One of the many ways GPS tracking devices are used for fleet tracking is city bus tracking. Over the last decade, communities have found that the utilization of GPS tracking systems not only improves efficiency in public transportation operations, but also encourages citizens to take advantage of the transportation resources available to them. Here are the top four reasons why GPS tracking improves public bus systems:
Location and Schedule Monitoring
Transportation dispatchers using GPS for fleet tracking are easily able to monitor the location of each bus in real time through the use of GPS tracking software. If a particular route or driver is causing delays within the transportation system, the problem is easily isolated and fixed in a manner that saves time, financial resources, and maintains satisfaction for the public.
Simply stated, every public transportation system wants more commuters. Some community bus systems have found that GPS tracking systems which allow patrons to monitor the location and estimated arrival time of their bus via a smartphone application actually increase the overall ridership within the system. For example, if rushed commuters can verify their bus is running on time, or know it is running late, they are much more likely to align their schedules with bus arrival times, resulting in more riders overall.
Fuel Dollars Saved
With fuel costs rising, bus system administrators are becoming increasingly aware of this threat to their bottom lines. As an industry dramatically affected by fuel costs, public bus systems possibly have the most to gain from the use of GPS tracking systems allowing them to identify and remap the most inefficient routes within the system.
GPS tracking provides an effective tool for maintaining a city-wide bus system that is hassle free and reliable for patrons, resulting in satisfied, returning public transportation customers.
The New Jersey Herald reports that Sussex County authorities are testing the use of GPS tracking ankle bracelets on screened non-violent offenders in an early release program as an effort to reduce costs such as housing and medical care for inmates. According to the article, a second inmate is soon to be released on the program. Using GPS tracking software authorities can monitor participants who are confined to their homes and immediate areas. Authorities are testing the GPS tracking program in hopes that it will reduce the cost of housing inmates and providing medical care.
While most larger police departments in Oklahoma already utilize GPS tracking systems, rural police departments in the state are realizing a need for GPS tracking systems in police cruisers due to an increase in vehicle theft. Some small departments are seeking federal grants to have the systems installed.
Thefts of police cruisers have even included SWAT vehicles, by thieves seeking the arsenal of weapons inside, which can be both dangerous and expensive. The most significant barrier for obtaining GPS tracking systems for small departments is budget constraints leaving department heads searching for federal funding and grants.
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Our latest news find on the topic details a GPS tracking initiative for public transportation GPS trackers in Pullman, WA as a result of a stimulus grant which will also fund the purchase of a camera for each bus.
The GPS tracking system is currently in testing, and is expected to be available to patrons in 2012.
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Increased traffic and the overall safety of children on Halloween night is always a challenge for parents, but can be dramatically improved through the use of a GPS tracker. Tossing a GPS tracking device in any Trick-or-Treat bag coupled with the use of GPS tracking software gives parents the abilitiy to set boundaries for their older Trick-or-Treaters and pinpoint their exact locations at any time.
For younger ghouls and goblins, GPS tracking systems act as an additional safety measure in case parents become accidentally separated from their child, and can be programmed to send an alert if a child leaves a predetermined area.
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Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Does GPS tracking teenage drivers really make them better drivers? According to a recent study, the answer is YES. While some parents may feel awkward using GPS tracking to monitor their child’s driving habits, it
turns out that use of GPS tracking devices do, in fact, improve teen driving habits–especially if the teenage driver is aware that there is a GPS tracker in his or her vehicle.
A new study released by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety showed that
when teens know that their driving was being monitored by their parents they
perform better behind the wheel than their non-monitored counterparts.
If you’re looking for a GPS tracker for a teenager, we recommend the Enduro Pro GPS Tracking Device, and sharing with your teen that the tracker is in his or her vehicle. Read more about the Enduro Pro GPS Tracker.
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A second round of research by the Kiawah Conservancy, located in Kiawah Island of South Carolina, is using GPS tracking technology to monitor 35-bobcats in the area. The data gained from the study will
provide critical information on the bobcats’ habitat area, and create a virtual boundary for preserving it .The GPS tracking systems helps builders on the island to avoid building over the habitats of the native species.
Wildlife preservationists feel the GPS tracking program is important, because human development on the island has already resulted in the deaths of 2 bobcats, both struck by cars.
GPS tracking systems are proving to be beneficial to the environment through their help in exposing and preventing illegal garbage dumping. The following details GPS tracking systems installed in garbage trucks in Abu Dhabi.
About 85-percent of garbage collection trucks in Abu Dhabi emirate are equipped with GPS tracking transmitters. It seems that the simple addition of a GPS tracking systems has resulted in radical, and much improved, changes in
the amount of waste that is dumped at improper locations.
Before the installation of the GPS tracking systems, illegal
dumping was a serious issue, including complaints about collection trucks dumping sewage water into deserts in the
Western Region. This dumping was a serious problem, as it was contaminating local farms.
It is reported that the GPS tracking systems have significantly recucedthe number of complaints within the area.
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