GPS tracker: Autumn weather conditions
Weather experts have predicted that cool, showery weather is in store for the Northwest region of the United States this fall. Similarly, the Southeast is expected to experience wet weather. While estimation such as these can help better prepare fleet drivers for their trips across the nation, it’s never one hundred percent accurate. Mother Nature has a way of surprising all of us, but those stormy days don’t always mean the work can stop. When the show must go on, GPS tracker devices make it possible to veer into the rain more safely.
Many fleets already take advantage of the GPS tracker weather updates. The feature known as the Weather Overlay is advantageous as it adds an extra level of safety, efficiency, and productivity to the mix of your daily activities. With this feature, you can have access to 10-second updates. That means that any time a storm might get too crazy for drivers to continue on their path the weather feature will allow dispatchers, managers, and drivers to see that information instantly.
Drivers don’t have to be stuck out on the road when a random storm brews up. The pre-planned routes and schedules can be easily manipulated so that drivers can either maneuver around a storm or changed until the storm passes. Being able to offer this kind of safety to employees is awesome. After all, safety is one of the top priorities for a fleet company.
For no extra cost at all, you can have access to the Weather Overlay program as it’s just a built in feature with our live GPS tracker service! If you haven’t started using this technology yet, there is still time to reap the benefits of a GPS tracker system.
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GPS tracking: Full steam ahead!
Most people only think about trains when they feel as though they’re being inconvenienced by them as the railroad crossing gates come down. The truth is that the railroad is still a vital source of transporting goods across the United States. According to the US Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration, the rail industry is still considered an efficient way of moving heavy freight over long distances. Have you ever thought about how GPS tracking makes it possible for all of those goods society enjoys to arrive to their destinations safely?
You might think, why doesn’t the US take care of this? The fact is that freight railroads are private organizations and they’re responsible for their own maintenance and improvement projects. GPS tracking certainly would be considered an improvement! First of all, the software can help improve visibility of railcars. With real-time updates, the location of a moving train is easy to follow on the map. Geofence alerts also engage operators with updates like a train entering and exiting rail yards.
Not only are the trains important, but the cargo is precious, too. GPS tracking software can allow operators to maintain an ongoing list of inventory and organize the different types of goods into the appropriate cars. With GPS tracking the likelihood of lost items is dramatically decreased. Upon delivery, a time stamped invoice can be recorded into the system which can be immediately seen by remote users.
There’s a lot more that GPS tracking can help conductors optimize their jobs. For example, GPS tracking helps with things like protecting railcars with monitoring, locating them in real-time as they travel across country, and keeping cargo organized for proper delivery. With these benefits provided to the railcar industry, it’s full steam ahead for private companies to obtain a slice of the pie that makes the railcar industry consist of billions of dollars per year.
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GPS trackers: Allowing drivers to work efficiently
If your fleet vehicles aren’t equipped with GPS trackers then it’s possible that your customers are suffering from longer than average wait times for services to be completed. If your technicians are already in the field and another customer call comes in, how do you know which driver is the closest? Which person does it make the most sense for you to send? Does that particular driver even have the inventory in his vehicle to properly help the customer? With GPS trackers none of these questions would have to be asked.
Delaying repair jobs due to the unknown would be a thing of the past with GPS trackers. These handy devices offer you a resourceful approach to your daily work. If management needs to know where drivers are located in order to quickly dispatch the closest employee to a customer’s job site that’s not a problem thanks to live maps. Management and dispatchers can both see if a vehicle is parked at a customer’s address or if a vehicle is en route.
GPS trackers can do much more than help you keep an eye on your fleets in the field. In fact, data storage can be done within the system to help keep track of tools and other equipment in each vehicle. This way, if parts are needed to repair something for a customer, you don’t have to second guess as to whether a driver has the necessary inventory. Furthermore, a driver doesn’t have to make multiple trips to a customer’s location just to go pick up parts they didn’t have on hand.
The objective, for most fleet industries, is to be equipped with an operating system that will allow them to take charge and have drivers be able to work in a more efficient way. Luckily, GPS trackers can offer valuable features to aid businesses in achieving this goal. Will you be the next company to reap the benefits?
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GPS tracking: Two major helping points
Whether you’re a contracting company that builds houses or commercial properties, you still have a lot to oversee during construction projects. As you seek bids, solicit them and schedule all the subcontractors that are necessary to complete a project, you may wish there was something you could do to make your business even better. Using live GPS tracking just may be your answer! Here are 2 ways that contracting companies can reap benefits from using GPS tracking.
1.) Faster Work: GPS tracking alerts can be set up so that you will receive them via text and/or email which will help you manage your crew as they drive to a work site. The live GPS tracking system also functions in a way that makes getting down to work as quickly as possible. With these tools you can plan out routes, use Geofences to keep drivers on track and cut out company vehicle usage for personal affairs.
2.) Efficient Work: With 3G, live GPS tracking there is no better way to see the physical whereabouts of your equipment and vehicles. Having this technology at your fingertips gives you the control a manager should have; to efficiently manage your team. This removes the dilemma of having to second guess where people are and eliminates the annoying need to call everyone on the team just to locate one piece of equipment.
Whether your crew is a few or a few dozen, monitoring your vehicles and equipment is important if you expect to ever grow your contracting company. By using live GPS tracking devices you can get to work faster and be more efficient while doing it. The bonus is that by being able to manage your team better you will, inevitably, cut down on business expenses and increase your bottom line.
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GPS tracking: Reaching beyond
GPS tracking offers many helpful tools to make fleet businesses better. One, sometimes hidden, gem with GPS tracking is their ability to offer an easy way to see where a device has traveled at any point within the past 90 days. This feature, called Historical Playback, gives quite an in depth history in a few minutes, without having to run individual reports. Let’s dive in a bit deeper with one example of how Historical Playback could be beneficial to your fleet business.
Find Data For An Exact Date: Let’s say a circumstance arises which requires you to look up specific details about where a vehicle went throughout the day, but it was 65 days ago. That’s not a problem with GPS tracking Historical Playback. First, you simply click into the Historical Playback area of the control panel and choose the device in question using the drop down menu. Above that you can type in the exact day you need and, if necessary, get specific about the range of time. If you want, feel free to use the slider bar to scroll straight to the end of the day and see all routes taken by that vehicle for the whole day.
When we think about how GPS tracking technology changes the way businesses operate, and the benefits presented, the first thing that comes to mind is the ability to locate vehicles in real-time. While this is the main reason GPS tracking is adopted by many, there is so much more these devices can do and there isn’t an extra cost involved for using things like Historical Playback. Whether it be for tax purpose or a personnel issue, you just never know when older data will come in handy. With the Historical Playback feature, you’re able to reach beyond just the everyday obvious needs.
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GPS tracking: Providing real benefits
The New Year is already upon us and for fleet business owners the start of a new year is one of the best times to reflect on the performance of their company in the past year. There is always room for improvement and it only propels you closer to your goals when you take time to develop new goals and strategies for greater success in 2016. To give your business the advance it really needs, you may want to think about enforcing a new idea such as the usage of a technology solution like GPS tracking. If you’re wondering about the true benefits you can see, we have compiled a list of 4 ways to improve your business in 2016 using GPS tracking.
1. Quick Scheduling: The ability to automatically schedule jobs and dispatch drivers in a precise manner may be impossible without GPS tracking. Using a GPS tracking solution, dispatchers are able to assign and view jobs with a few quick clicks on one, easy to read screen.
Better Routing: Figuring out which routes would be the most efficient routes for your drivers can be challenging, especially with multiple drivers going to various locations. With GPS tracking it makes it easy to take all locations in a driver’s itinerary and put them in an order that creates the shortest route.
3. Driving Safer: Of course, speeding and aggressive driving isn’t ideal for any fleet business. GPS tracking helps prevent a tarnished reputation as it allows you to monitor driver behaviors such as speeding, harsh braking and more. There’s not a better way to rank drivers based on their performance and provoke driving safer.
4. Fuel Monitoring: Fuel is an extremely costly operating expense for any business with vehicles in the field. At least with GPS tracking, you can have the convenience of fuel-saving features. You can set up alerts that notify you when drivers are excessively idling in their vehicles. Alerts also help to keep track of driving behaviors that increase fuel usage and keep track of fuel usage percentages in an effort to decrease the amount of fuel being used.
We know GPS tracking and we know the benefits are real. If you’re ready to kick off your new year with GPS tracking, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re able to answer any questions you may have. On behalf of US Fleet Tracking, have a great 2016!
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GPS Tracking: Your digital Rolodex
After a crazy start to the adventure known as beginning your own fleet business you suddenly find yourself swamped with loads of customer information such as name, email, address, phone number, product or service details and fulfillment status. All of this information for one customer can be difficult to keep up with let alone hundreds of customers. Of course, if you can’t even keep track of customer data properly, then your business is stunted from growing. As a fleet business owner you and your drivers need an inventive way to keep track of it all that doesn’t require lugging around a binder of paperwork. Enter GPS tracking.
You might have heard of all the wonderful ways that GPS tracking has helped fleet business from decreasing laboring costs, minimizing vehicle repairs and even providing a more efficient payroll system, however; GPS tracking also has the ability to help you manage your customer data. Some busy days may require a technician driver to line up their work day with several stops. It can get to be cumbersome to carry around equipment while also having to keep track of a record sheet with customer data on it. It might be pretty hectic having to recall what the next customer on the list needs to have completed. GPS tracking, on the other hand, integrates with multiple industry software that allows the connection so that everyone in or outside the office can manage the customers account information.
Keep track of customer data and have a safe, easy way to export information when needed. The entries stored in the GPS tracking software can also be easily changed if needed. If you’re already implementing GPS tracking for the benefits of saving money and increasing productivity among employees, then you just found another awesomely wonderful way to make your business life much easier. If you’re a fleet business owner and you haven’t started using GPS tracking for any of the above mentioned reasons, what are you waiting for? Ditch the old Rolodex and start using GPS tracking as a digital Rolodex.
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GPS trackers: Making a big splash
Managing a pool cleaning company has it’s ups and downs for sure, but this is the perfect season for your maintenance guys to get out there. While your pool cleaners might be the hardest workers you know, wouldn’t you like to make all of your jobs a little easier? One of the most important aspects of any business is keeping an open line of communication. GPS trackers can help bridge the gap between managers, employees and customers. Here are a few ways that GPS trackers can benefit your swimming pool cleaning company.
1.) Job tracking: Our GPS trackers have a live map which displays exactly where your vehicles are parked or driving to at any given time. GPS trackers have the ability to provide you with time-stamped evidence of jobs completed from start time to end time. This really cuts down on discrepancies. This great for both the customer and you to have accurate reports.
2.) Inventory control: Keep track of pool cleaning chemicals that you have in stock by creating the digital list using GPS trackers. Also, know exactly where equipment is located. Being able to control inventory will cut down on expenses for replacing items that might have gotten lost.
3.) Vehicle maintenance: GPS trackers allow managers, like you, to set up automatic maintenance reminders on vehicles. So, when your employee is out cleaning a swimming pool, he doesn’t have to worry about the oil being changed. The reminders can be for oil changes, tire rotations, under the hood replacements and more. GPS trackers can also show reports on idling, harsh braking habits, speeding and other aggressive driving which can be used to decrease these actions and save money on repairs associated with them.
Your swimming pool cleaning company already has enough paperwork to keep track of which is why with GPS trackers paperless data has never been easier. There are many benefits to using GPS trackers that far outweigh the initial cost. They are simple to operate and provide you the information you need, when you need it, at your fingertips! GPS trackers have been making a big splash with all types of businesses, will yours be one of them?
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