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.
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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.
GPS tracker: Searching capabilities
A lot of people have grown accustomed to having digital maps of some sort, but an online map app isn’t the same as having a real GPS tracker. Many of the navigation units are misinterpreted as being the real deal. When you’re lost, in need of gasoline during an overnight shift, or just need directions right away does your GPS tracker find what you’re looking for? Using a real-time device like one of ours will wield you all kinds of searching capabilities.
Management finding their employees in the field, or employees finding places they need to get to while driving around are both very simple tasks with the GPS tracker search feature. In fact, it takes only a matter of minutes for the system to populate the results of a search. For instance, imagine that a manager needs to see where a certain device or truck is located at a specific time.
The first step for the manager to take would be to click on the lower left part of the GPS tracker device screen and open the search box. From there, the manager would simply have to type in the name of the vehicle in question and an icon would immediately pop up to show where the vehicle was at, live right there in that moment. Pretty simple, right?
Now, what if a driver needs to find a gas station and it’s a late night drive in a secluded area. Sometimes, gas stations aren’t open in remote destinations, but with the simple phrase “gas stations” typed into the search box a list of nearby stores will pop up showing a color code of green if they’re open and red if they’re closed. Think of the time that could be saved by avoiding having to keep driving aimlessly wondering when the next station will be nearby.
The search feature may be one of the easiest GPS tracker features to utilize for time optimization and it’s worth learning to make use of it. To get in touch about getting set up with your own GPS tracker units, feel free to give us a call!
To see our selection of GPS tracker devices, please click here.
GPS tracking: Savings you can’t ignore
As with any business, fleet companies not only have to be good at what they do, but they need to make sure they’re not financially sinking. Finding ways to promote a productive and profitable business should be in the forefront. Did you know that GPS tracking can provide return on investment within the first month of installation and usage? If you’ve been seeking something to make your work life easier and get something back for the money you put forth to make that happen, then look no further!
Here are 3 ways that GPS tracking can help you gain ROI:
- Scale back on labor expenses
- Cut down on mileage
- Boost overall revenue
To scale back on labor expenses management can use GPS tracking to monitor employee work schedules. The start/stop timestamp at job-sites eliminate the need to guess whether a timesheet is accurate. Additionally, vehicle monitoring prevents employees from using company vehicles for side jobs on your company’s dime.
Saving money isn’t just about keeping labor expenses in check as there are more aspects to a fleet company. Cutting down on mileage is another great way to save costs. GPS tracking allows management to see the recorded data showing exactly how many miles were driven in a day. They can also watch in real-time as drivers maneuver in the field. Both of these capabilities make it possible to see how routes can be improved.
Boosting revenue starts with saving money, first. By eliminating overtime hours or falsified work times, your fleet business won’t be shelling out more money than necessary. Likewise, fewer driven miles reduces the costs associated with fuel, oil changes, tires and repairs.
For return on investment opportunities it’s easy to see how reducing labor expenses, mileage, and increasing revenue would be beneficial. For savings you can’t ignore, your fleet should truly consider GPS tracking!
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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?
To view our selection of GPS tracker devices, please click here.
GPS tracking: Keeping spring break safe
Road trips during spring break (or any time) are a fun way to get away, but nothing can diminish that excitement faster than complications. There is more than one way your road trip could be ruined, but in all of the scenarios presented here, GPS tracking could have helped to avoid these blunders. Let’s take a closer look at these road trip complications.
Road Trip Scenario #1: A couple wants to go on a skiing adventure for their spring break, but they get lost in the mountains, then they get stranded and their cell phones don’t have reception. What’s the couple to do? The only thing they can do is wait, hopefully, for a kind passerby, right? Wrong! GPS tracking would be perfect in this road trip complication as it would provide a real-time, live street map to prevent the couple from getting lost in the first place.
Road Trip Scenario #2: This driver is going through several states to get his group of friends to their spring break destination. Along the way, a tornado forms and the road trip is severely delayed on account of taking shelter and waiting for the storm to pass. Once again, GPS tracking would have prevented this road trip complication due to the Weather Overlay feature. It would have provided the driver with information about current and upcoming weather patterns, therefore; providing the opportunity for the driver to choose a safer route.
Road Trip Scenario #3: A woman wants to take a little trip for spring break and remembers the oil change, but forgets about anything else and it’s been about 4,000 miles since any tire maintenance was completed. After driving hundreds of miles away, the front, right tire blows. It turns out that the tire had uneven tread due to being imbalanced. GPS tracking maintenance reminders would saved this driver from ever leaving home without notice of the proper maintenance required. The GPS tracking system could have alerted the driver that tire rotations and balancing was needed.
Truthfully, GPS tracking is amazing technology that allow many different types of people to benefit from their usage. Don’t get stuck out there during your next road trip without it!
To view our selection of GPS tracking devices, please click here.
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: All about the savings
Being a fleet business owner brings many responsibilities and requires completing tasks that will keep the business thriving and growing. GPS tracking has been proven by many fleet business owners to bring a true return on investment. In part one of this series, we explained a bit about how GPS tracking can help you see ROI in two different, important areas of your business. By using GPS tracking features fleet businesses can reduce labor expenses and increase revenue. In part two of this series, we’re going to discuss how you can see ROI with GPS tracking by stopping inventory theft and reducing wasted miles.
1.) Preventing Side Jobs: According to the National Labor Bureau, approximately 5.7% of workers engage in moonlighting or side jobs. This costs your business in lost income, more vehicle maintenance and extra fuel. GPS tracking is a wonderful solution to preventing fleet vehicles from being used on employee side jobs. With geofence alerts managers would know exactly where all vehicles are, at all hours of the day.
2.) Reducing Wasted Miles: The monitoring capabilities of the live map makes GPS tracking unbeatable. Not only can managers see their trucks in real-time, but the GPS tracking devices will record miles drive and which routes were taken. With the advanced routing option that GPS tracking has to offer dispatchers can choose shorter paths which can be programmed to prevent a continuation of wasting miles. Fewer nonproductive miles reduces the costs associated with fuel, oil changes, tires and repairs.
Improved management resulting from the use of GPS tracking aids in preventing income theft and dramatically reduces mileage. As mentioned in part one, GPS tracking is also useful reducing labor costs and increasing profits. When you have instant access to the whereabouts of your vehicles and staff at all times you can better monitor your business assets and start seeing a ROI right away. You could save hundreds of dollars in all areas mentioned just by using GPS tracking.
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GPS trackers: Fleet management made easy
As technology has progressed many fleet businesses have found more efficient ways to stay afloat. Using GPS trackers fleet management has been able to scrap the use of loose leaf paper sheets for tracking important data such as vehicle mileage. In part one of this series we talked about how GPS trackers are easy on drivers as they automatically record the mileage as they drive. We also mentioned how easy it is to generate accurate reports via the GPS trackers’ software. GPS trackers have the ability to make mileage tracking a better experience. In part two of this series we’re going to tell you two more reasons to use GPS trackers for mileage tracking.
1.) Seeing your drivers: With the capability of live maps, GPS trackers allow fleet managers to see the location of every vehicle in their fleet. It even shows when they start and stop so there is no confusion about which drivers are parked at a customer’s location. You can see real-time driving routes, use the advanced route planner and dispatchers can help drivers avoid heavy traffic or construction zones. Seeing how and where drivers go is an easy way to see where you may be able to cut down on mileage!
2.) Save business money: Being able to use the GPS trackers will allow you to keep records of repairs, routine maintenance, fuel usage and more for your fleet. Having this knowledge can save your business money by being able to eradicate potential problems and have automatic monitoring of needed repairs. This, too, may help fleet managers to determine if routes need to be altered to cut down on mileage driven.
GPS trackers really are a great way to track mileage. As you can see, if you are able to track you mileage using GPS trackers you can save money, see your drivers on the road, make it easy on drivers and generate reports for accurate record keeping. All this ease comes to your fingertips with GPS trackers. By using this method you have a hands-free device which makes driving safer and prevents accidents. If you start using GPS trackers you could save your fleet business the trouble of manually tracking mileage.
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