Beyond recovering stolen equipment and guiding drivers in traffic, GPS tracking has more to offer than you might think. From treks up Mount Everest to one of Europe’s most prestigious boat races, this post will outline some creative ways companies and individuals are using their GPS software.
Traditional Benefits of GPS TrackingBefore we dive into its more creative uses, let’s take a closer look at the traditional benefits of GPS tracking software. When we think about GPS tracking, we usually think of car satellite navigation. However, GPS tracking devices aren’t limited to just vehicles – rather, they can be used to track many of a business’s assets, from equipment to cargo. When it comes to fleet management, the ability to use GPS tracking devices on different resources comes in handy for a variety of things, including:
1. Recovering Stolen AssetsWith real-time updates and tracking, GPS software instantly transmits location data you can use to locate equipment and vehicles faster – making recovery much more likely.
2. Gather Insights from GPS DataFrom route planning to locating the nearest emergency equipment in case of a breakdown, GPS software provides you with valuable statistics and data to inform your business decisions.
3. Deter ThievesIf a thief knows there’s a GPS tracker on your vehicle or equipment, they’ll think twice before stealing it. While these are the more conventional advantages of GPS tracking, the benefits don’t end there.
Creative Uses of GPS TrackingLet’s take a look into some of the more creative and unconventional ways tracking technology is being put to use.
1. Mapping Our Everest Climb TrekTrekking to Mount Everest’s base camp is no small task. Reaching its summit is a whole other ball game. We GPS-tracked endurance athlete Georgios Tsianos in his second attempt at climbing to Everest’s 29,000-foot-high summit.
2. Race-Ready and Making WavesFleet Complete brought the benefits of GPS tracking to BKOffshore, a world-famous boat race. The Belgian Offshore Powerboats and Aquabikes Championship served as an excellent opportunity to push the creative boundaries of how to use GPS tracking. Fleet Complete equipped powerboats and aquabikes with GPS trackers so their locations could be tracked in real-time. Spectators could then follow the boats as they raced across the open water.
AT1 Tracker to your watercraft, then monitor its whereabouts in real-time on the platform – even when it’s out of the port.
3. A Beacon of Visibility in Highly-Remote LocationsMany industries use equipment in remote locations where constant monitoring is difficult. Oil companies, for example, frequently work in dangerous and remote areas, meaning lots of expensive equipment is hard to reach but needs to be accounted for as it can be vital for keeping workers safe and the success of a project. This is where GPS trackers come in handy. One of our customers in the oil industry uses solar-charged LED light towers at their remote site to light the way for their workers. With safety at the top of mind, keeping track of them becomes a priority. Using the Asset Tracker 1 Solar, our customer can monitor the lighting systems – regardless of where they are located in relation to the site – to ensure they’re where they need to be at all times and in working order to continue keeping employees safe.
, meaning you can check in with your equipment day-by-day or in real-time.