3 Reasons Fleets Appreciate GPS Trackers

GPS trackers: Great for managers & employees

Many fleet business owners have reservations about introducing something new to the crew. This is often the feeling towards GPS trackers, but the majority of company owners come to realize that they’re implementation was well worth the investment and they only wish they would have done it sooner. It’s difficult for someone without firsthand knowledge of GPS trackers to understand just how they will affect their business. For this reason, we’re going to spend a little time talking about 3 reasons fleets appreciate GPS trackers.

Employees Actually Like Using Them

Despite the common fear that employees will be upset by GPS trackers being installed to monitor their driving statics, doing so actually works in their favor. It’s beneficial for time tracking without illegible or lost paper time cards or payroll sheets. Additionally, features like the planned routing, alerts, and reports bring a new level of ease and security to the job.

They Can Save The Company Money

Yes, there is an upfront cost for investing in new units, but once those are paid for the return on investment opportunities can be quickly identified. Fleet companies report savings on fuel expenses, vehicle maintenance, labor costs, and lower insurance rates. Furthermore, many users actually notice an increase in revenue.

They Are Simple To Utilize

The installation process isn’t too time consuming or difficult to accomplish. Professional installation can have you up and running in one day. Utilization on a daily basis is very simple, as well. With ongoing training and technical support available to help there isn’t anything you won’t be able to master in a short time frame.

Perhaps, after learning about just these 3 ways that GPS trackers are great for both managers and employees your company will be the next one to come on board!

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Only 67 Days Before 2G GPS Tracking Network Shuts Down

GPS tracking: 2G shutdown in 2 months, 6 days

The days are ticking by as the countdown brings us closer to the final days of the 2G GPS tracking network. In fact, as of right now there are only 67 days left before AT&T completely shuts down all of their 2G networks. It has been stated that they may decide to shut down some networks prior to the final countdown date of December 31, 2016. For example it’s possible that fleets using the 1900 MHz and 850 MHz service may be shut down early. This is just a fair warning to all of our US Fleet Tracking customers to get your upgrades sooner rather than later.

We certainly don’t want anyone feeling left “in the dark” or having to revert back to the ways before GPS tracking. AT&T explains that the newer, 3G advanced networks allow for GPS tracking to offer great features like real-time streaming and driver dash cameras for fleet trucks. These enhancements would not be possible on the 2G network. In case you’re not certain whether migrating to a faster, higher-capacity network is efficient, here’s some information for you to weigh.

The network created for 2G technologies allocates a special code to each user so as to communicate over a multiplex physical channel. The transmission of data isn’t always secure when weather conditions or other disturbances interrupt the signals. The 3G network can support 5 major radio technologies making it more comfortable to work with. Not only are downloading speeds faster, but with 3G GPS tracking users have quicker access to instant data.

We truly believe that the speed differences alone are worth the difference it can make for your fleet business. For example, with older devices it’s possible that Geofence alerts wouldn’t have made it to you in a quick fashion due to the failing 2G network. With the 3G network, security is increased as it takes mere seconds to transfer the alert data through the system.

If you have questions about upgrading please feel free to contact US Fleet Tracking. More information about the countdown can be found here.

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Maintain Effective Routing With GPS Tracking

GPS tracking: Easy mileage tracking

By now you have probably heard about all the wonderful way that GPS tracking has helped other fleet businesses. Are you wondering if tracking mileage really is as simple as it seems with GPS tracking? The short answer is, yes! For more of an explanatory answer, stick around for a few more minutes to read through this article. What makes GPS tracking so helpful in regards to monitoring mileage is that the software offers automated reporting options, eliminating the need for manual logging.

The way this works is that with tracking software you get a live map using a 3G network to receive the quickest updates possible. If you have your business vehicles out on the road regularly there is most likely a lot of distance they travel between jobs. The tracking system will automatically record all the data while your employees are driving. This information will be stored for up to 90 days, including how many miles were driven.

Many managers have already decided that tracking mileage is important, but they may still be using old fashioned methods. If you aren’t monitoring your mileage at all, then you should understand that tracking mileage is vital for saving on fuel costs. Luckily, GPS tracking makes it possible for dispatchers to plan out the most effective, shortest routes in order to help fleets decrease mileage and save on fuel costs.

As GPS tracking technology improves there are more opportunities for fleet managers to organize their business routines more efficiently to make daily activities run more smoothly and help employees to work more productively. 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. Get ready to maintain effective routing with GPS tracking!

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How GPS Tracking Helps Protect Delivery Goods

GPS tracking: Your inventory control

Negative margins result from business that do not make a profit or break even. Many activities can be the cause of this net loss and theft of merchandise is among these reasons. Having an inventory to keep up with can be a monstrous task and having a GPS tracking system is an investment that can help your business be protected against theft of those precious goods. Here’s how GPS tracking technology can help you monitor your merchandise from the warehouse all the way to safe delivery.

The warehouse that stores all of your merchandise is the meat of your organization. Without a proper way to keep your list of inventory structured and make doing so as straightforward as possible, you’ll be wasting precious hours. GPS tracking makes it simple to maintain a list of goods stored, document their exact location within the warehouse, and follow their movement from one spot to the next.

Once merchandise has left the warehouse, it’s still vital to know where it is at for safety precautions. Using GPS tracking, alerts can be set to allow for close monitoring of the products as they are loaded onto trucks and driven to their destinations. With real-time updates pinging in every couple of seconds, there is no guess as to where the inventory is located.

Keeping track of your goods is easier than ever with GPS tracking. As you can see, the use of GPS tracking technology certainly helps a lot when it comes to being able to grow a business by keeping theft of delivery goods at a minimum. Gaining control of the inventory situation ensures satisfactory security and a step in the right direction towards your goal to be a more profitable business.

Are you ready to take control and reduce the chance of having a negative margin at the end of this year?

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How Security Services Utilize GPS Tracking: Part 2

GPS tracking: Options and solutions

A private security company can provide anything from bodyguards to parking security. No matter whether they are in the business to offer protection for personnel or assets, enabling the team members to do their jobs the most efficient way possible should be a top priority. In part one of this series, we explained how a lot of security companies are already on board with GPS tracking solutions to monitor their team members and how it gives map control and device management options to make work easier.

In part two of this series we’re going to go over three more GPS tracking features that lend a helping hand for security services. With dispatching, alerts and reports management will have more pieces to the puzzle than ever before. Here’s how the usage of these GPS tracking features help security services:

1.) Dispatching: Does your security team member need to get to a location quickly and safely? Easy enough. With live map capability dispatching has access to current traffic conditions to help navigate them around congested traffic and through the shortest, safest paths.

2.) Alerts: With GPS tracking alerts, you can set Geofences to make sure that drivers don’t get lost or stray too far from planned routes. Maintenance alerts can also be set-up so that your drivers don’t get stranded due to forgetting to get their vehicles serviced.

3.) Reports: Safety is key, right? With reports management of security teams can gain access to the driver history (up to 90 days). This includes driver behaviors such as speeding, harsh braking, idling, and more.

GPS tracking being placed in company vehicles is a smart move as it allows security companies the ability to protect business time, their personnel, and keep customers satisfied thanks to a job well done. GPS tracking offers many options from map control, device management, dispatching, alerts, and reports. If you still have questions, feel free to give us a call!

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How Security Services Utilize GPS Tracking: Part 1

GPS tracking: Options and solutions

A private security company is an important business meant to provide armed or unarmed service to private and public clients. It’s an understatement to say that managers of employees working in this industry need to know the whereabouts of their employees. For this reason, a lot of security companies are already on board with GPS tracking solutions to monitor their team members, whom are their greatest assets.

In part one of this series we’re going to review two features that provide helpful information for security services. With map control features and device management options there is very little that management won’t know. Let’s break it down a bit more to give you a better idea of how GPS tracking helps security services:

1.) Map controls: Do you need to know where your security team members are located at this very moment? Not a problem! Using the GPS tracking system, you can see all vehicles in a zoomed out view or zoom all the way in on a vehicle to see exact location.

2.) Device management: Did your driver have to switch assigned vehicles? You never know what can happen, but you do have some control over how you handle it. Going into the device management area allows you to edit the driver associated with a certain vehicle, keeping everyone in the loop and monitoring accurate.

A security guard (whether that be for a person, place or thing) is supposed to be preventing unauthorized activity while keeping their targets safe. GPS tracking offers many options and solutions for security services to do exactly what they were meant to do, properly. If you’d like to know more about how GPS tracking helps security services, stay tuned for part two of this series!

Need a GPS tracking solution for your security business, right now?

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Can GPS Tracking Help Lower Your Auto Insurance Rates?

GPS tracking: How to save money

Just as fleet business owners have used GPS tracking devices to save themselves money on maintenance costs or to help them build up a better customer base, so have they been using these awesome devices to help them decrease their insurance rates. We all know that insurance is a necessity and since you can’t escape it, why not try to get the lowest auto insurance rate that you can get for your fleets? The truth is that you can use GPS tracking to help lower your rates and we’re going to talk about how and why it works.

First of all, GPS tracking software improves safety and decreases theft by offering business managers the ability to monitor their vehicles and any other equipment at all times throughout the day. What about when it’s not business hours? Yes, the system even provides management with the knowledge of whether vehicles are being used after business hours, thanks to Geofence alerts. These alerts get sent directly to the person in charge, via text message.

Having alerts on the vehicles makes it quite difficult for thieves to get away with taking your precious commodities. Security is vital, here! Furthermore, being able to keep your vehicles safer with GPS tracking makes insurance companies feel more secure, too. This will lead to decreasing your insurance rates.

It’s not fun having to pay high insurance rates, especially when doing so could be avoided. You could make your insurance company happy, save yourself money and increase safety all at the same time. Imagine what you could do with the savings from lowering your auto insurance rates? That savings coupled with the return on investment from GPS tracking would leave you with more than enough capital to put money back into your business.

Have a great spring and look forward to an even better summer with savings obtained by utilizing GPS tracking software!

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How To Benefit From The Usage Of GPS Tracker Routes

GPS tracker: Paths made simple

As a fleet business owner, you already know that you need an intelligent way to optimize your drivers’ routes on a daily basis. Having something that systematically calculates and displays routed paths in real-time is one of the most cost-effective, customer-friendly technologies. GPS tracker devices have the capability to provide convenient, live maps with planned routes. There are a few ways you can utilize the map to view your routes in the most optimal, beneficial way.

First, you have to create the routes you desire your drivers to take. Logging in is the first step and then simply by clicking on the Dispatch/Routing tab and Routing button you will see a pop up of all routes in your list. If there aren’t any, it only takes minutes to create one! Then, you’re well on your way to viewing all the paths for your drivers.

1.) Street views: There isn’t just one map view to see routes how you want to see them. There is a simple map view that is basic, a birdseye view, a satellite view and a hybrid view. Having these customized options provides effective, intuitive GPS tracker usage for managers, drivers and dispatchers.

2.) Zoomed out: Upon entering the GPS tracker system, the map usually defaults as being “zoomed out”. This allows a nationwide or worldwide view of all your fleets and the routes you’ve created.

3.) Zoomed in: By zooming in on a specific location on the GPS tracker screen, you can get a more precise view and by checking the Small Icons box on map controls, you will even be able to distinguish the difference between any vehicles that may be slightly overlapping on the same routes.

Why are planned routes so helpful? When you need drivers to take a specific path due to road blockages or detours, routes become super helpful. You can even go as far as to set up variations or how far out from the set path it will take before an alert is sent to management.

Whether you’re in the delivery industry, the head of a maintenance crew or some other fleet company, the fact is that being on time is essential and having planned routes can help accomplish that goal. Not only do GPS tracker routes help management to know vehicles are moving as they should be, but there is an added measure of security so that vital issues can be attacked right away.

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GPS Tracking In Super Bowl Games Of The Past

GPS tracking: Event organizers

To many people there are few things more “American” than football and the Super Bowl is one of the greatest events to celebrate. Fans from all around will gather, dressed in their favorite jerseys and ready to eat, drink, chant and be lively! The Super Bowl tradition for fans is quite different than the one US Fleet Tracking became a part of in the past few years. In 2007, US Fleet Tracking started working with Super Bowl XLI by assisting with the first ever, established, live GPS tracking system.

It was determined that planning something as large as the Super Bowl required logistics that could give ground control, whether for celebrity players or general attendees. It was clear the answer meant live GPS tracking. For years to follow the excitement about GPS tracking continued to grow.

Each year, two teams prepared for what was sure to be a most intriguing game and we were there with GPS tracking software to aid with moving the crowd of people and equipment throughout the area effortlessly and efficiently. By 2015, more than 500 GPS tracking devices were in use during the weeks prior to Super Bowl, during the game, and after the champion team was crowned.

The GPS tracking system was used to monitor data such as location, movement and heading which allowed for strategic decisions to be made on the fly or in proactive route planning. Security, safety, accountability and live dispatching are all important and can be achieved with the use of GPS tracking. It’s no surprise that when the Super Bowl is being set up that certain streets may be blocked off. With routes showing on the live map, it’s simple for drivers to know which paths to take.

We’re humbled that our GPS tracking system was used so many times for an event as prestigious as the Super Bowl. The bottom line is that we, at US Fleet Tracking, are always looking to bring awareness and efficiency for all event organizers. We’re excited to see what this Super Bowl has in store!

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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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