Utility companies keep the country running. Literally. When they’re not working at maximum capacity and efficiency, no one is. That’s one reason GPS tracking for utility fleets is so important for utility companies today.
It’s more than simply helping you cut fuel costs and keep your drivers from driving too fast. Though, for many companies those reasons are incentive enough. In actuality, they are simply the icing on the cake. These are the benefits your company can enjoy when utilizing GPS for utility fleets.
Ensures that there is Adequate Technician Coverage for the Task at Hand
Utility companies work in large cities and some of the most remote areas in the country. When there are power outages to contend with, it’s vital that utility companies can get the closest men and women to the location in question.
GPS tracking on all fleet vehicles allows you to quickly identify the nearest vehicle so you can reroute it to power line and other utility hot spots. When demand is high, the tasks becomes more challenging for dispatchers in ordinary situations.
GPS tracking helps identify the most efficient routes to hit all the problem areas without wasting time, mileage, or resources in the process.
Faster Access to Help in Emergencies
There is danger involved in utility work. When accidents occur and emergencies arise, you need to be able to move people quickly from one area to another to offer assistance. This often involves finding the available vehicles that are closest to the emergency location. You need to be able to do this in a matter of seconds.
That’s where GPS tracking truly excels. With a few keystrokes, you can identify the nearest vehicles and arrange for assistance to arrive as quickly as possible so that help arrives in a timely manner.
Easily Direct Fleet Activity During Widespread Power Outages
Sometimes, Mother Nature really seems to have it in for utility workers. She dishes out her worst leaving downed trees and power lines by the mile — or so it seems. In these moments, dispatchers have a challenging task without the assistance of GPS fleet tracking tools.
GPS allows you to identify trouble spots and dispatch the appropriate force of utility workers to the outage areas. This is even possible when the questionable areas are scattered throughout the city.
Provide a More Productive Schedule for the Workday
Not all days in the lives of utility workers involve emergencies or massive power outages. Some days, it’s all routine. Even then, GPS fleet management enables you to plan your routes more cost effectively saving your company, drivers, and customers a lot of money in the process.Industries, such as the utilities industry, are just now beginning to realize the potential of GPS technology to assist in protecting and repairing the power grid that keeps our great country running.
GPS technology helps utilities deal with the daily grind as well as helping them to step up to the plate and really knock it out of the park when power grids go down due to Mother Nature’s wrath or manmade disasters.
Winter may be almost over, but it isn’t stopping kids in Colorado from skiing and snowboarding due to the persistent snowstorms in their area. And while spring skiing is nearing, kids get tracked using GPS technology at a local Colorado ski and snowboarding school.
Where 10 of 15 students out of a class of 800 may be separated from their ski instructor on a crowded and busy day, now learning to ski and snowboard at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort is putting parent’s mind at ease as their children are now tracked by using global positioning systems (GPS).The personal GPS trackers are through a system called flaik, which is pronounced like flake in the word “snowflake.” It is a small tracker that is strapped to the student’s leg and can send alerts if the student goes out of bounds. The ski and snowboard instructor is able to set a certain distance based on the level of the current class. Beginner classes have a much shorter alerting distance than more advanced students.
Supervisors and instructors use mobile computers to watch the student’s whereabouts when on the mountain, looking for any unusual activity. If they see a student away from the rest of their class, not having any movement for a while, or going further than they should, they can send for help. The GPS tracker also gives their exact location, making it easier to find them. This is important if they become lost or get hurt while skiing and need help right away.
Paul Reuter, a supervisor at the Steamboat ski resort, says during their busiest times, a handful of students do end up getting separated from their class and instructions. It is usually 1-2 percent of students who become lost or separated.
The flaik system lets the supervisors and instructors at the ski resort help find their skiing and snowboarding students as soon as they notice something amiss. This is not public knowledge, but students are given a unique code when they enter the school to log into the flaik GPS website. Here, there parents are also able to keep up with their location, movements, the difficulty level of their trails, vertical feet, and their speeds.
Due to all of this extra information the trackers provide, Steamboat also provides flaik systems to other skiers and snowboarders for $10 a day. This lets people of all ages at the ski resort track their times and keep a record of their activity throughout the day on the mountain.
Steamboat ski and snowboarding resort isn’t the only one using the flaik GPS tracking system either. Some of the other participating resorts include Pts Peak in New Hampshire, Winter Park and Copper Mountain in Colorado, Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont, Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain Resort in California, and some International resorts including Meribel and Courchevel in France, and Whistler-Blackcomb in Canada.
This is just another example of the important safety features GPS tracking technology offers.
This is an SX1 satellite tracker. It’s one tough GPS tracking device. It is perfect for tracking assets in remote locations. The SX1 is a satellite tracking tag – that works in areas without GSM coverage. The SX1 receives location via the Global Positioning System, and transmits its location data out via the Globalstar satellite network.
This particular unit was floating around the Pacific Ocean on A Buoy for the last three years.
We’ve had customers use these SX1′s for a variety of applications; like tracking giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, to sending these up to space. They are more commonly used to track trailers and equipment in remote areas.