GPS Tracking Devices

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Officials in Steamboat Springs, Colorado hope that real time GPS tracking systems deployed on city buses will allow citizens to minimize outdoor wait times in chilly winter weather.  The city is set to have GPS tracking devices installed on all 20 of their public transportation buses later this year.  By allowing bus riders to monitor the location of their buses, and thereby delays in the schedule, patrons will be able to plan accordingly. The estimated cost of the program is $82,000, with $65,000 coming from state grant funding.

Take a look at another post on GPS tracking systems for public transportation.

Source: http://www.9news.com/news/local/article/347451/346/Real-time-GPS-tracking-coming-to-Steamboat-buses

 

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Teachers in one Texas school district will soon be receiving GPS tracking necklaces in an initiative aimed at improving school safety, according Dallas Observer blog.  According to the report, Carroll ISD teachers will receive GPS tracking devices equipped with panic buttons allowing them to more quickly summon help in the event of an emergency.  The district ordered 100 of the GPS trackers which are programmed to alert help with the location and a photo of the wearer when the emergency feature is activated.

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In the US alone, ground transportation represents a multi-billion dollar industry largely responsible for connecting consumers with the food, clothing, and goods Americans use every day.  In an industry where efficiency can mean the difference between success and failure, transportation providers depend on GPS tracking systems for effective fleet management. Below, we’ve outlined some of the ways tracking devices and GPS tracking software help transportation providers remain on the move.

Safety First

Perhaps one of the most costly components of the transportation industry, accidents and increasing insurance costs can take a big bite out of profits for any provider.   Fleet management with GPS tracking software allows dispatchers to monitor drivers for exhaustion and excessive speed.  In addition to protecting drivers, GPS trackers help transportation providers minimize accidents and, as a result, unnecessary insurance claims.

Customer Satisfaction

In a digital world, customers expect on-demand updates in just about every area of their lives from work to play. With GPS tracking software, transportation providers are able to provide to- the-minute updates for their customers, including estimated arrival times, possible delays, and more.

Fuel Savings

For a transportation providers, rising fuel costs represent a serious threat to profitability, and minimizing fuel consumption is paramount to success.  Tracking devices, and GPS tracking software give transportation providers the edge they need to get ahead of fuel costs, including monitoring driving habits and idle time, and establishing more efficient routes of travel.

GPS tracking for business

In today’s very competitive marketplace, the ability to operate efficiently can make a significant difference in any business’s ability to be successful.  As one of the most effective business tools available, GPS tracking software provides business owners added efficiency in a number ways.

Their Time Equals Your Money

The more your business can achieve in fewer hours, the more profitable and competitive it will be.  With GPS tracking software, dispatchers can easily save time and dollars by having the ability to see where every vehicle in your fleet is at any time—speeding up response times, and optimizing travel routes. Especially for service providers, the ability to make more calls in less time can greatly improve the productivity level of every work day.

Reporting Made Easy

GPS tracking software offers automated reporting options to both speed the pace of business and help you analyze where your money is going.  These reporting options include mileage tracking, monitoring idle time, and route playback.

Asset Protection

As mentioned in our previous post on GPS tracking for loss prevention, GPS tracking devices can greatly improve the chances of recovering stolen property without damage.   The devices, used with GPS tracking software, allow business owners to see the location of their assets, and notify authorities.

 

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Unmanaged loss prevention can take a big bite out of your business profits.  One of the most effective tools business owners are using today to prevent loss and deter thieves is GPS tracking systems.  Along with GPS tracking software, these devices can help you get a grasp on the profits you could be missing out on.

Prevent Theft with a GPS Tracking System

GPS tracking systems provide a powerful deterrent for both theft and the misuse of company assets and time.  When staff members are aware of GPS trackers deployed on your vehicles or heavy equipment it greatly reduces temptation.  For example, an employee who knows that his routes of travel are being tracked is far less likely to use a company vehicle for personal travel.

Recover Stolen Assets

If you happen to be the victim of theft, GPS tracking devices installed on your corporate assets can assist authorities in recovering the stolen asset and avoiding a loss.  With GPS tracking software, the location of the stolen item will be pinpointed, allowing authorities to reach it faster, and reducing the likelihood of damage.

Manage Payroll Costs

Payroll can be one of the most daunting costs for any business. If your business needs to trim the fat from overtime or other hourly wages, a GPS tracker and GPS tracking software may be just the tool you need.  For example, staff members who are aware that there time and movements are tracked using GPS tracking software, are less likely to claim time that wasn’t actually worked.  Plus, GPS tracking systems can reduce your overall payroll costs by helping you find more efficient ways of doing business, such as using less fuel, correcting inefficiencies in routes of travel and dispatching.

In a world where  cutting business costs is necessary to remain afloat, the last thing any business needs is lost profits through inflated payroll costs, or the theft or misuse of company assets.  Consider GPS tracking for business to manage loss prevention.

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In addition to providing helpful information for business operations, GPS tracking systems are also used for personal safety.  Here, we’ve outlined some of the best safety features today’s GPS trackers have to offer.

The Panic Button

Perhaps the most important feature of a GPS tracker for personal safety is the panic button.  With the press of a single button, a GPS user in an emergency situation can immediately alert others.  The panic button feature on most GPS tracking systems activates a rapid fire sequence of location alerts, followed by automated cell phone alerts via GPS tracking software.

Voice Capabilities

The ability to communicate with another human being in the event of an emergency can mean the difference between life and death.  If you’re selecting a GPS tracking system for personal safety, TrackingTheWorld recommends a tracking device with two-way voice capabilities.

Extreme Weather Durability

For personal safety, a GPS tracker with all-weather durability is important, particularly if you are an outdoor enthusiast.  In situations such as mountain biking or snow skiing, your safety may depend on the ability of your GPS tracker to reliably function in less than desirable temperatures. Be sure to ask a GPS dealer for specifics.

Long Battery Life

Another of the most important safety features for GPS trackers is the ability of the tracker to operate for as long a period as possible without a charge.  Depending on locate update intervals (how often you want the tracker to report your location), today’s GPS trackers can go as long as a month or more between charges.  With this capability, or something similar, you can rest assured your GPS tracking system will function even if you forget to charge it once in a while.

 

As one of the most convenient options in GPS tracking today, TrackingTheWorld just launched the WT-OBD GPS tracker.  The device plugs into the diagnostic port of any vehicle for instant tracking using TrackingTheWorld’s GPS tracking software.  The device comes with built in motion detection, real time tracking and G-force monitoring.  The device is compatible with any GSM carrier and requires a data SIM card to operate.

For more information, visit our GPS tracking products page.

 

 

 

As a result of grant funding, the state of Vermont will soon be using GPS tracking devices to provide better transportation services to veterans who need transportation to work, medical appointments, and more.  Convenience and accessibility are some of the key goals of the GPS tracking program.  In addition, the program will allow dispatchers to easily monitor the locations of all transportation vans throughout the state.

Source:  http://gpstrackinginfo.com/gps-tracking-devices-to-be-installed-in-veteran-transit-in-va/2585

GPS tracking systems can be  unexplored territory for those who are just getting started in the GPS tracking business, or those who have just purchased a GPS tracker.  We’ve posted the three following links as objective sources of GPS tracking information for those who may need it.

Vehicle Tracking: Here’s a wiki article on vehicle tracking.  It explains the difference between active GPS trackers, passive GPS trackers, and explains AVL technology.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_tracking_system

GPS Tracking Overview: Here’s an eHow article on the basics of GPS tracking and GPS tracking systems.  Simply written, and easy to understand, this GPS tracking informational piece is a good starting point for information on GPS tracking systems.

http://www.ehow.com/about_4588354_gps-tracking.html

Global Positioning Systems–GPS: Here’s another wiki article which provides a quick overview of GPS tracking, its history and connection to the Defense Department, along with the many uses for GPS trackers and GPS tracking technology.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Positioning_System

For more information about GPS tracking systems for law enforcement, business, or personal use, visit http://www.trackingtheworld.com.

An traditional form of transportation in India is getting a very modern upgrade with GPS tracking devices soon to be installed on autorickshaws, commonly used by commuters in Indian cities.   According to Indian Express, a test group of 250 autorickshaws will be equipped with GPS tracking systems by the end of July.   The GPS trackers will be monitored via GPS tracking software by transport department officials.

The GPS trackers are intended to prevent drivers from overcharging passengers, and taking longer routes than necessary.  The GPS trackers also include a panic button intended for use by passengers in emergency situations so that authorities may reach them more quickly.

Source:  http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Autorickshaws-to-get-GPS-tracking-devices-by-end-of-July/810129/