Equipment is one of the biggest expenses in the transport industry, and theft or misplacement of equipment is not uncommon. In order to ensure your fleet and all of your equipment and supplies are safe and secure, keeping an eye on them with GPS equipment tracking is definitely prudent. It allows you to not only keep a close watch on the activity of the vehicles in your fleet, but it also lets you keep tabs on heavy equipment, trailers, and freight.
Cellular and satellite networks are used to keep watch over your assets when you have a GPS tracking system set in place. So, no matter where your equipment is located or transported to, you will always be able to know exactly where it is located.
The Benefits of GPS Tracking for Equipment and Assets
There are a number of benefits that come with using GPS tracking to keep an eye on your equipment and assets. For one thing, you’ll be able to protect your fleet and your assets against theft, a problem that is not uncommon in this industry. You can also expand the life of your assets and closely monitor your assets in real-time.
Since you’ll be able to keep tabs on your equipment, you’ll be able to reduce costs, improve efficiency and increase customer satisfaction; all things that are definitely a plus for your business.
Types of GPS Asset Tracking Devices
There are two main types GPS asset tracking devices available to choose from, including:
- Tracking devices that are powered externally. These GPS tracking devices must be wired to some sort of power source on the asset it will be used to track. With that in mind, this type of device should only be used to track assets that are regularly powered.
- GPS tracking devices that are powered by battery. Instead of needing a direct power source that requires regular recharging, a battery powered GPS tracking device runs, well, on batteries. This type of tracking device is well suited for trailers and storage containers, as well as any other asset that is not powered on a regular basis.
Additional Uses for GPS Monitoring
GPS tracking isn’t only intended to keep an eye on your assets; it can be used in a number of other ways that will benefit your business, including:
Determining whether or not a specific asset is on a job site and if it is not, it can be located and returned to the site.
Confirmation of the start and end times of your workers, which helps to improve invoicing and payroll.
Do you have equipment that is at risk of being stolen? If so, contact LiveView GPS at 1-888-502-3636 to learn more about the benefits of GPS equipment tracking.
Hedgehogs have all but disappeared in central London. However, a recently discovery of a small population of hedgehogs have managed to survive in this highly populated and high traffic part of London, escaping extinction for the entire population of hedgehogs in the city.
The busy roads of central London are one of the major reasons for the sharp decline of the hedgehog population in central London. The population that has managed to escape the brink of extinction have been able to do so because they learned how to avoid the busy roads, according to a recent study.
At one time, hedgehogs lived in large numbers across the United Kingdom, but in the past 60 years, their population has rapidly decreased. One of the leading causes of the death of these animals is traffic-related accidents. In other words, the hedgehogs population has been depleted as a result of being hit by motorists.
While the hedgehog population has sharply declined all over the UK, central London has experienced the biggest decline because of its exceptionally high amounts of traffic. However, in Regents Park, a small population of these creatures has been discovered, and recent studies suggest that the reason for this is because they have learned how to stay away from the busy roads.
A representative of the Royal Parks Foundation, Clare Bowen, reported that several of the hedgehogs in Regents Park have been tagged with GPS tracking devices, which has allowed scientists to keep track of their behaviors and their movements. All recordings have conclusively shown that the hedgehogs never leave the park and thus never have to cross the main roads, which have claimed the lives of the vast majority of these animals.
Another indicator that these central London hedgehogs have learned how to avoid busy roads is that there is absolutely no presence of dead hedgehogs resulting from being struck by cars in the area around Regents Park.
There are a total of five main parks in central London, including St James, Hyde, Green, Kensington Gardens and Regents Parks and hedgehogs once resided in all of them; however, today, there are no longer hedgehogs in the latter four parks and the only ones that remain are in Regents Park.
In addition to GPS tracking, radio tags and thermal imaging cameras were used to study the hedgehogs.
The data that has been recorded about the hedgehogs that do reside in Regents Park has lead to changes in habitat management of these creatures. The locations and the amount of grass cuttings have been modified to make the park friendlier to hedgehogs.
Additionally, the grassland that is next to hedges in the park will be allowed to grow longer in order to give the hedgehogs a safer haven to live. And, similar actions will be taken throughout other green spaces in London to make the city headghog-friendly once again.
Reputation is everything in today’s business climate. You’re operating your business in the day and age of social media when people expect on demand results and provide instant feedback when they feel their needs have not been met.
With this in mind, it is as important today for businesses to use every tool at their disposal to defend and protect a hard earned and well deserved positive business reputation. GPS fleet tracking can help you do just that.
Improve Driver Behavior on the Road
GPS tracking monitors the speeds drivers are driving throughout their calls, as well as noting any aggressive or erratic driving behaviors. It’s far more effective than those signs posted on vehicles asking “How am I driving?” and provides proof positive in defense of your drivers or in light of customer complaints of exactly how your drivers are driving at any given time.
Remember, your drivers are your representatives on the roadway, and you want them to say great things about your company. GPS fleet tracking allows you to do just that.
Avoid Reputation for Lateness
Being on time for service calls is one of the most important things a business can do for customers who lead busy lives and have many things on their agendas for the day too. GPS fleet tracking allows you to provide more accurate estimates for arrival by tracking driver locations, distance to destination, and the approximate amount of time it takes drivers to finish jobs.
This means you can provide more accurate windows of time to customers and make them even happier when your employees arrive within that window.
Accurate Billing Data
GPS fleet management tools allow businesses to pinpoint driver arrival and departure times at job sites. This means that you have an accurate window of how long your employees spent at target destinations in the event that billing disputes arrive in regards to labor.
The fact that you can accurately report about how much time drivers spend at specific locations helps to ease the minds of customers and supports your reputation as an honest business.
Improve Overall Customer Satisfaction
Just as customers who are dissatisfied with service are likely to tell others about their bad experience with a business, so are customers who are happy with the level of service they received.
While GPS fleet tracking doesn’t do the job itself, it does help you get your people there faster (with turn by turn directions, by rerouting to avoid traffic jams, and by locating the nearest driver to target destinations) and that can make all the difference in the world to your customer – as long as you do ultimately get the job done, of course.
Your business reputation is precious. GPS fleet tracking is a powerful tool to have in your arsenal to help you defend it.