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Tracking School Buses With Satellite Technology

Affordable GPS Tracker For BusesSince 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:

  • A simple way for companies to monitor employee driving activities
  • Document mileage, route history and address information
  • Determint if drivers are making safe driving choices 

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. 

Track The Speed Of School Buses In Real-Time 

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. 

Track Your Vehicles With GPS

GPS tracking vehicles 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.

Small Business GPS Applications

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."  

Viewing Company Vehicles In The Field

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?

Real-Time Tracking Of Emergency Service 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.

Live GPS Tracking For Emergency Service Automobiles

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;

  • Access To Automobile Location 24/7
  • High Speed Notifications
  • Data Regarding Vehicle Idling
  • Route Selection

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."

How GPS Tracking Ambulances Works

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:

  1. Place GPS tracker on emergency services automobile
  2. Use computer, tablet or smart phone to view real-time location of emergency services automobile accident
  3. The live GPS tracking data is also stored remotely so it can be viewed at a later time as well. Therefore, emergency service vehicle managers can see where ambulances were located at any point throughout the day or earlier in the week, month or year.

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.

GPS Tracking Smart Cars

GPS Tracking Smart CarsWhen it comes to choosing a delivery vehicle, pizza companies routinely opt for something that is both economical and fuel-efficient. This is the reason why many pizza restaurants with delivery service option are investing in smart cars. Designed in both a gas and electric version, smart cars get great gas mileage, are actually quite noticeable on the roads and are a great transportation solution for pizza delivery businesses that routinely work on very small margins. However, efficiency is critical when it comes to any delivery service and this is the reason why companies are tracking smart cars for their pizza delivery through the use of GPS tracking devices.

How To Track A Smart Car With GPS

The process of tracking a smart car with GPS vehicle management technology is quite simple. First of all, the business owner connects a GPS tracker to the on board diagnostic port of the smart car or smart cars that will be used for delivering pizzas. The GPS tracking device will then access power from the smart car and begin observing vehicle activity such as how fast the driver is going, how hard the brakes are being pressed, if the vehicle is being left to idle and of course locational data such as the addresses arrived/departed along with stops being made throughout the day. The pizza owner or manager is given remote access to the vehicle tracking data, accessing this information from either a cell phone, tablet or desktop computer. With the GPS tracking data the pizza owner can determine whether or not proper routes are being utilized, if a employee is driving safely and most importantly how quickly pizzas are getting from the over to the customer.

Domino's Pizza Goes High-Tech

One Domino's franchise that quickly saw the opportunity of using GPS auto trackers in their small fleet of delivery service vehicles was Team Murph in Texas. After connecting live GPS trackers on all their smart cars, Team Murph was able to dramatically improve the companies' fleet management strategy while also providing a new service for the customer: ShareSpot. What this ShareSpot technology provided was the opportunity to share the location of each smart car with Team Murph customers. This meant people who ordered pizza could see exactly where their delivery driver was located and get a more accurate estimated time of arrival for their order! The end result was happier customers, more efficient drivers and an overall better managed operation. And that does not even factor in the auto-theft security the GPS trackers provided! Tracking a smart car with GPS technology is a simple process that can cost as little as $29.95 per month for the data charge. The benefits of utilizing fleet tracking technology are pretty obvious, and it is clear that GPS tracking has been beneficial among pizza delivery companies looking to monitor their smart cars. However, do you think the use of GPS tracking technology is a good thing or bad thing? Would you equip GPS trackers on your vehicle fleet?    

Tracking Cars From A Cell Phone

GPS tracking data on ipad and iphone Car tracking, also known as vehicle management, has been a application on the rise over the past decade. This is because automobile security and driver safety are still valid concerns among businesses that have employees operating company vehicles as well as parents worried about teen driving. One of the tools that is helping to alleviate that concern while boosting security is GPS, more specifically GPS tracker devices. The reason GPS tracker devices are proving to be so advantageous is because they allow users to track a car from their cell phone from free.

Tracking From A Cell Phone

When a real-time GPS tracker is attached or placed inside the cab of a car the device has the ability to send out live locational information. What this GPS tracking data consists of is a wide variety of locational and positional information that can precisely determine the speed a vehicle travels, locations it visits and more. Basically, GPS tracking provides information that can help safeguard a automobile from theft, determine if a driver is operating a car aggressively and provide detailed reports on driving activity. However, the best part about this GPS tracking data is that it can be viewed from a cell phone for free! First of all it is important to understand GPS tracking devices that function in real-time do require a monthly data plan obligation for transmission of information over cellular networks. Most real-time GPS trackers involve a monthly commitment around $29.95 for updates approximately every minute continuously. However, tracking GPS data from a cell phone is free and does not require any additional purchase of mobile apps or software. That means multiple people in different locations can all view the same car equipped with a GPS tracker just by using their cell phones! The process of GPS tracking from a cell phone is actually very simple as well:

1. Open GPS App On Cell Phone 2. View GPS Tracking Data

*cell phone must have Internet connection

The 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.

GPS Tracking Commercial Vehicles

GPS tracker that connects to OBD port of commercial vehicles Commercial trucking is a type of business where efficiency is a must. Drivers have to be reliable, safe and travel quickly due to the nature of deadlines that are common in the transportation industry. With the movement of goods being so critical to the stability of any business that ships cargo from one location to another via land transport, having a system in place that provides both vehicle security and driver oversight is of top priority. This is the reason why almost every business involved with shipping cargo or that uses heavy machinery calls upon GPS tracking devices to provide real-time fleet management information.

GPS Tracking Via OBD II Port

When it comes to GPS tracking commercial vehicles the most called upon solution is a real-time GPS tracker that connects to the On Board Diagnostic Port (OBD II) of that vehicle. The reason is because this type of GPS vehicle tracking device can be plugged in without the need of a professional installation team, the GPS tracker will pull power from the vehicle battery and the tracking device will provide data related to diagnostics such as vehicle idling, speed driven and more. Commercial vehicles are expensive pieces of equipment and therefore it is vital to have real-time data about both automotive performance as well as driver activity that could potentially impact that performance. This is because things like excessive vehicle idling can lead to wear & tear and increased fuel consumption. Not to mention, driving habits such as harsh breaking, unnecessary vehicle acceleration and simply driving at high rates of speed can produce additional potential for mechanical issues down the road as well as other liabilities. Hence, making investment in a GPS car tracker devices that connect to the diagnostic port of a vehicle being such a valuable tool for those seeking to monitor commercial equipment.

6 Pin & 9 Pin Connector GPS Devices

The OBD II port on commercial vehicles is substantially different than those on standard automobiles. This is because commercial vehicles have much more advanced diagnostic ports than standard automobiles. Therefore, a specially designed OBD II port tracker with 6 or 9 connection pins (depending on the commercial vehicle) are required. One GPS device that offers either a 6 or 9 pin connector is the Sync HD and it's detailed driving reports, real-time data and special pin connection makes it a must for any commercial trucking businesses looking to boost vehicle management.

Sync HD GPS Tracker Features

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."

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