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Clearing Up the Confusion with GPS Tracking Solutions

Clearing Up the Confusion About GPS Tracking Solutions

GPS tracking has become a huge part of business technology services that people can use on a regular basis. However, many are concerned these days over how GPS tracking works and if it’s really a viable solution for businesses to use these days. This especially comes how businesses are always reluctant to spend money on anything new to work with in any case.

Here are a few important points about GPS systems that should be understood carefully. These are especially important for businesses that rely on the use of vehicles and shipments.

Fuel Costs Are Down

GPS tracking systems help to identify potential routes that vehicles, shipping services and other items that have to travel will go in the best and most fuel-efficient routes possible. This is to ensure that items are capable of actually moving to their destinations without being at risk of being lost. This may also help in identifying problem areas like construction sites or heavy traffic areas where an excess amount of fuel may be used.

It’s Not Hard To Use

Today’s GPS devices are very easy to install and set up on any vehicle or other device. In addition, it only takes a few moments to read the information on a tracking device. GPS devices can work with easy to use software programs that can keep tabs on where a device is, its history and so forth.

What About the Cost?

It is not unusual for businesses to become worried about how much money it might cost for businesses to use GPS tracking systems. Typical tracking services can cost a few dollars per month although the potential to pay more than fifty dollars per month will be extremely unlikely. This means that the potential for a business to spend far too much will be unlikely.

Enforce Efficiency

While many use GPS solutions with the intention of tracking shipments and other items, there is an even more important process that is used here. GPS solutions are often used with the intention of tracking items as they are moved around. This can be easy to follow with when used right to keep a setup running with care.

Link Up To More Computers

It’s very easy for a GPS setup to work well with a computer. Today’s computers can link up to GPS devices through Wi-Fi signals. This in turn makes it easier for people to keep track of how well data is being used. GPS devices can link up to a receiver through a Wi-Fi connection in that the signals from the device will be read by GPS satellites and then relayed back to a receiver. This information allows a business to have its computers link up to different items in real time. This in turn should make it easy for a business to keep tabs on where things are through a simple computer program.

GPS tracking systems are intriguing solutions that may work for various functions but it is important for businesses to especially be aware of what is open. GPS systems can work well for ensuring that vehicles and other items are moving as well as possible.


Cash counters good to go with new New Zealand currency

New Zealand has announced the introduction of new bank notes. We are pleased to confirm that our units can be re-calibrated, meaning they can accommodate the second new type of notes.

 

It is important to choose a cash counter that is updatable or can be re-calibrated. Many other models sold throughout the country are lacking in this feature, or are often locked to prevent tampering. Our devices do not have that restriction.


How can a cash counter help your business?

By using an electronic device to rapidly count cash, a cash counter, such as our Beakon models, are great in improving accuracy, but actually saving on wage costs. That means in most cases, these cash counters will pay for themselves.

 

A typical cash handling business will find that they spend up to 30 minutes a day cashing up. In most cases, that’s $20-30 a day in wages. For businesses with more registers and cash, this can be as much as an hour. And sometimes even involve two people. That could, per day, cost as much as $50 or $60.

 

By using an electronic cash counter, our integrated scale system can weigh and calculate how many notes and coins, are present, and then produce a running total.

 

Cashing up now takes as little as 2 minutes with one of these devices. In fact one of the common lines we hear from our customers are that they are surprised by how quickly these units work!

 


Consumer Watch: Beware of GPS systems…

Consumers are being advised to be cautious of GPS systems sold on low cost websites. Typically any provider offering to provide ‘free tracking’ or a monthly fee less than $20 a month is unlikely to be using a secure server.

 

The reason for this is that a company simply cannot afford to go below the wholesale rates for a radio network connected to the GPS unit, as well as provide a quality tracking server at the same time.

 

Some companies have been found to be using quality tracking servers shared with international counterparts in Bulgaria, that have security threats. These are often susceptible for DOS attacks and other forms of malicious hacking. In many cases, a GPS tracking server could be easily compromised and your data could be stolen or deleted.

 

GPS tracking is not an avenue to scrimp on, and consumers should be careful not to go with providers who sacrifice the key components of a reliable server.

 


What is a Fleet Management System?

A Fleet Management System, usually abbreviated to an “FMS”, is a system in which an individual or business can view all their vehicles live through a software system.

Beakon has an online ‘cloud based’ system, which makes it easy for you to access our system from your own computer via the internet, as well as other places you may regularly login from, for example your colleagues computers, your mobile phone, your home computer, and even your iPad or tablet. Many other companies do not offer an online web system, meaning you can only access the system from your one single computer. The most basic function of a Fleet Management System is the tracking feature. That is, being able to see your vehicles live on a map at one time.

Fleet Management Systems are typically used by businesses to achieve cost reductions and protect their assets, as well as improve business efficiency. In many cases, a GPS tracker will typically pay for itself.

According to research shown by the Berg Institute, there are 4 million fleet management units in Europe today, with hundreds more being used every year in New Zealand and Australia.


The Value of GPS Tracking

There are clear ways to save money and raise efficiency with GPS tracking. GPS tracking brings fantastic benefits for every business. Including:

 

  • Faster response timesBy always knowing where your vehicles are, you can get them out to job sites or customers faster. You can also relay this information to your customer, so they can get realistic estimated times of arrival.
  • No more mucking about phoning drivers!

If you do the maths and calculate the time spent speaking to drivers, even if you make 3 calls a month to a driver, the system’s monthly cost will likely pay for itself.

 

  • Preventing unauthorised useUnfortunately, employees often decide to use your vehicles for their own benefit. That is, driving your vehicles and using your fuel for personal use, or heading out to do their own personal activities during their working day. GPS tracking enables you to identify and eradicate unauthorised vehicle use.

 

  • Responding to Vehicle Crime

 

Company cars are often targets of vehicle crime. That’s for all sorts – sedans, trucks, vans and the like. Even if you may not realise it, thieves are very interested in getting their hands on your vehicles, equipment, confidential data, and documents. GPS trackers are an invaluable help in the event of vehicle theft.


Consumer Watch: Outrageous Installation Costs

Be careful of GPS tracking options that are using a mixture of overstated installation and monthly charges, to help ‘bring down’ the price of the up front unit.

 

It can be tempting to find the cheapest option out there, but in the process of doing so, you need to consider what are the

 

– device costs

– monthly or annual costs

– installation costs

 

Some companies have been found to charge as much as $50 for a monthly fee per device, as well as $250+ installation per vehicle. These costs DO NOT include the device up front cost. These are outrageous costs that you may only learn about further down the track.

 

It is helpful to choose a GPS tracking provider that outlines all the charges transparently, so you know what you are paying for.
Also be cautious of companies that only lease the units (despite you paying an up front cost), meaning you never own them.

 

Beakon has an efficient team process, which balances out these 3 areas of the cost structure, making us one of the most affordable choices in New Zealand and Australia right now. That means no one area of our work costs more than it has to.


How Does A GPS Tracking System Work?

GPS tracking systems work by a small, non-intrusive unit being installed a vehicle. These units are powered by the vehicle’s main battery and then usually backed up with a light internal battery.
GPS tracking systems then use a combination of satellite positioning technologies and a radio network, to send data to our central server. Our central server then interprets this raw data and produces maps and trackable history logs.

 

The best part is that these systems also allow you to view reports, including speed, locations, history, parking locations and so forth.

 

A GPS provider will typically aggregate the whole system in to one for you, that is – the fleet management website, the tracking device, and radio technology subscription, all into one price.


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Improving Business Efficiency

For years now, Beakon has been supporting businesses in eliminating waste and raising efficiency. Working to better manage the ‘backend’ of your business – or simply, the bit the customer doesn’t see – is a fantastic way to trim down costs and run a more efficient business, where staff are best using their talents, rather than getting locked up in mundane tasks. This also means cost savings that can be passed on to a customer, or profits that can be used elsewhere.

Providing management, vehicle tracking, and cash solution systems, Beakon has been helping businesses looking to raise ‘lean operations’ where costs and losses are minimised. Our customers, namely directors, managers, and their end staff, have been able to raise profits through trimming expenses, as in many cases the solutions we provide pay for themselves.

GPS Tracking: These units typically pay for themselves after being able to identify unauthorised vehicle use by employees, as well as poor driving habits, such as longer routes being taken. All of these can be identified through our software system provided to clients.

Cash Solutions and Handling: For any business that handles cash, a lot of time is consumed counting cash registers, notes, and coins. By speeding up the process through electronic systems that are affordable, business owners almost always find these units also pay for themselves.

Employee time management systems: By allowing businesses to track those that work in the business, companies no longer have to worry about the issue of employees coming to work late, or going home early. By identifying just one employee who goes home 10 minutes early every week, a cost saving can be found for the business.