Since the recent tragedy that occurred earlier this week in the city of Chattanooga that resulted in the heartbreaking death of five children, many parents have been asking why GPS tracking technology was not equipped on all school buses. The question is a relevant one considering that GPS tracking devices are now abundantly around us in many forms and fashions. And the monitoring technology has been providing numerous benefits that include:
What is known at this time is that the school bus involved in that horrific accident in Chattanooga was not equipped with a GPS tracker, and the majority of school buses that transport children to and from school are not installed with any form of passive or live GPS tracking technology. Heck, many school buses are not even designed with basic lap seat belts let alone state-of-the-art safety straps that one would think all vehicles transporting children would have! So the general consensus is that more could and should be done to improve the efficiency and safety of the school buses used to transport kids. That is for certain. However, for those lucky enough to live in a school district that places a priority on bus safety by calling upon GPS auto tracking technology, they might ask themselves how exactly it is a a school district can track the speed of a bus operating in the field. The answer is actually very simple and involves real-time tracking.
When a school bus has a real-time GPS tracker installed upon it the device will constantly be sending and receiving locational information. One major piece of this information is speed. Not only does the live tracking device document the speed the school bus travels and stores that information upon remote computer servors, but the tracker also has the unqiue ability to notify fleet managers if the bus is traveling at unsafe speeds. For example, let's say a school district never wants any of their school buses to travel over 55mph. If that is the case all the school district fleet operators need to do is set a speed alert on the tracker to send out both an email and SMS alert if the bus travels over that 55mph mark. The tracker can also record and document every single instance when that speed barrier was broken! This feature is great because it allows school districts to determine if a particular driver is adhering to safe driving practices, which is crucial considering that speeding was believed to be the cause of the accident in Chattanooga as well as many other automotive accidents.
Most people have the good sense to agree upon that child safety shoiuld be a top priorty, and that children should not die on their way to school. If GPS tracking units can help reduce or eliminate even a single child from dying, well this writer believes that is a tremendous investment.
GPS technology is completely ingrained into our modern society. We use our smart phones to guide us from one location to the next with the help of Google Maps, and social media apps to geo-tag where we are at and what we are doing. Every single day Americans use some form of technology that utilizes GPS locational data or GPS tracking information. Small businesses are also no stranger to the technology either, as more and more companies are turning to live auto tracking to document the activity of their trucks and automobiles.
Whether the small business has one service delivery car or a small fleet of tow trucks, GPS vehicle trackers can be quite beneficial. The reason is that smaller businesses are the ones who feel the biggest pinch when employees are not being efficient or productive. Literally one bad employee working for s small business can damage reputation, brand and even worse cost that company a lot of money. This is the reason why GPS auto trackers are becoming the norm among delivery service businesses, tow truck companies, food trucks and more. The reason isn't some negative, over-stepping businesses owners looking to spy on employees but rather the fact that car tracking can help a company:
Add & Track Mileage
Secure Company Vehicles From Theft
Improve Customer Service Via Accurate Arrival Data
Maximize Safe & Quick Route Selection
Validate Safe Driving Habits
"We employed a real-time tracker simply to prevent theft and make sure our driver was arriving at appointments on time", explained a manager for a sheet metal business in New York. "All we had to do was plug the tracker into the OBDii port of our truck and we were ready to rock and roll."
After a GPS monitoring system is connected to a company vehicle all the business manager or person overseeing the data needs to do is go to a website to view both historical and real time driving activity. The data is stored securely and can be viewed with a mobile phone or regular computer. All the user needs to access their personal auto tracking data is the login credentials. This is a great feature because multiple people in different locations can also view the tracking information!
Tracking a vehicle with GPS really is simple and useful for any small business looking to maximize their vehicle management plan, but it's important to also recognize that GPS can have some shortcomings. For example, the devices used for tracking cars employ something called assisted-GPS. This means GPS signals are used to record driving activity with a high-degree of accuracy and that data is then transmitted via cell towers. This means if a small business is located in a rural area where cellular coverage is not present the tracker will not be able to function properly. Businesses interested in tracking technology should also be aware that GPS signals cannot penetrate concrete so if a company vehicle is parked underground the tracker most likely won't be able to pinpoint the exact location of that vehicle. However, there conditions are quite rare and can be determined before investment in a GPS monitoring system.
If you owned a small business that employed approximately 6 vehicles for a service-based delivery enterprise would you use GPS on those automobiles?
Motorists who hear the sound of an ambulance, fire truck or some other form of emergency service vehicle understand the protocol of pulling over to the side of the road to let that automobile pass by. For those in harm's way, the sound of an emergency service vehicle can mean hope. However, the reality is that people sort of take for granted that when they dial 9-1-1 or contact emergency services that first responders will be there to provide assistance in the quickest time possible. They don't realize how much effort and management goes into a ambulance or emergency services vehicle going from point A to point B in the swiftest time possible. And they certainly don't think about the role live GPS tracking plays in helping emergency services vehicles.
When a ambulance company equips a real-time GPS tracker to their fleet of emergency service vehicles they instantly enhance automobile management. For example, live GPS vehicle tracking provide the following features;
The features of live GPS tracking devices allow for emergency service vehicles to operate more efficiently resulting in faster response times. And faster response times can literally mean the difference between life and death. "When ambulance companies contact us regarding the best vehicle monitoring solutions for their fleet we always start the discussion with a GPS that can connect to the on board diagnostic port (OBDII) because of the wealth of data that particular model of tracker can provide", explained a sales rep for GPS Tracker Shop. "OBDII trackers will help an ambulance company acquire real-time tracking data, historical driving activity and various information related to vehicle performance that can all help a ambulance company determine if their emergency service vehicles are operating to the best of their capabilities."
Live GPS trackers are user-friendly management tools that boost safety and performance for the ambulance and emergency service industry. Employed by hospitals all throughout the globe, real-time GPS devices record everywhere a ambulance travels and uploads the tracking data over a online mapping program such as Google Maps or Google Earth where it can be viewed instantly! Therefore, tracking an emergency services vehicle such as a ambulance is really only a two step process:
Nobody ever wants to find themselves in a life-threatening situation, but if that moment comes people can have faith knowing that emergency service vehicles are doing everything possible to respond in a timely fashion thanks in large part to technological tools such as real-time GPS tracking devices.
1. Open GPS App On Cell Phone 2. View GPS Tracking Data
*cell phone must have Internet connectionThe cell phone app is free and anyone with the username and pass-code can view the GPS tracking data from their cell phone for free! This is especially significant considering the increased use of cell phones among consumers and businesses not only in the United States but across the globe. Tracking GPS technology accessible via cell phone for free is now available for consumer and business purchase.
Live GPS Tracking 9 Pin OBD Port Connection 6 Pin OBD Port Connection Diagnostic Data Real-Time Alerts
"Having complete access to vehicle driving activity along with automotive diagnostics is critical among businesses operating heavy machinery and other heavy equipment, and that is the reason why GPS devices such as the Sync HD are such valuable solutions", explained an expert on fleet tracking for GPS Tracker Shop. "Whether the application is theft prevention, asset management, safe driving monitoring or simple vehicle maintenance documentation, GPS trackers with 6 or 9 pin connection options to the diagnostic port of a vehicle are an easy way to achieve a higher form of vehicle management."