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'Car 54, Where Are You?'

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"Car 54, where are you?" Keeping tabs on cabs, tow trucks, shuttles, rentals or service vehicles and their drivers can be arduous for company fleet managers. Most GPS navigation units only plot point B from point A, but LiveViewGPS products expand basic methodology with live, Web-based tracking that updates a vehicle's position every 10 seconds. Updated capabilities include: Maximum speed thresholds so e-mails and SMS text messages are sent any time vehicles are in violation of speed restrictions; geographical safeguards to alert trackers if a vehicle leaves a prescribed area; two-way communication with drivers, cutting cell phone costs; and 90-day records of all vehicle positions, available via e-mailed Excel reports. “As the recession tightens everyone's belt, companies need to maximize the field time [of] their vehicles,” said George Karonis, CEO of LiveViewGPS and a 15-year law enforcement veteran in security and surveillance. “You may be losing money because of man-hours wasted by drivers goofing off or taking too much time on service calls. Being late to a customer can cost you business, so it's imperative companies know where their vehicles are at all times.” —Tanya Meyer
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