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Part 1: Which Industries can Benefit from GPS Tracking?

By Jessica Stoddard Back to Home on Mar 28, 2016
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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.

All Fleets can Take Advantage of GPS Tracking

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

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:

  • Landscaping businesses can improve daily operations by tracking assets, optimizing scheduling, and utilizing accurate time tracking.

  • Pest Control companies are able to use GPS tracking to understand how field workers operate on the job, gain control over their fleets, and reduce operating costs.

  • Restaurant Delivery services can provide better service by routing delivery vehicles as efficiently as possible.

  • Plumbing companies will gain valuable insights into routing and employee behavior in order to improve response times and reach customers faster.

  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) companies can provide better service and stand out from their competition by tracking HVAC vehicles in real-time and improving driver performance.

  • Home and Speciality Contractors servicing a huge variety of home service needs including doors, windows, siding, concrete, construction and general contracting are some of the most avid users due to the near immediate return on investment.

Industrial Businesses

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:

  • Chemical companies are able to ensure the safe handling of hazardous materials, as well as the security of their drivers.

  • Construction companies can manage a wide variety of vehicles and heavy equipment, reduce operating costs, and increase productivity by monitoring vehicle and asset usage and identifying opportunities to improve efficiency.

Commercial Businesses

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:

  • Towing companies will be able to respond faster, deliver better service, and reduce fuel use and operating costs using real-time location tracking.

  • Trucking businesses can monitor driver safety and increase fuel efficiency by visualizing driver behavior in real-time and identifying areas where short- or long-haul truckers can improve their performance.

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  • Utilities providers are able to stay informed about how drivers behave in the field, enabling them to tackle daily service calls and improve their fleet's ability to respond quickly to emergencies.

  • Food & Beverage companies will deliver fresher food faster by planning efficient routes and minimizing driving time.

Institutional Organizations

GPS fleet tracking can also benefit public institutions like governments, educational institutions, and emergency service providers. Here's how:

  • Governments can ensure their workers stick to contractual timelines without exceeding their budget by tracking snow plows, street sweepers, garbage trucks, and road maintenance vehicles.

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  • Universities and Colleges will improve the efficiency and productivity of campus security vehicles, facilities and maintenance vehicles, and more.

  • Emergency Service Providers are able to respond faster using live traffic updates and efficient dispatch. GPS tracking can help guide police fleets, fire trucks and ambulances.

Benefits of GPS Tracking

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.

Read More

Part 1:Which Businesses Can Benefit from GPS Tracking
Part 2: How GPS Tracking Reduces Costs and Increases Revenue
Part 3: 3 More Ways GPS Tracking Benefits Your Business
Part 4: Reduce Theft and Monitor Asset Usage with GPS Asset Tracking
Part 5: 3 Ways GPS Tracking Simplifies Fleet Management
Part 6: 8 Powerful Features that Only Come with a GPS Tracking Device
Part 7: How does GPS Tracking Work?