GPS Tracker Units Bring Awareness To Pipeline Construction Crews

GPS tracker: Reports and historical playback

Being a company involved with energy services, whether it be oil and gas, wind energy, or electrical power requires many well functioning roles to be successful. From the crew members doing to the work to the physical parts being used, everything must be monitored closely and executed according to a well designed plan. Of course, management in the pipeline construction field who choose to utilize GPS tracker units have an advantage. Thanks to the automatic data recording capabilities that GPS tracker devices offer, they’re able to monitor ongoing activities on a daily basis to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch.

From the pre-construction phase all the way to the post construction phase of pipeline building, fleets can be monitored either live on the GPS tracker map during the entire process or historical playback can be pulled up. While live map viewing is always available, the historical playback feature is a significant help to management teams that are simply too busy to sit and monitor live activity on a daily basis. With the GPS tracker historical playback feature, a manager can see the locations of where their drivers went every few hours on any given day for up to 90 days back.

Other helpful aspects for pipeline construction crews are the other various GPS tracker reports for regulating safety procedures. Safety should be a top priority in this line of work and reports can help managers bring a new level of awareness to their crew members. For example, the excessive idling, aggressive driving, and speeding reports are three important safety related reports that first come to mind for keeping fleet drivers in check.

If you’re in the pipeline construction business with the goal of promoting the safest work environment while also wanting to keep projects moving along then GPS tracker units are something to consider. As an added bonus to maintaining a steady workflow and emphasizing safety, GPS tracker devices are a great investment as they do offer ROI quickly. To learn more about how you could receive a return on your investment, click here to use our ROI calculator.

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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!

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GPS Tracker Benefits For Restaurant Delivery Vehicles: Part 2

GPS tracker: Delivering more

The restaurant industry has changed rapidly over the years thanks to technology and a growing, hungry population. When it comes to food delivery, restaurants have several options they can choose from to obtain what the need to serve their customers. If they’ve chosen fleet delivery to cater to their market and you are part of the industry for restaurant delivery vehicles then you’ll need to be as ever-changing as the restaurant world. To keep up with the high demands delivery drivers could benefit from improving their own business. GPS tracker devices are one way to start and today, we’re going to talk a little more about that.

Improving Your Fleets

By utilizing GPS tracker historical playback data a fleet manager can easily review each vehicle’s route in real-time and see where routes can be improved. Additionally, while drivers are in the field the quickest routes can be generated to move drivers easily around traffic or other hazardous conditions. Statistics such as speeding, idling, stops, and starting times can all be reviewed via reports and alerts to maintain a healthy working environment.

Not only do real-time GPS tracker devices make it easy for food and beverage fleet managers to transport food safely and quickly, but the team can work better overall. Discovering where your drivers are losing time in the field is a huge benefit to leaping forward. Furthermore, improvement can be sought by saving your company some money on fuel expenses and vehicle maintenance with automated GPS tracker reminders.

It is suggested that restaurant businesses will have over 70% of food delivered from outside the restaurant by 2020. This means there will be more fleet delivery competition and it’ll be vital to be great at the job. Why not ride into the future with GPS tracker devices, making your business come out on top of this trend?

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6 Ways GPS Trackers Make Mileage Tracking Effortless: Part 2

GPS trackers: Easier fleet business operation

One of the most tedious tasks for fleet drivers is keeping track of mileage manually. Thankfully, with the progression of technology GPS trackers have provided many fleet businesses ways to operate more efficiently. Loose leaf paper is a thing of the past for those that opted for automatically recorded mileage records, instead. In part one of this series, we discussed a few ways in which GPS trackers make mileage tracking effortless. In part two, we’ll be discussing 3 more.

1.) Location Detection: With live maps, GPS trackers allow management to see the current location of every driver in the field. While the start/stop feature is working to record jobs started and ended, the real-time driving activities are being recorded for an accurate streamline of all mileage driven throughout the day. Knowing how and where drivers go is an easy way to see where you may be able to cut costs by cutting down on mileage.

2.) National Coverage: Being able to see all of your drivers, locally, on a live map is a great feature. Of course, GPS trackers that can track mileage from state-to-state is an amazing thing. If you have drivers that happen to go all over the nation, then you’ll want something that can give you appropriate coverage.

3.) Historical Playback: Perhaps, reports are your cup of tea, but you simply didn’t have the time to pull a record from a week ago. That’s ok! If you wanted to know when, where, and how long an employee drove on a particular day within the last 90 days, that’s not a problem. With GPS trackers, you can pull up past recorded data by indicating which vehicle’s device you’d like to know information about.

Obviously, GPS trackers offer multiple ways to make mileage tracking easier than ever. You can easily see your drivers, have national coverage, and review historical data in case you missed something. It’s a no-brainer way to save your company money in the long run, too!

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Using GPS Tracking To Motivate Employees

GPS tracking: Giving drivers recognition

A study conducted by an associate professor of accounting, Karen Sedatole, at Michigan State University concluded that employees are motivated more by rewards than by penalties. Having negative things said about their work is that last thing a decent employee wants to hear. So, hard working employees will put in more effort to avoid the penalty associated with rotten customer service. With that being said, the modern way of allowing fleet management to measure the success of their drivers lies within GPS tracking technology.

How is the etiquette of your drivers out there are on the road? The answer can be found in your GPS tracking system. You have the choice of viewing historical playback of recorded data or watching live GPS tracking maps to be provided with the ability to check up on driver behaviors right away. Alerts can also be set to be sent to managers in regards to driver speed, braking, and lane shifts. The live map shows all drivers in a fleet and every 10, 5, or 1 second updates can be provided.

Using the report system, managers can have proof of statistics when it comes time to do employee reviews. Having the information from the GPS tracking system allows management to highlight the areas where drivers excel and since most employees are said to be motivated by positive reviews, it’s likely to spur on a cycle of awesome productivity. Moreover, if drivers know that their managers are taking time to notice their hard work it’s likely that they’ll find greater value in the review process, in the first place.

It’s simple to understand how GPS trackers can give companies an entire overhaul in the way their business functions and how their fleet managers can utilize them to award some much deserved driver recognition.

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Benefits Of GPS Tracking With Historical Playback: Part 1

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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