If you’ve not yet explored the potential benefits of GPS tracking for towing companies, now is an excellent time to do so — particularly with winter just around the corner. This particular fleet tracking service provides many benefits you may have not yet even considered. In addition to the fuel cost savings you’ve heard about – which can be substantial – these are just a few benefits that make GPS tracking worthwhile for towing companies.
Delivers Real Time Weather Monitoring
While you’re in business to help other drivers on the road, you also don’t want to risk your employees or your equipment needlessly. Real time weather monitoring through GPS tracking systems provides constant updates regarding driving conditions so you miss the heart of the storm when your people are on the road.
Provides Traffic Monitoring
This works hand in hand with weather monitoring to help you avoid areas where traffic is slow as a result of weather and other road conditions. This helps you avoid the slow traffic areas when the slowdown is unrelated to calls you’re responding to.
When you are responding to accidents in areas where there is a long line of traffic, especially in the event of Interstate and highway accidents, it’s beneficial to have fleet tracking tools onboard to help you avoid the bulk of traffic and find the closest entry point to the accident or breakdown.
Saving time responding to calls, such as this, allows you to serve more customers in the course of your day.
Improves Dispatch Efficiency
GPS fleet tracking software points out the most efficient route and the closest available driver for calls in an instant. There’s no mapping the mileage and trying to figure out which truck is where. The system is always monitoring this critical information. This efficiency helps you respond to calls faster.
Allows You to Provide Faster Customer Response Times
Not only are you able to respond to calls faster and with greater efficiency (no more cross purposes with your drivers), but you’re also better able to deliver accurate estimates for arrival times too. People who are trapped on the side of the road and law enforcement officers who are trying to clear and manage traffic appreciate accurate response times and are much more likely to recommend your service to friends and on social media when you provide them with this small dose of peace.
Two-Way Communication with Your Drivers
Drivers can inform you of what’s happening on the road ahead and you can notify your drivers, quickly when traffic conditions on the road take place and rerouting needs to occur.
Every step tow truck companies take to improve customer response, efficiency, and fuel savings is a step in the right direction for consumers. GPS tracking for towing companies does all this and more.
The police department in Florida is currently considering using GPS tracking technology to help find local special needs children.
Most people in the United States are familiar with modern technology, including global positioning systems (GPS). This technology has helped monitor the behavior of wild animals, catch thieves who stole from businesses and residences, and help track down people with Alzheimer’s disease who have wandered off. The latter is the type of benefit local Florida law enforcement is interested in.
Police Chief Buddy Williams is interested in using GPS technology to help track children with special needs, who might be at risk for wandering off. He first got the idea after the tragic death of a local 9-year-old boy. Leo Walker had autism, and wandered away from his home at night just a few weeks prior. By the time the police found him, he was lying dead in a pond not far from the family’s home.
Not only did it affect Chief Williams because he was part of the massive search to look for the boy in his community, but because he is also the father of a daughter with special needs. He understands the toll it can take on a parent when their child is at risk of wandering off and the risks it poses to their life.
“Why can’t we have a safe and simple solution to GPS locate children with special needs?”, said Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams.
This type of tragedy has happened many times all over the country, simply because the child or adult could not be located in time. Chief Williams and the rest of the police department hope that they can implement a tracking program where the children with special needs wear a GPS tracking device, and their parents can monitor their location. If the child wanders off, they would be able to alert police and let them know their location.
Chief Williams told reporters about the many safety measures he has taken in his own home, including locking the pantry and refrigerator, having backwards door knobs, and an advanced alarm system. However, these types of tragedies can still happen, no matter how careful a parent is.
A meeting was held to discuss implementing a GPS tracking program of children and adults with special needs. Beth Hagan, a parent of a child with cerebral palsy, attended the meeting and was interested in the GPS tracking program. She believes other parents understand how easy it is for their children to get out of the home and start walking any direction, often much faster than someone can track them down.
Nathalie Slane, whose grandson has autism, already has a tracking device on him through Project Lifesaver. The tracking device is located in his watch, making it comfortable for him to wear. She was interested in giving insight into how helpful this type of technology is.
The project is currently in its beginning stages, while Williams is looking for funding and the right type of GPS tracking devices for this purpose. State Rep. Elizabeth Porter is also working with the police department to find funding for the tracking program.
By using GPS tracking technology, researchers hope to find out more about the motivations and behaviors of grizzly bears when hunters are in the vicinity.
In lieu of the annual fall hunting season, researchers want to know more about grizzly bears in relation to hunters. They have performed a GPS study that looks at the interactions and movements of grizzly bears when they are out in the wild. The study will last a total of two years and is primarily being done with grizzly bears located at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
The head researcher of the study is Mike Ebinger of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) that is located in Montana. There are multiple objectives that the scientists are hoping to find resolutions for during the study.
The first is to find out if the population of grizzly bears changes based on hunting activity. For example, if there are hunting shots fired, will other bears in the area disperse, thus reducing the population in that area. They are using cameras in various spots in the park where the bears frequent to look at their population before and after shots have been fired.
Another objective of the scientists is to examine how the killing of local wildlife affects the bear population. During the beginning of the study, researchers found that the grizzly bears would enter the hunting area if an elk carcass was left behind. They seemed to put their own lives at risk in order to find this food resource. For this reason, part of the study is looking for the carcasses of elk and other wildlife in order to see how the bears respond to them.
The last part of the study will look at how the grizzly bears and hunters react toward each other when they are in the vicinity. They want to see if hunters influence the bear population, and vice versa. They are doing this by using the GPS trackers that are placed in collars and on grizzly bears in the park. This will track the activity and movements of the bears to enable the researchers to later compare this data to the locations of the hunters at that time.
A total of eight bears have GPS tracking collars attached to them. The researchers also asked for volunteer elk hunters that they could track with their own GPS units. The hunters were asked to carry the GPS tracking device every time they went on their route, and to go on their normal hunting route as they would if they weren’t being tracked. Researchers gathered data from both sets of GPS tracking units daily to compare the two and see if there were any correlations between hunters, elk carcasses and movement of the grizzly bears.
Scientists have already seen that the grizzly bears move around lakes in order to search for elk, and will definitely enter hunter territory and get close to hunters if they smell elk carcasses. One bear was as close as 100 yards to a hunter. The study is still being conducted, but they have found hunter behavior to be related to the grizzly bear behavior.