Not Your Granddaddy’s GPS Tracking

Know Where Everybody Is?  That’s Just the Beginning.

When we opened our doors in 2004, GPS tracking devices were pretty basic compared to what they can do today.  Back then, about the only thing that could be done with the technology was identify where the devices were, and where they had been.  This was a game changer for sure, up until that time it we difficult for fleet operations managers to truly know what was going on when their vehicles went over the horizon.

A lot has changed since then.  Sure, the GPS devices still monitor location for all the vehicles, in fact they are much more accurate now than they were back then, and the devices report much more frequently than they did in the beginning.  But the real improvements revolve around what else the devices can do now, that they did not do in the beginning.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Mileage Reports: For some organizations, keeping track of mileage is a must, and having to go look at everyone’s odometer sounds easy, at least until you have to do it month after month.
  • After Hours Usage: If drivers take their vehicles home in the evening, it can be important to know if they are using them after work hours for their own purposes.
  • Harsh Braking: Some drivers have a lead foot for the gas and a heavy foot for the brake.  A modern tracker will collect and report this behavior.
  • Engine Idle: Find out when and where vehicles are sitting idle with the engine running.  Sometimes there are reasonable explanations, other times it’s just a guy taking a nap in the afternoon.
  • PTO Usage: Snow plows, carpet cleaning vans, and many other vehicles may have auxiliary equipment attached to them.  We can help you determine when, where, and for how long it has been used.
  • Vehicle Telematics: Modern day tracking devices can connect to to the vehicle’s computer and stream a large amount of information including:
    • RPM
    • Fuel Level
    • Oil & Water Temperature
    • Engine Fault Codes
    • Emissions Data

The truth is that there is a lot more that a modern GPS fleet monitoring system can do than what would fit in this blog.  Do you have a problem with your vehicles and/or fleet staff?  Give us a call and tell us about it.  There’s a possibility we can help.

About Don Sesler

Don Sesler is the Owner and President of Sageplan Technology Consulting. While being the "company quarterback" does take up some of his time, Don still prefers the role of technologist, helping his customers improve the efficiency, security, and productivity of their business.

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