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.

Pleasing Customers By Using GPS Tracking

GPS tracking: Satisfactory customer service

When fleet employees are on point with their daily work it’s wonderful, because it means your company is operating as efficiently as possible. Utilizing GPS tracking is one of the best ways possible for management to make sure that while their employees are doing their work to the best of their ability they’re also pleasing the customers! Providing satisfactory customer service isn’t just to keep customers coming back, but it’s also a good leaping point for employee recognition.

Taking the time to reward your hardworking employees for awesome customer service just fuels the fire of extra effort put forth by the appreciative employees. They’ll be more likely to keep providing that great customer service! GPS tracking devices recording data like driver statistics makes employee recognition a very simple task for management. With just a few clicks on a button reports can be generated to show proof of how fleet workers operated throughout the day.

Decreasing time to reach customers in need is a great way to keep customers happy, as well. Using Advanced Routing options in conjunction with the live maps that deliver 1, 5, or 10-second updates is the speedy way to deliver an accurate time of arrival to customers. Not only do the customers know when a driver will be there, but the entire team will have access to the map and know someone is already on the job. There is no need to waste time calling around!

Since it is vital to pay attention to daily office operations, manage fleets, and keep customers satisfied GPS tracking is the go-to solution. The greatest part is that GPS tracking is most certainly not industry exclusive as it can help any business keep their customers happy. Are you ready to get started?

To view our GPS tracking selection, please click here.

4 Reasons You Should Upgrade To 3G GPS Tracking: Part 2

GPS tracking: Bringing you into the next generation

When new technology comes out many people race to be the first in line. Why? People crave having the best of the best! Simply put, having the best technology is what our society has come to rely on. This is precisely why AT&T has decided to shut down their 2G networks in favor of opening up bandwidth for the better networks. As things keep “moving on up” we have to keep moving with them to keep from getting left behind. Thus, GPS tracking will soon be only operational using the 3G network. In part one we talked about 2 reasons you should consider upgrading to the new network. Today, we’re going to list 2 more compelling reasons for you to weigh on your mind.

1.) Better Connectivity And Coverage: Who likes waiting 5 to 10 minutes for an alert to come through that should have been there in 5 seconds? We surely don’t! Do you like loosing connection when you’re driving in the middle of nowhere? Of course you don’t. With the 3G GPS tracking network, the good thing is that when a client has you driving to a remote location you know your tracking is still going to work. Furthermore, those alerts will come through when they’re as they should.

2.) It’s An Enhanced Live System: If you’re still using 2G network you may have noticed an increase in connection problems and you won’t even get a signal to let you know that you’ve lost connection. How do you know where your drivers have been if the GPS tracking can’t function properly due to poor connection? It’s possible you just won’t have 2G coverage in many areas at this point. To avoid these complications, 3G network has more accurate mileage reporting and accurate in and out of service notices.

We know it’s still not going to be easy for everyone to understand why this change had to happen, thus; if you have more questions about the upgrade process feel free to call our support team!

If you would like to see our selection of GPS tracking devices, please click here.

4 Reasons You Should Upgrade To 3G GPS Tracking: Part 1

GPS tracking: Bringing you into the next generation

Like any other type of technology developers decided it was time to bring the world an even more robust technology than the one that previously existed. For this reason, all GPS tracking units purchased from our company will inevitably be bringing you into the next generation of technology. If you’re still hung up on your 2G network and you’re not certain whether upgrading to 3G GPS tracking is the correct decision for your company, let us shed a little light on 2 reasons why you should upgrade!

1.) The 2G Network Shutdown: Imagine being left in the dark when you’ve been used to staying in a lit room. Eventually, you’re going to miss seeing that light! The bottom line here is that after AT&T completely shuts down their 2G networks (on or before December 31st, 2016) users will no longer have a GPS tracking connection if they do not upgrade to 3G.

2.) Continuous Tracking Benefits: You may think of your GPS tracking devices as glorified maps and try to talk yourself into using a map application instead of taking the plunge to upgrade, but don’t forget about all of the other benefits GPS tracking brings you. For upgrading you’ll still be able to take advantage of these awesome conveniences like automatic oil change notifications, geofencing, and speed alerts.

When 2G network first came out over ten years ago it enabled various mobile devices to provide services that, at the time, seemed like the best thing since sliced bread. The next phase, 3G network, is like taking that tasty sliced bread you love so much, toasting the bread, and placing your favorite condiment on top. It just makes a good thing even better!

If you have more questions about the upgrade process feel free to call our support team!

If you would like to see our selection of GPS tracking devices, please click here.