GPS Tracking for Emergency Response

From Rescue to Recovery: GPS Tracking in 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.

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What can GPS tracking do for trucking companies?

Top 10 Benefits of GPS Fleet 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.


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