May 20, 2013 3:30 pm

USFT's Weather Overlay Keeps Clients Ahead of Trouble

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 20, 2013) – When weather strikes, it can be sudden, unexpected and unique to a particular locale. No matter where your fleet roams, there it is…weather of one type or another, and inevitably, that means extreme conditions or events that directly impact your business decisions. USFT's weather overlay feature assures your readiness for Mother Nature, and whatever lurks ahead.

The weather overlay feature from USFT comes standard with the company’s live GPS tracking service, at no extra charge, and gives comprehensive view of weather in any area desired. It works on any web-based system and from any computer or hand-held device, smart phones included.

At Manhattan Road and Bridge, a provider of bridge and heavy infrastructure construction services throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, the weather overlay feature is used consistently, and in more ways than one might think.

The safety of our guys is of paramount importance, so we need to be able to see all kinds of conditions and hazards clearly and inform our teams both on the way to a site and already there,” states Renee Blackwell, assistant equipment manager for Manhattan Road and Bridge. “USFT's weather platform is the best I’ve seen at being live and right there for me anytime we need it.”

Blackwell brings up another key benefit of the system: productivity time. “Variables like current and future atmospheric conditions are vital to our company. If we’re laying concrete or placing cranes, and the map shows moisture or that it’s coming, we can change courses, and save literally hours and days for our crews.”

With a simple visit to the USFT website at, clients can log onto the system and with one click to Map Control, engage the weather overlay feature. Once weather overlay is selected, everything from rain to mixed conditions to snow is shown, color-coded from light to heavy in severity. Appearance of cloud cover is also shown, giving a comprehensive look at all weather conditions. The area monitored is completely managed by the client and can be changed on the fly. This feature, and others such as traffic and geo-fences, is available with all USFT live tracking devices.

Whether it’s snow in Chicago, unexpected rain in California, historic conditions on the Eastern seaboard, or tornadoes in the Midwest, being prepared and up to the moment for whatever happens to you weather-wise is money in the bank.

Summing up the company’s use of USFT's weather overlay feature, Blackwell says, “With widespread operations in three states, it’s translated straight to our bottom line!”

USFT, located in Oklahoma City, is the leader in live 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 2012 Summer Olympic Games, 2012 Republican National Convention, Super Bowls XLI through XLVII, and the 2010 Winter Olympics. For more in-depth details, and to access a live demonstration of USFT's system while in motion, visit