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How Your GPS Can Protect Your Investments

Protect your investments with GPS tracking software.

GPS technology has changed the security of fleet management in the transportation industry. Fleets are now equipped with GPS anti-theft features such as location tracking and real-time unauthorized use alerts, providing better access to physical security measures. But as the world grows more connected, a new enemy of streamlined business emerges: the hacker. Here are a few ways your GPS tracking software can keep your business, and data, safe from modern hackers.

Try the New “Over-The-Air” Programming Method

The “over-the-air” system of security updates is specifically designed for smart vehicles. This system allows fleets to push updates remotely rather than forcing vehicles to stop at a central hub to receive them manually. Imagine the time saved and earning potential of a fleet that updates on the job. With your GPS unit working constantly to deliver you the most up-to-date information available, OTA programing can take over the responsibility of security updating.

Involve your GPS in Your Incident Response Plan

Allow your telematic technology to track the who, what, and when of vehicle and equipment usage. If there are any unauthorized individuals attempting to access your vehicles or equipment, your GPS can alert your fleet managers and any other personnel designated to receive alerts.

Real-Time Coverage and Data Monitoring

A GPS unit is more than a device you use to get lost in the country. It’s an easy to set-up, 24/7 coverage of your fleet with driving reports, custom alerts, and data history built right in. The amount of data collected makes your GPS both vulnerable and protected all at once. Massive amounts of unmonitored data can be hacked and used for personal gain, but this invasion also leaves traces in the data whenever non-authorized personnel gain access. Hackers leave digital fingerprints, causing issues in equipment function. In the transportation industry, telematics software is used so regularly that any hiccup in GPS software can be scrutinized immediately and compared with prior data, highlighting differences that could indicate malicious interference.

Use a Strong Firewall to Prevent Data Tampering

As tempting as it may be to the technologically savvy, resist modifying your GPS vehicle tracking software. Modifying manufactured software leaves your device vulnerable to digital hackers, but if you are looking to upgrade your business’ digital security, consider implementing a firewall. Anti-virus protect your devices and computers, keeping your data safe from cyber threats. These will monitor the computer’s health and function to let you know if there are any threats to your system. Be smart with your data by giving it the protection it needs to remain private in a world that is increasingly public.

A last word of warning: protecting your fleet and vehicles is very important for your business’ reputation, but don’t allow physical safety to distract your business from digital theft. Insurance may cover vehicles and products stolen by a savvy car thief, but a digital attack by a cunning hacker allows private, and potentially dangerous, information out into the black market of information brokering.

From Rescue to Recovery: GPS Tracking in Emergency Response

GPS Tracking for Emergency Response

In today’s world, location technology has made modern conveniences much easier to access. Not only can we order food on our phone and have it arrive within minutes, but we can track shipments down to the very second they arrive at our door. But did you know that GPS units are also used to facilitate recovery during emergency disaster situations? The following are a few ways GPS tracking devices help bring life back to normal in extreme circumstances.

Communication For Collaboration

When disaster strikes, it may seem like life will never revert to normal. But with access to GPS Tracking data, emergency response vehicles can optimize their time by collaborating with other recovery vehicles and sharing necessary details such as road conditions, needed supplies, and the best routes to access recovery zones. This collaboration can also occur between fleets from different clean-up companies. Some cities offer multiple sanitation collection companies for customers to choose from and, if these fleets worked together to accelerate the clean-up process by assigning zones rather than sticking to their assigned houses, they could expedite the recovery process substantially. This same method could apply to tree-cutting fleets and heavy construction equipment companies used to move debris. Through this collaboration via GPS data, fleets can more efficiently and effectively return life to some semblance of normal.

Locating Needed Services

Access to necessary services can be scarce during an emergency situation. Access to health care, food, water, shelter, and even power grids can be compromised. With GPS systems mapping the locations of these resources, victims of disaster can contact their local law enforcement agencies and get the information they need to outlast the tumultuous recovery process. Tracking healthcare fleets can be extremely advantageous, as crews can map ideal routes for multiple stops in a small area. Not only that, but with collected GPS data, emergency services are also able to better handle distribution of supplies, helping drivers deliver goods to where they are needed the most.

Variable Situations: Nature and Coordinated Attacks

Disasters don’t have to be natural to be dangerous. During the tragic bombing of the Boston Marathon in April 2015, companies were able to locate their vehicles closest to the damaged zone and safely move them away from the affected area, providing more space for emergency aid workers to function. This of course preserved the driver’s safety by sending them away from any potential fallout that might occur due to the nature of the disaster. Emergency crews themselves were able to utilize their fleets effectively by managing the various vehicles and their locations, only sending them in once areas had been cleared of potential hazards. With confusion as one of the most dangerous and detrimental setbacks to rescue and recovery, it can be helpful for rescue crews to have consistent GPS data throughout the recovery process.

How Fleet Managers are Embracing Sustainability

How Fleet Managers are Embracing Sustainability

Of all the items fleet managers have on their proverbial plates, preserving the habitats of the bald eagle should be one of the top ten. Why? Because concern for the eagles can save your company tens of thousands of dollars (besides, they’re just neat). While your fleet will not be directly involved in any particular eagle’s life, the actions you take as an environmentally-sensible inhabitant of this planet will not only help preserve their diminishing habitats, but also usher your fleet business into the modern age of sustainability.

Data-Based Decisions

Not sure where to start? GPS trackers can help you determine which methods of ‘greening’ are right for you and your company. Tracking data allows you to focus on the needs of the business without being distracted by short-term technological trends. This data can help you create short and long term goals for your company’s sustainability measures, and assist your creation of a sustainability action plan. Your long-term goal may be determining an acceptable length of payback time for the adoption of new types of fuel and green technologies, while your short-term goals could be as simple as lowering CO2 emissions and educating your drivers on the importance of careful driving.

Getting Everyone on Board

While you may have the ultimate power to make greener changes to your company, try to get your employees involved too by forming a green partnership that promotes gentle driving. That means slowing acceleration and braking, turning the engine off at opportune moments instead of idling, and maintaining awareness of the vehicle’s mechanical health. Bring them into the discussion! Speak with your drivers and talk about what works and what doesn’t, and ask them for suggestions on your company’s sustainability plan.

Cutting Costs

Did you know that choosing a hybrid or electric vehicle could save you over $10,000 in fuel and maintenance costs in just 4 to 5 years? The more time your fleet spends on the road and out of the shop, the more money you can make. With GPS tracking software, you can keep your trucks up to date on repairs and smoothly transition them in and out of commission. Not just that, but your telematics equipment may prove a valuable resource for government credits and incentives for companies that choose the greener option. Inquire with your local and federal governments as to how they are helping companies that promote sustainability.

Is your business ready to take the leap into sustainable fleet management? If so, you can expect to enjoy the benefits of lower fuel costs, improved operational efficiency, and maybe even a few government incentives. Consider taking a few steps to green your fleet this coming year…the eagles—and your bank account—will thank you!

Want to learn more about how GPS fleet software can help you green your fleet? Schedule your free fleet demo!

Top 10 Benefits of GPS Fleet Tracking for Trucking Companies

We discuss the many benefits of GPS tracking for trucking companies

Building and managing a successful trucking company is no mean feat, especially in today’s competitive market. Truck fleet management is made all the more difficult by the mobile nature of its most essential assets–the trucks themselves. Not knowing where your trucks and drivers are at all times can make fleet optimization, cargo coordination, and fuel cost minimization a living nightmare.

To save themselves the headache of a poorly-managed trucking company, many fleet managers have turned to GPS tracking systems to keep their vehicles visible and productive. The following are just a few of the benefits they are experiencing:

More Hours in the Day

In the transportation business, the saying “time is money” rings as true as it ever has. With a GPS tracking system, fleet managers can identify potential traffic hold-ups and reroute accordingly, reducing time spent in traffic jams.


Better Data

A good GPS fleet tracking system will deliver detailed reports that fleet-owning businesses can use to make data-based decisions for their operation.


Safer Drivers

Fleet managers who monitor their drivers’ behavior through GPS tracking software get valuable insight into the day-to-day activities of those drivers. This information can be used to improve driver training methods, reward safe drivers, and correct undesirable driving behaviors.


Efficient Organizing

GPS-enhanced workforce management gives fleet managers and dispatchers the ability to make informed decisions as needed to optimize their staff’s workday.


Lower Operation Cost

Using a GPS tracking system in conjunction with fleet management best practices gives fleet managers the insight they need to identify areas of excessive spend and cut costs in the right places.


Less Downtime

While some downtime is inevitable in most operations, too much can have disastrous consequences for a fleet’s productivity and profitability. GPS vehicle tracking works to reduce downtime by helping fleet managers and dispatchers optimize their routes, stops, and schedules.


Lower Payroll Cost

Driver and PTO event data can be used to verify timecards, discouraging time theft and keeping payroll costs down.


Better Insurance Rates

Some insurance providers will offer discounted rates for fleet-owning businesses that use GPS fleet tracking to keep an eye on their vehicles.


Improved Customer Service

GPS fleet tracking enables truck fleets to respond to and fulfill assignments with increased efficiency and punctuality, keeping customers and partners satisfied.


Theft Protection

An unsupervised truck is a tempting target for thieves and vandals. With GPS vehicle tracking, trucks are protected with unauthorized use and movement alerts.


Ready to experience some of these benefits for yourself? Give us a call at 800-881-6343 or schedule a demo today!.

GPS Fleet Tracking – More Relevant Than Ever

GPS Fleet Tracking is no longer something that business owners and managers are unaware of. It is tool that has become the industry standard, not the outlier. This is great because it provides a safer environment for all of us. The decision is now which GPS fleet tracking company is best for your business? InTouch works with thousands of companies throughout the United States in many different verticals.  Let’s look at 3 reasons why so many companies have chosen us and stick with us.

Three Reasons Companies Choose InTouch GPS as their GPS Fleet Tracking Provider

1) No Contracts….Ever

We believe in a simple philosophy- if they are happy and seeing ROI the customer will stay. We have one of the highest year over year retention rates in the industry, all without a contract. We don’t want to hold someone accountable for something they aren’t making use of or especially keep them giving us money, simply because a sheet of paper tells them they have to. We want our customers to be ecstatic and realize our worth and value and feel like a priority. You are never a number on a list to us- we take your company’s business personally. A secondary reason to never have contracts is that fleet sizes are often in constant flux. Whether it is seasonal, mechanical, business case or some other reason i you aren’t using something you shouldn’t have to continue to be paying for it. Just call us and let us know and we can pause and or unpause any device as necessary.

2) Affordable

We offer top of the line devices and an in-house custom built application. We have been in business for many years and with the sheer volume of customers and products we work with we have negotiated special rates between us and our suppliers and pass those savings onto you. We believe in the value of a long relationship, both professionally and financially and would rather have a low margin over many years than a one time big hit. We now offer FREE hardware and a low monthly cost of $23.95 in most situations. There ae no hidden data fees or user subscription restrictions per account or anything else complicated. One easy, affordable price.

3) We are Fanatical About Customer Service

We have a dedicated onboarding team and library. They will test devices remotely to make sure everything was installed correctly, train you on best practices and ALWAYS be there if you have a question about our application. No matter whether you have one device with us or thousands you are treated equally and we do everything in our power to make your fleet tracking experience an incredible one.

To discover what fleet tracking can do for your company, contact us today with any question or to schedule a no pressure demonstration of our system.

Truck Tracking From InTouch GPS

Truck Tracking has revolutionized the trucking and transportation industry

Trucking has had an important impact on society- economically and politically.

Trucks were first used extensively by the military during World War I. With the increased construction of paved roads, trucking began to achieve significant foothold in the 1930s. During the late 1950s and 1960s, trucking was accelerated by the construction of the Interstate Highway System, but it was in the 60’s and 70’s that pop culture brought the trucking industry to the forefront of America. Trucking has come to dominate the freight industry and is as important, (if not more) as ever.

InTouch GPS understands the rigors involved in truck tracking. Whether it is short haul, long haul, local, Over The Road, or cross national we have the right solution to help you become more efficient in managing the fleet and reducing costs and increasing profits. Whether it is one old reliable pick-up truck or a crew of million dollar rigs- the benefits can be quickly realized.  The supply chain and logistics necessary to run a large fleet is complex, but smaller organizations have their own specific issues as well. GPS truck tracking from InTouch GPS provides an affordable, easy to use solution for any size fleet in every kind of business niche. Here are some of the challenges that truck tracking can help reduce and/or solve.

Truck Tracking Challenges

  • Fuel Usage- Anytime that windshield time is a major factor of your business, so is fuel usage. Use GPS fleet tracking to eliminate excess fuel consumption by monitoring speeding through automated real time alerts and  route optimization.
  • Long hours- with NTSB regulations being strictly enforced, time management is crucial. While we don’t do EOBR , we do offer Ifta reports that can be a good baseline to let you know how to manage a driver or vehicle.
  • Efficient Management- Managing your fleet becomes much easier with the use of numerous detailed reports, playbacks, dashboards and automated alerts. Set it and forget it.
    Maximize vehicle utilization – Eliminate unnecessary idle time and vehicle misuse to get the most from your fleet.
  • Lot of Moving Parts  Geographically-Separate your groups by role, territory, manager or some other aspect that differentiates one from another. Create very specific user authorizations and permission levels.

Contact us to get any questions you have answered about truck tracking or to schedule a no-pressure quick demo of our system in action.

3 Ways GPS Fleet Tracking Helps The Construction Industry

The housing market seems to have recovered and new construction for new homes and commercial properties is on the rise. Add to that we are starting October with a Category 5 brewing in the Atlantic and a (hopefully inaccurate) forecast of a busy hurricane season in front of us.  So if you are in the construction industry, there will be an even greater need for efficiency responmding to any damage and making repairs as needed as well as maintaining the workload for existing and upcoming projects.  This is where GPS fleet tracking with InTouchGPS comes in. We offer affordable product and service that help construction companies increase profits and reduce costs in a myriad of ways.

Here are three:

Scalable Fleet Tracking

How large is a project? How many fleet vehicles will be needed to address those needs. Accurate reporting and historica and real time data allows you to make better business decisions. With increased business intelligence and route and job behavior, you can make forecasts and predictions about your needs. We never require contracts so if you need to scale up for a project and then back down- we will always be the exact right size for your needs.

Cost

Some areas of the country are already starting to feel freezing temperatures. Is your vehicle being used as climate control according to your policy? How about fuel usage- the greatest cost besides the cost of vehicles themselves of your fleet? While no one can eliminate fuel costs completely, we can make sure that you can determine patterns by vehicle or driver in regards to idling and speed control. You can receive real time alerts if idling is over a certain time you determine as well as receive reports at the frequenecy you determine showing total idle times. The same hold true for speeding- who is speeding, where are they speeding, patterns of behavior documented through reports or in real time through alerts.

 

Increase Safety

Our GPS fleet tracking offers reports and dashboards that allow you to have full situational awareness of any vehicle you are tracking. This not only includes their speed, but hard braking, hard accelaration and other customizable items on a scorecard. Moreso than this is the fact that drivers simply perform more to their leadership’s expectations when they know they are being monitored. This allows for a safer company all-around.

These are just three of the many ways GPS fleet tracking can help a construction company. We work with almost all types of companies across the United States and help them become more efficient. To learn what we can do for you specifically, contact us today so we can schedule a quick no pressure demonstration of our system or just to answer any questions you may have.

 

Fleet Tracking For Small Businesses

The small business is the epitome of the American Dream. People have and are continuing to take risks and start their own company to provide much needed services to their community. The people that take these risks see a need and have an idea on how to solve it and use resolve and dedication to make it happen. The challenges of a start-up are different than a second stage company and completely different than a large enterprise.

The largest difference between the stages these companies are in is often cash flow. While profitability is always incredibly important, the compliment to it- reducing costs- is equally as important.

Fleet vehicles are the backbone of so many types of companies- from service industries, to construction, energy, telecommunications and so many others. Cutting costs related to these fleets is a quick way to increase your bottom line. GPS Fleet tracking from InTouch GPS has proven itself over and over again in helping companies do both.

Benefits of GPS Fleet Tracking for Small Business

GPS Fleet tracking provides real-time and historic data which allow for actionable decisions about fleet vehicle driver behavior. Some of the things that are reported on include speed, location, vehicle idling and so much more!! GPS fleet tracking allows you to truly know what your vehicles are doing at any part of the day. Just knowing you have the ability to monitor their behavior often results in drivers doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing at most times.

Fleet tracking software is an investment that will prove its worth and continue to cut costs as your small business or startup grows.  As you grow, the ROI of fleet tracking grows as well- often exponentially instead of linearly. Here is some of the business intelligence that GPS fleet tracking can provide. Can you answer with 100% confidence any of the below aren’t happening without GPS fleet tracking?

  • Timesheets are accurate?
  • Vehicles are not being used for any purposes or places not authorized?
  • Employees are at where they are supposed to, when they are supposed to be?
  • Employees are not speeding or driving aggressively in order to make up for lost time?

Now, GPS Fleet tracking is not just about stopping negative fleet activity. It is also about ways to help your business.

Benefits of GPS Fleet Tracking to Small Business

  • InTouch GPS increases productivity in a myriad of ways. Here are just a few of the ways we have seen GPS fleet tracking help business increase profits and become more competitive.
  • Help lost drivers get to a destination, avoid vehicle congestion or simply route them quickly to a next job.
  • Inform customers of ETA’s without having to interrupt the driver
  • Showing your customers that you invest in the company to serve them better can separate your company from those that don’t.

At InTouch GPS we work with all kinds of companies in all sizes. Whether it is 1 driver or several thousand our platform was built to help you make a more efficient use of time, reduce costs and increase profits and safety. Contact us today to learn about our services and what we can do for you and your business.

Fleet Tracking For Cable Companies

It seems that almost all of us lead busy lives. We are juggling more and more tasks and we are quickly draining our most valuable commodity-Time. As consumers, we have grown to expect service companies to do an incredible job and do it in a quick manner so we can get back to our lives. When I bought my first house, I remember the cable company telling me that the service man would be there between 8 am- 5 pm.

Wait, what? So I will just be sitting by idly waiting over such a long period of time?

Fast forward to present day- dispatchers and service technicians can give you a much smaller time window or near exact ETA and start the consumer/business relationship on a positive note right from the start.

InTouch GPS works with a myriad of companies-all kinds of business vertical, all sizes of fleets. While our platform is industry agnostic the fleetcentric nature of service companies mean that we get a lot of call from fleet managers, department managers and business owners of cable and other telecom companies.  We work with some of the major cable and telecom players as well as smaller companies that may have as few as one vehicle.  We support cable companies across the United States and while each business is unique, there are often broad sweeping challenges or practices that GPS fleet tracking can help with.

Cable companies usually have a morning muster ( or other shift muster) then the cable technicians, linemen and other service operators hit the road.  Read about many of the benefits that we offer to our current cable companies and how we can benefit you.

Cable Industry

Cable companies have two main service offerings

1) New Service Installation

2) Escalated Technical Issues

Regardless of which service the company is being utilized for the benefits of GPS fleet tracking run the gamut for them all.

Improving Efficiency 

GPS Vehicle Tracking allows you to gain valuable data on driver behavior. An authorized user can pull historic reports as well as see real time activity and gather business intelligence.

  • How long is a person at any respective cable job?
  • Is there an average time among your drivers?
  • Are they going directly from jobsite to jobsite?
  • What is an acceptable time in which someone can do the job efficiently?
  • Are your drivers timecards an accurate representation of their work?

GPS fleet tracking gives you these answer and insights about so much more.

When a person knows that the boss has the ability to monitor their activities they are much more likely to be doing what they are supposed to be doing.

Speed Control 

As discussed many of the vehicles in cable companies are often branded and are ambassadors of your company as they drive through residential neighborhoods. Are they speeding?

Heavy coax cable, materials, tools, T1 systems, servers and high speeds are not a good combination.

You can use the system to see how fast people are going- of course safety is paramount, but the potential damage to your reputation of unsafe drivers is also a key factor in being able to tracking this (and many other) aspects of their driving. Not only can you easily pull a dashboard and see current and historic data, you can also choose to be sent real time alerts to immediately be able to correct the problem.

Idling Control

Often cablers have to crawl through attics or appropriately named crawlspaces in order to fix an issue. They may have to brave the elements- rain, heat, snow – are your drivers using the vehicle as climate control? Are they keeping the vehicle on when they shouldn’t be. You can see how long a vehicle is idling to learn the answers to these questions and ultimately save money on fuel costs. We suggest having a driver policy meeting to set expectations about each of these events and what is authorized and what is not. Sometimes it may not seem like much- a few dollars saved here or there, but when you multiply it across the total

Customer Experience

In today’s tech driven world, customers are often inpatient to fix a technical issue or raring to go when they move into a new place to start hitting on all cylinders. With the ability for dispatchers to manage expectations of ETA and be able to route the closest driver for any technical “emergencies” the customer is happier and more likely to stay a customer. With all the choices that your customers have, every drop in the bucket matters.

With these and many more benefits, cable and telecom companies have increased their bottom line and stay with us. If you would like to be the next cable company (or any service company) to start increasing ROI while reducing costs, contact us today for a quick no pressure 10 minute demo about what we can do for you.

Fleet Tracking Adoption

Adoption and implementation of GPS fleet tracking is an investment decision typically made by the business owner or other senior level leader in a company. Fleet managers or IT personnel are asked to vet potential vendors and see who they like and why and finally a decision is made. Very often the final factors come down to price and level of service. Once the company and product/service has been decided upon, the next step is implementation.

Fleet Tracking Adoption

There are many people who will be involved in the implementation process and sometimes this is where fleet tracking adoption gets difficult. Many people don’t understand what GPS Fleet tracking even is. You want to get buy-in from everyone involved to maximize the fleet tracking ROI.

To avoid Fleet Tracking adoption problems here are three basic rules to follow.

1) Communicate specific goals to the person managing the fleet tracking.

That way they know what to look for, what to pay most attention to. For example if you tell someone cut costs using this thing, they will have no idea what to do next. If you tell the person, we need to reduce fuel costs by 2 percent in the next quarter, they will know what areas to focus on. Give specific, measurable goals to the person using the system.

2) Take Advantage of FREE dedicated training and support to your team.

InTouch GPS has an experienced support team whose sole purpose is to make sure that clients are comfortable using the software to accomplish any task. Whether a first time user or experienced veteran of the system, we want someone to feel comfortable that they have the right tool to accomplish the task. If the user has any question on how to use our application to solve any specific problem our support team will walk you through how to set up the system to do tasks and reporting related to that (or any other) problem. We have many years of experience solving almost every imaginable problem and know how best to set up the system to do what you want it to do. We are dedicated to your success.

3) Ensure the drivers understand what is being tracked and why 

You want the people on the ground level to understand that fleet tracking is so much more than “big brother is watching”. Fleet tracking has many benefits specific to them such as not having to call them to tell a customer an ETA, being able to send directions if lost, more efficient means more profitable and the more likely there is a job to be had tomorrow in the first place. Here is a blog about 8 ways that the drivers benefit from fleet tracking.

If you are thinking about adopting fleet tracking into your business, talk to the GPS fleet tracking leaders at InTouch GPS to see a no pressure demo or to have any questions answered.

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