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Brickman using GPS

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by superdog1, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. superdog1

    superdog1 Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    I have a contract with Brickman. I get to the site and use their call in system. Half way through the call, it asks for my permission to use the GPS on my phone to track my location. Since I have nothing to hide and I want to get paid, I said "yes" I just thought this was interesting? I mean, what if I forget to call in until I am home? Does that mean I won't get paid since I didn't call in from the job site? Not sure what to think if this?:confused:
  2. They will also use it to look at any other lots you have of your own. And they can not tap in to cell phone gps without a reason by law.
  3. ryansplowing

    ryansplowing Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Thats Crazy!
  4. Spucel

    Spucel Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    Yea I was curious about all that stuff also. Used it the other night on a salt run and was wondering about the reasons for it.
  5. zman9119

    zman9119 Member
    Messages: 42

    I do not know how they get GPS information from a phone call... unless you have an app on your phone to send it in. There are options on 95% of all phones now to opt-in to location based services (mainly \ possibly used by cell carriers to push location based ads). Believe you have to be a LEA to get the ANI-ALI information (mainly the ALI info) from any cell carrier. I am thinking their message is all BS.
  6. superdog1

    superdog1 Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    Well, It asked me for my permission during the first call. After I hung up, my phone rang. I thought, "Who in the he!! is calling me at 4:30AM??" and it was an automated call asking me for permission again a second time? Beats me if they can do it or not? I guess I tell them they can, they can get access to it?
  7. Spucel

    Spucel Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    I would pull up to a lot, call and check in with the system then jump out to fill the spreader. I got into the bed of the truck and the phone rang. Thinking it was the boss I jumped out to grab it since I left it in the truck and it was just them calling back. After the 3rd time I actually listened to the recording and selected yes so they stopped calling me. Thumbs Up
  8. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    it has nothing to do with getting paid... don't worry i always ignore it or say no... not in the contract...
  9. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    I would agree if it isn't in the contract and a condition of getting paid I would say no.
  10. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    i recently put a gps unit into a subs truck because they guy he subs for requires it to be in all vehicles.

    he said he wanted it to prove time of service for slip and falls and to track exact hours on lot..

    i said to the sub then you should be driving HIS truck.....sub agreed to the terms though anyway and we mounted it to track the subs vehicle at any time via the bosses laptop....no way I agree to that.
  11. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543


    I have a buddy who subs for Brickman, he has never said anything about GPS. I'm going to ask him today.
    On the up side I just stole a Brickman contract at a Condo Community, all my price's were higher. They hate Brickmans service, so keep price's high and get your contracts back one by one. I see them going under soon, doing free work then losing contracts can't last to long.....:salute:
  12. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    Interesting how opinions on this differ.......

    Form the slip and fall perspective I like it, we do with Navtrak.
  13. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    Yeah......I'm sure they're going under soon. LOL
  14. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    I do some work for Brickman and never once has GPS been mentioned to me.

    I don't know how it would work though if you shut the GPS off on your phone.

  15. superdog1

    superdog1 Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    I don't think it is an application in my phone. I think it is the cell phone CO using triangulation from their towers that determines where I am. My guess is that Brickman pays them a good buck to release the information. 911 services can also locate you with the same method. Gotta' love technology!
  16. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
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  17. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    just turned down 2 contracts through brickman, After reading through all the b/s around the net about them I just wasn't sure, no where in the paper work did it say anything about gps though, I did get a return call requesting my info so that if I like they could put me to work in the middle of a storm if I finished up my work.
  18. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 Junior Member
    Messages: 29

  19. ajcoop20

    ajcoop20 Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    How are you guys going about getting sub contracts with these nationals. i wouldnt mind putting my truck to work as a sub this year, im in northern illinois
  20. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    get on brickman.com find the office closet to you, I think theres one out of Chi area, anyhow they just happened to call out of the blue