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How to Use Your Smartphone for GPS Tracking Brian Dziuk | Jul 30, 2019 10:03:00 AM

In today’s smartphone-savvy, digitally-driven world, almost anything can be done on mobile devices—and GPS tracking is certainly no exception. 

You no longer need to purchase expensive tools and hardware that are difficult to implement, confusing to use, and heavy to carry around for effective GPS tracking. Instead, you can do it right from your smartphone and experience truly simple, cost-effective, and mobile asset management. 

Here are three of our favorite Rastrac remote fleet management tools that make it possible for you to take your GPS tracking initiatives mobile!

PocketRastrac

PocketRastrac is a GPS tracking app ideal for efficient and effective remote fleet management. It transforms the Android, iPhone, or iPad devices you and your employees already use daily into a convenient GPS tracking device. This allows you to track the exact location of your drivers, employees, vehicles, and other assets in the field from any location. Even better, it makes this possible without having to purchase costly GPS tracking hardware that is difficult to install in your fleet—you just need your smartphone or tablet.

PocketRastrac also has features that go beyond just GPS tracking. It is capable of secure, two-way messaging so you can communicate with your employees while also monitoring their location in real time. They can send pre-programmed statuses (such as “Clock In” or “Start Break”) or create their own unique messages so everyone is on the same page about what is going on in the field. For example, if there is a vehicle maintenance issue or road closure that requires an alternative route, your employees can send a message and get a quick response so the problem can be solved as efficiently as possible. 

RastracGo

RastracGo is a highly portable GPS tracking device that makes mobile asset management simple and convenient. It provides exact location tracking from anywhere in the world that has cell phone service, GPS access, or Wi-Fi. The small form-factor design looks like a card with a keyring hole, making it easy to secure to clothing, keychains, containers, etc. This allows you to truly take GPS tracking on-the-go without having to lug around heavy and clunky hardware! 

The device also has accelerometers, temperature sensors, and pressure sensors so you can do more than just remotely monitor a vehicle’s location—you can monitor its conditions, too. RastracGo provides data on tracked assets including light, noise, and humidity. It can then be customized to send location and condition reports at intervals of your choosing, such as every 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or once per day day. The data from the device integrates directly with your cell phone app so that you can effectively monitor your fleet from any location!

RastracView

RastracView is a remote fleet management tool that doubles as an incredibly valuable fleet safety app. This Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) enables your drivers to develop and maintain safer driving habits and avoid auto collisions—and all they need is their smartphone! Drivers simply download the app and place their phone in a dashboard cradle to start using the collision avoidance system. It provides in-vehicle driver coaching, lane departure warnings, headway monitoring, built-in GPS navigation, and access to offline maps in order to help your drivers operate their vehicles more safely and effectively. 

It will even generate a safety score for each trip taken based on factors such as the driver’s maximum and average speed, harsh driving patterns, and acceleration rates. The safety score is then displayed on the app’s dashboard for the driver to see in real-time, as well as shared with fleet management so they can monitor those patterns remotely. This way, you’ll always know where your drivers are with GPS tracking, and can also gain insights into how they’re operating your vehicles even when you aren’t along for the ride yourself. The result is simplified fleet management and safer driving habits that protect your employees, vehicles, assets, and other travelers on the road from dangerous collisions.

At Rastrac, we’re passionate about providing the most convenient and useful GPS tracking options. In today’s technology-obsessed world, we know this means going mobile—which is why we created various solutions for mobile asset management and GPS tracking through smartphones. 

If you’re ready to implement one of these tools in your business today, pull out that handy phone and reach out to one of our experts today!

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