Fuel Prices Soar – GPS Tracking Helps Control Expense

Entering Third Year of Rising Fuel Prices

I almost burst a blood vessel the first time I ran the ‘Excessive Idling Report’ on my Tracker System.  I couldn’t believe how much better some employees are at conserving fuel than others – the ‘Distance and Fuel Economy’ report pays for the whole system each month.

Fleet Vehicle Tracking is an essential tool for today’s operations managers and owners. GPS tracking devices are economical and the return on investment – especially in a time of rising fuel prices- is rapid.

Evaluate Productivity

How Long Did It Take To Do The Job?

“I know my technician got to the job, but I wonder how long it took to complete the work”. Those are the words of many business owners. With the availability of GPS tracking devices, it is now much easier to determine where your fleet vehicles are, and to measure the productivity of the employees using them.

Real-time GPS vehicle tracking enables you to see where your vehicles are in real time, view breadcrumb trails of where they have been, and analyze reports that show things like location, time and duration of all vehicle stops. Some systems can even determine when auxiliary equipment is turned on and off.

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Evaluating Idling – How Long and Where

The Engine's running and The Clock Is Ticking …

GPS vehicle tracking is about more than just location. In many cases, time is more important than location when tracking vehicles or assets. Take idling for instance, the critical factor is to know how long a vehicle is idling.  Where the idling was occuring is often a secondary concern. But, whether time or location is important, the data that the two provide in a combined manner is invaluable.  Several of our reports, when used separately or together, are instrumental in evaluating idling and the twin GPS data parameters – time and location.

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GAP Insurance and GPS Tracking

You’ve probably heard the phrase “GAP Insurance” the last time you bought a vehicle. It refers to an optional coverage that makes you whole in the event of a vehicle theft or loss by paying the difference between what it costs to buy a comperable vehicle and what the insurance policy routinely pays for your loss. When a vehicle is new or in especially good shape, the standard pay-out in the event of a total loss of a vehicle can be many thousands of dollars.   Without getting intoa cost/benefit analysis of whether GAP Insurance is a good deal (we all gamble a little when we decide what policies to carry based upon what we guess is out likelyhood of a loss vs. the cost of the insurance), it might be a good idea to consider a vehicle tracking system as an inexpensive part of the equation.

GPS Vehicle Tracking and the Seven Secrets of Economic Recovery

Successful businesses pull ahead in recovery…

A recent article in the June issue of Forbes Magazine entitled “Recovery’s Seven Secrets” written by publisher Rich Karlgaard raises some interesting questions about businesses that rise above the pack during an economic recovery.  We thought it might be useful to examine each of the seven skill sets and how GPS vehicle tracking can help businesses and municipalities succeed. Design.   GPS real-time tracking data can become a deluge if it is presented without a clear, intuitive user interface.  TrackerSystems.net has designed a web-based user portal that customers love for its simplicity and ease-of-use.  We owe the great design to our customers who have suggested dozzens of enhancements and improvements and to our software engineers who think as customers first.  Our goal is to provide a user interface that needs minimal instructions and help.  Most users just dive in and learn by clicking – intuitive instruction is the best design. Speed.  Everything today depends on getting to your customers first.  Knowledge about where your assets are and when they can arrive at the next customer is crucial.  Changing assignments and adding jobs during the day makes the most efficient use of your fleet and allows you to exceed the expectations of new and repeat customers.  Differentiating yourself from the rest of your industry by providing faster service without adding assets is made possible with GPS tracking service like Tracker Systems.
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GPS Tracking Devices

GPS Tracking Device

A core component of the Vehicle Tracking System is the GPS tracking device.  The tracking device is easily concealed under the dashboard of the car, truck, other vehicle or asset to be monitored. This Tracker Device is connected into the vehicle’s electrical system with three wires:  battery, ground and ignition.   If power take off (PTO) is used, another connetion is made, possibly with a relay (our engineers will advise).   Depending upon the system purchased, an external antenna may also be installed.   This too is hidden under the dashboard.   The only requirement is to keep the antenna away from the speakers and radio.

Device Communications

The GPS Tracking Device communicates with our servers via the internet over the GSM cellular network.  The amount of data transmitted is smaller than a normal phone call, so even if cell phone coverage is spotty, its likely your device can still talk to our servers.   If connectivity is very weak, the device will timestamp and store its reports and as soon as it has connectivity, the data will be forwarded to our servers where it is parsed by our GPS Tracking Software. Our GPS Tracking devices are programmed to report at different intervals based on the vehicle activity.   Movement generates more reports so that our GPS Tracking Software can do more (address lookups, geo-fence entry and exit reports, etc) when needed.  The device sends data less frequently when the vehicle isn’t moving.  Custom reporting intervals are available if needed – contact our sales department for more information.

Real Time Reporting

The GPS Tracking devices also support an auxilliary input for customized reporting of external devices such as a Power Take Off (PTO) used to drive winches or hydraulics or a switched input (such as the door on a bus).   These generate data reports to our server that are shown on the maps and can then be used to view special reports for summary and analysis.

Evaluating New Technologies

We regularly review the various GPS Tracking devices that are available on the market and are very excited about the products that we offer.   We believe that these are the strongest and most reliable products.  Feel free to give us a call and we’ll be glad to describe them further. Included with your purchase is a detailed installation guide that will provide you or your installer the information needed to install and test the device. For a summary of the products we offer and how they are used, click here. For further information about how to apply our products to your application, call us at 877-872-2521 or send us a question.mtgu_small   The Enfora MTG series is our most popular tracking device.
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GPS Vehicle Tracking

The Perfect Merging of Technologies

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The evolution of technologies has brought to market a combination that brings value to business owners everywhere.   The combination of GPS Satellites, the cellular telephone network and the internet makes it possible for business owners to track their vehicles 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

Basic GPS Tracking

At the very basic level, by installing a GPS Vehicle Tracking Device a business owner can check the location of their cars, trucks, construction equipment and assets. He or she can monitor speeding, improve routes and verify that company equipment are where they are supposed to be.  But, that is only scratching the surface.   The real value comes from the advanced tools and reports that make GPS Vehicle Tracking pay for itself.

Advanced GPS Tracking

These advanced GPS tracking tools fall into two categories:  reports and alerts.    The alerts are automated analyzers that run in the backing checking for speeding, unauthorized use and even if the vehicle is being towed.  The server side analysis is performed by the Vehicle Tracking System and when exceptions to the rules are found, emails are sent to the email address on record.  These alerts do not require company managers to watch the computer screen or even have the computer turned on.  When a company manager or owner receives an alert  they can contact the driver of the vehicle by cell phone or monitor the situation from any computer with internet access (e-mails can be sent to any address so e-mail accounts that are monitored on a smart phone can receive the alerts).

GPS Tracking Reports

The GPS Tracking reports are the real muscle behind a vehicle tracker system.  The mapping portion of the solution is extremely helpful for looking up status, location and route history.  Reports are the means to efficiently use the GPS Tracking system because with a few clicks of the mouse you have a complete report for one vehicle, a subfleet or your whole fleet. Reports do everything from summarize idle times, stop locations, customer stops, entry into or exit from a zone, summarize alerts or simply summarize all reports received through the day. unauthorizeduse     As your business grows it becomes more difficult to manage assets.  Vehicle Tracking from Tracker Systems helps make sure your employees and equipment are working as hard as you do.

To Tell Or Not To Tell

Fleet Tracking System:  A managment tool.

When our customers are researching our Fleet Tracker System, we often get asked, should we tell the employees we’re doing this.   Our usual advice is “yes, they’re going to find out anyways”. At first, it is not uncommon for employees to have some discomfort with the system.  It is important for the business owner or manager to point out that there are a number of reasons for installing the system that go beyond tracking the employee.

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

  You know the old adage that a still image of something can, with its great detail, tell a story that would otherwise take a thousand words to explain. That holds true with some of the powerful features of the mapping engine of our real-time GPS vehicle location system. The standard mapping engine we use has three modes – road, aerial, and bird’s eye. The road and aerial views can be zoomed in and out multiple levels. The bird’s eye zooms in one order of magnification. This map engine is continuously upgraded to provide the latest map data available. There are multiple ways to zoom in and out as well as pan the map image. A simple double click on the map centers that point on the screen and zooms in one level.

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