GPS tracking: Upgrade now!
There are many mixed emotions which are a little difficult to cover in just a single word when addressing the ending of 2G GPS tracking networks. We’ve been talking about this finale for a while, yet time has gone by so quickly that it still feels so surreal to finally be saying goodbye to an operating system we’ve been blessed to utilize for ten years. Tomorrow, December 31st, 2016 is the day that AT&T has designated as the cutoff date for all 2G networks and if you haven’t done so, we wanted to let you know that today is the perfect time upgrade your GPS tracking devices!
To avoid having no GPS tracking connection at all you’ll need to have devices that utilize the new 3G technology. Upgrading is the only way to keep work life simple and take advantage of things like automatic oil change notifications, geofencing, and speed alerts. Additionally, you’ll be able to enjoy the fastest 5-10 second updates and keep a strong connection no matter where your fleet drivers travel.
As 2017 approaches think about being the best fleet company you can be and then ask yourself if that means utilizing the best in GPS tracking. If you answered “yes”, because you’d like for your fleet team to operate smoothly, efficiently, and keep your bottom line looking great and you still haven’t upgraded to the 3G network then please feel free to contact us to upgrade now!
If you have more questions about the upgrade process, the upgrade offers US Fleet Tracking currently has in place, or you want to check to see if your device is already 3G capable then click here. Our US Fleet Tracking support team is available to answer any GPS tracking questions you may have.
If you would like to see our selection of GPS tracking devices, please click here.
GPS tracker: Make it happen
There’s only a few days left until Christmas and in the midst of the holiday scramble it can be easy to forget about important work related tasks. It’s sometimes difficult for busy fleet drivers to realize that if they don’t have time to do something right the first time that they just might not have time to fix the problem when everything goes awry. Luckily, GPS tracker data can be utilized to help drivers metaphorically jump over certain productivity hurdles. Today, we’re discussing one of the top problems that squashes productivity and how a GPS tracker system can help.
Vehicle Breakdowns: When you’re drivers are constantly on the go this holiday season, it may become commonplace to completely forget about or procrastinate on getting regular vehicle maintenance. For example, allowing an extra few hundred miles before getting that scheduled oil change may not seem as if it would be too cumbersome for the engine, but too many instances like this will degrade the engine overtime.
Likewise, tire rotations and other under the hood maintenance is important to keep vehicles running at their best. If drivers neglect to have maintenance performed when necessary this can lead to unnecessary vehicle breakdowns causing unscheduled work delays and that puts a damper on productivity.
GPS tracker data such as maintenance alerts can help drivers remember when vehicle maintenance is coming up so that they can avoid frequent breakdowns.
Time is of the essence for fleet business drivers and regardless of how distracted they may be with their personal lives, it’s vital to stay the course. If you’re looking for GPS tracker devices with 1, 5, or 10 second live updates, look no further than US Fleet Tracking for your next investment. We’ve been creating live 5- and 10-second vehicle tracking systems literally longer than any other company in the world! Not only do our GPS tracker devices help make productivity happen, but they also offer ROI within the first month. Are you ready?
To view our selection of GPS tracker devices, click here.
GPS tracker: Make it happen
This time of year can be quite distracting in itself with all of the holiday glitz and glamour clouding the mind. It seems as though when the holiday season rolls around there’s always so much to do and so little time, but business must go on! When productivity is necessary, yet it feels difficult to jump over the hurdles lining your path a GPS tracker system can help. Let’s take a look at one of the top productivity killers plaguing fleet drivers this busy season and analyze how GPS tracker data could make a difference.
Personal Errands: With so much to do for Christmas or holiday get-togethers it may be tempting for drivers to want to make a few personal stops along the way to their job-site locations. This may seem innocent, but these actions take away from the time spent on the job which means taking more time to complete the job at hand and ultimately decreasing the bottom line due to less work being finished in a day.
Of course, with a GPS tracker in the employee’s vehicle management would know exactly where drivers are, drivers would be less inclined to bend the rules, and productivity would be on course.
If you’re looking for GPS tracker devices with the quickest live updates possible, look no further than US Fleet Tracking for your next investment. If you’re looking to create a more productive fleet just know that US Fleet Tracking’s GPS tracker devices are designed to help you make it happen! We manufacture internet-based access to LIVE vehicle tracking and asset management. We believe that knowing where your vehicles and assets are at all times gives you the power to make time and money-saving decisions with a quick glance.
To learn more about what GPS tracker units can help you with, stick around for part two of this series.
To view our selection of GPS tracker devices, click here.
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.
To view our list of upgraded GPS tracking devices, please click here.
GPS tracking: Out with the old, in with the new
By this time you’ve probably caught a glimpse of the news going around stating that the AT&T 2G network is shutting down. We’re spreading this news not to cause panic, but to allow everyone the chance to keep their GPS tracking connection going strong. According to AT&T either before or by the date of December 31st, 2016 everyone will need to be off of the 2G network or risk not having connection. Upgrading to 3G network prior to that time is the best bet.
Having all new, faster speeds will be a game changer for those utilizing GPS tracking, in a really good way! While goodbyes are always difficult, the way we’re choosing look at this change is positively. Rather than being hung up on 2G network like it’s the greatest thing you’ve ever had, think of it like having to give up the good stuff to get the great stuff. It may sound obvious to many fleet companies, but these changes induced by AT&T are all for the sake of creating a bigger, better, and more efficient system!
We understand there may be some of you out there that are not certain whether your company will be affected by this 2G shutdown. By clicking right here, we have made it possible for you to enter your device’s serial number into our “check” bar. By entering this information our system will be able to automatically scan the results and generate data to tell you if your GPS tracking device is 3G or older.
Saying “out with the old, in with the new” doesn’t have to be scary. If you need help at any time during this transition don’t hesitate to contact our US Fleet Tracking technical support team!
If you’d like to see our selection of new GPS tracking devices, please click here.
GPS tracker: Communicating with the system
As you may have heard or read about in our previous shout outs, AT&T has announced plans to shut down all 2G networks. AT&T is doing this in an effort to keep up with the growing demand for quicker, mobile broadband data. This impacts the world of GPS tracker devices in that if they are still operating on the 2G network they may stop functioning any time between now and December 31, 2016. After the shutdown of the AT&T 2G network, your device will no longer be able to communicate with our system. Many businesses have already made the switch in order to ensure that their services are not interrupted. Others question if the installation of 3G GPS tracker devices is worth it.
Here’s why having the most up-to-date technology would be beneficial for you:
The 2G network has slowed down to the point that consumers often have to wait minutes for important data to stream though. It’s an understatement to say that every second counts for a fleet company! That’s why it’s great to have the 3G network that will allow alerts to come through in seconds. GPS tracker units functioning at their best yields quicker results for things like downloading reports and receiving alerts.
Luckily, the installation process for 3G GPS tracker devices is, in most cases, the same process as those that previously had the 2G network. For most GPS tracker users, it’s as simple as disconnecting the old devices and connecting the new ones in the same location, using the same wires. If there are questions about installing new devices, our technical support is available to make this transition as simple as possible. To learn more about this transitioning process or to contact US Fleet Tracking, please click here.
To view our selection of GPS tracker devices, please click here.
GPS tracking: Upgrading to the next level
The reality is that technological advances have been happening quite rapidly over the years. People used to be amazed by their children making mud pies in the backyard for fun, but now they see them connecting wirelessly via the internet for entertainment. Likewise, business owners who used to rely on manual forms of operation have succumbed to the efficient ways of GPS tracking. These devices, too, have changed over the years, but in the last 10 years users of the 2G network have been quite fortunate to have received service from the same GPS tracking devices. We’ve talked about 3G network before in order to help you with upgrading to the next level, but this time we’re mentioning it, because the 2G network will soon be disappearing for good.
The previous posts talking about upgrading to the 3G network were merely suggestive to ensure faster speeds and better connectivity for your GPS tracking devices. Today, it’s important to note that 2G network will no longer exist by December 31, 2016. Our staff, at US Fleet Tracking, wants to stress to our customers that the decision to do away with the 2G network was not our own. The carrier company, AT&T, has made the decision to shut down all 2G networks in an effort to free up valuable spectrum and provide increased speed and capacity using more adequate cellular technologies.
US Fleet Tracking is committed to providing technical support in this time of transition. The serial numbers of all customer devices are gathered and by entering in your information the system can tell you which specific devices are 2G and should be upgraded before the AT&T 2G shutdown date. If you are a US Fleet Tracking customer and you aren’t certain as to whether your device is 2G or 3G, then you may enter your serial number by clicking here.
If you’d like to see our selection of new 3G GPS tracking devices, please click here.
GPS tracking: Monitoring the world’s smallest jet
US Fleet Tracking has taken great pride in sponsoring, what has been renowned as the “World’s Smallest Jet”, in various places and fun events. Over the years it has gained quite a reputation and acquired quite a few followers via GPS tracking software. In light of everything this aerobatic Microjet has done, we’re taking a little “trip” down memory lane to share some of it’s wonderful adventures with you.
In the summer of 2013, US Fleet Tracking invited aviation fans to use their live, online GPS tracking system to monitor the Microjet’s three-day flight. The plane flew from US Fleet Tracking’s headquarters, in Oklahoma City, to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.
In 2014, US Fleet Tracking’s FLS Microjet was part of the opening act in an airshow performance at the WBCA Stars & Stripes Airshow Spectacular in Laredo, Texas. The fans were, again, encouraged to make use of GPS tracking software online to track the high-energy action of the Microjet.
Since then, the little jet has become a part of many other airshows for many fans to see. The most popular show in the Oklahoma City area is the Discover Aviation & Airshow Spectacular. This year, the show will be held on May 28th and 29th at Sundance Airport. You will have a chance to watch this Microjet in action, learn about different careers in aviation, meet career pilots, visit the kids zone and enjoy culinary delights from favorite local food truck vendors. Of course, US Fleet Tracking’s GPS tracking system will be in use, too.
If you’re interested in the show, click this link to find out more. To get a sneak peak at the FLS Microjet, watch this video. If you’re interested in what GPS tracking can do, feel free to get in touch with US Fleet Tracking.
To view our GPS tracking selection, please click here.
GPS trackers: Benefits for all to enjoy
Are you sold on the idea of GPS trackers, but your boss isn’t? Sometimes it can be difficult to win your boss over, but you shouldn’t be afraid to bring your ideas to the table. In case you get all tongue tied when faced with the opportunity to speak to the fleet business owner, we’ve put together some key points to address in your next meeting that may just help you sell your boss on the idea of GPS trackers. These points can help the business improve employee productivity, increase driver safety, save money on fuel costs, and make business better all around.
- Keeping up with vehicle maintenance: GPS trackers allow users to schedule reminder alerts with automatic emails or texts so that vehicle maintenance is kept up with, not forgotten.
- Make payroll efficient: With GPS trackers automatically taking in data from employee start and stop times, the human resources department or your accountant will be able to quickly and efficiently organize payroll.
- Live, 3G network with 1-10 second updates: Live data is essential to showing fleet companies everything as it’s happening in the field. Having anything slower than 10 second updates means the possibility of missing out on information. With the live, 3G network at your fingertips you can have access to things like idling vehicles, stopped vehicles, moving vehicles, ongoing weather patterns, and other diagnostics.
- Ongoing training and updates: As software changes occur, customer support from the tracking company is important and thanks to the efforts provided by the staff at US Fleet Tracking, you will always have the option for ongoing, live video trainings or calling in to chat with someone from support whenever you need.
The GPS tracking industry grows stronger and improvements are made, in part by customer suggestions and in part by our ability to think about ways to give an enhanced experience. The wireless data network means stronger connectivity and more accurate data. The bottom line is that GPS trackers are a simple solution to solving many business obstacles, helping owners know more about what goes on in their business, making managers great, and making employees better, too.
To view our selection of GPS trackers, please click here.
GPS tracker: Presenting to the business owner
You’ve worked your way to the position of being a fleet manager and sometimes it is hard to keep making a positive impression on your business’ owner. The owner would surely love an opportunist to suggest fresh ideas about how the business can improve employee productivity, increase driver safety, save money on fuel costs and make business better all around. GPS trackers are a simple solution to solving all of those business obstacles and making you, the opportunist, look like a manager of great worth.
Before presenting the idea of using GPS trackers in your company vehicles, it may be a good idea to do some research about which GPS trackers would best suit your business needs. As the common saying goes”knowing is half the battle.” You should keep in mind what business challenges you have the most. For example, if keeping up with vehicle maintenance is difficult, look for GPS trackers with reminder alert capabilities. If keeping up with payroll is a chore, your human resources department could benefit from your company using GPS trackers to automate clock-in and clock-out times. The possibilities are practically endless, so decent research will be vital.
Business owners will want to know that you are choosing a GPS tracking provider that is willing to give customer support. A reputable fleet tracking provider will help you identify areas that your fleet can improve, reduce costs, and increase productivity. US Fleet Tracking offers support before, during and after the sale. Having the support will be helpful for you to have an idea of how you could use the software and provide the data needed to present GPS trackers to your business owner.
US Fleet Tracking also provides online product manuals and online video training for ongoing assistance. These are key points that you would want to explain to your business owner, as having ongoing support from your GPS tracker provider guarantees you will get the most return on investment.
Finally, look for GPS trackers that report live data back to the company as it’s happening back. Anything slower than a 10-second updates will only show the company a mere fraction of its mobile fleet picture. You will also want GPS trackers that are 3G compatible. The GPS tracking industry has been able to grow on over the years with older generation technology, but now wireless data service providers are updating their networks which in turn requires the newest GPS tracker devices. Keep in mind; a better network means stronger connectivity and more accurate data.
If you want to know more about GPS trackers, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 405.726.9900! To view our GPS Tracker selection Click Here.