It's hard to imagine a time before GPS, but it wasn't too long ago when people navigated using nothing but the stars or tools like astrolabes or compasses. People even relied on clever tools like cane maps and miniature scrolls hidden inside watches. But thanks to advances in satellite technology and mobile phone networks, we no longer have to depend on tiny maps hidden away in our apparel.
GPS was first developed in February 1978 by the United States government, though the history of its invention goes all the way back to the 1940s, when similar ground-based radio signal navigational systems were developed by the British Royal Navy, and 1957 when the Soviet Union launched the first man-made satellite, called Sputnik 1, into space.
Though it was initially developed for military use, GPS tracking is now widely used for things like personal navigation and tracking, as well as for more complex commercial uses like fleet management, asset tracking, and mobile workforce management.
Over the next few months, our newest blog series will explore how GPS tracking can help businesses in any field improve their efficiency and deliver better service by decreasing expenses and increasing revenue, tracking vehicles and assets, monitoring equipment and vehicle usage, and increasing driver safety. Keep reading to learn more.
Any industry that requires fleet management can realize significant benefits almost immediately by simply instituting a GPS tracking system. Home service businesses, industrial and commercial businesses, and a variety of other institutions are already familiar with the benefits of GPS tracking.
Home services businesses answer a diverse variety of needs, from restaurant delivery to routine home care and emergency maintenance. Fleet managers at home services businesses need a tool that's as versatile as they are, and GPS tracking meets that demand.
Here's how some home services businesses are already using GPS fleet tracking:
Industrial businesses face a unique set of challenges, such as transporting hazardous materials, monitoring asset usage, or managing an assortment of specialized vehicles on a busy jobsite. GPS fleet tracking can help managers at industrial businesses address these challenges. Here's how:
Whether you manage utility vehicles, long-haul truckers, or a fleet of tow trucks, GPS tracking devices can help you keep up with the routine and unforeseeable demands on your commercial business. The insights gathered by GPS tracking devices enable any commercial business to navigate unexpected schedule changes, reach more customers, and deliver better service.
Here's how some commercial businesses are taking advantage of these insights:
GPS fleet tracking can also benefit public institutions like governments, educational institutions, and emergency service providers. Here's how:
No matter what type of fleet you manage, your business or institution can benefit from GPS fleet tracking. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business to learn how installing GPS tracking devices in your fleet vehicles can help you reduce your costs and increase your revenue.
Learn more about how your industry can benefit from GPS tracking.