Garbage Trucks Go High-Tech With GPS
Most people don't think much about garbage. This is probably because their is absolutely nothing special about empty cereal boxes, bottles, cans, paper and other waste. Most people do their part by separating recyclable waste from ordinary garbage and then putting the trash in the appropriate colored waste containers for pick up. However, once those trash cans make it to the side curb most people forget about them until the next day when a waste management crew will empty the trash and move it into a landfill with the recyclable items being moved to the appropriate sorting locations. Every single home, apartment, condo and business has weekly waste management needs, but commanding such an operation takes incredible precision and detail. It is also one the reasons why so many garbage collection companies are calling upon the most sophisticated real-time GPS tracking hardware to improve fleet management efficiency.
Waste collection companies are one of the few businesses that require observation and management of often times hundreds of vehicles. That means they need a solution that allows them to monitor all garbage trucks on a single web-based platform. Not to mention, having the ability to zoom in on individual vehicles and monitor the driving activity of a single driver at any given time. This is what GPS tracking devices can provide, among other features that include:
- Extended Stop Alerts
- Driver Speeding Alerts
- Fuel Consumption Information
- Vehicle Idling Activity
- Real-Time GPS Locations
"We were already aware of the many capabilities GPS tracker devices could provide our fleet tracking management operation in terms of monitoring route selection, collection times, speeds traveled and more, but what really impressed us was how the [GPS tracking] technology allowed us to document exact driving activity in case of an accident", stated a managing official for a US-based garbage collection business. "In the past, we had scenarios unfold where one of our drivers would become involved in a traffic accident. Thankfully, these accidents were never anything that caused any severe bodily harm or damage, but they did put the company in place where liability was a concern. With GPS trackers calculating and recording speed, position, and other factors related to driving activity directly prior and during any accidents we were able to better determine both cause and blame. This was critical in helping us defend drivers who were being targeted in lawsuits."
The high-tech features that GPS tracking devices offer not only help waste management businesses, but all businesses, include lifetime access to the historical driving records of every vehicle, real-time status alerts regarding driver speed, duration of time an automobile was left idling, routing utility options and numerous text activity reports that can be viewed in a HTML or PDF format that systematically breakdown all vehicle activity.
Most people take for granted the complexities associated with garbage collection and the magnificently efficient job that garbage companies and employees do removing the everyday waste of families and businesses. GPS trackers are simply one of the high-tech tools that waste management businesses use to help them deliver the highest and most effective level of service possible so that when you take your trash cans to the side curb you can forget about them until they are emptied the next day!
Managing Small Fleets With GPS
The strength of the United States economy is based on the many small businesses throughout the country that supply goods and services to consumers. These companies aren't corporate giants with stockholders and shareholders such as Google, Apple, Coke Cola or ExxonMobil, but rather locally owned and operated businesses that offer heating & air services, organic produce, automotive repairs and so much more. Companies that don't need a massive fleet management strategy for vehicle monitoring, only a few simple real-time GPS tracking devices capable of offering driving reports and live glimpses of where drivers are located. This is exactly what one business in Henderson, Nevada needed and found through the use of SilverCloud GPS trackers.
Most businesses located in Henderson, Nevada operate locally and in the surrounding Las Vegas region. They are small to medium-sized businesses that transport goods, offer services and do the little things that help the local economy through job creation. That is why it was not a shock when a mattress company headquartered in Henderson contacted GPS Tracker Shop to discuss the option of using GPS tracking devices to oversee the driving activity of employees. The goal of this mattress company was to use GPS to gather information about drivers operating delivery service vehicles. Although the mattress company in Henderson only had three delivery vehicles, none of which traveled outside a 45 mile radius of the Las Vegas area, the manager felt it was important to have a better pulse on the activity of mobile assets.
"Our drivers deliver mattresses to consumers who purchased goods from our store, but even though we don't have the same fleet concerns as most big companies we still felt GPS tracking could reduce inefficiencies", explained a representative for the Henderson based company. "We opted to move forward with SilverCloud GPS trackers because the devices not only offered us real-time GPS locational data, but also provided speed alerts and extended stop alerts. This was important because we certainly do not want our employees driving aggressively or taking too much time on deliveries."
GPS tracking devices are now so affordable and easy to operate that they can fit into any businesses' vehicle management plans. This is because even the smallest of service-based businesses could benefit from mileage accounting, auto-theft security, real-time locational updates and a system that will alert managers if employees are driving company vehicles aggressively.