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Agile Tracking Launches New UI for M2M Platform

The much anticipated release version 8.0 of our industry leading M2M platform has been successfully completed and the reviews are in…our clients love it! The Agile M2M platform boasts a whole new look and feel with enhanced graphics, customized reports, easier and faster navigation and a host of other new tools…all for free as part of the Agile Tracking customer experience.

Our GPS Tracking platform is continually improving with monthly releases adding features based on the feedback we get from end users. The release of v8.0 is the biggest one in our company’s history and reflects the commitment to remain a true leader in the GPS tracking industry. With now more than 400 features and over 300 integrated devices our platform was voted Product of the Year by M2M Magazine in 2014.

Here is a sample of our new Dashboard

Here is a sample of our new Dashboard

Next we will be releasing “Work Flow” a powerful dispatch and job scheduling tool that integrates with your smartphone and allows you to dynamically assign jobs and schedule your routes in advance.

 

The Tracking Tab showing our precise breadcrumb trail.

The Tracking Tab showing our precise breadcrumb trail.

Our new Performance Tab enables Fleet Managers to quickly monitor the data most relevant to their needs with customizable reports and easy to read graphics.

Our new Performance Tab shows the most relevant data.

Our new Performance Tab shows the most relevant data.

For a more detailed overview please feel free to contact us.

 

 

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Tracking driver behavior for a safer, greener fleet.


GPS vehicle tracking can gather and present a great deal of information about driver behavior. This information can include details on the vehicle’s speed, location, start and stop times, time spent idling, and many other factors. Fleet managers can use information about their drivers’ behavior to find problem areas, enforce company policies, and make changes that improve driver safety and productivity. One of the major factors contributing to high fleet costs is improper driver behavior. This can include unauthorized fleet vehicle use, speeding, agressive driving and leaving the vehicle idling for extended periods. Fleet managers can use GPS tracking to cut the amount of fuel wasted while vehicles idle, enforce company speed limits, and find out which drivers are arriving for duty late.

A significant portion of the fuel consumption and wear on vehicles comes from employees driving work vehicles for personal use. GPS tracking can make it easy to enforce policies about using company vehicles for personal errands. Managers can receive alerts if vehicles start after hours, and vehicles can trigger an alert if they go out of an area designated by geofencing.

Driver behavior has a significant impact on the amount of fuel each vehicle uses. Driving too fast, harsh acceleration, leaving the vehicle idling, or taking long routes all lead to higher fuel use. Fleet managers can use GPS vehicle tracking to improve their drivers’ behavior in all four of those ares. By establishing policies based on acceptable average and top speeds, acceptable daily idling time, and other driving behaviors, fleet managers can greatly reduce the fuel consumption of their fleets. Also, drivers can use GPS systems to get directions for the most direct and timely routes to their destinations.

GPS tracking also helps drivers submit more accurate time sheets. GPS tracking can automate a portion of the time-tracking process by automatically logging when vehicles start and stop. This gives managers a good picture of their employees’ work day. It shows when they start, how long they take for lunch and other breaks, and when they return their vehicles at the end of the work day. All this information is captured automatically without the need for manual entry. This also serves to improve driver behavior by making the time-reporting based on accurate verifiable data and not paper time sheets, which are subject to human error and exaggeration.

For GPS tracking to result in positive behavioral changes, drivers must have frequent access to the results and data regarding their driving habits. Fleet managers should distribute weekly reports so their drivers can see trends and patterns in their driving behavior. They should also be able to see how their driving compares to other drivers in the company and to the benchmarks set by the company. For example, if the fleet manager sets a goal of less than one hour of engine idling per day, drivers should see in their weekly report how long they idled each day of the week as well as the average daily idle time of their fellow employees. Drivers with the best results should be rewarded accordingly.

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Route Optimization for Increased Fleet Efficiency

 

Not Using GPS Route Optimization? Stop Leaving Money on the Table.

GPS Route Optimization Increases Fleet Efficiency

Companies in the business of delivering physical goods or on-site services will all benefit from optimizing the routes their drivers take while completing their daily work. Transportation costs already take a big bite out of your bottom line, and there’s no reason to expect those costs to go down on their own. If anything, your company should be anticipating that these costs will go up and should be taking direct action to addresses increases in fuel and other transportation costs.

Many drivers instinctively plan for the routes they drive each day to be as short as possible. They’re looking to have as little drive time as possible. However, their instincts are often wrong. Their routes could be much more efficient, allowing drivers to complete more work each day, and reducing the daily fuel consumption, travel time, and wear and tear on a vehicle. Route optimization also reduces the time and effort it take to plan daily routes. For drivers that travel the same route each day, these savings might be minimal. But for drivers that have routes that vary daily or regularly, the time saved by automating the routing process can offer substantial savings.

 

One of the features of GPS vehicle tracking that can provide the highest cost savings is route optimization.

 

Optimized routes will:

 

  • Reduce the kilometers driven: Every km your vehicles accumulate costs money: money in the fuel burned, the time you pay your drivers, and the time they spend on the road instead of working.
  • Reduce route planning time: Planning out routes for your drivers takes time, and the time it takes increases exponentially with the number of drivers and stops. Instead of starting the day trying to figure out where to go first, and in what order to do their stops, drivers can load their optimized route and follow the directions to their jobs in the most efficient order. Automating optimized routes will free up staff to work on other more profitable work for your business.
  • Improve customer service: With optimized routes, it will be easier to give accurate estimates of when your service providers will arrive at your customers’ locations.
  • Minimize the number of vehicles and drivers needed: With well-optimized routes, you may find you have more vehicles and drivers working on one sort of task than you actually need. These extra drivers and vehicles can now be reassigned to other more profitable tasks.

 

After loading the required stops into the GPS system, it will map out the stops in the most efficient way possible. This type of optimization is especially useful for routes that have many stops or for routes that are less familiar to the drivers.

Routes optimized through a robust vehicle GPS tracking system will also be able to provide helpful alerts for when when drivers go off route. This will let you know when vehicles are straying from the most optimal routes you’ve selected for them. Reporting in the system will also give you a sense of the cost savings achieved through the newly optimized routes. Yet another advantage is the ability to be flexible and reroute drivers as other jobs and priorities come in throughout the day. Rather than being wedded to a single, pre-planned route, drivers are able to adapt flexibly to new jobs and stops as the day progresses.

Many businesses will benefit from the utilization of route optimization in their routine. It will make your jaw drop as you realize how much money you can save. Request a demo of our GPS tracking platform today.

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Mobile Phone Tracking- BYOD

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to the GPS Party

Bring Your Own Device for Worker Tracking

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is the hottest buzz word in tech right now. But we’ve had it for years.

We have GPS tracking software for BYOD companies

Bring Your Own Device — or BYOD, to use the industry-favored acronym — is a topic that’s catching on like wildfire as more and more companies allow their employees to bring and use their own devices to work. The devices are typically things like the employees’s personal smartphone, and the work location could be anywhere from a staid corporate office to a natural gas pipeline in the middle of nowhere. Among other advantages like happier employees, a recent article on InfoWorld also points to a study of executives and others in the know that shows that companies that have implemented BYOD are 73% more likely to report improved sales and new customer acquisitions than companies who had not implemented Bring Your Own Device. Furthermore, fifty-four percent of those companies were more likely to report increased profits than their non-BYOD-ing counterparts.

Why the increased profitability? At least in the areas of lone worker tracking and field service workers, Bring Your Own Device, when coupled with appropriate installed tracking software and the platform to monitor it, allows companies to make sure sure that workers are where they’re supposed to be — without having to rely on an in-vehicle GPS or other device. Couple that with geofencing technology, and companies can receive an alert whenever an employee enters or leaves a given area — and if they assign a specific route, they can also make sure an employee gets into and then leaves an area by an appropriate path. All of which, of course, helps both workers and companies be more efficient — and improved efficiency always goes to bottom line, whether we’re talking about field service workers bringing their own devices or not.

The untapped potential is huge —we here at Agile Tracking are well-positioned to help your company leverage the BYOD craze. We can license the software to install on your employee devices, and get you set up in record time with the GPS tracking platform to leverage that information. If you’re an existing client, get a hold of your Fleet Consultant to find out more about how we can help you with mobile device tracking.

If you’re not currently a client but think it might be time to bring your own business to Bring-Your-Own-Device, request a demo and see how we can get you up and running with GPS tracking.

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4 Dispatcher Tools You Need

4 Dispatcher Tools Every Fleet Management Platform Should Have

Dispatchers need good tools for efficient fleet management

Great tools to help your dispatchers be great.

Whether you are a small business with 2 or 3 trucks or an enterprise large enough to host and operate your own dispatching and fleet management center, there are certain dispatcher tools you should have to make life easier for your dispatchers, boost the number of stops your drivers can make, and grow your bottom line through increased efficiencies.

Here are four tools your dispatchers will love.

1. The Ability to See Trips in Progress

First and foremost, any real-time GPS tracking platform should allow dispatchers to see all of the trips currently in progress. Having that ability means dispatchers can make more informed, more efficient decisions about which driver to send where at any given point in time.

2. The Ability to Create New Trips

A good dispatcher, of course, will oftentimes need to create new trips for his or her drivers — a “trip,” in platform-speak, simply meaning a route that has been assigned to a vehicle. Dispatchers should be able to create trip routes using a map view. For the ultimate in flexibility, a fleet management dispatcher should also be able to modify trips on the fly, adding stops in real time as appropriate.

3. The Ability to Find the Closest Driver

There are often times when an unplanned customer service call will require a vehicle to be dispatched long after routes have originally been given to drivers. When time is a critical element in these kinds of dispatches, very often the most efficient solution is to find the closest vehicle and assign it. But how does a dispatcher know which active fleet is closest to the new stop? A good tool for finding the closest asset will let the dispatcher search by either clicking on the platform’s map, typing in an address, searching for a given landmark, or even searching withing a custom-drawn circle or polygon. Only with that kind of flexibility can a dispatcher be guaranteed of finding the correct available resource to assign.

4. The Ability to Share Directions to a New Stop

Having the ability to create a new stop and add it to a driver’s trip would be pretty meaningless to a dispatcher if the driver is unable to find the newly added stop. With a Share Directions tool, your dispatchers would never need to feel that particular pain. Simply enter a starting and stopping address — or even better, just click on the desired locations in the platform tracking pane — and the system will calculate directions and send them to the driver’s phone, tablet or computer. Now that’s leveraging the efficiency of a GPS tracking platform!

Of course, you’ve probably figured out already that the Agile Tracking GPS tracking platform has all of this fleet management and dispatching goodness built right in.