Fuel Conservation, Reduced Payroll Costs, and Theft Prevention

Fuel Conservation, Reduced Payroll Costs, and Theft Prevention.

How are those for items of interest in your business?  Are you getting enough of any of them to suit you?  here’s an interesting article from one of my former competitors that might be of interest to any businessman or government leader ought to be interested in:

Advantages of GPS-base Fleet Tracking Software

…. advantages of fleet tracking software include fuel conservation, staff management, theft prevention, employee monitoring, and improved response times. “Fleet tracking software provides an all-in-one solution to many very common and costly business management issues,” …
… Fleet tracking software works in conjunction with GPS tracking devices …

… One of the most frequently touted benefits of fleet tracking software is that of fuel conservation due to the fact that dispatchers can easily determine the fastest and most efficient route for any driver…

.. protecting their assets. In the event of theft, ….

… valuable information on the misuse of staff hours by logging the frequency of duration of any stops along the employees’ routes of travel. “Fleet tracking software is the easiest and most reliable way to determine which parts of your business are not operating efficiently… full article on the benefits of fleet tracking software.

I’ve also written about this many times in the past, as well.

But It Costs Too Much

That’s a very frequent objection raised by management, from the smallest companies to large government agencies.  But actually, it’s a very backward and wrong assumption.

Systems like this actually cost your business nothing … that’s right,. nothing, as typical return on investment (ROI) periods happen in less than a year, and they will save you a lot for years to come.

Instead of A Money Pit, Each Vehicle Becomes a Profit Center

Fuel Conservation Reduced Payroll Costs and Theft PreventionI’ve been in this business for years now and one thing I have always found, no matter what the sixe client’s fleet had been or what the fleet’s “mission” is.

GPS tracking does not cost, it pays.

So what are you waiting for?  I’d love to hear some reasons why you aren’t getting better Fuel Conservation, Reduced Payroll Costs, and Theft Prevention.

GPS Tracking Watches the Watchers

This is actually a republication of a story I wrote several years ago … but the very same issues are going on all across America today.

Public agencies refuse to embrace the benefits of GPS Tracking in saving costs and improving service. And sadly, some public service employees, even when they know GPS Fleet Tracking is watching them, refuse to do their jobs.

Police investigate each other
GPS monitoring results in five suspensions, 13 reprimands

 By Michael D. Mullins
Reporter Staff Writer

After a 14-month investigation led by Hoboken’s internal affairs unit, 13 of the city’s 25 police officers who were assigned to a 12-to-8 a.m. shift were found not to have been patrolling their beats at certain times, and given suspensions recently. Since 2005, Internal Affairs has used Global Positioning System (GPS) in patrol cars to track how often each car moves during a shift. The GPS devices were public knowledge throughout the department, according to Hoboken Police Chief Dr. Carmen LaBruno.
Rather than patrolling the streets of their assigned area, certain cruisers remained idle for unnecessarily long periods of time, LaBruno said.
Of the 13 officers disciplined, five received a three-day suspension and an additional five-day work period without pay. Another five officers were ordered to work without pay for a period of one to three days. Also, three sergeants were issued written reprimands for their lack of supervision. … Full Article Here:

Hoboken, New Jersey.    

A lovely little town on the Hudson River shore of New Jersey.  If you turn right on any exit ramp when you exit the Holland Tunnel you’ll drive right into Hoboken … you’ll know it by the signs that say “Birthplace of Baseball and Frank Sinatra. 

Are There Chicken Coops in Hoboken?

One thing Hoboken isn’t the birthplace of is “Cooping”.  No relation to chickens.

“Cooping” is old police slang for finding a place to hole up when you’re on patrol and catching some Zzzzz’s. 

New Jersey is a state (properly, in my view as a native) where crookedness abounds. 

Of all the counties in New Jersey, Hoboken’s county, Hudson, has perhaps the worst reputation … think it is just by chance that Tony Soprano’s pork store was on Kearny Avenue in Hudson County?

I’m No Cop But I’ve Seen It For Myself

Years ago I used to ride frequently with a police officer in another burg, smaller than Hoboken, in another county nearby, a county that prided itself on being less crooked than Hudson. 

You couldn’t, however, prove it by their boys in blue.

The force was tiny.  There was typically only one officer per shift driving the one and only patrol car. 

The chief set a performance standard that each shift was to do a minimum of 100 miles of patrol per shift. 

So each officer took great pains to write down his car mileage at the beginning and end of each shift, turning in 100 or more miles driven in his daily report.

Does 100 Miles On The Log ActuallyMeans 100 Miles Driven?

The first time I rode … illegally, but who cared … with my friend on the department, I read off the speedometer to him but then noticed he had written the miles down about 50 short. 

When I brought it to his attention he explained cooping … and how it was the duty of each man on day or evening shift to log about 50 miles less than actually were driven on their shift … so that the mid shift patrolman would have 100 miles already in the book as soon as he came on duty. 

Happy Chief, Happy Officers. Town Citizens?  Maybe Not So Much

The chief was happy … he had folders and folders of reports that “proved” his men were doing 100 miles per shift. 

The patrolmen were happy … they all took their turn on mid-shift and always enjoyed being able to pull into an alley somewhere and snooze for most of their shift. 

My officer friend and I were happy as we drove to a restaurant for dinner break miles and miles away from the town, strictly to rack up extra miles on the patrol car … all at taxpayer’s expense.

But That Was Years Ago

So that was years ago, and this is now.  Check the cited Hoboken story out, it’s a hoot.

  • The police chief puts GPS tracking units on the patrol fleet.
  • The patrolmen know the trackers are there.
  • The patrolmen just go right on with “cooping” as if challenging management to actually manage.

Note:  “Cooping” isn’t used in the article but the chief makes it plain the times were much longer than simple coffee/meal breaks .. can you say: Zzzzzzzzzzzzz, boys and girls?  Thought ya could.

  • A captain (how much more did she get paid than a regular patrolman?) refused to go on patrol and let GPS document her refusal  … she knew it was there but didn’t give a crap.
  • The sergeants (who get paid extra for what?  Supervising patrolmen?)  Didn’t bother to supervise.
  • The police chief did his job, and now the whining starts.

What You Expect Me To Do My Job?  Just Becuase You Pay Me To?

About the only really predictable item is the PBA trying to condone their member’s malfeasance when presented with proof of it. 

I happen to be a strong union supporter.  But there are two big unions in this country that ought to be abolished … the NEA and the PBA. 

Both of them love to excuse their few incompetent members doing wrong … and that’s not what a union is for.

Hail To The Chief

Anyway, hat’s off to Chief La Bruno. 

And don’t get too busy laughing at either cops or Jerseyans. 

Your employees are doing the same thing with your vehicles … I can virtually guarantee it.

Back in the day when I sold GPS tracking systems, I found similar employee antics in 100% of the organizations I supply trackers too … so look in the mirror before you laugh.

To Manage You Must Measure

You can NOT manage what you can’t measure, and GPS Tracking will measure performance for you and easily pay for itself while doing so.

Happy 10th Birthday — GPS Insight

Just noticed that my colleague Rob Donat and his hugely successful GPS tracking provider firm http://www.gpsinsight.com/ just celebrated their 10th year in business.

And what a10 years it has been.  You really should visit Rob’s site and pay attention to the story how he grew the business from one firm he was doing private consulting for to a firm of 85 employees today with more than 80,000 GPS tracking  units in service.

If You Think You Can’t Build a Business in “Bad Years”

Here’s what Rob has to say about the last 10 years of his journey:

I “spun off” GPS Insight from my consulting company as its own legal entity 4/15/2005 after about 6 months of development for a single local fleet customer.  I never imagined where the company would be 10 years later.  With the economy as difficult as it was, our only option was to grow and innovate, and it has worked out well for our company as well as employees and customers. – See more at: http://blog.gpsinsight.com/2015/04/happy-10th-birthday-to-gps-insight/#sthash.74vpXCcx.dpuf

gpsi_logoIf You Think GPS Doesn’t Pay

Ask some of GPS Insight’s 2300+ plus customers.

West Coast Sand and Gravel Saves 5,205 Gallons of Fuel per Quarter by Reducing Idling

Large Beverage Fleet Receives 133% ROI with GPS Fleet Tracking Software

See more:

Case Studies and Customer Successes

 

Happy 10th birthday GPS Insight, can’t wait to see what the next 10 years bring.

Real-World GPS Business Example

I’ve been selling the idea and benefits of GPS fleet tracking for years.

I think much of the time I made the mistake, and the industry in general has made the mistake, of making it all too complicated and technical.

It’s easy and it’s smart, folks.  It’s what every small business with a fleet on the road needs.

See how simple it was for Joe and Hangers Cleaners to find thousands in savings every year:


Did you notice especially how Joe found the excessive idling problem?

This is going on right now, today, in the fleet right outside your window. I guarantee it. I haven’t seen a fleet in nearly 20 years where this has NOT been a problem.

The practical solution? Monitor and Manage.

You Need a Nation-Wide Plan

Mnay of you reading this already know the importance of managing your fleets.

Those who have not yet made the move are often hanging back becuase the actual data netwwork .. the managemnt to truck data link is often the “Long Pole in the Tent” .. the most critical piece of the puzzle.

Getting Spring onboard ike this should go a long way toward making real-world, real-time fleet monoitoring and management availble to all.

Trust me folks, I’ve got years and years of experience in this business and I can truly tell you, managing your fleet with GPS does not COST, it PAYS.

GPS Yourself For Fun, Profit and the World

Here’s a great article from CleanTechnica (recommended) that points up an issue I have been talking about for years now:  GPS tracking and GPS mapping isn’t “just for the other guy”.  You can make your own ROI.

When we mention GPS tracking most people think of three major areas:

  1. Tracking commercial fleets for safety and savings
  2. Tracking public transpo like buses and taxis for public convenience and compliance
  3. Tracking prisoners/paroled offenders to save corrections costs and make the pubic safer.

But driving to work?  How lame is that, of course each one of us knows best about how to drive ourselves, right?

Well, perhaps not so.  Read this article and think to yourself, “How is it that even though I know I one of the world’s best drivers, I somehow know traffic conditions on streets I can’t even see”?

Talent is one thing, Reliable clairvoyance is something else yet again.

NAVTEQ Announces Use of GPS Can Reduce Emissions by 21%

Written by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
Published on September 8th, 2009

GPS Traffic Navigation

Many commuters have GPS installed in their cars, or have purchased portable devices to try to get them where they’re going. A recent study by NAVTEQ, a data provider for navigation systems has demonstrated that using a GPS device can not only save drivers time spent in traffic, it can also reduce emissions from vehicles by up to 21%. … there’s a lot more in the article on the value of personal GPS tracking and the study it references.  Recommended.

Two nights ago I watched a show on the National Geographic channel about commercial logging.  Yeah, I’ll be the first to admit I watched due to the “boys with big yellow toys” syndrome … it was really interesting to watch these guys showing off the high tech world that logging has become.

But a big part of the “profit puzzle” in that business is moving the raw cut logs to the proper mill at the proper time.  Mileage and routing is a huge factor in determining if each day’s work made a profit or a loss.  (no wonderment there from the fleet managers of the world or independent owner operators reading this, now is there?)

When issues came up about discrepancies between what a certain mill was paying for mileage allowance and the mileage delivery drivers were recording, the transportation manager/truck fleet owner called the drivers over for an impromptu meeting and outlined the routs available and the routing her wanted the drivers to use … with a stick, scratching in the mud. Millions in technology for cutting, trimming and loading the logs.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars for each truck trailer rig to haul the timer, thousands of dollars per load, making the difference between profit and loss on each individual day … and these guys managed their mileage with a stick in the mud?

Why, oh why, are so many otherwise smart business people such CPS Luddites?  If you want to work your way out of this recession (and you had better work your own way out, government handouts can’t do it all), then start putting cheap, effective and PROFITABLE GPS tracking to work for you and throw away the stick you have been scratching out your business with.

GPS Tracking — Jobs, Yes There Are GPS Jobs!

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GPS Tracking, Science and Insurance

I was really happy to read this release a few days ago highlighting yet another success of my old friends at Geotab.  I used to be a dealer of Geotab products and I am still convinced they offer some of the best business-oriented GPS solutions in the world.

ISO Equips Fleet with Devices to Develop Analytic Methods for Auto Insurance

ISO has announced that it will equip more than 600 ISO company vehicles with telematics devices to monitor and record data about driving behavior. Information will include Global Positioning System (GPS) and On-Board Diagnostic (OBD-II) data for vehicle information and 3-axis accelerometer data for driving maneuvers. Telematics data can provide predictive value to insurers through various methods. The project will help ISO, through its Applied Informatix until, to assess the methods needed to leverage this new source of data for analytics to predict loss and streamline rating, underwriting, and claims workflows.

ISO Headquarters building According to Steven C. Craig, general manager of Applied Informatix and A-PLUS, “ISO is undertaking this effort as part of its pioneering study to assess the predictability of telematics data for rating, underwriting, and claims purposes. Using the ISO fleet as a source of telematics data will provide our analytics staff an invaluable test bed for product development and telematics data troubleshooting.”

ISO created the Applied Informatix business unit to gather and analyze telematics data from devices installed in private passenger and commercial vehicles. The unit also plans to mitigate the obstacles currently experienced by insurers who wish to collect and use driving behavior data to create differentiated auto insurance products.

“By equipping the ISO fleet, we will gain firsthand knowledge of all aspects of such a program from installation, activation, data collection, and processing to linkage of claims and policy data,” said Craig.

ISO is working with Geotab, Inc., to equip the ISO fleet with Geotab’s small but powerful plug-and-play GO5 telematics device. GO5 offers state-of-the-art technology and Geotab’s patented tracking algorithm, which accurately recreates vehicle trips and incidents.

In addition to contributing to the ongoing Applied Informatix telematics study, ISO expects to reap other benefits, according to Craig. “We want to use the technology to help our risk management program increase fleet safety and efficiency, thereby reducing costs while supporting ISO’s green initiatives.”

To support the telematics initiative in the insurance industry, ISO has joined the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) as a board member. CVTA is a nonprofit business league established to facilitate the interaction and advance the interests of the entities involved in the vehicle communication environment….

I’ve been in this GPS Tracking for Business market space for some years now, and I’ve always been conscious that one of the big players in the field has been lagging behind … the transportation insurance segment of the market.

This is a very important first step in getting the insurance industry “on the same page” as many business owners and fleet managers already read from.

You can’t manage what you can’t measure”, and likewise, you can’t give the best price(and reap the most profit) from insurance programs unless you really know who and what you are writing coverage for.

Cheap GPS Tracking

I’m seeing a lot of searches on "cheap GPS Tracking" lately.  I suspect most of them are business-related.  There’s nothing wrong with looking for the best bargain, indeed that’s the responsibility of a business owner or government administrator.  But here are a few thoughts on what is smart in regards to "cheap" versus "best value".

First of all, I just posted a pretty comprehensive post on this under the heading of GPS for Teens.  everything in that article is basically applicable to business.

here are some specific pointers you want to consider … before you search by price:

  • If you have vehicles on the road, GPS tracking will not only pay for itself, it will return more than you spend.  Basically in three ways:
    • Fuel Savings, by controlling idling, excess speed and wasted miles
    • Labor Savings, by highlighting late starts, long lunches and early quitting times.
    • Customer Relationships, by insuring appointments are met and by finding time for more service or sales calls per day or week.
  • There are the basic types of GPS tracking, passive and live (sometimes erroneously called "real time".
    • Passive Pros:
      • High resolution
      • Simplest installations
      • No monthly fees and no monitoring labor
    • Passive Cons:
      • Can’t "reach out and find" a vehicle … no good for theft prevention.
      • Can’t be used for near real-time dispatch .., finding the closest vehicle immediately
      • Can’t be used to show your fleet and collaborate with customers.
    • Live Pros:
      • You see your fleet in near real time, active control
      • You get near-immediate knowledge of dangerous driving/traffic holdups.
      • You can show it to customers as a sales/service advantage.
    • Live Cons:
      • In general more costly to buy and to install.
      • There is always a communication cost, usually paid per month.  Some shady operators "hide" the communication cost but you will pay it, one way or another.
      • Requires participation on your part .. if no one is being paid to watch the screen, where is your business value.
  • OK, there’s a snapshot to help you decide what you might want.  Here’s what some typical systems will run you:
    • Passive: 
      • TravelEyes (and many re-brands of the same box) .. under $300.  Tracking performance is adequate to nil (no permanent antenna, the box won’t track on the floor under the seat.  Maps: so-so. No bushiness map applications aside from a picture of the roads.  Update path unknown. Reports, adequate.  Single vehicle only, no integration into fleet management statistics.  Convenience: poor, must carry box to computer to read out data.
      • Shadow Tracker: … under $600.  Tracking performance good.  Maps: so-so. No bushiness map applications aside from a picture of the roads.  Update path unknown. Reports: good, made to consolidate fleets.  Convenience:  Good.  As an option can automatically upload data when truck returns.
      • GeoTab GO … under $600.  tracking performance excellent … second by second. Maps: excellent, uses latest version of Microsoft MapPoint which is a business tool on it’s own.  regular updates.  Reports, good.  All are delivered in Microsoft Excel format and are fleet oriented.  Convenience, good, can automatically upload information at no charge.
    • Live
      • Nextel (or other cell phone offerings).  undeniably cheap … often a slow as $10 per month.  tracking performance:  Abysmal in some cases.  Track points far apart and not accurate as reported to me by many users.  Maps:  Rudimentary web-based maps.  Frequently updates by commercial provider.  Not really available to user.  Reports: Limited to non-existent.  Provides dots on a map only.  Convenience:  Great, just turn on the phone … remember, though, it tracks the phone not your truck.
      • GeoTab GO Live … under $500.  tracking performance, excellent as in the passive version.  Costs for live data in the $35 a month range for very frequent updates.  updates vary with what the vehicle is doing to give the highest resolution at the lowest cost.  Limited by the coverage area of the cellular network … great in major metro areas, nearly non-existent in wide open spaces.  Maps: excellent, uses latest version of Microsoft MapPoint which is a business tool on it’s own.  regular updates.  Reports, good.  All are delivered in Microsoft Excel format and are fleet oriented.  Convenience, good.  requires permanent installation, all data saved for later review when no one is watching the screen.
      • FMS MLT-300 … under $1200.  A good example of mid-range satellite communications-based systems.  Tracking performance, good.  Monthly costs about $30 to $40, depending on resolution selected.   Coverage is continental or better, works as good in Wyoming as in Westchester.  Track points are spaced by time intervals, in other words a "snap shot" of your fleet every 5, 10, 15 minutes.  maps"  Adequate.  Web-based so user doesn’t have to upgrade but detail dependent on commercial vendor.  Reports: Adequate.  Canned, on-line reports that cover the basics of most business needs.   Value decreases substantially when not being "watched" full-time.

There’s a little info to answer a few questions and whet your appetitive.  Any of these systems can pay for itself in less than a year.  If you’re not confident in what you need, contact a competent independent dealer who can find the solution best for you, rather than just the one he sells.

GPS Tracking Her Panties For Satisfaction And Profit

Everyone who reads my GPS Tracking articles here regularly (and, by the way, if you aren’t already a subscriber, may I ask you, as a personal favor, to just click on this link and subscribe?  It would be of benefit to both of us, thanks) knows that I focus on ways that GPS tracking can improve a business’s bottom line … how you get a return on an investment in specific technology.

Many readers who come here from search engine queries, though, are interested in the more drama-related aspects of GPS … things like tracking and errant spouse of girl friend.  There was even a spoof article which made the rounds a month or so ago about a company selling a device that could be attached to a woman’s panties and would not only send their location from time to time but sound an alarm if they were removed.  A joke, I hope, for at least the foreseeable future.  But for how long?  I don’t know.

We here’s a company who has a proven rate of return on their investment in GPS tracking technology and their specific application is tracking women’s lingerie … and expensive, sexy lingerie at that.  So far I think they have limited the use to tracking before the panties are worn, but ….

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