GPS Fleet Tracking Keeps Film Assets in the Picture

Making a major motion picture requires much more than just some film and a camera. Movie sets are like a cross between small cities and military operations, and they require an incredible amount of logistical organization to ensure the film is completed on time and within budget.

Film companies can improve their management of important assets like vehicles and trailers by using GPS equipment tracking devices. The film industry uses a lot of vehicles, whether it’s stunt cars for amazing scenes, vintage cars for historical accuracy, trucks for hauling equipment, buses for transporting extras, or golf carts or other vehicles for transporting cast and crew. These vehicles represent a big investment for the film company, and keeping up with them is vital to managing budgets and appeasing insurers.

GPS Tracking Helps the Film Industy

 

What Is GPS Tracking?

GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking has become a widely-used technology employed in a variety of devices, including our cell phones. GPS uses a satellite system that communicates with devices on earth to provide accurate time and geolocation information.

GPS was first developed by the U.S. military to provide accurate navigation systems. Today, anyone with a GPS receiver can make use of the system, although the U.S. military has selectively denied access in the past, such as in 1999, when it cut off access to the Indian military during the Kargil War. More than 30 satellites are part of the GPS program, and the first was launched in 1978.

What Is GPS Tracking

Ways GPS Tracking Can Help the Movie Industry

Automobiles play a big part in many movies and even a leading role in some. Consider the latest installment of the Fast & the Furious Series, Fast & the Furious 8: The Fate of the Furious. The movie, filmed in 2016 in Georgia, spent $1.6 million on transportation and truck rental and a little over $1 million on rental cars. The film spent $435,772 on gasoline.

Ways GPS Tracking Can Help the Movie Industry

Another great example is the early 2000s hit Gone in 60 Seconds, which featured 50 classic and high-end vehicles, including a rare Ford Mustang, “Eleanor,” that recently sold for $1 million at auction.

Other films require specialty vehicles to be made, such as Mad Max: Fury Road. The post-apocalyptic film developed many expensive custom-built vehicles, including a humongous 18-wheeler with two V8 engines and modified cabins. The cost of the vehicles helped contribute to the film’s $150 million budget.

Some movies spend millions on cars, just to destroy them, such as the James Bond film Spectre, which spent $37 million destroying seven Aston Martins, or the 1980 classic The Blues Brothers, which destroyed about 60 junked police cars.

Keeping track of these vehicles—even the ones doomed to destruction—helps film directors better manage budgets and ensure that resources are available when the film schedule demands it. Consider these benefits GPS equipment tracking can provide the film industry:

  • Preventing theft and loss – In a frenzied production environment where dozens of vehicles are being used in filming and to transport cast and crew, it’d be very easy for one or two of those vehicles to end up getting stolen. GPS tracking helps prevent losses associated with theft by allowing film producers and directors to track missing vehicles.
  • Tracking talent – Films run on a very tight schedule, so knowing where crews and stars are at all time can help directors and producers ensure everything happens on time. With GPS tracking, directors and producers will know where vehicles transporting key members of the production are, enabling more effective communication and better-informed scheduling.
  • Tracking trailers and large-scale equipment – Vehicles aren’t the only major capital investments used in films. Trailers and heavy equipment are also important to many productions. With GPS tracking devices, film producers and directors can keep track of these high dollar investments, deterring theft and misuse and preventing accidental loss.
  • Gathering data – By using information gathered from GPS devices regarding vehicle use, astute film directors and producers can find efficiencies they can apply to the film they’re currently shooting or future films. GPS asset tracking data has led to a revolution in efficiency in the transportation industry and can also help film companies make better use of their assets.
  • Making insurers happy – Insurance can be a big cost for films. Filmmakers can reassure insurers that their risk is minimized and, perhaps, convince them to offer lower premiums by installing GPS trackers in expensive vehicles and other equipment covered by their policy.
  • Reducing overall costs – By preventing theft and loss, keeping films on schedule, and lowering insurance premiums, film directors and producers can reduce costs, allowing them to spend more money on more mission-critical parts of a film or cutting the overall cost of making a film.
Source: https://financesonline.com/top-10-most-expensive-cars-from-iconic-films-and-tv-shows/
10 Most Expensive Vehicles from Movies & TV
Film Car Cost
Back to the Future DeLorean DMC-12 $541,000
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Car $805,000
Gone in 60 Seconds 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 $1 million
Spinout 1929 Duesenberg Model J $1.2 million
Le Mans Porsche 911S $1.37 million
Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 $4.6 million
Batman TV Series Batmobile $4.62 million
Redline 7000 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona $7.25 million
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 1961 Ferrari 250 GT $10.9 million
Le Mans 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf $11 million

GPS Tracking Can Reduce the Overall Cost of Production

A Pivotal Plot Device

GPS isn’t just a logistical superstar; it also plays a pivotal role in the plot of many movies. Consider these films that have featured GPS tracking as an important plot device:

  • GPS, The Movie – Yes, there’s really a film called GPS, The Movie. In the film, a group of friends joins a friendly GPS scavenger hunt, but the light-hearted hunt becomes more serious when they must use their GPS devices and tracking skills to locate an alleged kidnap victim.
  • The Dark Knight – In this second installment of Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Batman uses a technology developed by Wayne Industries to employ all cell phones in Gotham City as a tracking system to find the location where his arch-nemesis, the Joker, is holding hostages.
  • Enemy of the State – In this late 90s Will Smith action film, Smith plays attorney Robert Dean, who has been framed in an espionage plot involving a rogue intelligence agency. GPS tracking plays a huge role in the film, as Dean must constantly elude agents who have slipped tracking devices into his clothes and other items.
  • The Bourne Ultimatum – In this film, hero Jason Bourne uses a cell phone equipped with a GPS tracking system to track an assassin and prevent him from killing his target.

GPS Has Been Used as Part of Movie Plots

For film companies that want to employ GPS tracking equipment as something more than just a plot device, working with a qualified GPS company is a must. Filmmakers need a GPS tracking provider with a track record of success that can provide

US Fleet Tracking provides the film industry and a variety of other industries with a proven method of keeping tabs on some of their most expensive assets. With US Fleet Tracking’s GPS tracker devices, clients can track their assets live from smartphones, tablets, or other devices.

US Fleet Tracking uses the best car GPS trackers on the market, allowing clients to stay abreast of current traffic conditions where their vehicles are traveling, playback vehicle activity, check weather conditions in their assets’ area, and get alerts if assets leave designated geo-fenced areas.

US Fleet Tracking also provides clients with the tools needed to generate reports to help them determine if their assets are being used in the most efficient manner.

US Fleet Tracking Can Help Movie Production

With US Fleet Tracking’s logistical wizardry, producers and directors can reduce costs related to tracking big assets and improve efficiency, allowing them to spend more of their time and money making movie magic.

Get a first-hand look at the features of their GPS tracking service and see exactly how they can help.

4 Reasons You Should Upgrade To 3G GPS Tracking: Part 2

GPS tracking: Bringing you into the next generation

When new technology comes out many people race to be the first in line. Why? People crave having the best of the best! Simply put, having the best technology is what our society has come to rely on. This is precisely why AT&T has decided to shut down their 2G networks in favor of opening up bandwidth for the better networks. As things keep “moving on up” we have to keep moving with them to keep from getting left behind. Thus, GPS tracking will soon be only operational using the 3G network. In part one we talked about 2 reasons you should consider upgrading to the new network. Today, we’re going to list 2 more compelling reasons for you to weigh on your mind.

1.) Better Connectivity And Coverage: Who likes waiting 5 to 10 minutes for an alert to come through that should have been there in 5 seconds? We surely don’t! Do you like loosing connection when you’re driving in the middle of nowhere? Of course you don’t. With the 3G GPS tracking network, the good thing is that when a client has you driving to a remote location you know your tracking is still going to work. Furthermore, those alerts will come through when they’re as they should.

2.) It’s An Enhanced Live System: If you’re still using 2G network you may have noticed an increase in connection problems and you won’t even get a signal to let you know that you’ve lost connection. How do you know where your drivers have been if the GPS tracking can’t function properly due to poor connection? It’s possible you just won’t have 2G coverage in many areas at this point. To avoid these complications, 3G network has more accurate mileage reporting and accurate in and out of service notices.

We know it’s still not going to be easy for everyone to understand why this change had to happen, thus; if you have more questions about the upgrade process feel free to call our support team!

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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!

If you have more questions about the upgrade process feel free to call our support team!

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GPS Tracker Fuel Card Purchase Integration

GPS tracker: More fuel consumption control

Fuel expenses can easily be one of the largest overhead costs for a fleet company. By utilizing various GPS tracker reports and alerts thousands of customers have been able to save money on this large expense. In fact, many fleet owners report seeing changes within just a few weeks of implementing GPS tracker devices. Now, you can have even more fuel consumption control with fuel card purchase integration!

GPS tracker technology already shows managers how to schedule appointments in terms of closest technician, affecting fuel costs greatly, while also allowing them to see a report or historical playback of what transpired that day. In addition by way of monitoring reports and being capable of pinpointing driver habits have helped cut back on costs. Planning routes, decreasing idling, and reducing speed are all fantastic ways fleet companies have saved on fuel.

Imagine a scenario where one of your drivers decided to have a friend meet him at the gas station, fills up the company truck’s tank, and proceeds to fill up his friend’s gas tank. With fuel card data being integrated with the GPS tracker system it would be a cinch to catch the discrepancy, but without this the extra expense may go unnoticed costing your company more than necessary.

The fuel card purchase data will only make fuel saving that much more simple. This technology will help businesses to realize even more rapid and ongoing ROI opportunities. Combine the existing fuel usage percentage reports with the fuel card data and you have yourself an unbeatable money-saving solution. Being an even more efficient fleet while reducing overhead costs is like a dream come true for many fleets. Will your company be next to validate your company expenses even more than before?

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Using GPS Tracker Devices For Seasonal Weather Updates

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 For Your Small Equipment

GPS tracking: Benefits for smaller assets

Many fleet businesses have large vehicles they need to protect, but if you run a company with a lot of small equipment you may be at even greater risk of theft. Of course, heavy duty vehicles pay off more for thieves, but it’s the smaller items that are easier for them to steal. Construction companies and fleets with smaller vehicles need all the advantages they can get when it comes to protecting their most precious assets. Today, we’re going to share a few benefits to having GPS tracking for your small equipment.

  • Satellite Connectivity: This GPS tracking feature gives you the capability to see where your assets are located no matter how remote they may be placed.
  • Alert Notifications: Setting movement alerts on your small equipment is easy to do and you’ll get notifications sent directly to your cell and/or your email. Tracking down stolen equipment is a lot easier when you know the instant it happens.
  • Stored Data: If you want to know where your vehicles or equipment has been any time within the last 90 days the stored data can be easily pulled up with historical playback. If you’re a daily or weekly statistics kind of manager then generating reports is an even better way to keep tabs on your assets.
  • Rugged Design: If your equipment is outdoors a lot during rainy weather then you’ll be happy to know that some GPS tracking devices come with waterproof, sonically sealed welded enclosures.
  • Long Lasting: Some GPS tracking devices have no battery to worry about about, but even the GPS tracking units that do require battery changes will have you amazed at their amazingly long battery life.

With GPS tracking technology you get all-purpose, dependable accessibility that is both profitable and easy to use. You can be content knowing that your smaller equipment is fully secured when you have a concern about theft in your community or neighborhood. In the event that one of your assets is stolen, you can rest assured that it will be returned to you quickly and that the criminals with be dealt with by the authorities.

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Traveling Into The Final Fiscal Quarter With GPS Trackers

GPS trackers: Going out with a bang

Time waits for no man and whether you’re ready for it or not the final fiscal quarter is upon us. Imagine if you were able to make your last quarter the best one of 2016 for your fleet business. Whether you’re part of an industry of sales, delivery, or services there is something that GPS trackers can help you with. Saving money and keeping your clientele satisfied are two very important topics for discussion that just so happen to be things GPS trackers can help your fleet business improve upon.

First of all, saving money is something that every business owner should want to do. If you find that your business is one of them, read on. Many fleets have a problem with too much fuel consumption, but they may not even realize it. With GPS trackers allowing the monitoring of gas guzzling driver behaviors such as idling, speeding, and aggressive driving better habits can be formed.

The system also tracks the fuel usage percentage to give a clear understanding of how much is being used by each vehicle. As if that wasn’t enough of a help already, GPS trackers also have Advanced Route Planning to help fleets optimize their daily driving plans, choosing the shortest or most fuel-efficient routes.

Aside from saving money on fuel, this technology has also helped some fleet companies save money by utilizing automated billing, accurate time keeping, and saved data that can be used for business accounting records. This makes business taxes easier to do!

When saving money isn’t on your mind, most likely keeping your clients happy will be. Building the bridge to trust starts with great customer service. It may sound crazy to think that GPS trackers can help in this instance, but they can! By being able to provide customers with an accurate arrival time for their delivery, service, or product is a great way to keep customers happy with your company.

Are you ready to begin traveling into the final fiscal quarter with GPS trackers? If you’re ready to keep your customers coming back for more and be provided with data that will let you save money, GPS trackers are the way to go. They’ll have you going out of this final quarter with a bang!

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4 Ways You Lose Money Without GPS Tracking: Part 1

GPS tracking: Reducing the waste of profits

GPS tracking truly is a wonderful form of technology that can make running a fleet business so much easier. The 3G connectivity provides data quickly and keeps you connected without a hassle. What happens if you don’t have GPS tracking? Quite frankly, without this technology on your side your bottom line can be depleted by having too much overhead cost. Today, we’re going to shed some light on 2 out of 4 ways that you lose money without GPS tracking.

1.) Unorganized fleet: Without GPS tracking your fleet drivers could be wasting company time without you even realizing it. For example, let’s say you’ve lined up jobs for one worker while another has a few hours of downtime. That’s not a very efficient way for everyone to be spending the workday. An unorganized fleet is one surefire way to waste profits quickly.

2.) Vehicle repairs: Without GPS software it can be difficult to keep up with every vehicle that needs routine work done. Manually tracking it on paper requires time to double check the figures. Tracking it on an app means you actually have to open the app to check it periodically. If you can’t remember the maintenance in the first place, will you remember to open the app and check?

Spending more than necessary on expenses is a problem many fleet companies face. A few ways that GPS tracking can help you avoid wasting profits include live maps to keep tabs on your drivers at all times and automatic maintenance reminders to help you remember to take care of some of your most important company assets. The system is also very simple to use and within weeks you could see the money saving difference. Are you ready to stop wasting your profits?

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Using GPS Tracking To Monitor Personal Use Of Company Vehicles

GPS tracking: Company truck usage

Is your only way to keep track of your employees by utilizing a punch in and punch out system? This method of logging work hours is old fashioned and leaves room for multiple errors to occur. First, there is always a chance a driver would legitimately forget to clock in or out. Second, there is the chance employees wouldn’t clock out on purpose, take the company vehicle for a drive to run some personal errands, and still suck up a paycheck. Now, it doesn’t have to come off as you being a control freak of a boss by enforcing GPS tracking software. In fact, implementing GPS tracking technology can be a great way to protect your company trucks while saving time and the business’ bottom line.

GPS tracking protects company time by assuring that drivers are making proper use of their work day. The live GPS tracking map makes it possible for management to oversee the ongoing actions of drivers in the field. The system will also allow management to notice things like how fast they’re driving, how long a driver has been at a single location, and when jobs have been completed. There is little chance of unethical decisions going unnoticed with a system that tracks and records.

Using company vehicles for personal use cuts down on the amount of work being done, therefore; decreases the income of the company as employees are doing other activities on the clock. Furthermore, free usage of company vehicles will drive up the cost of repairs and fuel usage. GPS tracking’s geofence alerts, reports, and live streaming views of the 3G map make it much easier for managers to know if their employees have been taking company trucks home during off hours or if they’ve been completing side jobs.

Do you want to be one hundred percent sure that your drivers aren’t taking company trucks home or running personal errands while on duty? What about whether they’re completing side jobs? The only real way to know, aside from physically going with them everywhere, is to digitally go with them everywhere! If drivers aren’t currently having to account for their time in the field, it’s evident that the lines of ethics may become blurred. Monitoring company truck usage with GPS trackers is an easy solution.

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GPS Trackers For Simple Fleet Surveillance

GPS trackers: Creating a smooth operation

There are many daily duties fleet managers have to keep track of and many have learned to rely on GPS trackers to help them maneuver through these tasks. From monitoring employees in the field to deterring theft of vehicles these devices can help create a smooth operation. Making use of all that GPS units have to offer is a superb way to leap ahead in your industry. Today’ we’ll explain a little more about how GPS trackers work to offer simple fleet surveillance.

Monitoring Employees In The Field

GPS trackers have live map to show the location of every fleet vehicle and stored data allows management to keep up with ongoing activities. Beyond just making sure that fleets are making it to their destinations safely, managers can also monitor analytics like; whether a vehicle has been in idle for too long or if a driver has been aggressive. Leaving a company truck running isn’t only a potential theft risk, but it’s also hard on the engine. Aggressive driving is also bad for the engine, but more importantly speeding, harsh braking, and rapid lane changes are all dangerous.

Deterring Theft Of Vehicles

The larger the fleet truck, the more likely is it to be targeted by thieves for high profit. To add another layer of protection, GPS trackers allow fleet managers to set up as many safety alerts as necessary. Geofence alerts are the most commonly utilized alerts to help prevent vehicles theft. Using this feature, parameters can be set for all vehicles during after hours and if a vehicle leaves the designated area an alert with be sent out warning the appropriate person.

A lot can happen in just a few minutes, but with updates in seconds, your fleet manager wouldn’t have to worry about missing a thing. With 3G connectivity, live mapping was never better for GPS trackers. With this technology managers could have a strong connection with a more accurate view of where all fleet vehicles are located day or night. Protect your fleet, maintain productivity and create a smooth operation all around.

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