This is What Custom GPS Tracking Looks Like

If you’ve used Google Maps, you’ve used GPS. That little dot on the map – we all know it.

Apply GPS to the business world, and you use that same basic principle to track a fleet of trucks or delivery vans, some expensive equipment, or whatever else you need to keep an eye on.

At least, that’s what many people understand GPS to be. But it actually goes much farther.

The reason newspapers are saying the GPS industry is about to go through the roof is because it can be much more valuable for a business than just keeping an eye on deliveries or employees. The reason GPS is going to be so huge is custom GPS.

Today, we’re going to show you what custom GPS tracking looks like.

Custom GPS Tracking – What’s Possible?

How far beyond tracking location can GPS go? Well, let’s use an example of a custom GPS tracking solution we might install for an Australian business.

Say a freight and logistics company is looking for GPS. They need to track the location of vehicles and delivery times like a normal GPS unit can. But that’s not all they need help with.

They’ve got to worry about estimating delivery times, efficient dispatching, vehicle breakdowns, vehicle theft, driver safety, timesheets, payroll, and driver trip logs, among other things.

A custom GPS solution can actually help them with all of that.

Here is how we could attack those challenges:

Track Vehicles, Estimate Delivery Times & Dispatching:

  • Install GPS trackers on all fleet vehicles
  • GPS trackers come with software that gives live info on vehicle locations, current vehicle speeds, and estimated arrivals. Now, tracking and giving ETA’s is as easy as opening the program – on a computer or an iPhone.

Vehicle Breakdowns

  • GPS trackers can be installed with sensors that track engine temperature, oil levels and other vehicle vitals.
  • Automatic updates can be set to alert HQ whenever vehicle problems are detected
  • Automatic updates can be set to alert HQ whenever a vehicle has travelled X,000 miles, and needs a service.

Vehicle Theft

  • If stolen, GPS trackers will lead police right to the stolen equipment
  • Custom GPS trackers can also track when vehicle doors are locked, unlocked, open, and closed. HQ can now keep tabs on safe practices by drivers, or know exactly when a thief unlocked a vehicle
  • Automatic alerts can notify HQ whenever a vehicle leaves a certain area. For example, if it leaves the normal area serviced by the business (a thief driving the vehicle away!)

Driver Safety

  • Custom GPS trackers work even in remote areas (rural WA for example). Drivers will never be isolated from HQ again.
  • Custom GPS trackers can track vehicle speed over all trips. Reports of average speed – or speed at any certain point in a trip, can be viewed at any time.

Timesheets, Payroll, Etc.

  • Custom GPS software catches all information on trips taken
  • Reports can be set to show miles driven, hours worked, etc.
  • These reports can instantly track work and jobs done.

Custom GPS Tracking – Going Beyond

As you’ve just read, GPS can help with many aspects of running a business. And this isn’t just for transportation – it works for any business that has moving parts. Construction, trade work, mining, and anything involving delivery or transport are prime opportunities for GPS.

But where custom GPS really goes beyond is by letting a manager or owner take a look at all that information gathered – all at once.

Suddenly, it becomes very clear where the business is losing money and where it could stand to make more.

Business decisions that used to be made on a best-guess basis, or require expensive research, now can be made quickly and confidently.

Should I add to the vehicle fleet? Check the GPS reports and they’ll tell you if supply is meeting demand. Do we need to change our prices? Look at the time (and money) it takes to complete your average job, compare it to your price, and boom – there’s your answer.

This is where custom GPS tracking is revolutionising business.

Get GPS Tracking for Your Business

If you’d like to learn more about GPS and use it to evolve your business, have a read through our website or get in touch.

We specialise in GPS tech, not only for location tracking and theft deterrence but also for optimising the way your business works. As a bonus, our trackers work even in remote areas – which most GPS trackers don’t

Look us up at BlackBoxControl.com.au and invest in your business.

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Builder Caught Stealing Toilet from Construction Site – Another GPS Arrest

It’s official, people will steal anything from a construction site.

A perfect example is this story of a WA theft – the tradie stole a toilet in broad daylight!

Major WA home builder Summit Homes was working on a development in Perth. Having suffered great losses from theft in the past, they decided to tag various items in all their construction sites with GPS trackers.

Turns out, it didn’t take long for the trackers to pay off. Before long, one of the trackers revealed that a toilet was on the move.

Summit Homes contacted the police, who swiftly followed the GPS signal to the tradie’s home. What did they find? His place was stuffed full of stolen goods.

“When police did the warrant, [the house] was an Aladdin’s Cave… sinks, toilets, nuts, bolts, sealants, anything to do with putting new things into houses was in this guy’s room.”
– Nina Hobson, spokeswoman for Busted Alliance

The bust was a win for this builder, but unfortunately, it’s just one example of an epidemic that is sweeping Australia and especially WA.

The Construction and Worksite Theft Epidemic

Home and apartment build, mining sites, and virtually any sort of worksite in Australia – if it’s under construction, it is a prime target for thieves.

Businesses across the country are struggling to get a handle on the theft epidemic that can cost over a hundred thousand per project.

One example: The top four building companies in WA recorded close to $130,000 in losses from theft and illegal dumping – over just one month.

Another example: A Thornlie man was charged with stealing over $80,000 of construction materials. That’s right, one guy stole over $80k from construction sites – and he’s just one of the few who police have been able to track down.

Fight Back with GPS Tracking

Construction sites are hard to secure. They’re relatively open, usually with no security alarms (or even front doors) to keep thieves from entering.

It’s also hard for locals – and even police – to spot a theft. If a criminal is driving a ute and wearing high-vis, who can tell the difference between a tradie and a thief?

For these reasons, business owners are turning to GPS tracking.

Put a tracker on your expensive equipment and materials, and you’ll probably be able to recover it if it’s stolen.

Track a few items in your project area, and they will lead police right to the thief – not only recovering your losses but putting the criminal behind bars and reducing the risk of future theft in that area.

Get GPS Tracking for Your Business

If you’d like to learn more about GPS and use it to protect your business, have a read through our website or get in touch.

We specialise in GPS tech, not only for theft but also for optimising the way your business works. As a bonus, our trackers work even in remote areas – which most GPS trackers don’t

Look us up at BlackBoxControl.com.au and invest in your business.

Blackboxcontrol.com.au

1300 766 764
info@blackboxcontrol.com.au
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GPS is the Future for Australia’s Construction Industry

GPS technology is gradually moving into many areas of our lives, optimising it and making daily operations effortless. The change is universal, but industries using machinery are benefiting from GPS more than others. This article will cover how GPS is revolutionising construction in Australia, the current GPS infrastructure in Australia, and future potential for GPS.

Advantages of GPS in Construction

The advantages of GPS for construction are hard to count, but most of them are a product of these two main factors:

  • Accurate positioning and location information
  • Information relayed back to operators in real time

These key benefits are revolutionising the way the construction industry operates. Tasks are being completed accurately and quickly, which has resulted in an increase in efficiency.

A report conducted by ACIL (Allen Consulting) on the economic and social benefits of GPS in construction, the following benefits were among the biggest:

  • Improvements in accuracy
  • Time savings
  • Fewer machines needed – reduced costs
  • Fuel savings improved by 25%
  • Improvement in safety – fewer people needed to operated machinery
  • Savings in labour costs
  • Improvement in quality control

Economic Impact

A report conducted by the Productivity Commission analysis of ABS data concluded that GPS has increased productivity in the construction industry by an incredible 14.5%.. Knowing this, it’s no surprise that 90% of construction businesses are expected to adopt GPS by 2030.

Overall, GPS is expected to grow, improve and better systematise the construction industry. Within the next 20 years, GPS technology is predicted to increase from $12 billion to $21 billion.

The Future

The Australian Government is backing the rise of GPS as well. Over the next four years, the Australian Government will contribute $224.9 million to create more accurate navigation, positioning and timing GPS capabilities. The funding will enable numerous industries, including construction to improve safety standards and optimise operations and remain competitive globally.

Get GPS Tracking for Your Business

If you’d like to learn more about GPS and use it to elevate your business, have a read through our website or get in touch.

We specialise in GPS tech, not only for theft but also for optimising the way your business works. As a bonus, our trackers work even in remote areas – which most GPS trackers don’t.

Look us up at BlackBoxControl.com.au and invest in your business.

Blackboxcontrol.com.au

1300 766 764
info@blackboxcontrol.com.au
Contact Us

Top 3 Industries that Must Use GPS

GPS tracking was once billed as a luxury service, but this is changing.

Now, GPS is a matter of necessity in some industries. Profit, safety, efficiency, competition and even the law have put GPS at the top of the list for must-have business tools.

Below, we’ve listed the industries that must be using GPS. We’ve included the need-to-know info about why GPS is so crucial to these operations, and what business owners can do now to best ride the GPS wave and stay a cut ahead of the competition. Continue reading “Top 3 Industries that Must Use GPS”

Case Study: GPS Technology helps Transport Business Thrive

Director of SLW Transport Shane Willcox was dealing with GPS providers that weren’t giving him the service he required.

After hearing about BlackBox Control, he made the switch for better customer service, customised tracking options and the opportunity to really optimise his business process.

Now, SLW Transport couldn’t imagine going back. Read on to find out how SLW Transport has changed since the switch. Continue reading “Case Study: GPS Technology helps Transport Business Thrive”

The Ultimate Peace of Mind for all Drivers – GPS plus Dash Cams

Sales of dash cams have skyrocketed in recent years. Everyone wants to feel secure in the protection they claim to provide. But should we be feeling safe? Can dash cams actually protect us if we’re involved in an accident? Read on to learn how dash cams are impacting independent drivers and businesses.  

First, let’s consider these recurring scenarios. Continue reading “The Ultimate Peace of Mind for all Drivers – GPS plus Dash Cams”

GPS is the Future for Customer-Focussed Transport Business

Wheels for Hope provides a transportation service that is customised, unique, and highly dependent on customer service.

In order to streamline systems, they needed a GPS tracking solution that did more than pinpoint location and track distance travelled.

They didn’t know they needed it, but now they couldn’t imagine operating without it. Read on to find out how BlackBox customised their service for Wheels For Hope.
Continue reading “GPS is the Future for Customer-Focussed Transport Business”

BlackBox GPS – Your Operations in the Palm of Your Hand

It’s hard to know what’s really happening out in the field. That can mean missed opportunities, poor productivity, or having to tell your customers “I don’t know” when they ring up to ask simple questions.

Whether you’re operating a fleet of drivers, a worksite or a range of rental vehicles or tools, it’s difficult to know where everything is – let alone track that movement over time and make smart decisions based on the data. Continue reading “BlackBox GPS – Your Operations in the Palm of Your Hand”

Is GPS Tracking Worth the Money? A Quick Cost Analysis

On the fence about investing in GPS tracking for your fleet vehicles? Here’s a quick cost analysis to help you decide.

Gone are the days when you had no choice but to send your fleet vehicles and staff off, blindly trusting they’d completed the hours they’d logged and drove your vehicles safely. By the same token, gone are the days customers had to sit around waiting for hours, hoping one of your staff members would arrive on time – leaving you or your administrative staff to ring around for updates when they didn’t. Continue reading “Is GPS Tracking Worth the Money? A Quick Cost Analysis”

4 Industries Using GPS to Disrupt and Evolve

As technology evolves, more and more businesses are looking at GPS tracking to optimise and break open new market opportunities.

In fact, the ability to give and receive real-time data on operations is allowing businesses across many industries to revolutionise how – and sometimes what – they do.

Read about how all kinds of industries are embracing GPS to evolve their business and get ahead of their competition. Continue reading “4 Industries Using GPS to Disrupt and Evolve”