WHAT IS GPS?
GPS stands for Global Positioning System. GPS allows satellites orbiting the earth to track items via signals sent from a GPS tracker installed on an asset or vehicle. A GPS tracker is a device (or black box) that can be powered by an asset’s electronics to which it is attached (like a vehicle), or if the asset is not self-powered, then powered via a battery or with solar power allowing for the tracking of an array of non-powered assets such as trailers and containers. The GPS tracking devices from WHG Technologies can be used to track just about anything; from cars, trucks, farming equipment like tractors and construction vehicles like earth moving equipment, to hand-held tools, packages and a variety of other assets.
HOW DOES GPS TRACKING WORK?
In Australia, GPS tracking systems use 3G or 4G networks to connect the GPS device to the satellite via a sim card and then transmits data to a GPS software system which interprets the information to provide the data that is used in fleet management and vehicle tracking to operators and customers via an internet device and web application. The modern GPS tracking solution from WHG Technologies includes a GPS mobile smart phone app available in iOS and Android from your phone which allows for constant monitoring of fleets in real-time, while you are on the move.
“With the app, you can just quickly open your phone, check on your whole fleet and it takes 2 seconds, wherever you are. You can't do that with other things.” - Harry Christou, Stattic Transport
WHAT DOES A GPS TRACKER MONITOR?
A GPS tracking device and corresponding software can be configured to monitor various things; including location, maintenance schedules, equipment performance, mileage, ignition status, fuel consumption and battery disconnect. The most basic element is location and having this information at your fingertips allows you to improve customer service by ensuring clients are kept up to date with where your vehicles are in relation to them. GPS fleet monitoring allows for a comprehensive insight into every individual vehicle in a fleet and an overview of the fleet as a whole. Many fleet managers rely on real-time GPS locations to plan out routes and allocate resources effectively. GPS tracking systems for fleet management are becoming an essential business tool for companies that own more than one vehicle.
KEY FEATURES OF THE GRIDTRAQ FLEET MAX PREMIER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
GPS CAR TRACKING
A GPS car tracker is a low-cost method of securing your vehicle and enhancing the safety of the driver and passengers. GPS car tracking enhances your vehicle's security by allowing you real-time access to monitor and track your vehicle online 24 hours a day.
GPS TRACKING UNITS FOR HEAVY COMMERCIAL TRUCKS AND FLEET TRACKING
GPS tracking units for trucks can be very sophisticated and provide an array of data and monitoring applications which managers use in their decision making to increase the efficiency and productivity of the business. In heavy commercial applications, fleets adopt CANBUS GPS Trackers which integrate into the vehicle’s management system to monitor engine parameters like fault codes and temperature warnings among other things.
REDUCE FUEL COSTS WITH GPS
Almost everything monitored by GPS vehicle tracking can work to help reduce overall fuel costs. Insight into routes driven, average speeds, idling and unauthorised vehicle usage can be used to reduce the amount of fuel your fleet requires. GPS tracking of fuel consumption is a valuable application of the technology to truck fleets as fuel and labour are two of the biggest costs when operating a fleet of vehicles and GPS records may be used to apply for a Fuel Tax Credit in Australia.
WHAT DOES A GPS MONITORING SYSTEM TRACK?
GPS fleet monitoring systems allow comprehensive tracking and monitoring of a variety of elements of the business including:
Real-time driver location
Vehicle security, automated trip sheets
Occupational health and safety reporting
These details are tracked in real-time via the GPS software systems.
The solutions from WHG Technologies allow users to set alerts that can be sent in real-time to inform managers of any issues, from speeding, impacts to battery health and movement out of a geofenced location. GPS dash cameras can provide time and date stamped footage of an incident to be used as evidence. Utilising the Driver Score and Violation Reports can assist with driver training while knowing exactly when a team arrives and departs a customer site, through automated system driven alerts, makes timesheets more accurate. GPS tracking for small businesses has been proven to reduce costs and increase safety, and many businesses use GPS to track company vehicles, from cars to heavy trucks.
THE ADVANTAGES OF A GPS TRACKING SYSTEM
GPS vehicle tracking was developed to ensure vehicle security, prevent theft and enable recovery should a vehicle or asset be stolen. This is still a feature many customers consider a necessity, but GPS tracking systems now have the added advantage of assisting with monitoring many other elements of driver and vehicle performance.
Business owners are using GPS tracking systems to assist with operational health and safety, emergency response, remote operations control, and support of lone workers. Fatigue management is a growing area within the GPS tracking space, as is insurance telematics. A smarter connected vehicle leads to operational fleet efficiency improvements and can assist with the implementation of intelligent transport solutions. GPS tracking is what has enabled fleet and asset management to become the sophisticated system it is today.
INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
An all-inclusive vehicle tracking solution allows you an overview of your vehicles, while offering the added benefits of a comprehensive vehicle monitoring system, allowing you to track, monitor and manage the asset, all in near real-time. Data collected by the GPS tracking system can be analysed and adjustments made to improve productivity. Dispatchers are able to use the real-time data to direct drivers to their closest locations at that moment based on traffic, weather and other factors thus reducing fuel consumption, vehicle mileage and increasing the jobs a fleet can complete in a day.
GPS ASSET TRACKING
GPS can be used to track a variety of assets even if they are not powered and we have seen wide adoption of IoT, known as the Internet of Things. Tracking movable assets gives you visibility of your assets and valuable insight into their usage. Track small items like crates, packages, toolboxes, hand tools, equipment, vehicles, heavy machinery, trailers, containers, or any asset you own. Asset maintenance tracking software allows for monitoring of a range of attributes like location, movement, alerts and more, making maintenance schedules simple to follow.
GPS FROM WHG TECHNOLOGIES
WHG Technologies offers products and services to suit heavy commercial trucks, vehicle fleets, personal cars, tracking of any asset including construction equipment, packages, shipping containers and trailers.
GPS tracking device installation with WHG Technologies is simple and fast. A technician will meet you at a convenient time and location and install the GPS tracking device into the vehicle or onto the asset with minimal disruption to business operations. Our technicians are industry trained and approved and well-versed in current best practices. They will install the GPS tracking device in a secure location ensuring that it can evade even a sophisticated electronic tracking device finder.
WHG Technologies is an OEM GPS tracker manufacturer, and we can custom-make advanced GPS systems for your business needs. The GPS tracking device fitted to the vehicle or asset is then connected to the GPS software system where the data can be monitored in real-time 24/7.
Customers can access this information via a GPS tracking website online from any internet device via the software web platform, or a GPS tracking mobile app and configure notifications alerts to be sent in a variety of ways including email, text message and on screen in the portal as well as push notifications on the app.
To discuss how we can increase your productivity through GPS and telematics technology, talk to the team today.
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