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“Employees will live up to their manager’s expectations of them. If a manager’s expectations are high, productivity will flourish.”—Unknown
What really is it that makes a company successful? The good majority of businesses that have reached the pinnacle of their industry attribute their achieved success to two things, surrounding your business with the best employees and always putting the customer’s needs first. This simple and universal methodology can apply to any business across the globe. Here is where readers can get information related to the use of fleet GPS trackers for business, and how the task of enhancing personnel and vehicle management has never been easier.
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Powering Your GPS Tracking Device
Limo companies have unique transportation monitoring needs that most other businesses do not. This is because limo fleet managers demand both real-time GPS locations of limousines in operation and the ability to share that information with customers waiting for pick-up, drop off or other services. Not to mention, real-time GPS trackers also provide a heightened level of auto-theft security that can keep luxury automotive assets better safeguarded. The fact is almost every established limo company makes an investment in fleet tracking hardware that uses GPS tracking because of the numerous benefits of the technology. However, once a limo business makes the decision to invest in vehicle tracking systems the next step naturally moves toward finding a installation team capable of keeping the GPS powered according to the needs of the client.
Powering Options For GPS Systems
GPS trackers come in all shapes and sizes offering different features based on user needs. In order to simplify everything this article will use the popular and top-rated fleet management system SilverCloud as the example. This device, manufactured in Illinois, provides limo companies seeking a real-time vehicle management solution flexible options for powering the tracker. These powering options include:
- Internal Power Source Via Lithium Ion Battery
- Connection To Cigarette Lighter Port
- Direct Connection Via OBDII Port
- Hard Wiring Connection To 12 Volt System
Having so many different powering options provides a high level of flexibility for limo companies trying to decide the best option for them. This is because some limo businesses will choose to be covert when monitoring limo drivers whereas others will be upfront with employees about vehicle monitoring equipment. For example, fleet managers who prefer transparency will move forward with a simple connection via cigarette lighter port or directly into the on board diagnostics port of the limo. The benefit of this option is no professional installation is required and drivers are aware of vehicle monitoring.
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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!
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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.
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Woodbury County Battles Winter With GPS Tracking
With the transition of fall to winter comes cold weather. Not just cold weather but in some locations sleet, ice and snow, all things that can create hurdles when it comes to transportation. When heavy winter storms drop large amounts of snow, county officials and road management crews are left with the task of clearing roadways so people can travel to and from work. The efficiency of these road management crews varies in different states, counties and cities. Unfortunately, Woodbury County has been described by many as one of the places that struggles in clearing gravel roads after snow storms, but officials are hoping that will all change with a new fleet management plan that will result in GPS tracking devices being equipped to all county motor vehicles.
Sioux City and other locations throughout Woodbury County made the decision to acquire approximately 50 GPS vehicle trackers to monitor county vehicles overseeing roughly 1,400 miles after numerous complaints about roads not being cleared of snow during winter storms. A county official speaking about the new fleet tracking devices explained that the GPS units will provide a way to verify routes of snow plows in real-time along with historical driving activity. This way if/when a person contacts the county and says their roads haven't been graded all week officials will have the ability to review driving logs to see where all snow plow resources have been used. This is done by the GPS tracker recording and time stamping all travel information. Residents living in rural parts of the community will also be able to receive more accurate information on what time snow plows will be in their particular area.
Although most of the complaints in the county revolved around snow plow activity, garbage trucks, trailers, sign trucks and other motor graders will also be outfitted with GPS tracker devices, according to the Secondary Roads Department. County officials are excited about the new program because it will improve response times, record keeping, auto protection and help connect fleet managers with crews working in the field. For example, if a driver for some reason finds themselves stuck due to some form of automotive mechanical failure a fleet manager can quickly determine which other driver is closest in proximity to that stranded driver. This will allow help to arrive in the shortest time possible, something that can be life-saving in a true emergency situation.
This new real-time GPS fleet tracking system had an initial cost of $16,000 and will require the county to fork over roughly $1,500 in monthly service obligations because the real-time devices transmit information over cellular towers.
A spokesperson for Woodbury county explained that satellite guided tracking technology is the wave of the future and that numerous other counties throughout Iowa are also looking at implementing such a system. Although Woodbury county has just now made the commitment to using real-time GPS trackers, the idea had been discussed frequently.
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Virginia City Equips Buses With GPS Trackers
When discussing student transportation safety, Virginia city officials asked themselves various important questions. These questions included a number of what if scenarios that basically discussed the level of preparedness schools had if something happened to one of the buses in their vehicle fleet. What they discovered through this evaluation process was a number of shortcomings, and possible solutions to those shortcomings. One of those solutions was a simple answer: GPS vehicle tracking.
Currently, school bus drivers in Bristol, Virginia use radio communication systems to stay in contact with fleet managers. This has been the primary method of communication between bus drivers, fleet managers and bus garage officials for decades. Although this method of communication has provided some moderate level of success it still relies upon the bus driver to be in control and also does not allow for remote access to bus locational information. This is where GPS tracking can take transportation safety and communication to the next level.
After reviewing the current bus communication systems, Bristol Mayor Jim Steele along with other city officials decided more needed to be done to address all of the what if scenarios. The final analysis was that GPS trackers would provide the best solution because bus fleet managers could have constant real-time access to every bus in operation out in the field. This real-time GPS tracking data could be crucial in many of the what if scenarios and give first-responders the most accurate information possible. Time-saving information that could literally result in student lives being saved in a emergency situation.
Bristol currently has 26 buses used for transporting child students and hopes to have all of the buses outfitted with GPS tracking devices as a proactive measure in the very immediate future. School district officials also explained that the GPS systems would be most helpful in after-school activities where buses will transport students at night. For example, when a athletic team visits a neighboring school for competition.
At this point in time no concrete date has been established for purchasing and installing of GPS trackers for Bristol school bus fleets. However, city officials are optimistic that once the investment in school bus tracking devices is made that city transit buses could be next in line to be equipped with GPS tracking technology.