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.

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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!

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How GPS Trackers Can Improve Your Fleet Operations

GPS trackers: An investment opportunity

Using GPS trackers to improve your fleet operations may seem like too easy of a solution, but until you truly know the benefits you can’t make a proper decision. What if we told you that increased safety, inventory control, and vehicle monitoring were all goals that could be easily met using these devices? Here are a few ways that GPS trackers make all of those things a possibility.

1.) Monitoring And Increasing Safety: If “pit” stops are happening more frequently than they should be, management will know right away. GPS trackers have a live, real-time updating map that allows management to see the exact location of all their workers in the field. This also helps maintain a good eye on the company vehicles. With certain alerts set-up (like geofences) an extra level of protection is put into place so that vehicles can be kept safe after-hours.

2.) Generate Helpful Reports: GPS trackers record data such as driver speed, braking, idling, and more. All of this information can be helpful in the goal to increase safety. The data collected can be generated into reports that can also be helpful for cutting down on other expenses which may have been paid out for multiple maintenance repairs and speeding tickets.

3.) Inventory Monitoring And Control: Keeping company assets safe is important if you’re in an industry that relies on delivering products or goods. GPS trackers make it possible for fleet managers in these areas to know exactly when inventory is collected, moved, and dropped off at location.

Whether you’ve been in business for years or you’re just starting out in the fleet world, learning new tricks to keep your business operating up to speed is always a plus. It’s an increasingly efficient world we live in where people are always trying to strive towards being better. Why wouldn’t you want your fleet business to improve, too? GPS trackers being implemented is an investment opportunity that offers a great return. Are you ready for it?

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Drivers Using GPS Tracking To Deliver Gifts: Part 2

GPS tracking: Helping at Christmas time

Oh what fun it is to drive in a… truck with GPS tracking!” Well, we know that’s not how the song really goes, but if you had gifts under the tree this year there just might be a chance that a delivery driver used GPS tracking to get one or more of those gifts there timely. GPS tracking is a wonderful technology that surely helped a lot of delivery drivers during this holiday season. They could have helped them navigate through bad weather and receive turn-by-turn directions from dispatching to get through the clearest, safest route.

There are few more ways we can imagine that delivery drivers made use of GPS tracking services. For example, maintenance reminders for the company vehicles. Christmas time is definitely not a good time for trucks to break down. With GPS tracking maintenance alerts, the managers are able to maintain the health of the trucks all through the year so that they are in tip-top shape for the biggest delivery time of the year. If a hiccup did occur for a reason outside of the driver’s control, the GPS tracking system would send alert back to management or dispatching so that help could be sent right away.

Another GPS tracking service that delivery drivers make good use of is geofencing. The option for geofence set-up is perfect for Christmas time in several ways. First, setting a perimeter around the lot where company trucks are parked at night adds security to the assets, ensuring that the gifts can continue to be delivered. If anyone should be foolish enough to steal a truck, the unsanctioned perimeter breach would set off an alert. GPS tracking would be responsible for giving delivery companies a substantial amount of time to take appropriate action.

GPS tracking geofences and vehicle maintenance reminders sure are life savers around Christmas time! We hope all the parents who purchased online gifts received everything in a timely manner. We also hope that all the delivery drivers made their rounds safely and are also able to enjoy time with their own families. Thanks to the technology of GPS tracking, delivery drivers act as Santa and are able to make lots of children happy.

On behalf of US Fleet Tracking, have a very Merry Christmas!

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The Secret To Better GPS Tracking For Fleets

GPS tracking: Fleet monitoring solutions

If you’re running a fleet business, chances are you are always searching for innovative ways to become a better fleet. One of the best ways to enhance your daily operations is through the utilization of GPS tracking. Just using the system alone is fantastic, but knowing the best ways to use it is even better. Today, we’re going to talk about the secret to better GPS tracking for fleets that way you can go forth and work on being better than you were yesterday!

The not so secret part is that we’ve actually talked about this feature plenty of times in the past. The fun part is that if you’re new to GPS tracking, it may still be a secret to you. Fleet monitoring solutions just become easier with geofences! That’s right, geofences are the secret to having a better fleet. Here’s why.

With the GPS tracking feature called geofencing, it makes it possible for you to set up locations like customer addresses or job sites and see the exact location pop up on a live map. Using the GPS tracking system, creating a perimeter around a geographic area is simple! This capability becomes useful when you are trying to keep track of unauthorized vehicle usage, when you want to know that drivers are on the clock and to see when your drivers are starting or stopping a job.

Best of all, if you’re vehicles are parked overnight, you won’t need to worry about knowing if they are safe. The geofence alert set-up will send you notifications if a vehicle moves from that location. How better to make certain that your assets are not being stolen? GPS tracking with geofencing is a smart, simple solution to monitoring fleet vehicles. Ready to unlock the secret to having a better fleet?

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4 GPS Tracker Geofence Uses For Fleet Businesses: Part 2

GPS tracker: Helpful for business operations

Many fleet businesses have already started using GPS tracker features such as geofencing for ultimate asset protection and equipment recovery. In part one of this series, we talked about how GPS tracker geofences can be used in those two ways, but those aren’t the only benefits of this wonderful feature. Other areas of your fleet business can take advantage of GPS tracker geofences, too. Here are another two out of four GPS tracker geofence uses for fleet businesses.

1.) Time: The word “time” is small, but it has great merit on your business. When you set a GPS tracker geofence for your job site, you will automatically know when employees are on the job site. This allows managers to monitor arrival, ongoing work and departure times. With geofence monitoring there is less likelihood of time delays and makes time sheets more accurate.

2.) Billing: With vehicle alerts, GPS tracker geofences makes customer billing easier. Who doesn’t want that? You can diminish customer disputes with geofence alerts. The alerts make it simple for managers to log time spent on and off the jobs. The data can then be used for printing off precise invoices for customers.

In their most basic sense, geofences are virtual perimeters on a map. Essentially, geofencing capability will provide fleets with alarms as well as other fleet management features when perimeters are crossed. These features will allow you to reduce liabilities, improve management and identify expected route deviations. Either creating a rectangular or polygonal shape of the area you want the geofence to monitor, you can see clearly if or when a vehicle being tracked moves into or out of that area. You can do a lot within your business by using just this one feature. Are you ready to get GPS tracker devices of your own?

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4 GPS Tracker Geofence Uses For Fleet Businesses: Part 1

GPS tracker: Helpful for business operations

It’s no secret to many fleet owners that geofencing is quite the handy GPS tracker feature to have when it comes to keeping a watchful eye out on company vehicles. The GPS tracker system provides fleets with this popular feature which can be used in many areas of your business. Most managers recognize geofences as a way to mark off designated areas on a map, but this technology can be utilized more than one way. Here are two out of four GPS tracker geofence uses for fleet businesses.

1.) Protection: Securing company assets is important since they are worth a big chunk of your investment. Company vehicles being used without permission or during non-operating hours can result in increased insurance premiums due to liability issues. It can also produce expensive downtime and, in some cases, damaged property. GPS tracker geofences help you protect your assets by keeping you notified with alerts.

2.) Recovery: Construction companies know all too well the struggle of equipment theft. Many fleet vehicles are also being stolen for the parts inside. Should your company vehicles get moved outside the assigned geofence, a theft alert can be activated. In this way the GPS tracker geofence makes recovering stolen equipment quick and easy.

Sometimes you need proof a vehicle or company asset you’re tracking doesn’t leave, or enter, a specified area. Setting up virtual geofences with live GPS tracker maps empowers you to set alerts pinpointing the area in question. It’s simple to setup alerts that text and/or email any time of day or only during certain times when a vehicle enters and/or exits your geofence. If you’d like to know two more ways to use GPS tracker geofences for your business, stay tuned for part two of this series.

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The Use Of GPS Tracking Geofences For Better Service

GPS tracking: Speeding up customer service

With 3G connectivity GPS tracking makes it easy for fleet managers to see all the dots, representing your crew, on a live map. With that being said, if you have a large fleet it may get a little busy at times and become too time consuming to focus on everyone at the same time. With practice it could be done, but on those work days that chaos just seems to ensue, you can utilize the awesome GPS tracking feature known as geofencing to help you navigate through the day a little smoother.

Geofencing is a way to set virtual boundaries within the places your fleets travel. Being able to do this will help tremendously as it allows management to be in command of a group of vehicles within a region which will keep travel time down. Sometimes you need proof that a vehicle or company asset you’re tracking doesn’t leave, or enter, a specified area. The designated geofence can be any shape of perimeter that you desire; circle, square, triangle, etc. Furthermore, setting up virtual geofences with live GPS tracking authorizes you to set alerts pinpointing the area in question, and showing when a vehicle crosses into or out of any designated area, large or small.

What even more convenient is that the alerts can be sent to you any time of day by your choosing or only when a vehicle enters and/or exits your set geofence. This is a clever way to keep track of vehicles, especially ones that should not leave a lot for any reason during the night. When using GPS tracking with geofencing, by default, your drivers will be more organized, thereby; reducing time spent traveling between customer locations and speeding up customer service! GPS tracking has certainly raised the bar for customer satisfaction. Will you be reaching that bar any time soon?

Obtain Affordable Insurance Rates With GPS Trackers

GPS trackers: Saving money on your insurance

With any fleet business the main focus is keeping the bottom line from sinking. In order to accomplish your business goals you have to keep profits high and cut back on expenses. While some expenses are unnecessary, others are involuntary, but that doesn’t mean they have to be ridiculously high. Auto insurance for fleet vehicles is a must-have, but with GPS trackers fleet managers can obtain affordable insurance rates. Here are the top two ways insurance rates can differ based on the utilization of GPS trackers.

1.) Recover stolen assets: GPS trackers provide users with the ability to set geofences or boundaries where vehicles are allowed or not allowed to travel. This will send automatic alerts to management via text if vehicles or other company assets should be taken from their location. With live map tracking, it will make it easier to recover stolen assets by immediately being able to inform police of the asset’s location. Having a safety precaution in place will decrease the need to file insurance claims and that makes you a lower risk client for insurance agents.

2.) Improve driving stats: GPS trackers keep data such as braking, speeding and other driving habits. Being able to pinpoint the details of driving behaviors allows for accurate reports to be generated by the GPS trackers. This information will provide insurance agents with proof they need to determine your drivers are safe. Improving driver behavior ties into lower insurance rates.

With a live access GPS tracker map you can pinpoint where fleets are at and receive alerts about unauthorized vehicle movement. Also, by auditing drivers on a daily basis, you can maintain evidence that your drivers really are the safest drivers out on the road. GPS trackers are a one-way ticket to obtaining auto insurance discounts. Saving money on insurance is easier while protecting your assets and your drivers.

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GPS Tracking Means Tracking Mileage The Easy Way

GPS tracking: Getting a grip on effective routing

As a fleet business, the main focus at hand is to complete jobs, but there is an aspect to traveling fleets that is most obvious, but not always thought about and that is mileage. If you have your business vehicles out on the road regularly there is most likely a lot of distance they travel between jobs. As GPS tracking technology improves there are more opportunities for fleet managers to streamline their business routines making daily activities run more smoothly and help employees to work more efficiently. Many managers have decided that tracking mileage is important so they stick to the old fashioned clip board and paper sheets, not realizing that GPS tracking could make this task much less strenuous.

If you’re one of these fleet businesses still using old methods of mileage tracking then you will agree that it takes quite a bit of time and energy to gather and process every record sheet from every vehicle. This effort is a time constraint and makes for a very inefficient work day. If your business isn’t tracking mileage at all, that’s even worse. You may ask “why is tracking mileage important?” The answer is that every mile logged in a fleet business vehicle goes against the bottom line in the form of fuel expenses and eventual maintenance costs. With old methods or no tracking at all you have no way of knowing whether your vehicles are being used for personal use. Managers have to know which problems exist before they can make adjustments to lower fuel and maintenance expenses. This is where GPS tracking comes into play.

GPS tracking software offers automated reporting options, eliminating the need for manual logging. GPS tracking devices give managers the opportunity to see a live map which displays all business vehicles in use. With the use of live GPS tracking devices you’ll be able to receive alerts in regard to harsh driving patterns, which increases fuel usage. Knowing who is wasting fuel will help you hone in on the problem and correct it. GPS tracking also makes it possible for dispatchers to plan out the most effective, short routes to decrease mileage driven which will also save on fuel costs. In addition, with GPS tracking, geofences or designated locations can be pre-set so that if a vehicle is not where it should be, managers will receive an alert. This keeps employees accountable, but also allows for after hours tracking to prevent theft of business vehicles.

GPS tracking is a perfect way to take control of costs associated with high mileage. Having GPS tracking is also an additional level of security for your business vehicles. If you want to know more about GPS tracking, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 405.726.9900!

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