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Old 10-23-2008, 01:16 PM   #1
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I know about the Lo-Jack system to find a vehicle after it has been stolen, but what about an instrument that can be attached to your work vehicles, where you can go online and see the where-abouts of the vehicle every place it goes to and what times it was there and where it traveled.

I Googled, "GPS Tracker", one time after getting a Spam e-mail, but the idea seems worthy, but I don't trust the spam origin.

Any ideas and costs and requirements?

Yes, one of my guys was AWOL this morning with a company van, before you ask why I am inquiring.

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I could swear I saw this tool at Best Buy one time. Then again I've been working a lot lately so I could have dreamed it

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I have installed this back in 2003 for Buy-Here Pay-Here car lots. They have a no start option which disables the vehicle on the "Next attempted" starting of vehicle.

http://www.myskypatrol.com/MappingDemo.html
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I have installed this back in 2003 for Buy-Here Pay-Here car lots. They have a no start option which disables the vehicle on the "Next attempted" starting of vehicle.

http://www.myskypatrol.com/MappingDemo.html
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A guy i know has them in all his trucks. He said it was about a grand per truck. They have a monitor so they can tell where the service guys are all the time. They love it for when a customer calls and said they where driving eratic. They can actual look in the computer and see how fast they where going and what the speed limit was in that area.
He also says he saves a lot in vehicle insurance. The report is sent to the insurance compnay and any time you go more than 5 over the spped limit a red flag goes up.

He said the guys dont care for it but makes his job a hell of a lot easier tracking them all.
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Sky Patrol is MUCH cheaper. There is , of course, a Monthly fee, but the initial startup is $500.00 or less.
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I know about the Lo-Jack system to find a vehicle after it has been stolen, but what about an instrument that can be attached to your work vehicles, where you can go online and see the where-abouts of the vehicle every place it goes to and what times it was there and where it traveled.

I Googled, "GPS Tracker", one time after getting a Spam e-mail, but the idea seems worthy, but I don't trust the spam origin.

Any ideas and costs and requirements?

Yes, one of my guys was AWOL this morning with a company van, before you ask why I am inquiring.

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griots garage gps tracker (i can't post a link)

they have some neat stuff. I bought the automatic fire system for my shop too.
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$250 per vehicle and 25 bucks a month. It works pretty good, and is accurate and real-time +10 minutes. I get a report emailed to me daily for record storage, and can check online anytime, anywhere, even on my Blackberry. It has led to one firing, and much more time efficient deliveries.
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$250 per vehicle and 25 bucks a month. It works pretty good, and is accurate and real-time +10 minutes. I get a report emailed to me daily for record storage, and can check online anytime, anywhere, even on my Blackberry. It has led to one firing, and much more time efficient deliveries.
Which system is this you're using? $25/mth per vehicle also? Sounds very good compared to what I've heard before.
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I have add a similar feature to the cell phones my guys use. It monitors the phones and not just the vehicle. It is a service through Sprint and I am sure alot of the other cell companies have it. It is 9.99 a phone.

The trucks may be someplace but the employee may not be with the vechicle

They do not know the phone has this feature unless you want them to know. It was added as a security feature and the tracking part was an additional benefit
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I will post info tomorrow at work.
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http://gpstrackit.com/
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Thanks, I was just thinking about adding this to my trucks again and need to look into it.
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Is that the Locator 2000 model that you use?

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Yes.
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I saw this great new tracker in Builder magazine just the other day. I can't find the site right now but it tracks your employee. They cary a PDA and log in and out the jobs they visit. It will even alert you if they go off track. They also offer a clock in and out tool. You secure it to a stud or something on the jobsite and each employee has two little clips on there key ring. One for in and one for out each day. At the end of the week you use your PDA to download the information and give it to your office manager and all the times are thier. It also allows for other keys (these little tags) for travel. So if you employee has to travel they use that color key and when they return use it again and it tracks thier travel time. I will look for the site tomorrow and post it. But if anyone has the current Builder magazine it's on the 4th or 5th page. They have a great video on thier site showing how it works and I believe it's under 1000 bucks.

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There are actually two types of tracking systems out there and both have their differences...

Active GPS monitoring: This is live GPS tracking. The person in charge can log on to a secure site and see exactly where the driver is at all times. This data is logged to the remote site and kept for the predetermined time. This service has a monthly charge anywhere from $20-$80 per vehicle, possible start-up charge per vehicle, off site recording charges per month also possible.

Passive GPS monitoring. This tracking involves an antenna and network connections to the person in charge's computer (or a remote computer for a charge). When the driver pulls up to the office the radio in the vehicle sends a report to the radio in the office and downloads the info from the vehicle. There Is no recurring charge for this service.

Both vehicle unit types can be simple GPS or have adds like harsh braking, route deviation, leaving a "Geo fence", stop times, idling times, door open times, and of course speeding. Other adds like engine performance, maintenance due - or - needed.

Unit's cost between $500 and $1200 depending on the above factors. Fleet discounts are usual if requested...

Most small businesses prefer the "passive" as it's more cost effective and rarely (except for a intensive service vehicle) would the person in charge need to actually know where you are at this very moment. A service vehicle could be located with the "active" system and be diverted to a quick call or PR type stop.

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One more thing...

The "active system" can be set up to email people for different issues immediately such as speeding or engine issues for example.

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Other than your costs being high, that is correct. I can have email notification of speeding or even long idle times. There is a 5-10 minute delay, however. One of the things I use it for is for determining who it is that a phone-in is calling to complain about. I then call the driver, set it up as a 3 way and work through the problem with the complainer, the driver, and myself.

Speeding is not much of an issue as the trucks are all governed. What you will find is that your good employees don't really care, and your bad employees hate it.

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