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GPS Tracking Offers Hidden Advantages Worth Exploring

Benefits, efficiencies reach far beyond location tracking
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 12:45pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 22, 2013) - When we think about how GPS technology changes our lives, and the benefits presented, conversation usually centers around knowing where a vehicle, or company asset is at all times. When viewing GPS and its conventional uses like location and directionality, we always seem to be viewing, or indeed located, in the center of the map. Sometimes though, as in this ever-evolving field of tracking our assets, human or otherwise, real breakthroughs come outside the obvious.

Oklahoma City-based US Fleet Tracking, with its GPS technology operating at 5 and 10-second updates, is changing the game in stolen vehicle tracking, locating, and receiving. The company’s web-based system has been integral in retrieving stolen vehicles of their clients, in locations from New Mexico to south Florida, over just the past few months. Moreover, the retrieval of assets within these vehicles at times exceeded the value of the vehicles themselves. US Fleet Tracking’s system allows its clients to follow the vehicle’s travel pattern. Should a vehicle land in the wrong hands, this keeps the company-and authorities- one step ahead of the perpetrators, often unaware tracking is taking place. System features like vapor trail and historical playback enable a company to see exactly what transpires when a vehicle is stolen, a valuable tool in prosecution, literally helping solve previous crimes where criminals may be repeat offenders.

It’s clear the speed and enhanced features surrounding US Fleet Tracking’s fastest-in-industry live GPS system offers uses incomprehensible not long ago. An almost-endless array of sectors, from healthcare to large sporting events is coming aboard to realize value. The only limitations seem to be those not yet devised within the mind.

A relatively-untapped technology enables a partnership of sorts between a client, it’s software solution and US Fleet Tracking’s GPS technology. Called TotalView, US Fleet Tracking’s third-party integration takes one step further a company’s nimbleness in taking actions and making decisions on the fly that used to require in-person attention.

Safety of workforce is vital, and extra features developed within US Fleet Tracking’s system monitor traffic, routes, weather, even aggressive driving. Accountability is built in as you stay on top of hours spent on the job, and possess your own backup system, in terms of 90-day historical playback, which often erases billing disputes with clients by showing just where, and for how long, delivery and mobile teams are operating.

And then there’s the obvious advantage, no…necessity, of staying on top of a specific industry’s technology. For example, look at aviation. Just this year, recently-passed legislation by the U.S. Senate and House provides the Federal Aviation Administration with $11 billion in funding for a large-scale switchover in tracking technologies. The bill requires the FAA to upgrade the arrival procedures at 35 major airports by 2015. Therefore, expect GPS-based control towers to become the rule, rather than exception, in the next few years for use both commercially and privately.

Since radar has generally served its purpose for decades, why change the landscape, with so much of an investment needed? The simple answer: GPS is more precise. It offers a more comprehensive solution than radar. Pilots can’t see other planes or potential obstacles on the landing strip as clearly or accurately using radar, and therefore, air traffic controllers “stair-step” a plane’s descent. This kind of descent takes time — time more efficiently spent tending to more landings. GPS tracking solves that problem by giving pilots and air traffic controllers much clearer vision of what’s going on, eliminating the need for extra planning of descents. More importantly, this lessens the chance of inaccuracies.

This is simply one glimpse into the future of GPS technology, already in motion within the aviation industry. Other categories where this technology is changing the landscape-at times literally-are:

Earth-moving Industry – GPS tracking clearly applies in this field, and has become very viable to contractors in increasing overall efficiency. Heavy equipment and GPS manufacturers have been co-developing GPS guidance systems for industrial equipment for over a decade. These systems allow the equipment operator to use GPS positioning data to make decisions based on actual grade and design features. Some heavy equipment tracking systems even operate the machine's implements automatically with programming designed for the particular jobsite.

GPS guidance systems can have tolerances of just a few centimeters, making them extremely accurate compared to relying on the operator's skill level. As well, the machine's GPS system’s ability to know when it's off the design grade lends to reduced surveying and material costs at a specific job.

Police Departments – Police in almost all states are using GPS tracking systems in detouring or solving stolen vehicle cases. As mentioned earlier capability to not only track, but check history of where a stolen vehicle has traveled is now a key ally of authorities, and acts in a preventative capacity toward future theft attempts.

Other intangible uses of GPS technology exist for companies willing to explore the constantly changing nature of the industry:

Reputation:

You expect a company to care enough to protect their own vehicles and other assets; that’s a given. When the company goes beyond that degree of participation and insures its’ clients’ assets are protected with such care and precision, that company’s customer standing with its customers is inherently heightened. As we know, word gets around; good or bad. When you are consistently illustrating a desire to give more than promised, such as GPS tracking features that not only secure asset locations, but raises productivity, not only is your business relationship cemented, but your status with that client and those they communicate with is elevated beyond quantifiable value.

Rafael Santos, head of IT at CopySource in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, commenting on the precision of US Fleet Tracking’s system, identifies another way US Fleet Tracking sets itself apart with their GPS tracking technology : “The value and ease of the web-based system they offer really came through when my vehicle was stolen. We knew US Fleet Tracking’s devices and technology were a cut above when we chose them, but when this happened to me, the performance of their tracking system was a real eye-opener”, says Santos. “The accuracy of their system really impressed the authorities as well, and that told me I chose a ground-breaking company.”

In the business world, we enjoy very few things more than knowing we’re getting the best value from our decisions and relationships, and when that happens, peace of mind follows.

Privacy concerns:

When security concerns exist, whether they entail the whereabouts of your company’s vehicles, equipment or moreso, our mobile team, the simple tracking of these assets isn’t enough. Enhanced features, like weather overlay and traffic, especially when teamed with 5 and 10-second updates, offer a new dimension in GPS tracking. US Fleet Tracking enhances it’s customers bottom line by offering detailed reports like aggressive driving and zone activity. Addressing safety and security concerns, alerts show information like ignition activation and offer a panic response.

These components help articulate a company’s value-added position with their clients, showing they care enough to not only secure, but help companies position their assets for greatest success.

Industry-specific demands:

Finally, offering everything you can to fulfill a customer’s needs, not just obvious ones, but changing privacy and efficiency concerns requires contouring your tracking to exactly what you need, not just what is readily available. It’s key to not only offer what everyone else does, but be nimble enough to help businesses enhance their footprint in a particular sector, and still address safety and accountability. Cost effectiveness is essential in competing here, and US Fleet Tracking’s dollar-a-day, no-contract strategy is clear-cut, offering the entire system of features-and any that newly come online-at the same subscription price. Easy to understand, and easy to implement.

As the world around us changes, US Fleet Tracking, with its wide array of features and developing technologies and implementations, continues to create new marketplaces in which to display its value.

US Fleet Tracking is the leader in live GPS vehicle and asset tracking, providing groundbreaking sub-ten-second live tracking. In addition to expertise in tracking commercial vehicles, the company has provided tracking services to high-profile, large-scale public events. These include the 2010 Winter Olympics in Calgary, 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, 2012 Republican National Convention, and Super Bowl XLI through XLVII. For more in-depth details, and to access a live demonstration of US Fleet Tracking’system while in motion, visit http://www.usfleettracking.com.

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