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The Importance of GPS Asset Tracking Tools

May 4th, 2012

One of the most important contributions of technology is providing business ecosystems efficient methods of monitoring operations within companies or organizations. GPS asset tracking systems, in particular, have greatly benefited the trucking industry in many ways. However, to appreciate these benefits, it is important to understand just how the technology works.

What Is GPS Asset Tracking?

Global positioning system or GPS tracking refers to the use of satellites and a GPS device for the purpose of identifying the location of a particular person or object. The system, also known as satellite GPS asset tracking, works by allowing the GPS device to calculate the distance between itself and a receiver through signals made possible by the satellites. Once this distance is determined, it is easy to pinpoint the exact location of the object or person being tracked. In some cases, people can also track their own location using GPS-enabled cell phones and handheld messengers when finding their way around unfamiliar places.

How GPS Asset Tracking Helps a Trucking Business

There are many uses of the GPS asset tracking system to a trucking business. For example, it enables managers to ensure that truck drivers are not misusing company time or unnecessarily delaying deliveries. It helps solve the problem of undelivered merchandise due to confusion regarding delivery addresses. The system can also monitor tracked vehicles’ fuel mileage, helping company mechanics decide whether or not it is time for routine maintenance. As a precautionary measure, one of the most important reasons a trucking company might use GPS asset tracking technology is to enable them to locate stolen vehicles.

Other Features of a GPS Asset Tracking System for Truckers

The GPS asset system has a long line of capabilities which can include creating reports on how many trips a truck has made, the total distance it has covered, and any idle time. It can perform “street by street” tracking, where the vehicle’s every location through a single trip will be reported, and it will be configured to send alerts for speeding, harsh braking and acceleration, and other indicators of driving performance. When the truck deviates from its geo-fence (geographical parameters the company deems productive,) an alert will also be sent and this will be highlighted in the reports. More specific GPS asset tracking features may be available, depending on the manufacturer.

Why Skybitz?

Refrigerated Food Express uses Skybitz because it is a reliable industry standard trucking tool. Skybitz offers a web-based, no-download and fully customizable application that and can be operated through a simple, easy-to-use interface. The company is North America’s leader in providing GPS asset tracking software and other mobile resource management or MRM solutions to operators of truck trailers, rail cars, intermodal containers, sea-going containers, power generators, and rental equipment. It has tracked approximately 190,000 assets through its Global Locating System or GLS technology, offering benefits such as decreased operating and capital expenses, increased productivity, complete asset visibility, improved security, and more reliable customer service.

It was in 1968 when the satellite GPS asset tracking system was originally developed by the United States Department of Defense for the coordination of its armed forces, from the navy to the marines. Today, it has established its significance among civilians, including businessmen who are constantly in search of ways to improve their operations. So far, GPS asset tracking has been meeting and even surpassing expectations.

Posted on May 4th, 2012 in Trucking Tips