Towing companies and how they use our GPS Tracker

For a towing company, the importance of promptness can hardly be overestimated.  To be successful, it is essential to have drivers when and where they are needed.  When you are managing the locations of your trucks well, you can respond in the most efficient manner to a customer’s needs.  This means you can work more jobs and earn more money.  US Fleet Tracking’s live GPS system can make your towing business run better.

Your customers need you when they are in emergency situations.  When you use our GPS Tracker for the towing industry, you can improve your response time by quickly finding the quickest path from your driver to your customer.  Better routing also leads to fuel savings.  With live GPS tracking, you can serve more customers, operate more efficiently and communicate more effectively with your drivers.

What’s Going On?

In the towing business, it is always difficult to supervise your drivers when they are out on the road.  With our fleet tracking alerts, you can know that your drivers are doing the right thing, or the wrong thing.  You will instantly know when one of your drivers exceeds the speed limit or leaves his or her designated area.  This extra monitoring will probably not make your drivers feel micromanaged; in fact, they will likely feel empowered, knowing that their good job performance can be monitored and recorded.  Better job performance benefits everyone.

Efficiency Rules

When a customer call comes in, do you know which one of your vehicles is best positioned to respond?  With our fleet tracking service, you will know.  Our Dispatch and Routing systems give you the monitoring and communication tools to more efficiently assign drivers to customers.  Your drivers will be routed to the customers who are closest to them, and will even have the fastest route sent directly to them.

Make Safety Happen

None of your assets are more important than your employees; US Fleet Tracking’s live GPS tracking is designed to keep your drivers informed and safe at all times.  When the weather is bad, towing services are more important than ever; our web-based tracking system is integrated with the National Weather Service, so you can get up-to-the-minute information about driving conditions.  When combined with our real-time traffic monitoring system, you can spot trouble areas and have your trucks ready to respond.  Traffic monitoring also allows your dispatchers to reroute your trucks to avoid traffic slowdowns.  Avoiding slow traffic can easily save many hours per day, meaning that you can serve even more customers.

At US Fleet Tracking, we specialize in finding ways to make GPS tracking work for you.  Our GPS Tracker for the towing industry gives you better routing, better response times and better communication.  The best part is that all of these advantages and more only cost you about $1 dollar per day.  This means that our service will pay for itself many times over, every single month.  Call us today at 405-726-9900 or send an email to find out what we can do for you and schedule a live demonstration.

Key Map Functions for GPS Tracking

Once you have logged in, and the system has loaded, the map view will center the location of your vehicles.  Zoom is set automatically to show all of your vehicles, no matter how close together or far apart they are.  This feature instantly gives you a broad overview of your assets, right from the start.

Moving the Map

Click and drag directly on the map to choose which part of the map you want to see.  Double-clicking on the map zooms in on the current position of the cursor.  If your mouse is equipped with a scroll wheel, roll it up or down to zoom in or out.

Current Device Data Window

Place your mouse cursor over any vehicle or asset, and click to open the Device Options Window.  From this dialogue, you can change the vehicle icon, change the name or color of the vehicle’s flag, retrieve the vehicle’s current location or set the map to follow the vehicle as it moves.
At the top of the window, the Device ID field displays the serial number of your tracking device; this number cannot be changed.  Click in the Flag Text field to rename your vehicle.  To change the color of the flag or the text, click the Color button on the right and choose from the palette that appears.  The six characters in the Flag Color and Text Color fields represent the chosen color in a hexadecimal code.
You can also choose the icon that represents your device on the live tracking map.  There are many different icons to choose from; you may select an icon by clicking on it.  Once you are satisfied with your Flag Color, Text Color and Icon choices, click the save button to exit.

Follow Vehicle / Stop Following Button

When you click the “Follow Vehicle” button, the currently selected vehicle will stay in the center of the live tracking map as it updates.  To disable this feature, click on the selected vehicle again, and then select the “Stop Following” button.

Show Address Button

When you click the “Show Address” button, the system will search for and display the known address closest to the current location of the selected vehicle.  This address will be displayed in the Device Options window.

Phone Driver Button

Click the “Phone Driver” button to bring up a Skype window where you can place a call to the driver’s cell phone, if there is a number associated with the currently selected vehicle.  Alternatively, you may enter a cell phone number in the number field.  You must have the Skype application installed on your computer and have Skype credit available to place a call.

Message to Driver’s Cell Button

Click this button to open the “Message to Driver” window.  From this window, you can enter a brief message to send to the driver.  Enter the driver’s cell number and select his or her cellular carrier from the drop-down menu.  Standard messaging rates may apply.  For safety purposes, you should never read or send text messages while driving.

Additional Options

With the proper hardware installed, you can perform many more actions:
•    Lock/Unlock Doors
•    Honk the Horn
•    Disable/Enable Starter
•    Remote Start
•    Message to NAV Device
•    Dispatch NAV Device

Contact your service representative for more information about these options.

Keep up with the whole crew using our Dispatch and Directions feature for Fleet Tracking

The Dispatch and Directions tab allows you to create routes for your drivers.  You can create complete routes or just a list of stops.  The options in the software let you simply enter a list of stops and let the computer plan the route for you, or you can set the exact route you want your delivery drivers to follow.  You can have as much or as little control as you need with the US Fleet Tracking Dispatch and Directions for Fleet Tracking feature.

Route Planner

Use the route planner to plan a specific route by placing the start and end points, with stops in between.  You can choose to automatically optimize the route for the shortest distance or fastest time, or choose no optimization to visit point, in the order you entered them.  You can enter the desired addresses or use latitude and longitude coordinates to choose specific locations.  Choose your desired options, and then click the “Calculate Route” button; the software will draw your route on the map and also produce a printable sheet of turn-by-turn directions.  You can keep this information on the screen, or print out the directions for your driver.  When you are finished viewing the route on your map, click the “Clear Route” button to erase the current route.

Advanced Route Planner

The Advanced Route Planner allows you to set predetermined routes simply by drawing them directly on the map.  In this mode, you must designate exactly where the route goes; there are no options for optimization.  You can also set route alerts to let you know automatically if a vehicle deviates from its designated route.  You can set the route width to anything from 150 feet to 1 mile and select the route display color.  Once you have chosen your desired options, click the Start button to begin route planning.
Start by entering a route name, then start planning your route.  Right-click anywhere on the map to place points, or enter latitude and longitude coordinates directly.  You will need to click at every turn or to follow the road when it veers.  To edit the existing route, simply left click and drag to move the points, or click the “Remove Selected Point” button to delete a selected point.  Click “Clear Route” to delete all points; you will be asked to confirm this choice, so you will not delete anything by mistake.  When you are satisfied with your route, click the Save button.
You can select existing routes to edit them at any time.  If you want to delete an existing route, click the Delete button.  It is easy to view any or all of your maps at the same time to make your strategic route planning simple.  All you have to do is check or uncheck boxes to display or remove routes from your map view.
Planning routes and being certain that your trucks are following those routes is an essential function of any fleet tracking software package.  With US Fleet Tracking Dispatch and Directions for Fleet Tracking, this process is easy, quick and simple.

What is the best GPS Tracker for companies in the waste and recycling industry?

Environmental issues such as pollution and global climate change have been in the news for years now.  With all the media attention on the idea of going green, the waste recycling business is booming.  Unfortunately, even in the best of times, waste recycling is a low margin business.  Most recyclers operate by sending trucks to pick up recyclable materials from customers.  Not only are these specialized trucks very expensive; they are, somewhat ironically, not very fuel-efficient.  With a large vehicle running a route, every moment counts.  That is why GPS-based tracking and routing systems are so beneficial.  When you have better routing, you can make the most of every minute that your truck is running; this higher efficiency saves you time and money.  GPS tracking can also be useful for loss prevention.  A fleet tracking system lets you know where your vehicles are and what they are doing at all times.

About GPS

The GPS, or Global Positioning Service, depends on a network of satellites that communicate with a handheld or vehicle mounted receiver; by comparing its relative distance from three or more satellites, a GPS receiver can determine its position anywhere on earth.  The 31 GPS satellites currently in orbit and healthy were launched by the US Federal Government between 1990 and 2010.  The system was developed and put into practice at an enormous cost to American taxpayers.  According to Time Magazine the GPS system was installed at a price of more than $12 billion; the annual cost of operation is approximately $750 million, almost $2 million per day.  If you are a taxpayer, you are already footing the bill for the GPS system.  If you could realize a return on this investment, you owe it to yourself to do so.

The Best Trackers
The best GPS Tracker for the waste and recycling industry must have a few characteristics.

  • Accurate – If a GPS tracker is not accurate, it is useless.  It must work in all locations and weather conditions.
  • Robust – A GPS tracker installed on a commercial vehicle must be tough and reliable enough to depend on, day in and day out.
  • Discrete – In order to be useful for loss prevention, a GPS tracker must be small and easily concealable.  If a would-be thief spots your tracker, they will simply remove it and render your fleet tracking system useless.
  • Inexpensive – A GPS tracker must be inexpensive, or it will be too valuable to risk losing.

Great hardware is necessary, but a complete GPS system must have great software backing it up.  When you use a GPS Tracker for the waste and recycling industry as part of a fleet tracking system, you also need a great service team standing behind the system.  At US Fleet Tracking, we specialize in GPS tracking for any application you can imagine.  Our motto is “Anything that moves… anywhere”; and we have the hardware and skills to live up to that promise.  Contact us today at 405-726-9900 or send us an e-mail.  We will help you find just the hardware and software combination that you need, and arrange a live demo.  Our customer support specialists are ready to help you.