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Truckers GPS Systems - Fleet Tracking
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In my opinion one of the nicest truckers GPS systems is the combination of onboard systems and a remote control center (what used to be referred to as the third party service).

Fleet management using GPS and GPRS technologies with web based control centers is a system whereby the fleet owner can track and communicate with the drivers and vehicles. Making the dispatching and related communications a live instantaneous thing.

The driver has a GPS unit in the vehicle usually with a GPRS modem and data link connecting the unit to what can be called a communication center where data flowing both ways connects. Some companies offer a hand held unit the size of a cell phone for the fleet owner to use in the field. All functions can be done from this unit or from any computer using the internet to connect to the control center.

This provides fleet operations the ability to track all units, voice or text messaging and resetting dispatch plans on the fly as circumstances require. These combined component truckers GPS systems can provide the driver with local Google searches and let the driver know the distance from present location, live traffic information, daily updated fuel prices and the ability to give a more accurate ETA to dispatchers and customers.

Dispatch can inform customers of arrival times, rearrange schedules in real time, and manage working hours with a single click, tracking and keeping an eye on vehicles in real-time staying in the loop with the progress of jobs.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a set of nonbinding guidelines that deal with the issue of distracted driving due both to in-car electronics as well as dashboard integration with portable electronic devices unless the car is in park. They plan to come out with more such guidelines in the near future.

I can remember with my cell phone, GPS, and CB radio, while trying to make all of my calls for the day, check in with dispatch, calling shippers and consignees up to set up deliveries and another pickup along the way, and making things harder to deal with yet was the onboard navigating system that operations had us put in our trucks would beep, beep, beep until you would text an answer, distracting.

Oh yah, that was the downside to truckers GPS systems back in the day.

I was glad when after a year or so the Company I was leased out to had us remove the onboard systems. They were truckers GPS systems, but this was back in the day, and the only functions taken advantage of were text messaging and Operations could track my location and probably tell how fast one was driving. The function to download a map was there but I guess the Company did not pay for it. At any rate I already had my own GPS and analogue cell phone. With my lap top and scanner and a PCMCI card I was able to fax my proofs of delivery and I never did quite see any benefit of the older Systems other than to track the truck.

That’s just me.


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