Dean must constantly elude agents who have slipped tracking devices into his clothes and other items.
  • The Bourne Ultimatum – In this film, hero Jason Bourne uses a cell phone equipped with a GPS tracking system to track an assassin and prevent him from killing his target.

GPS Has Been Used as Part of Movie Plots

For film companies that want to employ GPS tracking equipment as something more than just a plot device, working with a qualified GPS company is a must. Filmmakers need a GPS tracking provider with a track record of success that can provide

US Fleet Tracking provides the film industry and a variety of other industries with a proven method of keeping tabs on some of their most expensive assets. With US Fleet Tracking’s GPS tracker devices, clients can track their assets live from smartphones, tablets, or other devices.

US Fleet Tracking uses the best car GPS trackers on the market, allowing clients to stay abreast of current traffic conditions where their vehicles are traveling, playback vehicle activity, check weather conditions in their assets’ area, and get alerts if assets leave designated geo-fenced areas.

US Fleet Tracking also provides clients with the tools needed to generate reports to help them determine if their assets are being used in the most efficient manner.

US Fleet Tracking Can Help Movie Production

With US Fleet Tracking’s logistical wizardry, producers and directors can reduce costs related to tracking big assets and improve efficiency, allowing them to spend more of their time and money making movie magic.

Get a first-hand look at the features of their GPS tracking service and see exactly how they can help.

Attention! Today’s The Last Day Of 2G GPS Tracking

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.

3 Conveniences Of GPS Tracking For Snow Removal Services

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.

Only 23 Days Before 2G GPS Tracking Network Shuts Down

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.

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

GPS Tracking For Environmental Solutions Companies

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.

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

Pulling Up GPS Tracking Reports: Part 2

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.

Pulling Up GPS Tracking Reports: Part 1

GPS tracking: The best choice for you

There are a multitude of helpful reports that GPS tracking has to offer in order to make a fleet work more effectively on a daily basis. The automation part is unbeatable as drivers travel throughout the day simply allowing the GPS tracking units to record data such as driver speeds, idling times, start times, stop times, and more.

While management can always opt to view everything happening in the field on any given day in real-time via the live streaming map, there may be a need to retrieve this helpful data later. When this information is needed it can be easily generated into a populated report. There are two different ways to go about doing this and today, we’re going to talk about viewing reports online.

Viewing GPS tracking reports online isn’t going to work best for everything. Making the choice to pull up reports online is the best choice for you if the information you’re trying to gather is less cumbersome. If you have a smaller fleet or one that wasn’t very active for the day then snagging data online won’t take very long to pull up.

The speed of your computer is also a factor to consider as to whether or not online viewing would be your optimal choice. For example, a report for one vehicle could easily be more than 20 pages long. If that one report goes beyond 30 pages it may take longer to pull up in the system. If you’re trying to generate data like this for every fleet vehicle on your team it may not fare well.

GPS tracking having both live features and stored data provides a double punch to productivity. Now that you know you can view simple reports online, you might be able to save yourself some time. If you’re a large fleet running enormous reports a lot of the time then you’ll want to stick around and learn about the second way to pull up reports.

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