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Why Should I Use GPS Tracking?

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by NeroGPS, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. NeroGPS

    NeroGPS Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 34

    I came across a study that was done on GPS Tracking and the impact it has on the profitability of a business. The study was conducted by a research company called the Aberdeen Group in 2007. Here is one of the tables in the study that shows the impact GPS Tracking has.

    Aberdeen_Insights_-_Performance_Improvements_Using_GPS.jpg
     
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Unless your a big company with many trucks on the road, I can't see where the savings would be. The cost of each unit, the software to run the program, and the manpower to monitor it all would out weigh the savings by far.
     
  3. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    i manage a trucking company with 9 tractors. we use a fleet tracking system and i would never go back. I can see exactly where they are, who to give pickups to, and it does all the state mileage reports at the end of the month. definitely something i would look into if you have a small fleet
     
  4. NeroGPS

    NeroGPS Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 34

    That is actually not the case at all. We have had several smaller customers say that they have huge savings because of our system. Think about how much you spend on fuel for each vehicle each month. Usually around $500 - $600 and save 13% of that. Then think about how much you spend on maintenance and reduce that by 13% and it has more than paid for itself.

    Now think of how many more accounts you could service if your guys put in a full days work instead of seeing how many hours they can get paid to sit around. Now the GPS is making you money.

    Not to mention when someone slips in one of your parking lots and you can go back and say that I plowed at this exact time and salted at this exact time, liability issues tend to go away a little quicker.
     
  5. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    You can do a lot of that with a Garmin and Mapsource without the monthly fee. You just wont know where your trucks are at every moment but there is a solution to that. Pick up the phone and say, hey, where are you.
     
  6. NeroGPS

    NeroGPS Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 34


    Very true, but what alot of our customers have found is that the worker says they are in one place when they are really in another.
     
  7. KAG

    KAG Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    Sprint Phones

    You can get an add on feature to cell phones you can use that lets you see where they are at. Cheap also
     
  8. NeroGPS

    NeroGPS Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 34

    This is also true. Cell phone tracking is a cheap alternative to devices hardwired in vehicles. However what we have found is that cell phones can be turned off and can get broken. The average lifespan for a cell phone is about 13 months, and I would bet that it would be alot less than that if it was used for tracking.
     
  9. KAG

    KAG Senior Member
    Messages: 114


    They do wonder how it is I just show up where ever they are at or if they were late for work or what time they quit work. :eek:
     
  10. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    we were going to use the phone tracking but went with the hardwired units after a tractor trailer was stolen. the drivers nextel was in the office charging where it was supposed to be. wouldnt have helped us there.
     
  11. I have to say I am very interested in GPS tracking but my problem is price. These companies don't seem to accommodate the smaller companies with only a few trucks. Regardless of savings they need to realize that we don't all have 20 trucks pulling in $1 Million...

    There is a company in Texas called Advanced Tracking. I think I may be going with them this spring. Their tracking isnt live but you download all the data from the truck when it gets back to the yard. The amount of information is amazing. It even tells you how long the truck was shut off for or how long it was in park etc. And the best part is they make it affordable for the smaller guys.
     
  12. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    There are several companies that offer that. GPS sticks to the truck, records the information and at the end of the day or month, you can down load it and see where it was at. I'm looking into it for a couple of my "less imortant" trucks.

    I do however need a system that can do all the tracking, but also give the driver live updates about where he has been. I aquired a contract that requires one of my trucks to drive over every street in a quadrant of the city each month. NW on the 1st monday, SW on the second monday, SE on the third monday, and NE on the fourth monday to pick up sticks and leaves. I need an electronic map that will mark on it where they have been so they don't double back or not cover an area. Got anthing like that Nero? If not, do you know of anyone?
     
  13. NeroGPS

    NeroGPS Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 34

    Thank you for your interest QuadPlower

    We do have something like that. Its a report called a route log, which tells you where the driver went minute by minute. Here is a screen shot of the report. Tell me if you think this would work. (The yellow diamonds represent the car and the blue and red triangles tell you the direction he was traveling) Do you want the driver to have access to it while he is on the road or at the end of each day?

    route log - street by street.jpg
     
  14. NeroGPS

    NeroGPS Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 34

    The product that they are probably offering you is called Geotab. We sell that as well, but mainly to companies with a few hundred vehicles. The reason is that its got a fairly high startup cost and doesn't really allow for too much growth. If you do decide to go with Geotab be sure to ask about service and support. Some companies don't charge as much as they should for the units and make up their money on service calls at $200+ per hour.

    As for the price of GPS tracking, what it comes down to is whether you think it will save about 1.5 liters of gas per day. If you can, then you break even on the cost and now have more control of your business.
     
  15. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,741

    Nero, I still think about getting your GPS system. I think about it every storm and wish I had it when I am doing the paperwork afterwards. It seems EVERY fricking storm my resi driver forgets to date or even fill out the important parts of the log sheet! I'm gonna have to save up some $$ and get ahold of you, it might be a few months, but I know its gonna be invaluable to have. Thanks again for the demo.
     
  16. NeroGPS

    NeroGPS Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 34

    No problem Image, if you would like to get it sooner than later send me an email and we'll try to set up some sort of payment plan.
     
  17. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    No. I don't think that will work. It looks like the driver drove across the block to get to the next stop. And arrows would work better than triangles I would think.

    I want a GPS screen in the truck with the roads on the screen. When the truck moves down the road, I want the color of the road to change from say yellow to blue. That way driver knows he has been down that street to pick up sticks. He can zoom out and see several blocks and realize he didn't hit a certian street. Then he can go back and get it. I might have several drivers doing each route at different times of the year is why I need it.

    The screen can reset back to origional colors each day or when ever it is reset.
     
  18. NeroGPS

    NeroGPS Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 34

    The reason it looks like the driver drove across the block to get to the next stop is because GPS works "as the crow flies."

    In your case the diamonds (or whatever icon you chose) would be a lot closer together. The screen I showed was with 2 min tracking instead on 1 minute and was of one of our guys driving around. He was going about 40km where your guys would probably be going slower looking for sticks.

    Unfortunately I have not heard of anyone that does what you are looking for. The best thing for your driver might be a laminated map and a highlighter so he can highlight the roads as he does them.

    We are however in the process of developing a unit that communicates with a Garmin GPS Navigation device which will allow you to remotely program the route. This may work for you as you would be able to manipulate the route to cover every street in the area. I've been told this device will be ready in the spring
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2009
  19. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,741

    how close together can you get the pings? 1minute? 30seconds? Does it cost more? Just wondering because Quad sounds like he could use the pings as close as possible for a very detailed report.
     
  20. NeroGPS

    NeroGPS Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 34

    Thanks for your question Image

    We do 1 minute tracking, which is a ton of information and from my experience would be more than enough for QuadPlower. We also have 15 second tracking but it times out after a few minutes. (15 second tracking is too much information over a long period of time and would actually become counterproductive. Its designed to give you real time tracking when a customer calls and says where's my guy?)