General Interest

Significant technological advancements have been made in many industries over the last few years, and the construction industry is no exception. Between the modernized processes and equipment becoming more and more technologically advanced, it is no wonder construction companies big and small are looking for the best ways to protect their equipment and keep their projects moving forward and on schedule. For many, the answer can be found in GPS tracking for their vehicles and equipment, allowing for near real-time insight into equipment location, state of operation, and engine diagnostics.

The four main reasons the construction industry should consider GPS tracking for their vehicles and equipment:

– Productivity

– Efficient Use of Equipment

– Proper Maintenance

– Theft

Any setback in a construction project can add up in lost profit very quickly, which is why company owners and project managers do all they can to keep the job site running as efficiently as possible to keep the project on schedule. GPS tracking can help with efficiency and productivity by providing important data showing when vehicles or equipment are being used, how they’re being operated, if there are any mechanical issues which suggest maintenance is required to prevent a breakdown which is a hugely costly setback for any project. Data availability depends on the type of equipment, however, some data which has been collected from some heavy construction equipment previously includes: total amount of fuel used, total amount of fuel used while idling, trip fuel used, engine coolant temperature, engine hours and fault codes. The benefit of having these pieces of data at your fingertips is obvious and a large reason why GPS tracking in the construction industry is on the rise.

Arguably the most important reason for choosing to implement GPS tracking in a construction vehicle and equipment fleet is theft. Security on construction sites is a major concern as equipment is left on the job site day after day, often not guarded overnight, usually in fairly or extremely remote locations, making the various machinery and equipment easy targets for thieves. The problem of theft from construction sites has gotten so bad that the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say in the province of Ontario alone $15 million to $20 million of construction equipment is lost each year. The problem gets worse in the United States with the Insurance Crime Bureau and National Equipment Register reporting $300 million to $1 billion in construction and heavy equipment being stolen each year.

The safety and security of workers and equipment on construction sites is no laughing matter, and with the cost of setbacks very clear, any in the industry who have not yet implemented GPS tracking into their vehicles and equipment are risking a lot. If you’re interested in learning more about how GPS to GO can help your construction company with GPS tracking, contact us today!

We at GPS to Go are confident in saying it would be a challenge to find a fleet manager who doesn’t want to know where their vehicles are to ensure the business is being run as efficiently as possible. For instance, if a fleet vehicle breaks down on a roadside, a fleet manager will absolutely want to know the exact location of their vehicle to get a service vehicle there as soon as possible to limit the impact on business. What if we told you that rather than just being able to quickly locate a broken down vehicle’s location, you could actually predict and often prevent mechanical issues which could leave a vehicle out of service? That is the power of engine diagnostics and a large factor in why so many companies choose the Geotab telematics solution. So what can engine diagnostics tell you about your fleet vehicles?

While a non-diagnostic GPS tracking device will tell you the basic GPS location, speed and acceleration of a vehicle and allow for geofence monitoring, an on-board diagnostic (OBD) connected telematics device such as the one offered by Geotab, will give a much wider range of data from the vehicle and engine including the following (if supported by vehicle):

– Actual odometer reading from the engine
– Actual engine hours reading from the engine
– Whether the check engine light is on
– Fault code data for engine faults
– RPM
– Fuel level
– Total fuel used and total fuel used when idling
– Seat belt use
– Coolant temperature
– Ignition detect
– True idling

Having access to this valuable information about your vehicles not only gives peace of mind, but it also allows you to reduce fleet fuel costs by tracking fuel use and finding efficiencies to reduce idling time and unnecessary driving, and gives you the information needed to often detect and respond to any vehicle or driver issues early, before they lead to costly downtime or potential safety issues.

If you’d like to discuss how GPS to Go and the telematics solution from Geotab can help your fleet, contact us today or complete our quote request form and get started with our trial offer!

 

 

Great news for National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) members! Geotab has been awarded a four-year contract by the NJPA for the procurement of Fleet Management and Related Technology Solutions. The contract establishes Geotab as an awarded vendor and offers streamlined purchasing for the over 50,000 NJPA members across the United States with competitive volume pricing. On the topic of the NJPA contract, Geotab’s Strategic Market Development Manager, Jean Pilon-Bignell, said “through this NJPA awarded contract, all local and state government fleets gain access to premium quality secure telematics solutions without having to engage in a lengthy and costly bidding process.”

Geotab’s platform security is designed for end-to-end protection of data, and sets Geotab apart as a leading global provider of innovative telematics technology. Through the over 2 billion points of data collected each day, Geotab provides critical intelligence to enable new and innovative smart-city and state applications to help government agencies improve regional operations surrounding transportation efficiency, citizen safety and environmental sustainability.

If you qualify to purchase the Geotab telematics solution through the NJPA contract, we encourage you to contact us to get started experiencing the benefits Geotab can offer you.

On December 18th, 2017, the day the U.S. mandated for all truckers to track Hours of Service with the use of an Electronic Logging Device (ELD), Canadian Transport Minister, Marc Garneau announced a similar plan for truckers in Canada.

Siting research showing an “ELD mandate would have a direct and immediate impact on curbing behaviours strongly linked with higher crash rates such as driving over limits of service, which leads to fatigue”, Garneau stated the Canadian mandate would be expected to mirror the one now in place in the U.S. and consist of a two-year rollout plan, but added, “if we can do it quicker than that, that would be even better”.

The reasoning given for the two countries’ mandates being mirrored was, “there are almost 30,000 trucks a day that travel between Canada and the United States. It helps if we have the same rules on both sides of the border”.

Although truckers in the U.S. also had what could be seen as sufficient lead time to implement ELDs into their trucks, whether single-truck owner-operators to fleets with hundreds of vehicles, many chose to hold out until the eleventh hour to see if any actions by various advocates would reverse the decision or delay the deadline. The deadline was not delayed and the decision went ahead leaving many panicking to meet the requirements before roadside enforcement of the ruling begins in a few short months.

Our best advice to any Canadian trucker or fleet owner who does not already have a GPS fleet tracking and ELD system implemented into their truck or trucks, is to start now so it not only gives drivers and fleet managers time to learn the new technology, you can also get a head start on experiencing the advantages making the change can offer your business.

What are some advantages of using GPS fleet tracking and ELDs?

  • Improved Productivity
    • Less downtime and overtime
    • Reach more customers in a day
    • More efficient fuel use
    • Prevent unscheduled stops, detours, or off-hours use
  • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Receive reminders for regular maintenance & check-ups
    • Alerts for engine lights & diagnostics
    • Alerts to you and drivers for poor driving (speeding, idling)
    • Be notified of off-hours use, and find stolen vehicles
  • Safer Driving
    • Improved company image on the road
    • Save on fuel costs by eliminating aggressive driving
    • Reduced chance of accidents
  • Better Customer Service
    • Faster routes and response times
    • More accurate ETA’s for customers
    • Proof of service reports
  • Reduce Costs
    • Enjoy less downtime and fuel costs
    • Reduced risk of accidents and vehicle wear & tear
    • Accurate time sheets and less need for overtime hours
    • Potential to lower insurance rates for safer drivers
  • Insightful & Useful Reports
    • Make sound business decisions based on real data
    • Better manage and allocate resources
    • Reduce routing time, costs and fleet miles
    • Learn from over 30 standard reports or customize your own

Get started today with our $50 Trial Offer here!

 

Every fleet manager dreads having a vehicle down for any amount of time as it quickly takes a toll on productivity and profits. Whether a vehicle is out of gas, has a flat tire or a dead battery, the goal of every fleet manager is to have the situation dealt with as soon as possible to get that vehicle back on the road to keep business going without too severe of a disruption. Businesses have many options for roadside services to help deal with vehicle breakdowns or other situations when vehicles are out on the roads, but we’d like to share why we believe you should strongly consider using Geotab’s Roadside Assistance.

 

Geotab Roadside (available in the U.S. and Canada) is a simple solution for dispatching roadside assistance to fleet vehicles experiencing a breakdown or another type of roadside issue. Powered by Rapitow, Geotab Roadside has a roadside assistance network of more than 45,000 service providers. When a roadside assistance request is sent, it is sent to the closest service provider ensuring a fast response. Services are provided 24/7 and 365 days a year.

Using Geotab Roadside allows you to track the service time on the app with accurate GPS data, and watch the service vehicle drive to your location. This gives the driver assurance on how soon someone will be there and also allows your fleet dispatchers to update customers or receiving areas that the driver will be late, if needed.

Fleets often pay too much for roadside assistance programs, only receiving a slight discount from what a consumer would pay for services. Geotab Roadside, on the other hands, is offered free of charge for Light-Duty vehicles located in the U.S. and Canada, with a fleet-wide* subscription to the Geotab ProPlus plan.

The following services are complimentary for Light-Duty vehicles:

  • Towing for up to 25 miles (40 kilometers)
  • Flat tire change
  • Battery boost
  • Fuel delivery
  • Winching
  • Lockout service

(*Standard rates apply for servicing Medium-Duty and Heavy-Duty vehicles, and for Light-Duty vehicle services exceeding the complimentary services listed)

For more information, or to get started with Geotab Roadside to help you minimize the downtime of your fleet, contact us today.