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.

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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”

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.
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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”

Australia’s Car Theft Crisis – And How GPS is Solving It

52,858 vehicles were stolen in Australia during 2017. That’s about one car every 10 minutes.

This unsettling statistic was released alongside nationwide vehicle theft numbers for 2017, but the issue has been in headlines – and on the minds of vehicle owners – for much longer than that.

Australia’s rate of vehicle theft has been rising for years, and despite a slight dip in thefts in 2017, the issue is one that law enforcement has found challenging to tackle. In fact, despite police’s best efforts, about 45% of all Australian passenger and light commercial vehicles are at a medium to high risk of theft.

With the danger of theft this high, most car and business owners are asking two important questions: ‘What do I need to worry about?’ and ‘How do I protect my assets?’

Let’s start with the first question. Here’s what you need to worry about: a snapshot of Australia’s car theft problem. (We’ll explain how GPS can help protect vehicles and other assets straight after!)


Australia’s Car Theft Problem

What kind of problem are we looking at? Who should be worried about their cars? Let’s run the numbers:

The 2015/2016 year is the latest for which full data is available. Over 54,000 vehicles were stolen that year. 

What’s being Stolen?

  • 80% were passenger/light commercial vehicles
  • 15% were motorcycles; and
  • 5% were classified as ‘other vehicles’ (such as heavy trucks and tractors).
  • 46% of passenger and light commercial vehicles had a medium to high risk of theft in 2015/16
  • Estimated value of passenger and light commercial vehicles stolen in Australia in 2015/16 was $499.7 million.

How is it being Stolen?

  • More than 50% of all vehicles were stolen from a residence in 2015/16
  • Most vehicles are stolen between 4pm and midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Sports cars have the highest theft rate
  • 29% of stolen vehicles are never recovered

Statistics courtesy of the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.


How GPS is Solving Vehicle Theft in Australia

The idea is simple – if you can track a stolen vehicle, you can lead police directly to it.

For this reason, car and business owners are looking increasingly to GPS tracking systems for an affordable anti-theft tool.

Modern GPS can offer 24/7 vehicle tracking, and can provide a number of specialised anti-theft features including:

  • Alerts when vehicle doors are unlocked or opened
  • Anytime tracking access via smartphone or computer
  • Small, easy to conceal trackers that thieves cannot locate or remove
  • Remote vehicle shut down

The ability to track and follow thieves has proven effective and affordable on an individual and business basis. So much so, that Australian police forces are testing it out for themselves.


Victoria Police Trial GPS for Anti-Theft

Nearly 16,000 vehicles were stolen in Victoria alone last year.

This statistic, along with the effectiveness of GPS tracking for catching vehicle thieves, has prompted the Victoria Police to launch an official anti-theft GPS tracking trial. Last September, 1,000 cars were fitted with GPS devices that can pinpoint vehicles to within a few metres.

The hope is that this trial will allow officers to not only find stolen vehicles, but crack down on other types of crime as well.

“The serious crimes that we see in this state, whether it be drive-by shootings, armed robberies or commercial burglaries, on the large majority of occasions there is always a stolen vehicle involved and that enables the crime,” Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said.


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