General Interest

It won’t be long before high-tech monitoring units will be installed in every semi in North America.

Truck Temperature Monitoring GPS

These high tech multi-purpose monitoring units called telematics and electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) are changing the way large fleet companies operate.

EOBRs can transmit important vehicle information in real time such as:

  1. The temperature in the truck’s refrigeration compartment
  2. Truck equipment problems and other sensory diagnostics
  3. Driving habits (driving hours, fuel efficiency factors, location, hard braking, activation of roll stability controls.)

Knowing the temperature in a truck’s refrigeration unit helps to prevent food spoilage. If the company knows that there’s an issue with the refrigeration equipment, the truck can be diverted off its route for immediate maintenance.

But with the help of GPS fleet tracking, it’s more than just the temperature inside the truck that can be monitored. GPS tracking devices coupled with fleet management software can help drivers plan the most efficient routes while reducing fuel consumption. Not to mention all the other benefits of fleet tracking.

How GPS Data is Making a Big Difference to Trucking

This all-encompassing data not only helps companies save money through efficiencies and better control over the goods being transported, but one of the greatest and immediate benefits of installing EOBRs is that it can improve highway safety by reducing driver fatigue.

It is estimated that 3 million truck drivers still use paper logs to track their hours and equipment maintenance. When you have potentially tired humans updating logs, there is great room for error.

In the USA, “The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon require all carriers to install some type of electronic on-board monitoring device in their vehicles to track vehicle status and how many hours a driver has been on the road”.

There’s a good chance that in the near future, fleet companies will be required to install GPS fleet tracking technology.

Geotab’s Fleet Tracking & Truck Temperature Monitoring

GPS fleet tracking is sure to see your company significant savings. As an official reseller of the Geotab GPS system, we at GPS to GO stand behind this product for its incredible ease of installation and multitude of uses and benefits.

The Geotab tracking devices can also be coupled with temperature sensors in refrigeration trucks to communicate all this sensory data back to the fleet management software, allowing management to know the status of all goods in real time.

If you are interested in a GPS tracking solution with the ability for temperature monitoring, the Geotab system continues to exceed expectations time and again. And with our customer service and great plans (no long term or fixed contracts), we can make GPS fleet tracking an asset to your company.

Larger companies may have the capital to outfit their vehicles with GPS systems. But GPS systems can benefit both small and large businesses and in the long run (or even short run!) prove to be a wise investment.

 

Happy tracking,

Russ Salo, President

GPS to GO, now you know

 

Orkin Pest Control is a large company that handles over 5,500 trucks. It has over 8000 employees operating in more than 400 U.S. locations.

GPS Fleet Tracking ROI

Orkin was searching for an efficient GPS solution that offers minimal maintenance, real-time accurate reporting and tamper-proof installation. The solution for Orkin was the Geotab GO GPS system. GPS to GO is an official Geotab reseller.

In 1999, Orkin began to invest over 4 million dollars to install GPS devices on all its vehicles. The cost may seem high, but through the years of using GPS fleet tracking, the ROI for Orkin is clear.  In addition to Orkin’s driver certification program, GPS monitoring and other company-wide initiatives, Orkin experienced a significant reduction in insurance claims.

Here is the ROI breakdown:

  • Reduction in workers’ compensation claims: over $1 million
  • Reduction in auto damage claims: over $500,000
  • Reduction in auto liability claims: over $2 million
  • Total savings: $3,5+ million dollars!

Mike Gibney, Orkin’s director of claims and loss control, states that the company went from 12,000 claims in 1996 to 4,700 in 2003.

The GO GPS by Geotab system has helped Orkin in preventing serious injuries by encouraging employees to drive safely. Orkin has a rigorous driving policy in place. The following violations are grounds for immediate termination:

  • Driving over 140 km/h
  • Driving over 125 km/h twice in one year
  • Driving over 110 km/h three times in one year

This may sound strict, but putting these regulations into practice, in addition to other company-wide driver education incentives, has significantly reduced costs for Orkin, as well as enhanced the safety of its employees and the general public.

While Orkin understands the “big-brother” fear expressed by some employees, the company states that the majority of its staff are comfortable with GPS. They understand that Orkin is their employer and that they’re expected to follow these rules.

Gibney states that “Our intention is to protect employees and the public from harm. I would say there aren’t a whole lot of companies out there right now that can say they cut their claims frequency by 60% and cut their claims dollars in excess of 40%. So the economics behind it make us a more vibrant and healthy company.”

How Exactly Has GPS Fleet Tracking Helped Orkin?

Accidents:

A vehicle from Orkin’s Oklahoma branch was involved in an accident. Although the other vehicle had pulled out in front of his truck, the Orkin employee was charged with the accident, because the officers investigating the accident said he was speeding. According to their calculations, he was traveling in excess of 60 mph. Upon further inspection of the GPS system, it was evident that the recorded speed at the time of the accident was 48 mph. This information was taken to the police chief, who accepted the GPS record as being more accurate than the police officers’ calculations.

Read more on how GPS tracking promotes safer driving and helps with accident resolution

Customer Service:

At another branch, a customer had a history of calling in to say she that the technician had not been to her house, even though a proper service ticket had been left at her home. In the past, the office had waived her fees, not wanting to lose her as a customer. After the GPS system was in place and the customer called to with the same claim, the branch manager pulled the GPS records and found that the technician had indeed been to her house, where he spent 31 minutes. When the customer was told about this, she admitted that the real reason she had disputed the service was because she was having financial problems and had hoped that Orkin would once again waive her fee. Orkin then worked out a payment plan with the customer.

Read more on how GPS fleet tracking improves customer service.

What are the benefits for Orkin in using GPS for fleet management?

Accident Prevention – Enforcing that staff follow a strict no-speeding protocol. The GO GPS system also has a seat belt reminder and speed watcher system.

Quality Check – Management is able to see clear evidence that employees are performing their jobs responsibly, by driving safely, not rushing through a service request or skipping services altogether. The GPS tracks the amount of time each technician spends at a customer’s residence.

Maintenance – The GO GPS alerts drivers when it’s time for an oil change (after 3,000 miles), when it’s time for a transmission check (after 10,000 miles). This significantly cuts vehicle repair costs.

Optimizing Routes – The GO GPS system can optimize routes and thus reduce gas costs by allowing technicians to reach clients more efficiently since trucks get dispatched within the same geographical area.

 

The benefits of using GPS for Orkin are obvious, but these benefits are not confined to just large businesses. Even small businesses enjoy the same benefits from safer driving and more efficient customer service!

 

Geotab Go GPS

Geotab Fleet Tracking

Are you considering GPS tracking for your fleet? The Geotab system is the only end-to-end fleet tracking solution – from the installed-in-seconds tracking devices, to the sophisticated yet user-friendly fleet management software. Couple that with GPS to GO’s affordable pricing and no fixed or long-term contracts, and you’ll be saving money in no time.

Get rolling today with GPS to GO.

 

 

Happy tracking,

Russ Salo, President

GPS to GO, now you know

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) states that companies need to take into account the privacy rights of employees when installing GPS tracking devices in vehicles, since vehicle location and the whereabouts of employees are tracked in real time.

Employee Privacy GPS Tracking

Example Privacy Case Regarding GPS Fleet Tracking

The OPC recently reviewed a case where several workers complained that an employer was using the abilities of GPS fleet tracking to improperly collect their daily whereabouts while on the job.

The company uses GPS to manage its vehicles and to dispatch employees to job sites. Employees worried that the company was using information collected from GPS devices to monitor work performance and that this information would be used to justify disciplinary action.

The OPC sided with the company in many instances, and the OPC understood the benefit of using GPS for fleet management: a company will ultimately increase its chance of providing better service to customers.

At the same time, the OPC expressed concern over using GPS technology to monitor employees’ activities, and stated that “routinely evaluating worker performance based on assumptions drawn from GPS information impinges on individual privacy”.

Conclusion

One way to avoid this pitfall is to clearly outline how GPS will be used on the job, what kind of information will be collected and for what purpose. All companies that use GPS should have a GPS policy in place, outlining the process for using such technology and clarifying that it will only be used to monitor work performance in a reasonable manner. For instance, it should be accepted if an employee wants to pick up a coffee while on the road – it only being an issue if it happens too frequently or the stop is too long.

Your company should specify how employees are being monitored and what the information will be used for in your guidelines, so that all employees are aware.

The Commissioner also stated that “managing workplace privacy is a balancing act. On the one hand, employers have the right to know what workers are up to on company time. On the other, employees have a right to privacy”.

 

Happy tracking,

 

Russ Salo, President

GPS to GO, now you know

People are becoming more and more conscious of the “three bottom lines” to a business – whether as someone running a business or making a career choice. In this post you will see how fleet management can help you achieve these 3 bottom lines. There’s not many products out there that have such a direct link to improving each of these three bottom lines, so it’s something we’re particularly proud of.

people planet profitWhat are the 3 bottom lines?

Profit: like we all know well, one of the main reasons for a business is to make a profit.

Planet: a business shouldn’t have a sole goal of making a profit with disregard to the planet. Most people realize nowadays that we need to start being more reticent of our impact to the environment and take on more sustainable business practices.

People: a business is only as strong as the people behind it, and our end-to-end fleet tracking and management system can help create a transparent and fair work environment while being considerate to the community.

How Our Fleet Tracking Solution Contributes to The 3 Bottom Lines

1) Increase Profit By Reducing Costs and Improving Customer Service

Fleet managers are well aware of the ways that a fleet tracking solution can help improve your bottom line:

  • Reduce mileage and fuel use between stops via more efficient routing.
  • Reduce vehicle wear & tear and maintenance costs via driver training for safer and more conservative driving habits.
  • Reach more customers in a day via more efficient and smarter dispatching.
  • Improve customer satisfaction via better ETA’s and communication with customers.
  • Reduce chances of theft and off-hours usage of vehicles.
  • Even reduce insurance rates,
  • And many more profit benefits.

2) Make Less of an Impact on the Environment

Until we all start driving electric vehicles or discover some other sustainable fuel source, the most we can do is be conservative and efficient in driving. Through the fleet management software, you can automatically create the most efficient routes for all your drivers – even while considering live traffic analysis. This means you can get more work done with less travel time – and less fuel consumption.

Plus, with all the driver training abilities through the fleet management software, like in-vehicle driver alerts for things like harsh braking or jackrabbit starts, you can make a significant improvement to how your drivers use their vehicles on the road. You might be surprised to know that aggressive driving can result in up to 40% more fuel consumption! Even just reducing the amount of idle time a driver has can make a big difference.

The Geotab fleet management software also keeps track of all your vehicle maintenance and engine status, so that you always have well-tuned vehicles and fix any issues before they become problems.

3) Create a Safer, More Rewarding Workplace for People

Our fleet tracking system is beneficial for the people within and around your business as well. Here’s how:

  • Ensure drivers are practicing safe and conservative driving habits, thus improving their own safety and reducing chances of an accident.
  • Better reward employees for good performance through the exceptionally accurate tracking of their activities in the fleet management software.
  • Ensure the vehicles they are driving are well-tuned and up-to-date on maintenance via the convenient notifications in your fleet management software.
  • Create zones on your service area maps to prevent (or notify) drivers from entering sensitive areas like school zones or quiet neighborhoods, thus also being considerate to the people of the community.

Recap:

3-bottom-lines

As you can see, fleet tracking is much more than just improving the profit of a business. It also helps create a safer and more rewarding workplace for employees, and reduces your carbon footprint all while making your business better.

If you’re interested in seeing more how our GPS fleet tracking system can make a triple-difference to your business, request a quote online or sign up for one of our web demos!

 

Happy tracking,

Russ Salo, President

GPS to GO, now you know

[read the original blog post on the Geotab blog]

What could have been a tragedy was luckily avoided through the use of GPS fleet tracking devices on the company vehicles of an elevator service company called Trident Elevator, in Scarborough Ontario.
 
Trident Elevator had been using our GPS fleet tracking solution for more than three years already when the incident occurred. They chose to adopt GPS tracking in the first place to better track and dispatch their mechanics in real time.
 
On one recent day during the dispatcher’s usual operations, she soon realized that one of the drivers had become unresponsive, and that the vehicle was not moving. She sent someone to check on the driver right away, only to discover he had had a heart attack. They were able to call 911 in time to save’s the man’s life.
 

 
Our GPS fleet tracking services here at GPS to GO can offer a world of benefits to your business, but being able to say that it saved an employee’s life is the biggest benefit of all.
 
Happy tracking,
 
Russ Salo, President
GPS to GO, now you know