US Fleet Tracking is one of the largest GPS providers, with their services used in more than 150 countries across the globe. The company offers its tech services for events as well, and has an impressive roster in its past that includes each Super Bowl since the 2007 Super Bowl XLI, the 2010 Winter and 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and the 2012 Republican National Convention. Their selling point: Live 5- and 10-second vehicle tracking systems that ensure you’ll never miss a beat, with live fleet updates every 5 or 10 seconds depending on your chosen service package. US Fleet Tracking is the oldest company in the world in this incredibly specific sector.
GPS trackers aren’t the same as fleet management systems: They offer fewer features. US Fleet Tracking’s services don’t include management options for inspections, parts, or tires. However, the GPS trackers do allow for a few of the most used FMS features, including scheduling and dispatch as well as fuel management. Fleets in need of a simple and easy service will likely find US Fleet Tracking to be a good fit.
While US Fleet Tracking offers a selection of nine different trackers (in addition to plenty of accessories), this raft of devices offers a variety of core features, which are listed in the next section.
US Fleet Tracking: Core Features
Five- and Ten-Second Transmission
Granted, sending a GPS signal to pinpoint its location is the bare minimum that any GPS tracker needs to do, but the feature is worth mentioning. Since the location transmissions are so frequent, fleet managers can essentially create a complete record of a vehicle’s movements at all times, rather than just seeing where it was at a handful of moments across a workday.
This feature, available on all units, allows managers to access the locations of their vehicles for up to 90 days following the date it was recorded. If a personnel concern is raised, managers can pull up the exact record to verify a claim. Up-to-the-minute data has huge benefits, but being able to pull it back up three months later can be just as useful.
Dispatch and Communications
Driver-to-manager communications are greatly aided by the devices, as the location updates allow a fleet manager to understand a drivers’ location without asking. All the devices also allow the manager to dispatch one-way messages to the driver in order to fill them in on their progress.
The devices can also send email or text alerts, triggered when the vehicle goes beyond a set speed. Armed with this knowledge, fleet managers can track and address instances of harsh driving as they occur rather than after the fact. Other driving alerts include long idling times and ignition notification.
Geofencing and Routing Alerts
Similarly, the hardware can track geographic parameters, triggering an email or text alert if a vehicle takes a wrong turn too far beyond its assigned route or outside of a specified region.
Not all GPS tracking devices are compliant with the recent ELD mandate, so don’t expect this as a core feature. However, US Fleet Tracking offers two devices specifically designed to meet the government’s ELD guidelines: The OBD-J9, which plugs easily into heavy trucks, and the ECM-Link ELD Device, a hardware unit designed for fleets that already have a tracking system and only need to add ELD compliance.