What To Look For When Choosing A GPS Installation Service Provider by Raymond Maas

When choosing a provider for your technology installations it's important to make sure they have the following qualifications:

Experience: The company/Installer should be well versed in most makes and models of vehicles and equipment they will working on, as well as have the ability to adapt to new or customized equipment.

Benefit: By having an experienced company perform your installation work you'll know that the work is being done in a fast, effective manner! This means less downtime for your fleet vehicles and equipment.

Product Knowledge: Making sure the installation company has comprehensive product knowledge, or the ability to be properly trained on new equipment is crucial to the success of your technology deployment. Poor knowledge of equipment and its functions can lead to faulty installations and more downtime.

Benefit: By choosing an installation provider with proper product training and knowledge, you can ensure that your equipment is being installed correctly and that all of the included features work flawlessly.

Excellent Customer Service: Choosing a company with great customer service and personable staff is another key component to a successful telematics deployment. Great communication and scheduling are of the utmost importance when scheduling appointments for vehicles to be fitted with new technology. Improper scheduling can make or break a large deployment and lead to frustrated drivers, managers and can greatly slow progress.

Benefit: By selecting a company with great customer service you'll be sure that your deployment will go on with minimal interruption to your business operations and that things will continue smoothly. Should an issue arise, great communication is key to getting back on track and resolving an issue with minimal downtime.

 

If you'd like to learn more about the services On Demand Tracking provides, and how we meet all of the key requirements for a successful telematics deployment, please visit the installation section on our website or feel free to message or call us at 317-662-4636.

10 Questions To Ask Before Buying a Telematics Solution by Stephen Roberts

1:  Why should I go with THIS telematics solution?  What does this company offer that the other companies do not?

 

2:  Is the software easy to navigate?  Does the software provide me with the tools I need?

 

3:  Does this telematics provider have responsive and dedicated customer service agents?  Can I speak with a person (not a robot) and will they be easy to understand?

 

4:  Do they offer a mobile app?

 

5:  Does this telematics company have experience? 

 

6:  Does this company offer installation services?

 

7:  Does this company provide devices and software that can track all my diverse assets on one platform?

 

8:  Does this company require me to sign a contract?

 

9:  Is this company straight forward?

 

10:  Will this telematics solution solve multiple problems?

 

Bonus:  Does this company take a consultative approach to assisting me in my decision for a telematics solution?

 

If you are ready to ask one of our representatives some questions today, please call us at 317-662-4636 and we'll be happy to assist you!

How can my business benefit from GPS devices? by Stephen Roberts

While it may be difficult to remember a time when we didn’t have information so readily available at our fingertips, the inception of satellite operated GPS devices was almost forty years ago!  We’ve come a long way, and not just the military is using the potential of these devices.

So, who can benefit from GPS tracking?  While this list may not be comprehensive, it does show the most common industries that seek out and utilize our GPS locating services.

Any and All Fleets!

1:  Home Service Businesses

     A:  Landscaping

     B:  Pest Control

     C:  Restaurant Delivery

     D:  Plumbing

     E:  Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation companies

     F:  Home and Specialty Contractors

2:  Industrial Businesses

     A:  Chemical Companies – monitor and ensure the safe handling of hazardous materials

     B:  Construction/Destruction Companies – wide variety of vehicles and heavy equipment and monitoring needs

3:  Commercial Businesses

     A:  Towing

     B:  Trucking

     C:  Utilities

     D:  Food and Beverage trucks

     E:  Buy-Here Pay-Here Car Lot

     F:  Golf Courses

4:  Institutional Organizations

     A:  Governments – snowplows, street sweepers, garbage trucks, road maintenance vehicles, etc.

     B:  Schools – campus security vehicles, facilities and maintenance vehicles and more

     C:  Emergency Service Providers – police fleets, fire trucks, and ambulances

     D:  Charities

5:  Personal

     A:  Your vehicle – Get the benefits of an insurance deduction

     B:  Your child’s vehicle – Place geo-fences around areas to get alerts for when they leave or arrive in the areas you personally designate

 

So, why is GPS Tracking worth your consideration?

Apart from mentioning the obvious transportation problem: “where are my vehicles?” here are a few commonly overlooked benefits:

1:  Reduce Operating Expenses – choose the most convenient and shortest routes, reduce fuel consumption and overtime costs.

2:  Save Time – “Time is the most valuable asset you can’t get back.”  With the best and least congested roads utilized from GPS information, you can get what you want, where you want, when you want it.  

3:  Reduce Downtime – Efficiency is key to maximize productivity.

4:  Optimize Resources – Gives detailed insights on fuel consumption, driver behavior, engine idling, etc.

5:  Reduce Insurance Costs – Insurance companies grant discounts to those using GPS tracking systems (anti-theft and asset location).

6:  Maximize Vehicle Utilization – Use data collected from the GPS device to eliminate vehicle idle time, prevent unnecessary wear and tear and fuel consumption.

7:  Keep Customers Happy – Respond and reach customers in a timely and efficient manner while maintaining your planned work-flow without skipping a beat.

8: Predictability – In the transportation world, uncertainly is our worst enemy.  Provide accurate delivery times, real-time tracking info or other pertinent details.

9:  Manage Field Staff and Drivers Effectively – One word: Accountability.  Be sure those who work for you are supporting your company’s image.

10:  Optimize Financial Book Keeping – With the data collected by the GPS, you will be able to create a comprehensive profit and loss analysis and allocate your budget accordingly.

11:  Un-paralleled Route Planning

12:  Locate Your Assets – Some devices are equipped with vehicles diagnostics readers, fuel level indicators, engine temperature indicators, reefer truck temperatures, etc.

13:  Reduce Maintenance Costs – GPS devices can effectively help ensure accurate vehicle maintenance schedules, monitor the vehicle’s performance, driver behavior, and essentially the overall “health” of the vehicle.

14:  Easy to Use – With the critical information already collected via driver location, vehicle status, and driver behavior, your fleet manager will be able to access real-time data from anywhere on a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop.

15:  Timely Alerts – Our programs can send SMS or email alerts when your vehicle goes outside/inside of a work zone, home, school, etc (geo-fencing), gets into an accident or monitor other areas and prevent other mishaps.

16:  Improve Safety

17:  Digital Time-Keeping – Eliminate billing and dispatch discrepancies.

18:  Organized – Get rid of all that unnecessary paperwork!  Not only does it help your company stay green, the system can automatically track and store data and present it in a user-friendly form (ie travel logs, run time, mileage, site time).

19:  Be Competitive – Stay one step ahead of your competition.

20:  Comply with Laws and Regulations – Many companies are needing to transfer over to a GPS Tracking device simply to comply with laws and regulations ie. FSMA and ELD mandate.

Bonus: For those in the Buy-Here Pay-Here Car Lot industry, we have devices that provide address verification, job verification, impound alerts, tow alerts, a starter-disruptor, and more!

 

Call me, Stephen T. Roberts, at 317.662.4636 Ext.103 or send me an email at stephen@odtracking.com and I will be happy to assist you.

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